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Jaipur India Travel Guide IndiaRaja Sawai Jai Singh had his capital in Amber, when he felt the need of shifting his capital to another place for the safety of the ever-increasing population and growing scarcity of water. In the eighteenth century, he finally built Jaipur. It was also the time when the glory of Mughal Empire was on its decline.

This famous city jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and has earned universal renown as the " Pink City ", Built by Sawai Jai Singh-II, Jaipur was the first planned city of its time... Attractive monuments where one can breathe the fragrance of history. Comfortable and luxurious hotels. There is a feast in store for tourists, once the proud of kings, parks, gardens, and excursions of nearby places of interest, make Jaipur a tourist's paradise . Pink, the sign of welcome was used to paint the buildings in Jaipur in 1853 to honor of the visiting Prince of Wells and is still used.

Jaipur is located in the colourful state of Rajasthan. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and is about 265 kilometres from Delhi, 235 kilometres from Agra, 350 kilometres from Gwalior and 405 kilometres from Udaipur. One of the most popular tourist destinations in Rajasthan, Jaipur is part of the famous Golden Triangle Tourist circuit that includes Delhi and Agra. Jaipur is well connected with major parts of the country and easily accessible by air, road and rail.

An architect planned the city according to the principle of shilpa shastra in a grid system. Main bazaars were arranged in nine rectangular city sectors (Chokris), uniform rows of shops on either side of main bazaars, straight avenues roads and streets.All the credit goes to a young Bengali architect Mr. Vidyadhar Bhattacharya.
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Places to See

Amer Fort
The original palace was built by Raja Man Singh and additions were made later by Sawai Jai Singh.Amber Fort, at a short distance of 11 kms . from Jaipur, the Amer Fort complex stands amidst wooded hills overlooking the Delhi-Jaipur highway, with its forbidding ramparts reflected in the still waters of the Maota Lake below. One of the finest examples of Rajput architecture, it was the ancient capital of the Kachhawah rulers. Within the palace are the Diwan-e-Aam or the "Hall of Public Audience", the Diwan-e-Khas or the "Hall of Private Audience" and the Sukh Niws where a cool breeze blows across channels of water for the purpose of air-conditioning. Here are the private chambers of the queens with windows having latticed screens so that the ladies could watch the proceedings of the royal court inprivacy. There is also the Jai Mandir or the " Temple of Vicotry", with its famed Sheesh Mahal, the scintillating "Hall of Mirrors"

Jaigarh Fort
The western skyline is dominated by the extensive walls, watch towers and gatewasys of the Jaigarh Fort. It is one of the few military structures of medieval India preserved almost intact, containing palaces, gardens open and covered reservoirs, a granary, an armoury, a well-planned cannon foundry, several temples, a tall tower and a giant mounted acnnon-the Jain Ban, the largest cannon in the world.

Nahargarh Fort
Nahargarh Fort, a pricturesque hill offers a breathtaking view of the city below.It was enlarged and given its present shape by Sawai Madho Singh in1885 A.D. Decorative motifs in some of the rooms are delightful. From the windows of the nine identical suites, one gets a magnificent view of the city, complete witht he geometrical layout. From Amer there is a road to Nahargarh, which passes through the hills.

Nahargarh Fort Jaipur India Travel Guide IndiaCity Palace
The City Palace has a beautifully carved marble gate with heavy brass doors on either side of this gate. The first building in it is Mubarak Mahal, built by Kaharaja Madho Singh. Beyond this gate lies the Diwan -e-Khas, or the "Hall of Private Audience". The City Palace complex houses several palatial structures.The City Palce is an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art and architecture.

Govind Devji Temple
A delightful system of fountains is placed in the middle of the paved path between the Chandra Mahal and the Badal Mahal.To the north of Chandra Mahal in the midst of the sprawling Jai Niwas Garden is the spireless temple of Lord Krishna. The idol was brought from Vrindavan and installed here by Sawai Jai Singh II as the tutelary deity. Today, the temple attracts devotees, from all over the country. A delightful system of fountains is placed in the middle of the paved path between the Chandra Mahal and the Badal Mahal.

Moti Doongrari & Lakshmi Narayan Temple
The important landmarks dotting the southern horizon of the city inlcude the small privately- owned hilltop fort of Moti Doongari, shaped like a Scottish Castle; the Ganesh Temple at the foot of the hill and the Lakshmi Narayan Temple built from white marble, a few years back by the B.M. Birla foundation.

Jagat Shiromani Temple
The beautifully carved Jagat Shiromani Temple houses the idol of Lord Krishna. Temple is popularly associated with the celebrated saint-poetess Mira Bai. The old temple of Narsinghji and a step well Panna Main-ki-Baodi, which still bears witness to its past glory are also located in the vicinity.

Fairs & Festivals of Jaipur

Elephant Festival Jaipur India Travel Guide India1. Elephant Festival

2. Makar Sankranti

3. Teej

4. Gangaur

5. Dussehra

6. Diwali


How to Reach Jaipur

Jaipur is 262 kms. from Delhi, and is well connected by road, rail and air from all over the country. There is also a special luxury train, the Palace on wheels,which starts from Delhi every Wednesday from September to April, on a round trip of Rajasthan, the first stop being Jaipur. Regular luxury buses are available round the clock and speical trains like the Shatabdi Express and Intercity Express ply regulary.

Air: The Jaipur Airport is called Sanganer Airport . There are domestic flight connections to Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jodhpur and Udaipur. There is a single international flight to Dubai.

Train: Connections are from Delhi, Agra, Mumbai ,Chennai, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ahmedabad. Well connected from other states like UP, MP .

Road: A convenient mode of travel to Jaipur is by road. Regular bus service of AC and Deluxe Coaches are available.

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