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About Jaipur

Jaipur, Rajasthan



The Rose Pink City founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743), could be the capital of Rajasthan. It's a major attraction for your first-time visitor. Jaipur is surrounded on all sides by rugged hills, crowned with forts & enclosed by embattled walls. Houses with latticed windows line the streets with their rose pink colour, lending enchantment to the scene, which is almost magical at sunset.

The Old Metropolis (Known as the Pink City) is really a great place to wander around. The whole city was painted in Pink colour by Maharaja Man Singh II when Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, visited Jaipur in 1876 AD. Today, every home within the metropolis is obliged by law to maintain its facade. It really is a very well planned town laid out in a grid pattern and was designed by a young Bengali engineer and scholar by the name "Vidyadhar Bhattacharya".

Jaipur was and remains the only town in the world, symbolising the nine divisions of the universe, through nine rectangular sectors sub-dividing it. Jaipur is a royal metropolis & this is its most noticeable aspect, small buildings & festivals testify it.

Jaipur & its surroundings are rather like an endless museum. The metropolis also offers an endless variety of crafts. Jewellers here still fashion the beautiful enamel-on-gold pendants, studded on the reverse with precious stones or pearls & turquoise that one sees in miniature paintings. Jaipur's lacquer bangles are famous all over the world. This is a metropolis to be visited.

Tourist Attractions of Jaipur

Hawa Mahal : Jaipur's signature building, the Hawa Mahal, a multi layered palace, was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Famous for it's beehive like structure, the Mahal is an interplay of red and pink sand stone, carefully and painstakingly outlined with white borders and motifs.

Amber Fort : Overlooking the Delhi Jaipur Highway, the image of the Amber Fort is beautifully reflected in the lake below. Within the Fort lies the famous Jai Mandir (Temple) with its world renowned Sheesh Mahal, a hall full of Mirrors.

Jal Mahal : The Jal Mahal Palace, Jaipur is noted for its intricate architecture. The Palace was developed as a pleasure spot. It was used for that royal duck shooting parties.

Jantar Mantar : At the entrance to the Metropolis Palace is Jantar Mantar, the 'Yantralaya' of Sawai Jai Singh II, the last great classical astronomer in India. The modernistic structures known as 'Yantras' are the unique creations of this astronomer-king designed by him and built by experts to observe the movements of sun, moon, planets and the stars.

Birla Mandir : Birla Mandir or the Lakshmi - Narayan Temple, situated just below the Mooti Doongari castle.Built on raised ground, it is surrounded by large lush green gardens.

Town Palace (Jaipur) : The Metropolis Palace is an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art and architecture. The Town Palace complex houses several palatial structures. In the heart of the old Jaipur city, the Metropolis Palace occupies a large area divided into a series of courtyards, gardens and buildings.

Govind Devji Temple : Located in the central pavilion of the elaborate sprawling Jai Niwas Garden, to the north of the magnificent Chandra Mahal, could be the miniature temple of Lord Krishna.

Govt. Central Museum : Located in the centre of the sprawling Ram Niwas Bagh, this is the oldest Museum in the State. The building was designed by Colonel Sir Swinton Jacob. It was built in 1876 AD when King Edward VII visited India as the Prince of Wales. It was opened to public in 1886 AD.

Nahargarh Fort : Beyond the hills of Jaigarh, stands the fort of Nahargarh like a watchful sentinel guarding Sawai Jai Singh's beautiful funds.

Sawai Man Singh Museum : Located within the City Palace complex and nestled amidst old buildings, temples and the palace quarters, this museum was founded in 1959 by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. The exhibits comprise of the ancestral collections built up by the successive rulers of Amer and Jaipur.

Sheetla Mata Fair : The Sheetla Mata Fair is held in March-April, the month of Chaitra, in village Seel-Ki-Doongri, Jaipur. Doongri is really a hillock on top of which the shrine of Sheetla Mata stands. The fair is held in her honour every year and attracts hordes of visitors from far and wide.