"The Pink City" Jaipur Tourism The moment you set foot in Jaipur, you will feel like everything has come straight out of the pages of some epic novel. Majestic buildings, tales of heroic battles, resplendent forts and palaces, and multi-faceted characters ? Rajasthan is one of the most colourful and flashiest states in all of India, and its capital Jaipur lives up to the same reputation as well. Jaipur is a vibrant amalgamation of the old and the new ? highly urbanized pockets and shopping areas have casually sprung up beside gleaming forts and palaces. Jaipur has long been one of the shiniest cultural jewels in the history of the Indian subcontinent, and the royal corridors of the famously named 'Pink City' offer up a plethora of adventures and activities that make for a memorable holiday experience. Jaipur is known for its forts and palaces, and the most famous fort in the vicinity is the Amber Fort. Also commonly known as the Amer Fort, this majestic building with its maze-like passages and serpentine staircases is a very popular tourist attraction. Overlooking the Maota Lake, the fort is big enough that it will take you at least two to three hours to explore it in detail, and you can also choose to avail of the audio guides to lead you through this fascinating building while explaining the history of the place. Getting an elephant ride up the stairs to the Amber Fort is also a popular tourist activity. City Palace is another top draw for anyone wishing to know more about the rich history and culture of the Pink City. Home to Rajasthani Maharajas back in the 1700s, this building has now been converted into a museum where tourists can learn about the history of the city in detail. City Palace comprises Mubarak Mahal and Chandra Mahal, with the Chandra Mahal being only partially open to visitors, as the rest of the building is used as the residential place of the Maharajas? descendants. Jaipur i What's Great? Quiet and peaceful, friendly people, amazing architecture and history of the city, lots of gardens and greenery around, easily accessible, great food, awesome for shopping of handicrafts, jewelry and clothes, host to Jaipur literature festival What's not so Great? Extreme temperatures- very hot in summers,very cold in winter evenings. For Whom Jaipur has things to offer to tourists of all ages. From exploring the fascinating history of the century-old city to tasting the famous Daal Bati Churma, Jaipur is a must visit for history lovers, shoppers, and foodies. Nightlife In Jaipur As stately, sophisticated and regal Jaipur looks at day, it takes up a whole new avatar at night! The nightlife of Jaipur may not be like Goa?s, but it is nonetheless adventurous and fun. If drinking and lounging with friends accompanied by great food and music are your sense of nirvana, then bars and pubs such as Aza, The Grunge Lounge Bar, Bar Palladio, are your stairways to heaven. If you need to blow off some steam by dancing your heart out on the dancing floor, then Jaipur nightlife has got you covered. Blackout, The Dragon Club (T.D.C), The Extreme Discotheque are perfect places to let your wild side show, costing you an approximate average of INR 1500 for two, an affordable price for the amazing vibe they have got to offer! History Of Jaipur The history of Jaipur is immersed in the quest of making it the most protected and powerful capital of its time. The city itself is named after the king who founded it in 1727, Maharaja Jai Singh II; he decided to shift his state?s capital city from Amber to present-day Jaipur due to scarce basic amenities and consistently growing population. He wanted his new capital to be so scientifically, culturally, and architecturally accurate that the science and mathematics aficionado took help from a Bengali Brahmin scholar Vidyadhar Bhattacharya to construct a Vastu Shastra compliant city over the course of four years. The most advanced and fortified layout of the city was made, with two out of the nine blocks reserved for palaces and administrative buildings and the rest for the public. The reason behind Jaipur being called ?The Pink City? is also an interesting one: The whole city was quite literally dipped in pink paint to welcome the Prince of Wales in 1856 and to continue its otherworldly magical charm, the pink colour is still maintained to this day. Jaipur is, in fact, India?s first ever planned city, and is therefore rightly translated as the ?City of Victory?. Here is a deep dive into theHistory Of Jaipur Traditions Of Jaipur Once an integral part of the most powerful province in India, Jaipur, popularly known as 'The Pink City' can undoubtedly boast of embracing modernity while maintaining traditional values. An extremely well-organised city planned according to the principles of Vastu Shastra and Shilpa Shastra, Jaipur weaves a sense of royalty and grandeur equipped with its vibrancy and charm. The city is a visual treat for tourists with its beautiful palaces, forts, and lakes, the architecture of which highlights the influence of Mughals in the Rajput empire. The brilliant architectural plans of the centuries old constructions like the Jantar Mantar is one of the reasons for Jaipur's popularity. From the Hawa Mahal to the numerous forts, each corner of Jaipur provides evidence of a strong historical background and will undoubtedly transport tourists to the majestic era of the Rajputs. Jaipur - The Pink City Though the city has a special connection with the color pink, the markets of Jaipur are a riot of colors. From textiles in Krishnapol Bazaar to traditional jewelry in the renowned Johari Bazaar, Jaipur is a paradise for shopaholics. Jaipur offers tourists art and cultural in various forms ranging from the famous 'Blue' pottery to folk dances like Ghoomer. The city also hosts theJaipur Literary festival, which is Asia's biggest festival of its kind. Itinerary It is important to make the most out of your limited stay at Jaipur. Therefore, to see everything in sufficient duration with lots of time to spare for shopping, try to start each day as early as possible. Most of the places open at 8 a.m. Hence, wake up and have a filling breakfast for the jam-packed days. Day 1:Since you have newly arrived in Jaipur, the first day should encapsulate sightseeing all the famous places that are in close proximity to each other so that you don't burn out on the very first day itself. Start your trip with architectural and royal wonders as you see the famous forts of Jaipur. Visit Amer Fort (with the exquisite Sheesh Mahal), Jaigarh Fort and Nahargarh Fort. If you still have time to travel for two hours and see the supposedly haunted Bhangarh Fort, then, by all means, do it, else spend a serene evening near the beautiful Jal Mahal, after having a sumptuous meal at 1135 A.D. Restaurant located inside Amer Fort. Day 2:Start your day by having delectable kachoris and flavoured milk from Rawat Mishthan Bhandar at Sindhi Camp. Then head out to see the City Palace, and visit Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar, just moments away from it. By noon, you shall be done with these three hot spots and can venture out to fulfil your shopping quotient from Bapu Bazaar and Johari Bazaar for jewellery, rare antiquities, and genuine silk/pashmina clothing, and then have a filling lunch at the famous Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar. If you need a breather from the historical ride, then head to the Museum of Gems and Jewellery, Albert Hall Museum or the Jaipur Zoo. Read more aboutShopping in Jaipur Day 3:Strolling leisurely through Sisodia Rani ka Bagh is a great beginning to your last day in Jaipur. Visit the Birla Temple, also known as Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, famous for its grand architecture. Have your tummies filled with the tasty food at Anokhi Cafe, along with its soothing ambience and old-time charm. Then head over to spend your lovely evening at Chokhi Dhaani, one of the many cultural villages in Jaipur. Visiting Chokhi Dhaani will take up to 4 hours, but with its cultural festivities and scrumptious thalis, it is definitely worth going for. Oct-Maris the best time to visit Jaipur Winters (October-March) is the best time to visit Jaipur and other parts of Rajasthan. Summers are extremely hot and sightseeing and activities won't be possible. Even the monsoons should be avoided as it is quite hot even then. January is a good time to visit Jaipur because of the Kite Festival and also the Jaipur Literature Festival is held around this time. Jaipur also witnesses Elephant Festival, just a day before Holi, sometime in March. There are tonnes of other good festival in Jaipur as well, like Gangaur Festival in March, Teej in August, Diwali in November, Ganesh Chaturthi in September, etc. which is celebrated with extreme zeal and vigor. Weather in Jaipur Loading... Jaipur in Summer (April-June) The high temperature in the summers makes sightseeing difficult.Tourists need to keep themselves hydrated to prevent dehydration. Jaipur in Monsoon (July - September) Monsoon is the perfect time to see Jaipur in its natural shade. Though the season brings a relief from the scorching sun, the monsoons do not see a rush of tourists which results in a drop in hotel prices and tours. Jaipur in Winter (October - March) The moderate sunlight and pleasant breeze in October make a trip to Jaipur extremely enjoyable for tourists. Though temperatures in winter nights can go as low as 4?C, the season Jaipur attracts a lot of tourists due to the comfortable day weather and the Jaipur Literature Festival in January. March sees a relief from the chilly winters and adds charm to the city with the Elephant Festival. Monthly Weather in Jaipur Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C) January 11 22 February 14 27 March 19 32 April 26 39 May 29 41 June 28 39 July 27 34 August 25 31 September 25 34 October 23 34 November 16 30 December 13 26 Events in Jaipur Kite Festival 14th January The colorful city of Jaipur becomes even brighter during the kite flying festival in January. Various kite flying competitions are organised, including the International Kite Festival. If you want to experience a glorious sight, make sure to catch a glimpse of the kites with lights. Jaipur Elephant Festival 21st March Elephants are decorated with all their finery for this festival. It offers the perfect opportunity to see these majestic creatures in all their glory as they parade in front of you, for being adjudged the best dressed elephant.
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