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Jaipur Travel Guide

Jaipur History
Amber fort JaipurBuilt by the warrior-astronomer Raja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727, it is full of formidable forts, enchanting palaces and lovely temples. Jaipur is listed in most tourist books as one of the three cities that make India's Golden Triangle - the other two are Delhi and Agra. The old city of Jaipur is enclosed within seven gates, the most important of which are Chandpol, Jaipuri and Sanganeri.

Jaipur Information:
Described fancifully as a "solid strawberry cake" or more popularly known as the "Pink City" due to the pink wash applied to its buildings, Jaipur is one of the most important tourist destinations in India. Jaipur is a city in the state of Rajasthan and also the capital of the state of Rajasthan. Built in 1727 by the warrior-astronomer prince Raja Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur is impressive in its planning.

Jaipur is full of formidable forts, enchanting palaces, lovely temples, beautiful gardens and intriguing bazaars. The past comes alive in its impressive forts, majestic palaces and in its royal building which for centuries was the abode of royal families.

The city offers a perfect mix of culture which needs to be experienced on your Rajasthan tour. The old city of Jaipur is enclosed within seven gates, the most important of which are Chandpol, Jaipuri and Sanganeri.

Hot Attractions in Jaipur
The Hawa Mahal or the ' Palace of Winds ': Constructed in 1799, Hawa Mahal is the most sensational monument in the city of Jaipur. The magical structure seems straight out of the Arabian Nights - an oriental fantasy in stone.

City Palace : Situated in the heart of Jaipur, the City Palace covers one-seventh of the town, and the plan of the palace is similar to that of the city. The palace has a high wall or sarahad that surrounds it on all sides.

Jantar Mantar: Built by Jai Singh, this observatory was the biggest of all his observatories and the only one built out of stone. It was built between 1728 and 1734.
Jaigarh Fort, Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Rambagh Palace and many other sights are located in Jaipur which are worth seeing.

Important Festival in Jaipur :
In Rajasthan, festivals are celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm. During the days of festivals, all Rajasthan wears a festive sheet. Being the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur also celebrates with great pomp. Some of important festivals celebrated in Jaipur are: Kite Festival, Elephant Festival, Gangaur Festival, Teej Festival etc.

Kite Festival: A festival with a difference - as kites take to the sky all over Jaipur. In the evening, kites with lights in them and fireworks brighten the skies above. If you like kite flying, you should be here.

Elephant Festival: A festival to celebrate Holi, this is a great occasion for the visitor to watch several elephant sports and also play this festival of colors.

Ganguar Fair: A festival dedicated to Goddess Parvati. It is time for young girls to dress up in their best clothes and pray for grooms of their choice while the married women pray for the well-being of their husbands.

Teej Festival: A festival to mark the advent of monsoon. Basically a women's festival, it is interesting to watch them enjoying in groups and at various bazaars where they turn up to shop in all their finery.

How to reach in Jaipur
By Air
Jaipur is well connected to all the major cities by air which includes Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jodhpur, and Udaipur. Recently, flights to Dubai has also started from Jaipur by Indian Airlines.

By Bus
Jaipur is well connected by road from many important cities of north India. Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe & air conditioned buses from Delhi (Bikaner House, Nr. India Gate) to Jaipur. The roads are very good, and it takes around 5-6 hrs from Delhi.

By Train
Jaipur is well linked by railway services. There are daily trains from Delhi in morning (Shatabdhi Exp) and evening (Intercity Exp).