Founded in 17th Century Jaipur was named after its ruler, Maharaja Jai Singh II. Also known as Pink City, Jaipur is the largest city of the Indian state, Rajasthan. The city was constructed under the guidance of ‘Vidyadhar Bhattacharya’ & was first planned the city in the country according to Vastu Shastra and Shilpa Shastra.
One of the most prominent tourist destinations in North-India, Jaipur is the gateway to the tourist state – Rajasthan. Jaipur holds a noticeable place in “Golden Triangle Tour” in India.
The Tagline – Pink City, was given to the city, as it was painted in pink color to welcome Prince of Wales in the year 1876. Since then, the city boasts the same charm & is famously known throughout the world as ‘Pink City of India’.
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Air: - Being capital of the vibrant state, it is well connected with Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkatta, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Agra etc.
Train: - Jaipur Railway Station serves as the headquarters of the North Western Railway zone of the Indian Railways and so it well-knitted with all other major cities in India.
Road: - Jaipur has a good road network. As national highways pass through Rajasthan, it is connected to rest of the major cities in north India.
One of the most famous tourist place in Jaipur is City Palace, situated in the heart of the city, the Palace is a beautiful fusion of Mughal, Rajasthani & Western architecture. The Palace was built by Sawai Jai Singh II of Kachwaha Rajput Clan in 1729. Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal are prominent palaces in the complex. Chandra Mahal is the most prominent building comprises of seven stories. At present, it is the residence of the descendants of the former ruler of Jaipur. The ground floor of the Mahal now serves as a museum displaying carpets, handicrafts belonging to the royal family. Mubarak Mahal is also converted into a museum showcasing a variety of royal costumes & various textiles.
Amber Fort, located in Amer is 11 Km from Jaipur & is the most famous fort of Rajasthan. Located on a hill, the fort is a prime tourist spot in Jaipur. The Fort was constructed by Raja Mansingh in the year 1592 with a blend of Hindu-Muslim architecture. Made of red sandstone and marble, the palace consists of Diwan-i-aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Sheesh Mahal & Sukh Niwas as four courtyards.
Nahargarh Fort overlooks Jaipur & forms a strong defence ring alongside Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort. Nahargarh - an abode of tigers - is built in 1734 by King of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. The fort provides a panoramic view of Jaipur City. Sheesh Mahal, Jaipur Wax Museum are some of another attraction nearby the fort.
Jaigarh Fort, situated on top of the hill in Aravalli range, was constructed by Sawai Jai Singh II in 1726 to protect Amer Fort. Also recognized as 'Fort of Victory', the palace within the complex of the fort is similar to Amer fort. The fort features 'Jaivana', which was once world's largest cannon & also offers a magnificent view of Jaipur City.
'Palace of Winds' or Hawa Mahal is a beautiful palace constructed of red and pink sandstone. Built-in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, the five-story palace has 953 small windows, gives an impression of a honeycomb of a beehive. A fine example of Rajput architecture, it was built to enable royal women of the Royal family to view everyday life and festivals of the city.
Jal Mahal or Water Palace is another architectural delight situated in Jaipur in the middle of Mansagar Lake. Surrounded by Aravalli hills range, the palace and lake were renovated by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber in 18th Century. It is a five-story building, with only one floor above water & four remains underwater. The Palace gives a stunning view as its reflection in the water, especially during night time. Initially built as a hunting lodge and summer retreat, the palace is a most photographed monument in Jaipur.
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, is one of the five different observation in North India built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in early 18th Century. A collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, it is considered to be the biggest observatory of the current time. The observatory houses instruments to measure time, a track star in their orbits, celestial altitudes. The monument attracts a number of tourists having an interest in astrology, architecture & astronomy.