The Pink colored buildings, the cheerful markets, the extraordinary past and magnificent culture together makes Jaipur, the most beautiful city of the flamboyant state of Rajasthan.
Jaipur, better recognized as the Pink City, is also the capital of Rajasthan. The pink color of the buildings, the rich culture and heritage, the welcoming hearts of the people never let someone leave by their choice. The largest city of Rajasthan was founded by Jai Singh II in 1727.
The Royal state reflects the astonishing aura of rich culture and heritage that is showcased in the magnificent fortress, majestic palaces, mesmerizing mansions, the beautiful and colorful markets, the splendid Handicraft products, the narrow lanes and especially the beautiful hearts that welcomes in the warm traditional styles. Jaipur is just not a place where one may go and visit, Jaipur makes its travelers fall in love with it as soon as they step on to its land.
To begin with, this appealing city consumed by uniqueness was planned according to the Indian Vastu Shastra in the year 1727. The three gates of this city facing different directions attract every visitor's attention [the East facing gate is addressed as the Suraj Pol [the sun gate]| the north-facing gate is the ancestral capital of Amer and the west facing gate is referred as the Chand Pol.
Jaipur is adorned with the presence of a few cultural sites – the Jawahar Kala Kendra, the Government Central Museum [preserves various forms of arts and antiquities] etc. The noteworthy Pink city is gratefully equipped with numerous traditional shops selling Handicrafts and antiques [some rich crafts include – Bandhani, Zari, Kinari, Zardozi, Gems, Kundan, Meenakari, Jewellery, Lakh ki Chudiya, Miniature Painting, Blue Pottery, Leather-ware, Block Printing, Tarkashi, Silver Jewellery, ivory Carving etc.
No season can beat the pleasantness of the winter months – the cold months are quite welcoming and inviting. Rajasthan being home to the Thar Desert makes it a hot place of summers. Hence, beginning from the month of October to the end of March is regarded as the best-suited months of exploration.
The capital, as well as the largest city of Rajasthan, is truly mesmerizing; its home to some of the finest architecture [monuments functioning as a time-traveller]. It holds the fine details of past, the walls speak up about the stories that are still as fresh and alive in its toughness. 02 days are sufficient enough for one to explore this oldest city of Rajasthan [the princely state].
The traditional city of Jaipur serves as a Gateway to the other major tourist destinations of Rajasthan; people travelling from the various parts of the world mostly land in the city of Jaipur as first. This is what announces the presence of various amenities and services serving hotels [from 2-star hotels to the luxurious ones]. The capital city of Jaipur is also home to several Heritage Hotels as well. The level of hospitality you will experience and live here will surely fill your heart with various emotions.
The gateway city is blessed with the presence of numerous attractions of importance; as most of us are well aware of this saying [Old is Gold]. The saying fits up perfectly with this hospitality soaked city of North, which is one of the three iconic cities of Northern India.
Jaipur is not only gifted with the numerous touristic spots, but it’s also a happening home to some of the effectively packed shopping markets that are dressed in the art and skills of the talented artisans. The city of Architecture, traditional values, culture, customs, shopping markets, cuisine, World Heritage Site is always up in merriment due to the remarkable presence of the soulful locals as well as keen travellers. Here are the names of authenticity absorbed and quality product offering markets that are situated in the royal state of Rajasthan
(1) Johri Bazaar (2) Bapu Bazaar (3) Nehru Bazaar (4) Tripolia Bazaar (5) Kishanpole Bazaar (6) Sireh Deori Bazaar etc
Jaipur is well-known for selling some of the precious and semi-precious Gemstones, Blue Pottery articles, Ethnic as well as fancy Jewellery, traditionally designed clothes [Lehariya Saree, Bandhani Dupatta, Rajasthani Turban, embroidered Ghagra-Choli etc], Meenakari Work items, Multi-coloured Mojaris, Jaipuri Handcrafted Handbags, Miniature Paintings, etc – explore several shops and buy most of the above-listed products.
Jaipur has lived the longest till date in comparison to the other cities of Rajasthan and this is what makes it one of the finest destinations to have the traditional cuisine. Here are the names of some typical dishes that can be easily found in any place serving food – Dal Baati Churma| Missi Roti| Makke Ki Ghat| Bajre Ki Roti| Ker Sangri| Bajre Ki Ghat etc. The Pink city is also well-recognized for serving some sweets – like Feeni, Ghevar, Gajak, Mawa Kachori, Meethi Thuli, Moong Thal, Ghevar, Chauguni Ke Laddu etc. To take a look of what the most of Jaipur is all about – Place your visit at a 5-star ethnic Resort – Chokhi Dhani [witness the artistic surrounding, have the Rajasthani Cuisine, watch the Folk music and dance performance etc].
The inviting city of Jaipur all dressed in pink is always ready to acknowledge every element of art and literature [One can say that Jaipur is heavily inclined towards artistry and time-travelling skills of excellence]. Here are the names of some prominent festivals of Jaipur, which are celebrated on a greater scale with a huge level of excitement:-
1- Teej festival – It’s a monsoon festival with no specific dates [can fall any time during the interval of July to September]; women do fasting on this day of religious celebration – the Teej festival is devoted to Goddess Parvati [most of the women are dressed in the brightest shade of red [symbol of love].
2- Gangaur Festival – A festival dedicated to Goddess Gauri; this annual festival falls in the month of March. This 16 days festival drives immense joy in this city.
3- Elephant Festival – The Elephant Festival is celebrated in the month of March; it’s held on the festive day of Holi. This festival begins with an interesting and fascinating procession of decorated Elephants, horses, Camels and Folk Dancers.
4- Kite Festival – This festival is observed on the 14th of January every year [the festive day of Makar Sankranti]. This is when the skies showering love in Jaipur are adorned with various featured kites.
5- Jaipur Literature Festival – It’s an annual literary festival, which takes place in Jaipur every year [in the month of January]. The Jaipur Literature Festival is the world’s largest free literary festival, which is held in the Diggi Palace Hotel.
The largest city of the largest state of India in terms of Area is way too impressive in nature; here is how –
Religion in houses and its percentage –
Hinduism – 77.90 per cent
Islam – 18.60 per cent
Jainism – 2.40 per cent
Other – 1.20 Per cent
Few of the prime languages spoken in Jaipur are –
(1) Rajasthani (2) Dhundhari (3) Marwari (4) Hindi (5) English
The five storey honeycomb Hawa Mahal is the most splendid architecture of Jaipur made up of red and pink sandstone. Built by Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799, this magnificent Hawa Mahal was built as a high screen for the women of the royal household.
Also known as the Palace of Winds, this magnificent Hawa Mahal is built with 953 sinuous latticework of jharokhas or the mini windows that acted as a perfect cover for the Rajput Women to keep an eye on the everyday going on the streets underneath.
Another crucial architecture of Jaipur, City Palace was regarded as the headquarters of the power of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Commissioned by Jai Singh II, the construction of this City palace was accomplished in 1732.
While City Palace stands right next to the Hawa Mahal, till today it serves as a residence to the Royal family of Jaipur. The mesmerizing palace, also houses a museum that reflects the royal culture that includes the royal costumes, some extremely rare and precious Pashmina Shawls, the Benarasi Silk Sarees, Sanganeri Prints and Folk Embroidery and the crucial weapons used by Rajputs in their wars.
The finest example of Ptolemaic positional astronomy, Jantar Mantar is one of the five Observatories constructed by Jai Singh II. Admits of the instruments used in making this observatory, this Jantar Mantar houses the World’s biggest Sundial, while the other instruments are made up of stone and brass as per the design principles from ancient texts. Jantar Mantar of Jaipur consist the three main classical celestial coordinate systems that include the Ecliptic System, the Horizon- Zenith System and the Equatorial System.
The large concert hall that was built for the visit for England’s Prince Albert’s visit to Jaipur in 1876. Designed in Indo Saracenic type of Architecture, this Albert Hall or the Central Museum stands talls in the admits of the Ram Niwas Garden. The magnificent architectural monument was converted into a museum by Madho Singh in 1880. The famous attraction of Albert Hall Museum resides in the Egyptian Mummy that is on display in the museum with other miniature paintings and crucial objects.
A five storey magnificent palace that stands tall in the admits of the Man Sagar lake, this beautiful Jal Mahal has got its four floors under the water and the rest remains on the top. Built by Maharaja Madho Singh I, this mesmerizing Jal Mahal served as a den for his duck hunting parties. Designed with the fusion of the Rajputs and Mughal’s style of architecture is made up of red sand stone.
Built by Raja Maan Singh in 1550, this magnificent Amber Fort is located in Amer, a town just 11kilometeres away from Jaipur yet is one of the main tourists attractions of Jaipur. Famous for its artistic style, Amber Fort is a perfect fusion of Hindu and Rajput elements.
Initially a fortress palace, it is made up of white and red sandstone. While it is a grand example of ancient Indian Architecture, it is a perfect blend of Hindu and Muslim style of ornamentation making it the most extraordinary fort. As per these attractions, Jaipur has a lot to offer. One must not miss to just go on a Jaipur Sightseeing tour but also Jaipur Shopping Tour and add on some adventure with camel rides and other activities as per the point of interests of Jaipur.
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