symbol of the royal elegance and courtly splendor of the Rajput clans",
Jaipur is the first planned city of north India and is designed in
accordance with Shilpa shastra, an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture.
Jaipur, which earned the sobriquet of 'Pink City", is today the capital
of the state of Rajasthan thriving with traditional crafts like jewellery,
metal works, enamelling,pottery,stone carvings and miniature paintings.
Jaipur is located in the state of Rajasthan at the edge of the Thar Desert.
It is at a distance of 258 km from Delhi, the national capital.
Weather in the summers ranges from 25 Centrigrade to a maximum of 45
Centrigrade while winters lies between 22Centrigrade to as low as
8Centrigrade.The rainy seasons are very humid starting from July to mid
September.The best time to visit Jaipur is between October to March.
City Palace -
The City Palace complex has the most important architectural marvel in
palatial arts with its numerous buildings, courtyards, impressive gateways
and temples. Covering about one-seventh of the old city, this exemplary
blend of Rajputs and Mughal architecture houses the seven-storied Chandra
Mahal, which is still occupied by the former ruling family of Jaipur. There
are many splendid small palaces and halls in the complex, such as the
Mubarak Mahal and Badal Mahal. There is also a famous temple called the Shri
Govind Temple. The rest of the complex consists of the Sawai Madho Singh II
Hawa Mahal -
Built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap
Singh the 'Hawa Mahal' or Palace of the Wind, is an integral part of the
City Palace. It was built as an extension of the Zenana, women's chamber
standing away from the main complex. This five storey building of unusual
architecture is a stunning example of Rajput artistry made of red and pink
sand stone, beautifully outlined with white borders and motif's painted with
quick lime. The monument was originally conceived with the purpose of
enabling ladies of the royal household to watch the everyday life and royal
processions in the city without being seen by others.
Amber Fort -
Seven miles north of Jaipur is Amber Fort
in Amber, capital of the then Kachwaha Rajputs. The city-palace is protected
by the towering outer walls of this fort, a further wall runs for miles
along the hills surrounding the palace. For many, the most memorable part of
a trip to Jaipur is the journey up the palace ramparts, through a succession
of vast gates, on the back of a painted elephant in a typical Maharaja
style. Inside are the ruins of the once great palace, a wonderful example of
Rajput architecture, with Mughal influences.
Palace on Wheels -
The Palace On Wheels is a luxury
train that carries with it an ambience of the Rajputana era and an exciting
fairytale journey. It takes the visitor to the imperial cities of
Rajasthan.The coaches also carry out an image of the Rajput states with
beautiful interiors. The "Royal Treat" for the passengers on board
include saloons, bar lounges & libraries as well as restaurant and
The other places of interest are Jaipur Museum, Albert Museum, Birla Mandir
Planetarium, Sisodia Rani Park, Lakshmi Narain Temple, Kanak Vrindavan, the
Raj Mahal Palace and Rambagh Palace.
is one such location at a distance of 15 km
from Jaipur. It is the place where Chhatris of Jaipur's rulers stand amidst
reverential silence. Twenty carved pillars support its elegant dome, which
is a dazzling structure in white marble.
It is 40 kms away, and is well known for its
textile block printing, paper making and Jaipur blue pottery. Besides,
several temples and an old palace are also an attraction.
Tonk is an old town dating back to the middle of
the 17th century. The present township which lies 100 kms away resurrects a
forgotten era in a colorful mixture of painted mosques, mansions and
colonial buildings. The Sunehri Kothi or Golden Mansion is of special
mention because of its mirror work.