the present day capital of the state of Rajasthan, basks in the glory of the
legacies left by the Rajputana empire. This rose pink city founded by
Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1727 AD is divided into nine rectangular sectors,
the only one of its kind in the entire world signifying the nine divisions
of the universe. Encircled by rugged hills and embattled walls, the city is
a museum in itself preserving numerous forts, palaces and gardens. The
endless variety of crafts, the jewellery in particular, have received world
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The prodigious fort of Amer Palace with tall watch towers and huge ramparts
is believed to be the capital of the "Minas", the original
inhabitants of Rajasthan- a fascinating sight indeed. At the City Palace you
will surely have an insight into the splendour of the years gone by. The
imposing gate of the palace, which stands guarded by stone elephants, is
popularly known as Nakkarkhana-ka-darwaza. Perched on a peak which overlooks
the city of Amber below, the Jai Garh lake palace is another captivating
site of the pink city. It is surrounded by water on all sides and offers a
fabulous view. A trip to Jaipur without a visit to the Hawa Mahal is by far
incomplete. You can't afford to miss this multi-layered palace characterised
by a profusion of windows and stone screens. Jantar Mantar, the 18th century
astronomical monument, speaks volumes about the astronomical feats of the
Rajputs. In addition, the Sisodia Rani ka Bagh, the splendid garden with
fountains, pools and stone sculptures, will certainly bemuse you and give
insight to the aesthetic sense of the Rajasthani kings.
Jaipur : Fact File
Distance from Agra :
Airlinks to important Indian cities. An excellent
rail and road network connect the city with Delhi, Bikaner, Jodhpur,
Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Secunderabad and Lucknow.
Local Transport :
Tourist taxis and RTDC buses.
Several budget hotels and paying guest accommodation
are available in Jaipur. Apart from these, there are the luxurious palaces
converted into heritage hotels.
Jaipur falls on the Golden Triangle of Indian tourism- other two prominent
cities being Delhi and Agra.