Jaipur, Rajasthan Travel Guide : If you are dreaming of visiting a city that makes you feel royal in all the ways (food, travel, stay and shopping) go to Jaipur. It is known as the pink city of India. This capital city of Rajasthan is the abode of royal havelis, handicrafts and antiques, handloom cloths, lavishing cuisine, lakes, jewelry and gems.
The city is located near the deserts of Rajasthan. Maharaja Jai Singh (the second) initiated the construction of Jaipur into a well structured city after shifting his capital from Amber to Jaipur with the help of his clerk Vidyadhar Bhttacharya. When the Prince of Wales visited India (in 1853) the whole city was painted pink. Since then it is called the pink city.
Places to visit
If you visit Jaipur, keep three things in mind; explore royal architecture (palaces, havelis and forts), shop at your heart’s content and taste the Rajasthani cuisine.
The city palace with its wall paintings, mirror work and royal ammunitions attracts visitors. The complex is a world heritage center now.
Hawa Mahal is a unique structure. As the name itself suggests the palace has been built to get some fresh breeze. This is an extension of the city palace, closer to the zenana of the queens. Hawa Mahal was built around 1799 by the grandson of Maharaja Jai Singh the II (Sawai Pratap Singh).
Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory built by Raja Jai Singh II. Raja Jai Singh has built total five observatories. The site has been declared a world heritage center by UNESCO.
Along with these the Tourists should also visit Albert Hall (a museum now), Jal Mahal, Galtaji (small complex with a temple of sun god) and the Amber Fort. Amber Fort was the earlier capital of the Kachchawahas (Maharaja Jai Singh II belongs to this clan) clan which ruled over the city of Jaipur. The fort complex includes many worth seeing structures like Diwan e Khas. If you have time you can also visit nearby temples (Laxmi Narayan temple), gardens and lakes (Ram Nivas Bagh, Sambhar Lake).
Jaipur is a shopper’s paradise. One can go for Jaipuri quilts, bangles, shawls, Jaipur handloom materials, jewelry, sarees, carpets, leather items, and gem stones in various colors and textures.
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