It is a city of contrasts, where camels wait for traffic lights with Auto Rickshaws and Ambassador cars. With a crowd of turbaned men and women in resplendent in iridescent limes, green, hot pink and sunflower coloured dresses looks stunning with a backdrop of ancient forts of Amber, Nahrgarh, Jaigarh and Moti Dungri, that lend a dramatic testaments to a bygone era which impart a lingering romance to this chaotic city. This forts clad tapestry makes up the 'Pink City' or the capital of Rajasthan.
Among Jaipur highlights are its fascinating City Palace, which has a fine museum with priceless exhibits dating from the successive reigns of Kachwahas Rulers. Nearby is the Jantar Mantar and the old city is quiet fascinating place to wander. As it is laid out on a grid pattern, it's fairly easy to orient yourself here.
The City Palace
This complex is the most important landmark with its numerous outbuildings, courtyards, impressive gateways and temples. Across the road from the palace is the Jantar Mantar, one of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. A collection of complex astronomical instruments, chiseled out of stone- most of which continue to provide fairly accurate information to this day - is the highlight of this observatory.
Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds)
Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, the Hawa Mahal is a remarkable structure which overlooks one of the main streets and also provides some excellent views of the city. In the not-too-distant past, ladies of the court found it convenient to watch the activities on the streets below without being observed themselves.
Ram Niwas Garden
Located just outside the walled city is the sprawling Ram Niwas Garden. The garden houses the majestic Albert Hall Museum. Opened in 1887 AD, this impressive building displays a rich collection of paintings, carpets, ivory, stone and metal sculpture among other objects.
Set in a picturesque location, Amer is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Built in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh, it sprawls on the hillside. architected in red sandstone and white marble, the palace complex has some very interesting apartments, the likes of which are not to be found anywhere else in the country. Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas and Ganesh Pole are the prominent areas of interest.
Jaigarh , or the Fort of Victory, is a rugged fort built in 1726. The world's largest cannon on wheels is to be found here. The fort houses a museum and provides some excellent views of the Amer Palace.
It is the first of the three forts. Built in 1734, this fort provides some stunning views of the city down below both during day-time and at night.
The Jaipur Observatory is the largest and the best preserved, with 13 different instruments for calculating the movement of celestial bodies.
Several important festivals are unique to Jaipur. Gangaur is much adored festival for women of Jaipur. The festivals of Gangaur celebrates the love Lord Shiva had for his consort Parvati. An elaborate garbed image of Gauri is carried on a palanquin from the Tripolia, at the City Palace, through the cities of the old cities.
The festival sees gaily caparisioned elephants lumber through the streets, and matches of elephant polo are held at the Polo Ground the Rambagh Palace. One of the most bizarre spectacle is the tug of the war.
Jaipur- A flake of tradition
Besides sight seeing at the Jaipur you can pursue many other leisure activities on your vacation here. Practice Vipassana, India's oldest form of meditation. The Dhammathali Vipassana Meditation center runs courses for beginners training them for a holistic body and mental state. Tucked near the countryside, it provides with all kinds of facilities for beginners. If you would like to be little sporty then try your hands at Golf at Rambagh Golf club or Tennis at Jai Club. There are facilities at Jaipur where you can learn Rajasthani music and arts and seek a course in Painting and Pottery Classes.
- A developed town and and an important cultural centers of Rajasthan, Jaipur has evolved as a major airport and rail center that links it to several other parts of India. On the air route Jaipur has a major Airport called as Sanganer. Jaipur is a major station in itself.
- Tourist Reception Center, Tourist Hotel (Govt. Hostel), MI Road
- Best time to reach Jaipur is during October to March.