Tourist places in Jaipur - India: The Complete Guide of Jaipur Tourist Attractions and Information for Foreign Tourists

Jaipur City Tourist Map
Jaipur is the capital of the North Indian state of Rajasthan. It is better known as the Pink City, for the profusion of buildings built in pink stucco, and for the many forts, palaces and heritage structures. Together with Delhi and Agra, Jaipur forms the third angle of the popular Golden triangle circuit.
Not much about Jaipur is known before 1727, but it was that year the city was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh of the Kachwaha dynasty and the capital was moved from Amber to Jaipur. It is considered to be among the first planned cities in the country, with the king following Vastushastra in laying the city containing a network of wide streets and boulevards. Ever since, Jaipur has progressed in leaps and bounds without losing its tradition and heritage, and so attract tourists from all over the world.


Amber Fort and Palace
Amber Fort and Palace
The most stunning edifice in Jaipur is unarguably Amber Fort which also houses a palace. Overlooking the artificial lake, it is massive in size and is the manifestation of the power as well as the patronage the Rajput kings commanded. The style is rather hybrid, incorporating both Hindu and Islamic elements and dates back to Raja Man Singh. It was named after the town of Amber, which was originally the capital of the Kachwaha dynasty, before being shifted to Jaipur. Inside the fort, it is worth spending time at the Sheesh Mahal, so called because it is adorned with an abundance of mirror tiles on the walls and ceiling.
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City Palace and Hawa Mahal
City Palace and Hawa Mahal
It's not difficult to see why this beautiful structure was named thus. It is in fact bang in the centre of the city and is a fabulous juxtaposition of traditional Rajput and Mughal architecture. It is a sprawling complex and comprises many components that are equally stunning and intriguing. There are several courtyards, used for a variety of purposes, surrounded by gardens and buildings. These include the Chandra Mahal, which is the home of the current Jaipur Maharaja, Mubarak Mahal which has been converted into a textile museum, the elaborate Diwan-e-Khas or private hall, which contains two of the world's largest silver vessels and has gained entry into the Guinness Book of World Records, Diwan-e-Aam, which was where the king had his public meetings and many other Lovely structures and gateways. But the most fascinating and wonderful part of the City Palace is the Hawa Mahal or Palace of Breeze, built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 as an extension of the women's chamber, it has five storey built of red sandstone and has a staggering 950 windows. The idea was to provide a network of windows for the Ladies of the household to view city life out of the window without being seen themselves. However, the palace gets its name from the fact that it has been designed in such a way that air circulates and keeps its cool even in the hot summer months.


Jaigarh Fort
Jaigarh Fort
Standing above the Amber Palace on the hills, Jaigarh Fort is both stunning in itself and offers stunning views of the Aravalli hill range, the Amber Palace and city of Jaipur. Its attractions include underground water-storage tanks, a medieval canon foundry and an impressive collection of medieval cannons, among which is the Jaivana, considered to be the world's largest cannon on wheels. Interestingly, this was called the Amber fort originally but became Jaigarh from the time of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, after the new fort and palace were built.
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Nahargarh Fort

Nahargarh Fort
This is comparatively a small fort, but is known for the panoramic views of Man Sagar lake and the city of Jaipur. Inside is a small palace, called the Madhavendra Bhavan palace. The word nahargarh means "Home of Tigers". Together with other forts it was the defence wall of the City.


Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar
Amongst all the monuments in Jaipur nothing is probably as fascinating as Jantar Mantar, which is located close to the City Palace. While the name itself is enough to conjure up images of magic, its function is rather more scientific, but is noteworthy because it was much ahead of its time. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh between 1727 and 1734, Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory, one of the five that the king built. It consists of 14 devices meant for measuring various things such as ascertaining time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars, determine the position of the planets, establish celestial altitudes and such others.



Other places

There are plenty of places to see in Jaipur depending on how much time you spend here. Other places to see include Birla Mandir (white marble temple dedicated to Lord Lakshminarayan), Jalmahal (literally water palace, refers to the lovely Rajput-style palace in the middle of Man Sagar lake), Galtaji (an ancient Hindu pilgrimage site with temples, tanks and religious sites, about 10 km from Jaipur), Albert Hall Museum (main museum in Jaipur), Sanganer, Bagru, Chaksu, Ramgarh, Samode and many such others. 20 km south of the Jaipur is Chowki Dhani, a well-recreated Rajasthani village and everyone's must see place if they happen to pass through the Pink City of Jaipur.


Fairs and festivals

With the color of the desert, the rich tradition and heritage of Rajasthan and the Long history of its people, it is inevitable that people celebrate a host of festivals, both religious and cultural.

Festivals celebrated throughout the country, like Holi, Dussehra, Diwali, Janmashtami, Id and Christmas, takes on added colour in Rajasthan. But the city celebrates some unusual and interesting fairs & festivals as well. These include Elephant festival, Teej, Kite festival and Gangaur festival. Holi gets extra flavor and color with the Elephant Festival in which elephants are bedecked in colorful attire and adorned with lots of festoons and ornaments, making them look regal and majestic.

Kite Festival is celebrated on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, when the skies above Jaipur are populated by kites of all colors, sizes and shapes. It marks the turning of the breeze and is celebrated by both men and women of all ages taking part in flying kites.

In contrast, Gangaur and Teej are essentially celebrated by women. Gangaur which falls about a fortnight after Holi is mainly the worship of Gauri, one of the many manifestations of Parvati.

Teej is also a festival worshipping Parvati, but this is later in the year and swings are set up and decorated with flowers, while women fast, sing devotional songs and seek blessings for the welfare of the family.


Cuisine

Considering that the people of Rajasthan share a martial background, and have had to bear the hostile desert, it is inevitable that their cuisine has evolved in a manner suited to these two conditions. The focus was always on preparing food that could last several days, and so there is a predominance of lentils and breads baked over fire, along with fresh vegetables.

One of the most popular and favorite dishes is the trio of dal baati churma. The baati is like a bread made with coarse and unleavened dough with a variety of stuffings. The churma is a sweet dish made with crushed rotis, ghee and jaggery. But apart from these, dried lentils, beans from indigenous plants like sangri, ker etc. are liberally used. Gram flour or besan is a major ingredient, because of its staying capacity, and is used to make dishes like gatta ki sabzi and pakodi. On the other hand, powdered lentils are used for mangodi, papad, while bajra and corn are used all over the state for preparations of rabdi, khichdi and rotis. Various chutneys are made from locally available spices like turmeric, coriander, mint and garlic. While these are dishes that are common throughout the state, like every other state, each region is distinguished by its popular sweet - Mawa Kachori from Jodhpur, Malpuas from Pushkar, Rasogullasfrom Bikanerand Ghevar from Jaipur.

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In a city as colorful as Jaipur, it is indeed a pleasure to shop. There are vibrant colors everywhere and plenty of markets all over the city. Among the things to shop for here are handicrafts, antiques, jewellery, gems, pottery, carpets, textiles, metalwork and leatherware. And the best place to shop, even if you are not a shopper, are Kishanpol Bazaar, Haldiyon Ka Rasta, Mahiharon Ka Rasta, M.I. Road, Jauhari Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar and Nehru Bazaar which are main shopping places.

Fabric and carpets: There's no better place in the country to shop for fabrics, especially the exquisitely hand embroidered ones, and hand woven carpets. These are best bought at Tripolia Bazaar, Kishanpol bazaar, Bapu or Nehru Bazaar. Not to be missed the famous Jaipur 'rajai' or stuffed quilts which are warm and soft, especially the ones with the velvet finish.

Handicrafts: Jaipur is known as the crafts capital of the country, because its handicrafts are distinctive and exclusive. From the times of the kings, craftsmen and artisans were given royal patronage and hence the traditional forms are visible even today. These could be anything from stone to metal, from wood to papier mache.

Camel leather: Jaipur is famous for its leather craft industry, especially artifacts made of camel leather. They are particularly beautiful here because they are embellished with embroidery and other kinds of ornamentation. Things to look out for include Jutis, Mojaris (slippers). Bags and Sandals. Shoes and Purses made in Jaipur catch the due attention of the tourists.

Jewellery and Gems: Owing to the predominant royal heritage, Rajasthan is famous for its traditional jewellery. And in Rajasthan, Jaipur is always the centre of activity. For centuries, Jaipur has flourished with skilled artisans who have worked with precious stones and jewellery to create exclusive designs and splendid jewellery. Artisans work both in silver and gold and it is a good idea to buy traditional stuff from here.

Few words from Indian Lexicon

English to Hindi

Address
Pata
Answer
Uttar/Jawab
Arrival  
Pahunchna
Baggage
Saamaan
Bathroom Gusatkhana
Directions Dishayen
Festival Tyohar
Fruits   Phal
Mitra/Dost Friend
Gift Uphar/Tohfa
Hungry Bhukha
Hurry Up Jaldi Kara
Price  Mulya/Kimat
Purchase Kharidna
Question Prashna/Sawal
Safe Surakshit
Shop Dukan
Thank You Shukriya/Dhanyavad
Vegetables Sabziyan
Your     Aaapka/Tumhara
Food Khana



General Information
District Area: Jaipur City (Municipal limits 64.75 sq. Km. Pink City 9.8 sq.km)
Altitude: 431 metres above sea level
Climate: Summer- Max. 45.0°C / Min. 25.8°C, Winter- Max. 22.0°C/ Min. 5°C
Best Season: Sept to March
Languages: English, Hindi & Rajasthani

For accommodation facility and any other information visit: www. rajasthantourism.gov. in


Money Changers
Central Bank of India, Sansar Chandra Road
Tel: 2364141

Thomas Cook (INDI) Ltd. MI Road
Tel: 2360940,2360801,2360974

Important Telephone Numbers

Sawai Man Singh Hospital, Tel: 25660291, 2564222
General Post office, Tel 2368740
Passport Office Tel: 2510884
Sanganer Airport Tel: 2721333
Police Control Room Tel: 2565555
Railway General Enquiry Tel: 2204536


Conversational Phrases
At the Airport Hawai adde pe
Where is the exit? Bahar jaane ka rasta?
How far is the hotel? Hotel kitni dur hai?
What is the rent? Kiraya kya hai?
Please call Taxi Ek taxi bulao
Places worth visiting Dekhne layak jagah kya hai?
Want city guide map Shahar ka naksha chahiye
Show me the way Mujhe rasta dikhaiye
Please do booking Booking kar dijeye
Which is the main shopping center? Yahan ka mashhur bazaar kaun sa hai?
I want to send an e-mail Main ek e-mail bhejna chahta hu
It is hot/ cold day Aaj garmi/sardi hai


How to reach
Air: Jaipur airport, located on the outskirts of town, is connected with daily flights from most other metros in the country. It also has a handful of international connections, but these are sporadic at best.

Rail: Jaipur is connected by train to cities across the country, including long distance trains to cities as far away as Kolkata, Lucknow, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kozhikode and Kochi. There are a number of daily trains to Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and cities in Rajasthan. Jaipur has three main stations Jaipur Junction (main station where almost all trains stop), Durgapur and Gandhinagar.

Bus: There are buses to Delhi from Jaipur every 30 minutes. There are also a variety of bus options starting from the ordinary to super deluxe Volvo buses. Jaipur is connected to most other cities in Rajasthan and other cities such as Ahmedabad by bus as well.

Local transport: Autorickshaws, cycle rickshaws and taxis form the major part of the local transport in Jaipur. While cycle rickshaws are fascinating, they take an enormous amount of time. They are best suited for a look-see, but autos are better if you want to get from one place to the other quickly. Pre-paid autos are also available in some places. Taxis are also a good option for comfort as well as if the numbers are bigger. However, in some of the older parts of the city and in the bazaars, there's nothing better to give you a feel of the place than walking.


India Tourism Offices
India
Jaipur, India Tourism: State Hotel Jaipur, Khasa Kothi, Ph: 0141 2372200, Email: indtourjpr@raj.nic.in
New Delhi, Indiatourism: 88 Janpath, New Delhi, Ph: 011- 23320005/8/0342 Email: goitodelhi@nic.in
Chennai, Indiatourism: 154, Anna Salai, Chennai, Ph: 044- 28461459/0285, Email: indtour@dataone.in
Mumbai, Indiatourism: 123 M Karve Road, Opp Churchgate, Mumbai, Ph: 022- 22033144/45 Email: regdir@indtour@gmail.com
Kolkata, Indiatourism, Embassy', 4 Shakespeare Sarani Kolkata, Ph: 033- 22821402/1475 Email: indtour@cal2.vsnl.net.in
Guwahati, Indiatourism: Asom Paryatan Bhawan, 3rd Floor, Near Nepali Bazaar, Guwahati-781008, Assam Phone-0361 -2737554, indtourguwahati@nic.in
Foreign Offices
New York, Indiatourism: 1270, Avenue of Americas, Suite 303, New York 10020 USA.
Phone: +1-212-586-4901/4902 /4903, Fax : +1-212-582-3274, E-mail: rd@itonyc.com, ny@itonyc.com; bidisha@itonyc.com
Los Angeles, Indiatourism: 3550 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 204, Los
Angeles, California 90010 2485 USA.
Phone: +1-213-380-8855 Fax :+1 -213-380-6111,
E-mail: indiatourismla@aol.com; indiatourismla@gmail.com
Toronto, Indiatourism: 60 Bloor Street, West Suite 1003, Toronto, M4 W3, B8,Canada.
Phone : +1-416-962-3787/3788, Fax : +1-416-962-6279,
E-mail: indiatourism@bellnet.ca; director@indiatourismcanada.ca
London, Indiatourism: 7 Cork Street, London WIS 3LH. Phone : +44-207-4373677, 7346613 Fax : +44-207-4941048, E-mail: info@indiatouristoffice.org; jagdish@indiatouristoffice.org
Frankfurt, Indiatourism: Basler Strasse 48, D-60329, Frankfurt, AM-MAIN 1, Federal Republic of Germany.
Phone : + 49-69-2429490, 24294927 Fax : + 49-69-24294977, E-mail: info@india-tourism.com; javed@india-tourism.com; anil@india-tourism.com
Paris, Indiatourism: 11-13, Bis Boulevard Haussmann, F-75009 Psris Frcinc©
Phone : +33-1-4523 3045, 4523 3965 Fax : +33-1-4523 3345 E-mail :indtourpahs@aol.com
Amsterdam, Indiatourism: Rokin 9/15,1012 KK Amsterdam Phone: +31-20-6208991, Fax : +31-20-6383059, Email: info@indiatourismamsterdam.com
Milan, Indiatourism: Via Albricci 9, Milan 20122, Italy.
Phone: +39-02-8053506. Fax : +39-02-72021681,
E-mail: info@indiatourismmilan.com, director@indiatourismmilan.com
Dubai, Indiatourism: Post Box 12856, NASA Building, AL Maktoum Road, Deira.Dubai, UAE.
Phone: +971-4-2274848, 2274199. Fax : +971-4-2274013, E-mail: goirto@emirates.net.ae, goirto@eim.ae
Johannesburg, Indiatourism: RO. Box 412542, Craighall 2024,Hyde Lane, Lancaster Gate, Johannesburg-2000,South Africa. Phone : +27-11-3250880, Fax : +27-11-3250882, E-mail: goito@global.co.za
Sydney, Indiatourism: Level 5, 135 King Street, Glasshouse Shopping
Complex, Sydney, NSW 2000
Tel: + 61 2 9221 9555, Fax: + 61 2 9221 9777
E-mail: info@indiatourism.com.au, krishna.arya@indiatourism.com.au, gajendra@indiatourism.com.au
Singapore, Indiatourism: 20, Kramat Lane, # 01-01 United House, Singapore 228773.
Phone : +65-6235-3800, Fax : +65-6235-8677
E-mail: info@indiatourism.com.sg, rajeshtalwar@indiatourism.com.sg
Tokyo, Indiatourism: Isei Bldg. 7F/8F, 1-8-17, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan.
Tel: +81-3-3561-0651/2, Voice Guide: +81-3-3561-0653/4 Fax: +81-3-3561-0655 E-mail: indtourt@smile.ocn.ne.jp, rdtokyoindiatourism@coast.ocn.ne.jp
Beijing, Indiatourism: Unit 3 & 5, 29th Floor, East Tower, Twin Towers, B-12, Jianguomenwai Avenue, Chaoyang District, Beijing-100022 (China) Tel : 0086-10-6568 6294 Fax : 0086-10-6568 8594 E-mail: beijing@indiatourism.org.cn, indiatourism.beijing@gmail.com


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