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  Say the word Rajasthan and immediately one conjures up an  image of a colourful and vibrant culture comprising of people who can play as perfect hosts and enjoy

 doing so. Though the state is mainly a desert but the spirit of the people and abundant tourist opportunities make it seem like an oasis. The presence of old forts and hawelis carrying with them innumerable tales of the past, beautiful lakes arising from nowhere in the desert and a surplus of jungles with their wildlife along with traditional attires and food makes Rajasthan an ideal destination along with proximity to the capital to boot.

JAIPUR

 This capital city of Rajasthan is also known as the 'Pink City' being painted pink in 1727 by it's creator Maharaja Swai Jai Singh, who also gave it  it's name. The city was built on the plans of Shilpa Shastra ( hindu science of architecture) with a touch of moghul and jain influence.

General Info

Altitude :400m

Weather : Cool in winter and extremely hot in summer. nights are much cooler then the day.

Best Season : October to February

How to reach 

Distance : 260km

Road : Another one of those smooth and wide highways which have recently come up will take you to Jaipur in no time once you cross Gurgaon. The NH 8 is 4-6 lane all the way to Jaipur, but the hurdle of crossing Gurgaon from any where in Delhi is a big one especially during peak hours. So if you are an early bird or are starting on a holiday or a Sunday half your worries are gone. The proposed 6 laning of this stretch is nowhere in sight so you will                     have to forgo some of your sleep to start early.

 Follow the NH 8 from Dhaula Kuan and you are on your way. It's a toll road almost all the way after

 Gurgaon but  whole route is an excellent drive. You can stop at Behror which is almost midway and has a lot of good resorts and restaurants. 

Rail : One can also take the morning Shatabdi to reach in about 5 hours, other trains are also available.

Air : The airport is at Sanganer about 15 km from the main city and has direct connecting flights to Delhi.

What to see

City Palace Situated right in the center of the city this sprawling structure has a lot of moghul influence in it's buildings and gardens. The general condition of the buildings is nothing to write home about though the museum is well kept and gives a good insight into the maharaja's living and splendour.

Hawa Mahal Situated right next to the City Palace is this palace with all of it's impressive 152 windows. The palace though looks more spectacular from outside with it's pink walls than from inside.

Jantar Mantar Also just across the road is the Maharaja Jai Singh's stone observatory with it's sun dial and other scientific instruments in stone.

Sisodia Rani-ka-Bagh and Vidyadharji-ka-bagh are the two landscaped gardens situated opposite each other on the Agra Road and are worth a visit. One can enjoy a day time picnic in these beautiful and natural surroundings.

Jal Mahal Situated on the way out of Jaipur to Amber this part submerged fort was

 a hunting lodge for the royal and now can only be viewed from a distance but still worth a look.

 

Amber Fort The fort that takes it all and is a must visit. About 10 km from Jaipur on the NH8 towards Delhi it is situated in picturesque surroundings   was built in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh. A mixture of moghul and rajasthani architecture and built of red sandstone and marble it has beautiful gardens that add to it's opulence. One has to go on an elephant back from Chand Pol (where you will have to park your car) or by foot to reach the main entrance. One can hire a tourist guide for learning more about the fort and the folk lore attached to it. One can also hire a walk man with a cassette about the various spots in the fort which are neatly numbered from the government  tourist office. The most beautiful and enchanting pavilion is the Sheesh Mahal  with hundreds of mirrors lining the walls and roof of the room ( remember the Mughle Azam song).

Jaigarh and Nahargarh forts are situated nearby and can be visited if one has some spare time.

Chokhi Dhani Situated on the Tonk Road this private resorts lays out a typical village setting each evening with folk dancers, magicians, puppet shows, fortune tellers and various trick artists and camel rides,swings etc. What follows is a delicious traditional Rajasthani meal comprising of various local delicacies.

 

What to buy

Jaipur is a shopper's delight, one can shop till one drops dead and still long for more. The various things of desire one can look for in various parts of the city are- hand block painting fabrics at Sanganer, where one can also this being done first hand at various factories, tie and die fabrics available at various markets across the city especially around Hawa Mahal. The jaipuri quilts are world famous for being very light and warm,one can shop for them around Hawa Mahal or at Johri Bazar .Tripolia Bazar is famous for ornamental jewellary and precious stones etc. One can also buy good leather slippers called mozari in local lingo at Ram Ganj near Bada Chaupar.

 

Where to stay 

                                

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