The Rose Pink City founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743), is the
capital of Rajasthan. It is a major attraction for the first-time visitor.
Jaipur is surrounded on all sides by rugged hills, crowned with forts &
enclosed by embattled walls. Houses with latticed windows line the streets
with their rose pink colour, lending enchantment to the scene, which is
almost magical at sunset.
The Old City (Known as the Pink City) is a great place to wander around.
The whole city was painted in Pink colour by Maharaja Man Singh II when
Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, visited Jaipur in 1876 AD. Today, every
home within the city is obliged by law to maintain its facade. It is a very
well planned city laid out in a grid pattern and was designed by a young
Bengali engineer and scholar by the name "Vidyadhar Bhattacharya".
Jaipur was and remains the only city in the world, symbolising the nine
divisions of the universe, through nine rectangular sectors sub-dividing it.
Jaipur is a royal city & this is its most noticeable aspect, small
buildings & festivals testify it.
Jaipur & its surroundings are rather like an endless museum. The city
also offers an endless variety of crafts. Jewellers here still fashion the
beautiful enamel-on-gold pendants, studded on the reverse with precious
stones or pearls & turquoise that one sees in miniature paintings.
Jaipur's lacquer bangles are famous all over the world. This is a city to be
Rajasthan Train Travel
on wheels : Ever wondered what luxury in the royal times was all about!
Welcome to Palace On Wheels, a luxury train that carries with it an ambience
of the Rajputana era and an exciting fairytale journey, which takes the
visitor to the imperial cities of Rajasthan every single day. The coaches
also carry out an image of the Rajput states with beautiful interiors. Last
but not the least the "Royal Treat" for the passengers on board
include saloons, bar lounges & libraries in every coach as well as
restaurant and organized shopping facilites.
Palace : The magnificent fort with its huge ramparts & watchtowers,
overlooking the Delhi-Jaipur Highway. It is believed to have been the
capital of the "Minas", the original inhabitants of Rajasthan.
Palace : Nakkarkhana-ka-Darwaza, the imposing gateway of the City Palace
guarded by stone elephants, is monumental.
Mahal : A Pandora's box of wonders, the enchanting Hawa Mahal is a
multi-layered palace, with a profusion of windows and stone screens.
Garh : Built on a peak, Jai Garh overlooks the palace & city of
Amber below. Jal Mahal is Jaipur's lake palace. It is surrounded with water.
Fort : Originally called Sudarshan Garh, it affords a splendid view of
Mantar : The amazing astronomical three-storey-high observatory, of an
18th century Rajasthani king, named Jai Singh.
Rani Ka Bagh : Has beautiful gardens, fountains, pools & some
magnificent pieces of sculpture.
Garden : Nestled in a narrow valley, this beautiful garden was built in
honour of Jai Singh's chief architect and town planner.
Central Museum : This is the oldest museum in the state. The buiding,
designed by Colonel Sir Swinton Jacob is located in the centre of the
sprawling Ram Niwas Bagh, built in 1876 AD. When King Edward VII visited
India as the Prince of Wales, it was opened to public in 1886.
(86-km on the Shahpura-Alwar Road) : An important historical place with
the excavated remains of a circular Buddhist temple - unique in Rajasthan
and the earliest known temple in India. Bairath also has relics of the
Mauryan, Mughal and Rajput periods. A mint constructed by Akbar, a beautiful
Mughal garden and a remarkable monument with painted 'chhatris' and wall
built by Jahangir, are other attractions.
(2.5-km): Beyond the gardens amidst the low hill guarding the city lies
the old pilgrim centre of Galtaji. Temples, pavilions and holy 'kunds'
(natural springs and reservoirs) dot the serene green landscape. The small
temple of the Sun god, built by Diwan Kriparam on top of the highest peak,
is visible form all parts of the city.
Lake (32-km north-east) : Ramgarh Lake (32-km north-east): A huge
artificial lake created by constructing a high dam amidst tree covered
hills. While the temple of Jamwa Mata and the ruins of the old fort are some
of its antiquities, its beautiful landscape makes it an idyllic picnic spot.
(40-km north-west) : The beautiful Samode Palace, has been rebuilt and
renovated and provides a fine example of the Rajput haveli architecture. It
is an ideal spot for outings.
(16-km) : Located on the Tonk Road. This small town is entered through
the ruins of two 'Tripolias' or triple-gateways. The town has a ruined
palace and a group of Jain temples with fine carvings. Entry to the temples
is restricted. The town is an important centre for craft, industry and
produces some of the finest hand printed textiles from units of block and
screen printers. This textile is popular all over the country and abroad. On
the Ajmer Road, the ground level fort is still in good shape. It is noted
for its hand printed handloom industry using simple techniques.
(6.5-km on the road to Amer) : There are memorials to the queens in the
Maharani-ki-Chhatri complex near the Ramgarh road crossing. The white marble
cenotaph of Maharajah Jai Singh II is the most impressive and is decorated
with carved peacocks. Next to it is the cenotaph of his son. The island
palace-Jal Mahal built by Sawai Madho Singh as a pleasure spot at the centre
of the Man Sagar Lake, and the Kanak Vrindavan complex of temples and
gardens recently renovated add to its pristine glory.
To the west of this road, in a narrow valley, is the royal cremation ground
at Gaitor. The cenotaphs of all Jaipur rulers, with the exception of Sawai
Ishwari Singh, who was cremated outside the Jai Niwas Garden, were built at
this place. The imposing cenotaph of Sawai Jai Singh stands out for its
delicate carvings and beautiful shape.