Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is one of the most popular tourist destinations for domestic and international tourists. With its numerous heritage buildings and palaces, there’s a distinct royal feel to the city. Jaipur tourism is extremely important to the city and this is reflected in the very slogan of the state’s tourism department which says ‘Padhaaro mharo desh’ which means ‘welcome to my land’. As part of the Golden Triangle comprising of Agra and Delhi, Jaipur is a favoured destination for many and with good reason too.
This desert city is the tenth most populated city in India and is also known as ‘Pink City’. It is known thus because of the pink colour of the stone used to build the monuments. However, the reason why the city is pink is also because in 1876 when Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria visited India, Maharaja Ram Singh painted the entire city pink to welcome them.
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Jaipur is located on the east border of the Thar Desert, the only desert in India. The city of Jaipur is enclosed by the Aravalli Hills from three sides, which guard the city from the rough and dry climate of the desert. Jaipur is considered to be one of the well-planned cities of India and follows a grid method of construction that follows Vastu Shastra.
Jaipur has a hot semi-arid climate and is known for its warm weather. During summer, Jaipur can get quite hot, with temperatures reaching up to as high as 44 degrees in May. During monsoon, there are frequent rains, but Jaipur’s winter months are lovely. The weather is a pleasant 18 degrees although there can be occasional cold waves. During winters, though sometimes the temperature can fall below freezing.
Jaipur is rich in culture and traditions that have been passed down from centuries. There is a sense of flamboyance in the heritage of this city and it’s easy to see why it has so much royalty associated with it. Jaipur tourism is an excellent way to understand the different aspects of culture here especially through folk music and dance. From architecture to cuisine to handicrafts and pottery, Jaipur offers a refreshing glimpse into a world that you have not really seen before unless you see it with your own eyes.
Stepping foot into Jaipur is an interesting experience for someone who has not seen the various cultural aspects of this city before. The arid desert surroundings make the bright colours you see everywhere pop even more brightly. Jaipur tourism is an amalgamation of colours, sights and sounds that you will not forget for the rest of your life.
Jaipur has numerous palaces that add a touch of glamour and beauty to the city and must not be missed. The Amber Fort and Palace has the gorgeous Sheesh Mahal, a hall that is lined with mirrors that reflects light spectacularly, while the City Palace offers a look at the life of the royals. Brilliant crystal chandeliers adorn the Diwan-i-Aam and Diwan-i-Khaas halls while a part of the palace is converted into a museum to showcase the Rajputana way of life.
Jaipur tourism also relies upon another iconic landmark in the city – the Hawa Mahal. This brilliantly designed palace is one of the most famous palaces in the city, with as many as 953 intricately latticed windows. The Hawa Mahal’s design is such that there is always a cool breeze inside, no matter how hot it is outside and thus, it used to be the favourite summer destination of the royal family.
Another palace that has made Jaipur tourism famous is the Jal Mahal, located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. Even though visitors are not allowed inside, it’s a gorgeous palace whose four storeys are under the lake and only the top storey is visible outside. At night, it is indeed a sight to behold with the lights inside illuminating the palace in an ethereal manner.
A Jaipur tour will also take you to the many forts in the city that were used to fortify the city against attacks. Whether it is the renowned Jaigarh Fort, the Achrol Fort on the outskirts of the city or the Nahargarh fort, there’s a sense of Rajputana valour at these places.
Jaipur is indeed one of the cities that has so much to offer. A walk through the colourful markets is enough to turn your head several times, but it’s not just the wares here that will have you enchanted. Each of these bazaars have interesting stories of their own. The popular bazaars that should most certainly be a part of your Jaipur tour are Johri Bazaar, famed for its jewellers, precious gems and stones and touted to be one of the busiest markets in the city, and Bapu Bazaar which is said to be the largest camel leather market in the world.
If you want to have a taste of authentic Rajasthan, then do visit Chokhi Dhani, a five-star rated ethnic village resort in India. Chokhi Dhani replicates a Rajasthani village and offers a cultural experience like no other. From delicious traditional food, to folk music and dance, there are a number of different things to experience here.
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