Jaipur, the Pink City, has been the capital of erstwhile Jaipur state since its inception in 1727 AD, It was founded by Sawai Jai Singh II, a great ruler as well as renowned mathematician and astrologer. Vidhyadhar Bhattacharya, designed Jaipur as per the Hindu treatise, Shilp Shastra.
In 1876 Jaipur dressed itself in pink to welcome Prince Albert, consort of queen Victoria and earned the epitaph Pink City'. The excellent handicrafts of Jaipur are exquisite gold jewellery enameled or inlaid with precious stones, blue pottery, carving on wood, stone & ivory, block print & tie & dye textiles, handmade paper etc.
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. Today, every home with in the city is obliged by law to maintain his facade.
The City is laid out in a grid pattern. It is a very well planned city and was designed by a Young Bengali , an 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 subsiding to, Jaipur is a royal city, & this is its most noticeable aspect, small Buildings & festivals testify to 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 visited.
One more tourist attractions which is getting more & more popular among tourist across the world is known as elephantastic where you can spend a day with elephant. It is sort of elephant farm.
Monuments In Jaipur
Forts & Palaces in Jaipur
Fair and Festivals
Jaipur is famous for its colourful fair and festivals. Lots of tourist visit jaipur during this period and enjoy the different tradtion and culture of pink city of Rajasthan. City is well decorated during that period and various cultural activities are organised. Famous fair and festivals of jaipur are Elephant FestivalKite Festivals
- Gangaur Festivals
- Teej Festivals
- Donkey Festivals
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Jaipur offers one-of-a-kind shopping experience with its rich treasure of bewitching jewellery, beautiful gems, semi precious stones, Kundan and Minakari work (enamel work on gold). Beautiful cotton fabrics including Sanganeri prints, tie-and-die and fine kaoa 'Doria' saris are the best buys for women. The exotic blue pottery, enamel ware and brass ware, make excellent souvenirs and gift items. The city is also famous for woollen carpets and cotton rugs. Equally popular are the leather footwear, especially the embroidered 'Jutis'. The famous shopping spots are Rajasthali (Government Handicrafts Shop), Johari Bazaar, MI Road, Nehru Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar, Chaupar Stalls. The Markets generally remains closed on Sundays.
How to Reach Jaipur
Jaipur is barely 262 km. from Delhi, and is well connected by road, rail and air. A big fleet of deluxe and air conditioned buses is operated by the Rajasthan roadways between Delhi and Jaipur. There is also a special luxury train, the Palace on Wheels, which starts from Delhi on a round trip of Rajasthan, first stop being Jaipur. Also well connected to other parts of the country by a good network of air, rail and road connection. However, considering the city's popularity, it is advisable to plan in advance