Jaipur - Built on principles of Shilpa Shastra, Jaipur is a charismatic city known for forts and myriad colors. Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan is a major business centre. Painted in pink color, it is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Rajasthan. The city has been successful in preserving its ethnicity and culture through its festivals and fairs. It is India's first planned city and has many magnificent structures like Hawa Mahal, City Palace and Amber Fort. The city is well connected with rest of the country. Large number of tourists visits Jaipur to experience the taste of royal hospitality of Rajasthan.
Maharaja Jai Singh II in close association of Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, a Brahmin scholar laid the foundation of Jaipur City in 1727. Earlier to Jaipur, Amber was the capital of Kachwaha dynasty. With rising population and paucity of water, Maharaja Jai Singh II conceived the idea of constructing a new city to accommodate the ever increasing population. It nearly took 4 years to build major structures like palaces and forts. The Kachwaha dynasty had strong alliances with British government and in 1853, city was painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales. Even after 291 years of its foundation, the city has not lost its shine.
Jaipur Tourist attraction
Amber fort, one of the most popular forts of Jaipur is a perfect blend of Hindu and Muslim style of architecture and is named after original Amber fort. Jaigarh fort was the original Amber fort but it was renamed as Jaigarh fort by Maharaja Jai Singh. This fort offers spectacular views of Aravalli range. Nahargarh fort is yet another beautiful fort. It overlooks beautiful Man Sagar Lake. City Palace situated in the heart of the city is converted into a Museum, part of it still used as residence by the royal family. Jantar Mantar is a famous observatory built in 18th century. Hawa Mahal built in 1799 is a marvelous piece of Rajput architecture and now houses a museum. The other places worth a visit are Jal Mahal, Central Museum, Birla Planetarium, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Kanak Vrindavan temple and Jain Mandir.
Reaching Jaipur by Road, Rail and Air
Jaipur by Air - Jaipur is well connected by air with most of the major cities of India. International flights are available only to Sharjaha and Mascot.
Jaipur via Rail - Being a major tourist attraction of Rajasthan, Jaipur has the biggest railway station of Rajasthan. The railway network connects Jaipur to all major cities.
Road - Jaipur has a good network of roads. Many regular and deluxe buses operate and connect Jaipur to many destinations.