Visit in Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, showcases an excellent
blend of tradition, culture and modern attitude. Despite having evolved into
a city that is the heart of modern commercial activity in the region,
still holds a magical old world enamour; an
aroma of glory and romance.
is known for its outstanding architecture and
town planning as it is for its lively spirit of the people who inhabit it.
The city presents a unique synthesis of culture that has to be tried in
order to be appreciated.
» First planned City :
Designed by a brilliant architect
Vidyadhar Bhattacharya from Bengal, Jaipur is the first planned city. He
planned it in accordance with ancient Hindu treatise on architecture, the
Shilpa Shastra (Vaastu). According to
planned in a restrained system with wide straight boulevard, streets and
lanes and uniform rows of shops on either side of the main roads, all
arranged in nine rectangular city sectors (chokdis). To protect the city
from invading armies and wild animals the city was surrounded by walls
having seven gates
» Street Craft :
Measured as a marvel of town planning, Jaipur
drew merchants and craftsmen to its streets and rewarded them with colonies
earmarked for them. Traditional crafts like jewellery, metal work,
enamelling, tie and dye, pottery, leather work, stone carving and miniature
painting, patronised by the rulers in the 18th century, continue to thrive
in this day and age.
Jaipur - The Pink city Information
The City Palace of Jaipur is exquisite blend of
Traditional Rajasthan and Mughal architecture. Initially the work on the
fort was started by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Kacchwaha clan of Rajput, and
later on addition was made to the Palace complex by his successors. The
complex is a home to several ornamented building like Chandra Mahal, Mubarak
Mahal, Badal Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace museums.
The complex houses a museum that showcases the grand collection of 2000
weapons that date back to 1580. It is also a good collection of Various
types of Rajasthani dresses a fascinating armoury of Mughal and Rajput
weapons, swords of all shapes and sizes, with chased handles, some of them
inlaid, enamelled, encrusted with jewels and encased in bold and magnificent
» Hawa Mahal
Built in 1799 by Rajput Sawai Pratap Singh,this five story building is
a major tourist spot and an important landmark in Jaipur
The building is an astonishing example of Rajput artistryas it overlooks the
old city. The building was built to allow royal ladies to look at the
processions and the city from the Zenana Women Quarters. This mahal enabled
them to climb on the top and get the good view of the city. It is part of
the City Palace
complex and has a small archaeological
on the same site.
Excursion From Jaipur
» Samod :
(40 km) A fine example of Rajput Havelis architecture
and has been recently rebuilt and renovated and provides an ideal spot for
» Sanganer :
(12 km) Located on the Tonk Road. In addition to
its ruined palaces, Sanganer has exquisitely carved Jain temples. The town
is entered through the ruins of two tripolias (Triple gateways). The town is
an important centre for crafts industry and produces some of the finest hand
printed textiles from units of block and screen printer. This textile is
popular all over the country and abroad
» Nahargarh :
sentinel to the Pink City is Nahargarh Fort, situated beyond the hills
of Jaigarh. Although much of it is in ruins, the lovely building added
by Sawai Ram Singh II and Swai Madho Singh II provides interest to the
How to Reach Jaipur
Jaipur can be accessed by train, air or by road.
» By Air :
Jaipur is connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur,
Jodhpur, Aurangabad, Calcutta and Varanasi by domestic flights.
» By Rail :
The train service to Jaipur is available from
all the major parts of the country.
» By Road :
Jaipur can be accessed from all the major
places in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi and Mumbai by bus.