Kite Festival (14th Jan of every
A festival with a difference - as kites take to the sky all over Jaipur. In
the evening, kites with lights in them and fireworks brighten the skies
above. If you like kite flying, you should be here.
Elephant Festival (In March every year)
A festival to celebrate Holi, this is a great occasion for the visitor to
watch several elephant sports and also play this festival of colors.
Gangaur Fair (In April every year)
A festival devoted to Goddess Parvati. It is time for young girls to dress
up in their finery and pray for grooms of their choice while the married
women pray for the well-being of their husbands.
Teej Festival (In August every year)
A festival to mark the advent of monsoon. Essentially a women's festival,
it is interesting to watch them enjoying in groups and at various bazaars
where they turn up to shop in all their finery.
Built by the warrior-astronomer Raja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727, it is full
of formidable forts, enchanting palaces and lovely temples. Jaipur is listed
in most tourist books as one of the three cities that make India's Golden
Triangle - the other two are Delhi and Agra. The old city of Jaipur is
enclosed within seven gates, the most important of which are Chandpol,
Ajmeri and Sanganeri.
A young Bengali architect, Vidyadhar Bhattacharya formalized the citys
plans in a grid system. The wide straight avenues. Roads, streets, lanes and
uniform rows of shops on either side of main bazaars were arranged in nine
rectangular city sectors (Chokris), in accordance with the principles of
town planning set down in the Shilpa Shastra- and epochal
treatise on the Hindu architecture.
There is a timeless appeal to Jaipurs colorful bazaars where one can
shop for Rajasthani handlooms and trinkets. Beautifully laid out gardens and
parks, attractive monuments and marvelous heritage hotels, once the
residence of Maharajas are worth admiration. Not to mention the
ambling camels and cheerful people in multi-hued costumes that make your
trip to the pink city a memorable one.
Jaipur is well connected to all the major cities which includes Delhi,
Mumbai, Calcutta, Jodhpur, Udaipur. Recently, flights to Dubai has also
started from Jaipur by Indian Airlines.
Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe & air conditioned buses
from Delhi (Bikaner House, Nr. India Gate) to Jaipur. The roads are very
good, and it takes around 5-6 hrs from Delhi. You can also come by taxi.
Jaipur is on the Broad Gauge and hence connected to all the metro cities of
India. There are daily trains from Delhi in morning (Shatabdhi Exp) and
evening (Intercity Exp). Getting around
In the city you can travel by un-metered auto-rickshaws, buses,
cycle-rickshaws or you can also use car cabs and car-taxi. The Rajasthan
Tourism Development Corporation operates regular bus service for local city
Almost all the Nationalized Banks and Private Banks have their branches.
And also authorized Foreign exchange dealers like Thomos Cook Some banks
also have ATM on important places. Private banks include Citibank, ICICI
Bank, HDFC Bank etc.
You have limited options on this, you can go to Movie (Raj Mandhir is good
theater), Choki Dhani (a ethnic village resort where you are served
traditional Rajasthani food and you can participate in dance, games, camel
Jaipur is shoppers paradise, if you are good at bargain things, you can
really get some good stuff. The local Bazaars are very colorful and world
famous like Johari Bazaar, Mirza Ismail Road (MI Road), Bapu Bazaar etc. You
can shop from handicrafts, jewelry, carpets, textile, home furnishing and
lot more. But, you have to be very careful in shopping and bargain hard.
Things you can do
When you are in Jaipur, you should do the following:
On MI road, there is a shop called "Lassiwala", famous for Lassi
(Yogurt), enjoy that. Take a camel/elephant ride (you can try at Amber Fort)
See a Indian Movie at Raj Mandhir (Asia's best movie theater), near
Panchbatti, MI Road. Taste Rajasthani food, if you like spicy food.
Places to see
known as the Palace of Winds was built in 1799 . It is a part of the City
Palace and was commissioned by Sawai Pratap Singh. The Hawa Mahal was
designed for the ladies of the royal household to watch the going on the
street while themselves remaining hidden from public view.
About 11km north of Jaipur stands the spectacular Amber Fort built by
Maharaja Man Singh. A wonderful example of Rajput architecture, it overlooks
a lake which reflects its many terraces and pavilions. Amber is also known
for the spectacular Sheesh Mahal, Jai Mandir, Diwan-i-Am, Sikh Niwas and the
small Kali Temple.
In the heart of the old city is former royal residence built in a blend of
the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. A part of this palace is now a museum. The
rest of the palace serves as the living quarters of the royal family of
Jaipur. The palace also has an art gallery with an excellent collection of
miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical
A stone observatory, known as Jantar Mantar, was built by Jai Singh II, a
great astronomer. It is located near the City Palace. It is the largest and
the best-preserved observatory of the lot. By means of the instruments here,
astronomers could measure the positions of the stars and calculate eclipses.
Sawai Jai Singh built the invincible fort of Jaigarh in 1726. Jaigarh was
never captured and is therefore in a pretty good shape. A giant mounted
cannon-the Jai Ban, one of the largest in the country are preserved here.
The extensive parkotas (wallls), watch tower and gateways of Jaigarh
dominate the western skyline.
Four seasons restaurent is a good place for vegetarian food, Niros servs
good non-veg food.
Pizza Hut, MacDonald are available in Jaipur, besides local fast food