Popularly called Pink City, Jaipur the capital city of Rajasthan is a perfect place for those who want to witness the amalgamation of modern as well as traditional values. Being one of the most important corners of the golden triangle tour in India, Jaipur attracts thousands of tourists from all across the nation. The city is home to a plethora of UNESCO world heritage sites where Amer Fort and Jantar Mantar are the two most gorgeous and important ones. Shopaholics can also quench their thirst for buying handicrafts as the majority of the city population contains peasants, weavers,, and artisans and no matter which month are you selecting for your trip there is a huge possibility that you find exhibitions organized in different corners of this beautiful city. Let’s get some real and plan a Travel to Jaipur this vacation.
The name of the place has been given by Maharaja Jai Singh II belonging to the Rajput clan. Jaipur was the seat of one of the major ruling dynasties of India in the early medieval period. The royals have lived there for a long time and there extended families are still surviving in Jaipur and other surrounding areas. Many Rajputana forts and palaces have been turned into hotels and resorts to transport tourists to medieval times.
How to Reach
Reaching Jaipur is not a hassle. It has well-connected air, rail, and roadway. To fly down to Jaipur you can book flights from all major cities. The Jaipur airport apart from having domestic links has a number of international air links with London, Dublin, etc.
Indian Railways has well-connected trains to Jaipur from all over the country. One of the most popular Trains is Jaipur-Delhi Shatabdi which takes only 5 hrs to reach the destination. To enjoy the northern Indian plains you can also take a bus to Jaipur from the depot which is easily available from nearby cities.
Best Time to Visit
Inarguably Jaipur is a dry place so winter months are always the most recommended time to plan your Jaipur tour as the weather and so the climate is very supportive and favorable during this period. If you are thinking of planning your Jaipur trip either in summer or monsoon months then you are going to face humidity and scorching heat of the sun rays.
Jaipur has a plethora of attractive places. It can interest people of varied interests. You can choose from forts, temples, lakes, shopping, etc. Indeed it is possible to make your own itinerary depending on the places you wish to see. It would also be a good plan if you could plan your holiday during festivals in Jaipur. Some of the specific Jaipur attractions are:-
- Forts: The city is garlanded by a large number of forts and historical monuments, each having its own significance. Monuments like Amber fort, City Palace, Jal Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, etc. make it a very visited tourist place. Gaitore is another attractive place dedicated to the Rajas of Jaipur. The Statue Circle is a tribute to the founder of Pink city, Maharaja Jai Singh II.
- Temples: Some prominent temples in Jaipur are: Birla Temple, Govind Dev Ji, Galtaji etc. Often Jaipur is called as ‘Mini Kashi’ because of its piousness.
Fairs and Festivals
Apart from having a rich heritage, Jaipur is also famous for its festivals, colors, rituals, traditional attires, etc. Festivals such as Teej, Diwali, Camel festival, kite festival, and Gangaur are celebrated with a very different spirit as compared to the rest of India.
Jaipur is an ideal place for shopping. Its colorful handicraft and camel goods are famous in the whole country. Ethnic prints like Bandhani and Lehriya are special to Rajasthan. Make sure you go to bazaars like ‘Haldiyon Ka Rasta’, ‘MI Road’, ‘Bapu Bazar’, ‘ Kishanpole Bazar ‘ etc. to buy the best of goods.