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Jaipur, best known as the  Pink City, is the capital and largest city of the northern state of Rajasthan.  It is considered one of the best planed cities in the country, with its wide 34 m roads, precisely divided sectors and networks of gridded streets.  For Indian’s standards, it is a relatively new city, founded in 1727 by the Maharaja of Amber as the capital of the royalty.  Today, with its population of over 3 millions, the city has become a major tourist destination as well as an important economic center.  It houses some of the country most remarkable places including the Sanganer , Jhotwada, Mansarovar, the Raja Park and Vaishali Nagar, as well as being packed with a variety of religious sites including Hindu temples, mosque and even churches.  It is also a city of numerous parks, forts and gardens, making it one of the best cities to live in India.  This lovely metropolitan city, is a must visit place when exploring the North of India with its unique coloured buildings, magnificent forts, temples and a variety of gardens, authentic Rajasthani cuisine.

Jaipur topics

  1. Introduction
  2. Map of Jaipur
  3. Top sights in Jaipur
  4. Best hotels in Jaipur
  5. Top cities in Jaipur
  6. About Jaipur
  7. Jaipur travel

Map of Jaipur

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The city of Jaipur be divided into 6 urban sectors surrounded by a central palace quarter, one to the east and five to the east, south.  The Palace quarter is by far the most popular district, being home to the Hawa Mahal palace complex with its small lake and magnificent gardens.

Top sights in Jaipur

The city of Jaipur has some of India’s most visited attractions including a variety of spectacular monuments like the City Palace, grandiose forts offering breathtaking views such as the Amber Fort, museums such as the Albert Hall, important temples and religious sites, as well as a variety of gardens including Central Park and the Ram Niwas Garden.  All of which reflecting Jaipur greatest past as capital of the region, and today making tourism as one of the city most important industries.

Jaipur most visited sites can be divided into the following categories:

  1. Jaipur forts:  Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort
  2. Jaipur monuments : Jal Mahal, Jantar Mantar,
  3. Jaipur Palaces: Hawa Mahal Palace, City Palace, Rambagh Palace
  4. Jaipur Museums:  Central Museum, Albert Hall Museum.
  5. Jaipur Temples and sites of worship: Akshardham Temple, Govind Dev Ji Temple, Galtaji , Shri Kali Temple, Sanganeri Gate,  Lakshmi Narayan Mandir commonly known as Birla Temple, Garh Ganesh Temple, Shila Devi Temple in Amber, Tadkeshwara Mahadev, Panchayati Hall, Radha Govind Ji Temple and All Saint’s Church near Mirza Ismail Road, Akshardham Temple (Vaishali Nagar)
  6. Jaipur Gardens: Ram Niwas Garden, Sisodia Rani Garden and Palace, Vidyadhar Garden, Kanak Vrindavan, Central Park, Jawahar Circle Garden, Technology Park in Mansarover, Vidyadhar ka Bagh in Goner.

Some of the most sought after sights in Jaipur include in alphabetic order:

  1. All Saint’s Church:  charming church located near the Mirza Ismail Road, key site for small Christian population of the city
  2. Amber Fort:  a massive pastel yellow coloured fort and palace complex built in the 17th century and located some 11 km from the heart of Jaipur.  The key attractions within the fort is the Sheesh Mahal with its numerous tiles on the walls and ceiling.  The elephant ride is also a unique experience worth taking..
  3. Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing:  a lovely museum within a recently restored building, offering a variety of traditional art and printing textiles artifacts, with even a hands on demonstration of the craft.
  4. City Palace: the large palace complex taking up a good portion of the central Jaipur, comprising of a variety of buildings, gardens and courtyards.  It was built by the Maharaja Jai Singh II in a mix of Mughal and traditional Rajput style.  It is home to the present Maharajah of Jaipur, within the Chandra Mahal.  It is where the textile museum is located within the Mubarak Mahal, as well as other private and public halls such as the Diwan-e-Aam and Diwan-e-Khas, with the two world’s largest silver vessels
  5. Gaitore: famous cremation site for the Jaipur royal rulers, located at the foothills of Nahargarh Fort
  6. Galtaji: an ancient Hindu pilgrimage site with a pink stone temple at its heart and surrounded by sacred reservoirs.  It is located 10 km to the east of the city center
  7. Galwh Bagh: perhaps best known as the Monkey Temple with a large numbers of monkeys, goats and other species.  It is located within the Eastern limits of the city and the Suriya Mandir or Sun Temple is located nearby, offering spectacular views over the city.
  8. Gardens:  Jaipur is packed with plenty of beautiful gardens including the Ram Niwas Garden, Central Museum (or Albert Hall Museum), Zoological Garden, Sisodia Rani Palace and Garden, Vidyadhar Garden, Central Park (Entrance near Statue Circle)
  9. Govind Devji Temple: located within the Jainiwas Gardens in Jalebi Chowk it is considered one of the most important site for Lord Krishna followers.
  10. Hawa Mahal : nicknamed the Palace of breeze, is a fabulous multi storey complex built in red sandstone.  It was originally built in 1799 by the Maharaja Sawai Singh, with the intention to give royal ladies the freedom of observing daily street life without being seen.
  11. Jaigarh Fort: perhaps the most spectacular of the 3 forts surrounding the Jaipur area with its lovely gardens and spectacular views.  It is famous for the Jaivana, considered the site of the world’s largest cannon with a reach of over 35 km according to legend
  12. Jain Mandir : a beautiful temple Jain temple best known as Bara Padampura and famous for its miracles.  It is located some 15kilometers outside Jaipur center.
  13. Jal Mahal: best known as the Water Palace is a remarkable piece of Rajput style architecture sitting at the heart of the Maan-sarovar lake during the monsoons summer months.
  14. Jantar Mantar : a large observatory build by the Maharaja Jai Singh during the period 1727-1734, which is today part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  It has a variety of geometric devices including ones to track stars in their orbits, measure time or even predict eclipses.
  15. Lakshmi Narayan Temple: widely called the Marble Temple is a splendid temple built with the  finest quality white marble and decorated with amazing carvings.
  16. Moti Doongari : strategically sitting on the Moti Dungri or Pearl Hill, and built for Lord Ganesha to protect the city, it is considered by many one of the religious hub of the city.
  17. Nahargarh Fort: it is the smallest of the three forts within the Jaipur area, located on a hilltop on the northwest side of the city.  It was once home to the King Sawai Jai Singh II and  offers spectacular views over the Man Sagar lake and surroundings

Best hotels in Jaipur

Jaipur is proud to have some of the world’s best hotels including the Oberoi Rajvilas and the Rambagh Palace, as well as plenty of accommodations offering great value for money.  The following are some of the best establishments in Jaipur as voted by the users, divided into 5 Stars, 4 Stars, 3 Stars and budget accommodations.

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Best Jaipur 5 Stars Hotels

The following are some of the best rated 5 Stars luxury accommodation offering the highest service level in a majestic location.

  1. The Oberoi Rajvilas Jaipur, 5 Stars Hotel
  2. Rambagh Palace, 5 Stars Hotel
  3. Fortune Select Metropolitan, 5 Stars Hotel
  4. Jai Mahal Palace, 5 Stars Hotel
  5. Jaipur Marriott, 5 Stars Hotel

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Best Jaipur 4 Stars Hotels

The following are the best rated 4 Stars luxury accommodation offering plenty of comfort with all the latest amenities.

  1. Sarovar Portico Jaipur, 4 Stars Hotel
  2. Trident Jaipur, 4 Stars Hotel
  3. Ramada Jaipur, 4 Stars Hotel

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Best Jaipur 3 Stars Hotels

The following are the best rated 3 Stars accommodation offering excellent value for money.

  1. Sugan Niwas Palace, 3 Stars Hotel
  2. Four Luxury, 3 Stars Boutique Hotel
  3. Royal Heritage Haveli, 3 Stars Hotel
  4. Hotel Vimal Heritage, 3 Stars Hotel
  5. Aurum, 3 Stars Boutique Hotel
  6. Barwara Kothi, 3 Stars Boutique Hotel
  7. Umaid Bhawan Jaipur, 3 Stars Boutique Hotel
  8. Umaid Lake Palace, 3 Stars Boutique Hotel

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Best Jaipur Budget Hotels

The following are the best rated budget accommodation in Jaipur offering good service, and a nice location with an affordable price tag.

  1. Hotel Tara Niwas
  2. Chitra Katha Hotel
  3. Krishna Palace
  4. Rawla Mrignayani Palace
  5. Hotel H R Palace

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About Jaipur

The city of Jaipur is known as one of India’s best planned urban areas.  Indeed it was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the eighteenth century according to the remarkable Vedic Planning, a Hindu architectural theory known as Vastu Shastra, where most of the street and markets are aligned within a north-south and east-west city grid.  The city is located within a semi-desert land and is surrounded by rugged hills with glorious forts.  Many of the houses and building of the city have a distinctly rose colour, explaining its surname as the Pink City.

Jaipur is the largest and most important city within Rajasthan, one of India’s biggest state.  It is become an increasingly popular tourist destination both in India and Asia, with better infrastructure compared to other big cities in the country, and with numerous development projects undertaken by both private and public organisation.  The city often tops the list of a variety of Best Places to Visit rankings.  It is part of the India’s Golden attractions Triangle along with relatively close by Jaipur and Agra

Top facts

  1. Jaipur has a population 3.1 million.
  2. Jaipur is the capital and largest city of Rajasthan
  3. Jaipur is located within semi-desert lands in the eastern part of Rajasthan
  4. Jaipur was Founded on 18 November 1727 by the ruler of Amber, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II
  5. Jaipur is considered one of the best planned cities
  6. Jaipur has a colony of 60 monkeys, which are respected and often even fed

Jaipur travel

This section gives information and tips for a memorable journey to Jaipur.  From how to get there to useful information about staying safe and making the most of your trip.

  1. Getting to and from Jaipur
  2. Getting around Jaipur
  3. Important Information

Getting to and from Jaipur

The quickest but most expansive way to travel to Jaipur is by air through the Jaipur Airport situated south of the city in Sanganer. The airport offers numerous daily flights all over India including to Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Goa and Chennai, as well as direct international flights to Muscat, Dubai or London. Alternatively, the Delhi airport is easily accessible through the NH8 highway and offers a large choice of European and Asian destinations including Bangkok and Singapore.

The easiest and cheapest way to get to Jaipur is by train, with plenty of daily connection to numerous cities in the northern and central part of India, including Delhi, Agra, Mumbai, Jodhpur, Kota, Alwar and Ajmer.  Without any doubt the most popular option is Delhi with the train journey usually taking about 4.5 hours.  The main railway station is Jaipur Junction, located in the heart of the city, with two others station further south including  Durgapura and Gandhinagar Jaipur.

Even cheaper than the train to get to and from Jaipur is by bus, with a good service to Delhi with the RSRTC or Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation.

Finally the last option is by car with a good connection from the Capital with the 250 km long NH8 highway, which should take you no longer than 4 hours drive.  Having a reputation of one of the world’s most dangerous roads, it is advisable to take a chauffeur, unless you have some Indian driving experience.

Getting around Jaipur

As in many cities all around India, one of the best ways to explore this fabulous desination is by autorickshaw.  It is good practice to negotiate the price in advance with an option to hire the rickshaw for about Rs 350 a day and including a visit to the more distant Amber Fort.  Keep in mind that most of the key sights close at around 4:30PM, so it is advisable to start as early as possible.  Alternatively a cheaper option is to use a cycle-rickshaw.

Another very good option to discover the main tourist sights of the city is with the RTDC tours (Rajasthan Tourism Dept. Corp),  offering various journeys including

  1. Half day tour for Rs250: Laxminarayan Temple (Birla Mandir), Central Museum (Albert Hall), Hawa Mahal (Front View), Observatory (Jantar Mantar), City Palace & Museum, “Gaitore” Cenetophs (Front View), Amer Fort & Palace, Jal Mahal (Front View)
  2. Full day tour for Rs300: Laxminarayan Temple (Birla Mandir), Hawa Mahal (Front View), Observatory (Jantar Mantar), City Palace & Museum, “Gaitore” Cenetophs (Front View), Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort & Palace (Lunch on Order), Amer Fort & Palace, Kanak Vrindavan Garden, Jal Mahal (Front View), Birla Planetarium (Dropping as per tourist’s desire)
  3. Night tour for Rs375: Rajmandir Cinema Hall, Statue Circle, Amar Jawan Jyoti, Vidhan Sabha Bhawan, Laxminarayan Temple (Birla Mandir), Central Museum (Albert Hall), Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort (Dinner), Jal Mahal, Kanak Vrindavan Garden

More information about the RTDC tours can be found here.

Finally the most luxurious way to discover the city is by taxi, usually in a Tata Indica cars or a Maruti Omni Vans.  It is especially recommend for sights located outside of the city center, providing a more comfortable and convenient way to get to the desired desination.  The taxi will have to be pre-book by phone most of the time, unless you are at a taxi stand such as at the airport or the railway station.  Alternatively, you may want to rent a car with a chauffeur.