JAIPUR
ABOUT THE PLACE

As the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur looks no different from other Indian metropolises. But once you get into the older part of the town, it’s like traveling backwards on a time machine. There is so much to see in Jaipur.

The city was planned by a Bengali architect Bidyadhar Bhattacharya under the patronage of Rana Sawai Jaisingh in the year 1727. Abundance of pink-hued mansions adds a new dimension to the city’s character – making it popular as Pink City.


HOW TO REACH

Airport: Jaipur airport is about 15 km from the city.
Rail: Jaipur is directly connected with Delhi, Calcutta, Agra, Abu Road, Bikaner, Jodhpur and Udaipur.
Road: Major distances:
Delhi–259 km
Agra–228 km
Udaipur–405 km
Jodhpur–336 km
Sawai Madhopur–157 km

Rajasthan State Transport Corporation operates deluxe buses (from Platform No. 3 of the main bus station) to most tourist destinations in the state as well as to Delhi.


BEST TIME TO VISIT

November to March is pleasant. December–January is definitely the best time to go; nights can be quite cold in winter.

ACCOMMODATION

Government Accommodation

Tourist Hotel
Tel: (0141) 2360238
Rent: Double bed Rs. 300–400/-.

Gangur
Tel: (0141) 2371641
Rent: Double bed Rs. 1,200/-.

Tiz
Tel: (0141)2203199
Rent: Double bed costs Rs. 700–1,200/-

Swagatam
Tel: (0141) 2200595
Rent: Double bed costs Rs. 600–900/-


Private Accommodation

Pink Palace
Tel: (0141) 2366363
Rent: Rs. 600–1,200/-

Kanji Palace
Tel: (0141) 2204440
Rent: Rs. 400–1,000/-

Chandragupta
Tel: (0141) 2206300
Rent: Rs. 600–1,500/-

Chandralok
Tel: (0141) 2206282
Rent: Rs. 300–500/-

Angan
Tel: (0141) 2373449
Rent: Rs. 300–700/-

Tiwari
Tel: (0141) 2214746
Rent: Rs. 500–850/-


GETTING AROUND

Amber Fort

The sixteenth century Amber Fort is 11 km north of Jaipur. Like all other forts in Rajasthan the impervious Amber Fort also is situated on the hilltop. A long serpentine trail zigzagged to the main gate of the fort starting from the Maota Lake at the foot of the hill.

Taking a languorous ride on a caparisoned elephant and or taking a cheaper ride by a jeep the main gate of the Fort can be reached in about 15 minutes time. It will take some time to go through the Fort. The Dewan-i-Aam, Ganesh Pole, Sukhniwas, Sish Mahal are some of the distinguishing features of the Fort. Entry by ticket; separate charge for cameras; open daily between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


City Palace

A blend of Mughal and Rajput style, the City Palace is a brilliant piece of art and architecture. The striking pink colour dazzles under the bright Sun of Jaipur. The adjacent Museum is quite rich in historical collections.


Jantar Mantar

Near by the City Palace is the world’s largest stone astronomical observatory – Jantar Mantar. Built by Rana Jai Singh during 1727–1733, it has an exclusive collection of astronomical instruments used to explore the celestial wonders in medieval India.


Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal or Palace of Wind is a unique piece of construction – that looks like a huge honeycomb – with 953 small pink sandstone windows commonly known as ‘Jharokhas’. The purpose of such an out-of-the-way construction was to keep the palace cool all throughout the year. Its distinct pyramid shape, embedded widows decorated with small lattice work, small screened balconies and arched roofs with hanging cornices make it a landmark in the city of Jaipur.


In the vicinity

• Jaigarh Fort
• Nahargarh Fort
• The Royal cenotaph
• Iswar lat Swagasuli Tower
• Ramniwas Bag/ Garden
• Albart Hall Museum
• Govind Devji Temple
• Birla temple


TRAVEL TIPS • City buses, auto rickshaws, cycle rickshaws and taxis are available in plenty. Better be prepared to haggle down the price.
• Bicycles can be hired from the bike shops or arranged through the hotel manager.
• Adequate protection is needed to save oneself from the scorching heat of Rajasthan. Caps and umbrellas are most convenient shields.
• While exploring the mysteries of the forts don’t forget to carry enough quantity of water.

CONDUCTED TOUR INFORMATION

Rajasthan Tourism organizes a conducted tour called ‘Pink City Night’ to entertain the visitors. The tour costs Rs. 200/- per person. Tour timing is from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The four–hour long tour will take the visitors through the magical spell of the illuminated forts and towers. Dinner will be served at the cafeteria of Nahargarh Fort. For booking please call:
Tel: (0141) 2375466/1648

SHOP TILL YOU DROP

The local bazaars are a shopper’s delight. In the bazaars, chawks and mohallas of Jaipur ethnic craftsware like papier-mache, puppets, wooden and leather dolls, bags, embroidered and block-printed textiles, costume jewellery, carved furniture are available aplenty. Some of the renowned market places in the city are Johari Bazar, Nehru Bazar, Bapu Bazar, Chaugar, market in the M I Road. Jaipur’s blue pottery is also a popular item but it may be a little difficult to travel around with the potteries. Shops around the City Palace and Hawa Mahal are far more expensive than the less seen shops in other parts of the city.