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Introduction

Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jaipur, Rajasthan

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The history and times of Jaipur (Rajasthan, India) are deeply entwined with the stories of royal princes and princesses, with grand Mughals and later with visiting dignitaries from the British Royal family or 20th century royalty like the US Presidential families. Modern Jaipur plays host to all of them and to many thousands of ordinary people who come here enchanted by all that the city has to offer.
Jaipur is undoubtedly a city of kings and queens and its distinctive architecture clearly emphasis’s this. Even so it has a timeless appeal, since many of the traditional crafts patronised by the 18th century rulers are still thriving. So, you have streets that are famous for jewellery, tie-and-dye, pottery, ‘meenakari’, leatherwork and stone carvings.

Tourists find it astonishing that the whole city was painted in autumn pink by the then sovereign of the city to welcome his distinguished guest, the Prince of Wales in 1876.

Horse Polo was very popular amongst the Maharajas, especially during the British Raj. Man Singh II was the finest and most dashing polo player in the world, whose polo team was champion in the European Polo circuit in the 1930s. The Polo victory cinema in Jaipur, built by his polo stick maker commemorated a world record in the Sport. The "Big Four' consisting of Maharaja Man Singh, Maharaja Prithvi Singh, Rao Raja Hanut Singh and Rao Raja Abhey Singh had won all the open tournaments a record which has never been equaled. Man Singh actually died playing the sport he loved, at a polo match in England in 1970. The royalty in Rajasthan is evident in the splendid forts and Palaces of Jaipur where again the cuisine is very special and exclusive to this region.

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Sights and activities

Hawa Mahal - Palace of the winds

Probably the most famous image of Jaipur is that of the Palace of the Winds or Hawa Mahal, a unique palace built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. It is part of the City Palace complex, and has many small windows facing the street and forms an elaborate facade. The theory is it was designed to allow the royal ladies to view the processions and activities in the street below without being seen by passers by. The breeze blowing through the windows also keeps the palace cool, and gives Hawa Mahal its name. It has intricate over-hanging latticed balconies and is a really charming example of the Rajput architecture, which was strongly influenced by the Mughal style of architecture. Behind the dusky pink facade the rear of the building is quite a surprise as it is mostly plain corridors, pillars and passages.

Amber Fort

Amber Fort is another imposing sight in Jaipur, Rajasthan's pink capital city. It is also known as 'Amer' and pronounced 'Amer Fort'. Amber was the capital of the Kachwaha Rajput clan until 1727, but the first Rajput structure in this area, was started by Raja Kakil Dev when Amber became his capital in 1036 on the site of present day Jaigarh Fort. The Amber Fort is built in white marble and red sandstone and dates back to 1592 when its construction was started by Raja Man Singh I. However, the Fort took its present form during the reign of Raja Jai Singh I. To add to its dimensions it is reflected in the lake below. The outer appearance of the Fort is quite rugged and the mighty walls guarantee the protection of the Fort against any invasion and this contrasts with a very different and decorative interior. The interior decoration is influenced by both, the Hindu and Muslim style of ornamentation. There are paintings of hunting scenes on the walls depicting the lives of the Rajputs, who were adventurous warriors who also enjoyed some luxury too when at home! The intricate carvings on the walls and ceilings and fine detailed mirror work adds to the grand appearance and royal style within this great fort.

Other sights and activities

Abhaneri Stepwell

Abhaneri Stepwell

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  • Jaigarh fort
  • Rambagh Palace
  • City Palace
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Raj Palace
  • Jai Mahal Palace
  • Naharganj Fort
  • Albert Hall Museum
  • Maharaja Sawai Man Singh Museum
  • Chand Baori is a large stepwell located in the nearby village of Abhaneri.

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Events and Festivals

Jaipur is famous for a number of fairs and festivals. Some of the important ones are:

  • Elephant festival – is usually held in the month of March on the eve of Holi, the festival of colors. Elephants are colorfully decorated and prizes are given for the most beautifully decorated Elephant. Other events include Elephant race, polo match and a tug of war is held with the elephant on one side and around 20 men/women on the other side..
  • Gangaur festival – is the most important local festival and is observed throughout the state of Rajasthan. It is practiced by womenfolk, while unmarried women pray for being blessed with good partners, married women pray for happiness in the family and health and long life of their spouses.
  • Teej – marks the advent of the monsoon month of Shravan(August). Young girls and women dressed in green clothes sing songs to welcome the rains. An elaborate procession is taken out in Jaipur to mark this day.
  • Sheetla Mata Fair – is held in March-April on a nearby hillock where the temple of Sheetla Mata stands. A market comes up at the fair site and local materials are traded and sold. Cattle fair is also held in which bullocks, horse, etc so sold.

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Weather

Jaipur lies on the edge of the Thar desert, hence it experiences semi-arid climate. Summers (March-June) are very hot with temperatures crossing 40 °C on most of the occassions. Jaipur gets most of its annual rainfull in the moonsoon months of July to October. There are frequent thunderstooms but flooding is not common in these areas. Winter months of November to February have mild temperature in the range of 16-20 °C. The most convenient time to visit Jaipur is the period from November to February when temperatures are mild and there is hardly any rain.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max22.5 °C25.6 °C31.5 °C37.1 °C40.4 °C39.4 °C34.3 °C32.4 °C33.7 °C33.6 °C29.3 °C24.5 °C
Avg Min8.1 °C10.9 °C16.2 °C21.7 °C25.8 °C27.5 °C25.8 °C24.5 °C23.2 °C19.1 °C13.5 °C9.2 °C
Rainfall6.8 mm9.6 mm4.9 mm8.4 mm17.5 mm59.6 mm202.7 mm202.5 mm67.6 mm22.7 mm3.6 mm3.2 mm
Rain Days1.21.71.31.32.95.114.114.66.31.30.91

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Getting There

By Plane

Jaipur International Airport (Airport code JAI) is located around 13 kilometres from the city and has a number of flights linking the city to all the major cities of India. Recently the airport has been upgraded to an international airport and to begin with flights are available to Sharjah, Dubai and Muscat. Other destinations include Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Jammu and Srinagar. The airport can be easily reached from the city centre by taxis, autorickshaws and city buses.

By Train

Jaipur, being the capital of the princely state of Rajasthan, is a popular destination of most Indian tour itineraries. Jaipur’s image as a prominent tourist destination for cultural enthusiasts relates to a highly sophisticated system of Indian Railways network which connects it to the rest of the country. In other words, when it comes to train travel, the Jaipur junction hosts 30+ trains that ply through western and northern India. Jaipur is a particular favorite with luxury train journeys and prominent Indian luxury trains like the Maharaja Express, Palace on Wheels and Royal Rajasthan on Wheels feature Rajasthan’s capital as an important destination.

By Car

Jaipur is well connected by road to Delhi and Agra and other towns of the region.

Some of the indicative road distances are as below:

  • Jaipur-Agra - 232 kilometres.
  • Jaipur-Ajmer - 132 kilometres.
  • Jaipur-Delhi - 260 kilometres.
  • Jaipur-Swai Madhopur - 162 kilometres.
  • Jaipur-Bharatpur - 176 kilometres.
  • Jaipur-Udaipur - 400 kilometres.
  • Jaipur-Jodhpur - 340 kilometres.
  • Jaipur-Jaisalmer - 638 kilometres.

By Bus

Ordinary and luxury buses operated by both private and government authorities connect the city to other towns of the region. Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation, a government agency has an extensive network of buses connceting the various cities of Rajasthan. E-ticket facility is also available for Air-conditioned buses operating on the Jaipur-Agra and Jaipur-Delhi route.

By Boat

No boat service is available as the city does not lie on a waterway.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

City buses are operated by Jaipur City Transport Services Limited (JCTSL). The service operates more than 300 regular and low-floor buses. The three major bus depots are Vaishali Nagar, Vidyadhar Nagar and Sanganer.
A rapid transit rail project by the name Jaipur Metro is under progress. It will provide means of faster commutation for the city residents. It is expected to be operational by June 2013.

Taxis, autorickshaws or cycle rickshaws can be hired for moving around the city.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Anuraag VillaD-249 Devi marg Bani park Near collectrate Circle Jaipur 302016Hotel91
Apna Niwas-BlisszoneB 1/19,Chitrakoot,Gandhi path VaishalinagarGuesthouse-
Badiyal HaveliAC/4, Gayatri Marg, Sawai Jai Singh Highway, Banipark, JaipurHotel-
Bed and Breakfast-AnukampaAnukampa, 102/17, Tilak Marg, Patel Marg, MansarovarGUESTHOUSE-
Bhimvilas1-Gopinath Marg , Behind G.P.O.,Jaipur, RajasthanGuesthouse-
Chit Chat Restaurant and GuesthouseD-160 Kabir Marg Bani ParkGuesthouse80
Chitrakoot Holiday ApartmentB-2/407, ChitrakootApartment-
Cutie's Girls' Hostel102/17, Tilak Marg, Meera Marg MansarovarHostel-
Daughter's Home113/12 Pratap NagarGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Arya NiwasSansur Chandra RoadHotel85
Hotel Baba Haveli66 A Sanjay Colony RPA RoadHotel89
Hotel BaniPark Palace, JaipurD-160, Kabir Marg Bani ParkHotel84
Hotel KalyanHathroi Fort Ajmer Road, JaipurHotel78
Hotel Mandakini CastleSansar Chandra Road Next to Hotel Man SinghHotel-
Hotel Pearl Palace51, Hathroi Fort Ajmer RoadHotel85
Hotel Sarang PalaceA-40, Subhash NagarHotel-
Jai NiwasOpposite M.L.A. Quarter No. B-15, Gopinath Marg Off M.I. Road, Near G.P.O.Guesthouse83
Jaipur InnJaipur Inn 17 Shiv Marg , Bani ParkHotel83
Karan's GuesthouseD76 Shiv Hera Path Chomu House C SchemeGuesthouse-
LandMark Residency26 A/6,Vijay Bari,Sikar RoadHostel-
Laxmi PalaceD-194/B, Jagdish marg, Behind Sindhi Camp Bus Station, Bani ParkHOTEL85
M.K.HostelPlot no-1,kalyan Nagar-5,Nayabunglow Airport, Tont RoadHostel-
Madhav Hostel45, Saraswati Vihar, Near Chokhi DhaniHostel-
Mahar HaveliGangapole, Inside Jorawar Singh Gate, Amber RoadHotel-
Maxima ResortDelhi-Jaipur Bye Pass RajasthanHotel-
OMNIWASE-23 Kaushalya Path Durga Marg Near Durga Apartments Bani ParkHotel-
Prem AbhilashaD00/A, Meera Marg Bai ParkHostel83
Hotel Residency InnD- 81 Shiv Hira Path Chomu House CircleHotel-
Royal Aashiyana Palace3-A, ANAND-KUNJ, Barodia, Kabir Marg Bani ParkHotel83
Sajjan NiwasD1/2 b behind collectorate baniparkHotel-
Savoy HotelM.I. Road Near Bank of IndiaHotel81
Shahar PalaceShahar Palace, Ajmer Road, Civil Lines, Jaipur.Hotel85
Shubham BedC-119,Angad Marg, Hanuman Nagar,Vaishali NagarGuesthouse-
Sunder Palace Guest House46, Sanjay Marg, Hathroi fort,ajmer road,JaipurGuesthouse85
Tara NiwasB-22 / B Shiv Marg BaniparkGuesthouse-
The Explorers Nest3, Purohit Ji Ka Bagh,Behind Tanishque Show room Opp Darbar School,MI RoadHostel-
Umaid BhawanBani Park Behari MargHotel84
Umaid MahalC-20B/2 behari marg bani parkGuesthouse86
Vinayak GuesthousePlot no. 4 , Kabir Marg , BaniparkGuesthouse88
Snehdeep GuesthouseB-33, Sethi Colony, Near Transport Nagar,Guesthouse85
Blue Skies Guest House28,29 Salasar Vatika 4th Niwaru Road, Jhotwara Opp St Anselm's SchoolGuesthouse-
Dera Rawastar HotelD-194/C Vijay PathHotel-
Sagar Guest RoomsJ -10 Subhash Marg C-SchemeGuesthouse-
Jaipur Home StayA-119 Valmiki Marg Hanuman NagarGuesthouse-
Thaltara Bed & BreakfastThaltara Path Off Sirsi RoadGuesthouse-
Rajasthani HouseSector-3 House No-8, Malviya nagar, Jaipur, IndiaGuesthouse-
Radoli HouseD77 Ghiya Marg banniparkGuesthouse-
Hotel GlitzSitarampuri Near Brampuri Police Station Amer RoadHotel-
Hotel Jaipur HeritageSitarampuri, behind Badrinath Opposite Brahamapuri police stationHotel-
Hotel Royal PalazzoSubhash Nagar Shopping Center Jaipur - 302016 (Rajasthan) IHotel-
Hotel Vinayak Villa28-A,Kamla Marg, C-Scheme, Jaipur -302002, Rajasthan, IndHotel-
Hotel Flyview1 Maruti NagarHotel-
Khandela HaveliD-219 A Bhaskar Marg Bani ParkHotel-
Hotel Ghoonghat PalaceG-1 Subhash Nagar Shopping Centre Near Pital Factory, Jhotwara RHotel-
Hotel Goyal PalaceSubhash Nagar, Opp. Krishna Kr Jaipur-302016 (Rajasthan)Hotel-
Hotel Silver Palaza66,67, Subhash Nagar Near Krishna Kripa Appartment Jhotwara Road, Jaipur - 302016Hotel-
Hotel Raghuraj PalaceA4 shashtri nagar jaipurHotel-
Hotel Aroma ClassicGopinath Marg Behind Jayanti Market Panch Batti, M.I. RoadHotel-
Bhavani Rest B&B78-79 Rajendra NagarGuesthouse-
Shree Nikunj Homestay21/22 Hanuman Nagar Sirsi RoadGuesthouse-
Hotel Kanchandeep17 Vanasthali Marg S.C.RoadHOTEL-
Pink City Home StayA-540 Siddharth Nagar, Jawahar CircleGuesthouse-
Rajputana Haveli56B, Govind Nagar (East), Krishna Marg, Amer Road, Near Jorawar Singh GateHotel-
Hotel R.G. PalaceNear K.K Royal Hotel Management InstituteHotel-
Suryaa VillaSuryaa Villa; 3, Peelwa Garden, Moti Dongri RoadHostel85
Hotel RubyPareek College Road BaniparkHOTEL-
Hotel Satkar187,barodia scheme, baniparkHotel80
Nahargarh HaveliB-4, Gopal Bari, Behind Corporate Park Jaipur RajasthanHOTEL-
Hotel Amer View (Jaipur)opp 53 chhatriya amer ( Near Amer fort )Hotel-
Hotel Moon Light PalaceS-34, Shanti Nagar, Near Labour Court, Opp. NBCHotel84
The Saneer76- 77 Pancsheel Enclave, Jawahar Circle, JLN MargHotel-
Hotel H.R. PalaceD157/A Kabir Marg, Bani Park.HOTEL-
Golden Hotel5-Kanti Nagar Opp. Polovictory Cinema Station roadHotel-
Nirvana Hostel273 Metro Hospital Road Officer's Campus Sirsi Road Khatipura, Vishnu MargHOSTEL71
Maya Niwas56 Hathroi Fort Hari Kishan Somani Marg Ajmer RoadGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Sanj31, Govindpuri West, Amer Road Near Jal MahalHOTEL-
Red Fox Hotel, JaipurJawahar Lal Nehru Marg, Jaipur , RajasthanHOTEL-
Rawla RawatsarD-194 A Jagdish Marg, Banipark, JaipurHotel-
Utsav NiwasC-89 Shekhawaawat Marg Ambawari near Mumal RestaurantHotel-
Pratap BhawanA-4 Pratap Bhawan Jamnalal Bajaj Marg C-schemeGUESTHOUSE-
Bhola Bhawan Bed & Breakfast21 Bhola BhawanGuesthouse-
Kothi Anandam6, Geejgarh Vihar Hawa SarakGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Mayaa Mansion56, Hathroi fort, hari krishna somani margHOTEL-
Krishna PalaceE26 Durga Marg Bani ParkHOTEL83
Hotel Siddharth ResidencyE-14,Nirman Nagar,Main Ajmer Road Opp-Asopa HospitalHOTEL-
Hotel Rani Mahal24, Lane No.3rd, Nandpuri, Hawasadak BaisgaudamHotel-
Hotel Laxmi NiwasNear Vivek Vihar Metro Station Near Sanjevani Hospital New Sanganer Road SodalaHotel-
Holy Cow Hostel Jaipur274, Officers Campus, Near Metro Hospital, SirsiHOSTEL-
hotelutsavADJOIN SWAMI NARAYAN TEMPLE CHITRAKOOT VAISHALI NAGAR JAIPUR RAJASTHAN (INDIA )Hotel-
Rajasthan Palace Hotel3, Peelwa Garden, Moti Doongri Road,GUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Utsav1-A, Adjoin Swami Narayan Temple Chitrakoot, Vaishali Nagar, Ajmer RoadHOTEL-
Hotel Vaishnavi4-B, Kabir Marg Bani ParkHOTEL-
Ocean Hostel337 Officers' Campus Opposite Reliance Fresh SupermarketHOSTEL-
Mahal KhandelaD-219(B) Bhaskar Marg, BaniparkHOTEL-
Gunawati Retreat6-B, Ganga Path Suraj Nagar ( West ), Civil LinesGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel ShalimarVanasthali Marg Near Sindhi CampHotel-
The Royal CM149, Indra Colony, Near Space Cinema (ICICI BANK) Bani Park, JaipurHostel-
Chitra Katha60, Hathroi Fort, Hari Kishan Somani Marg, Ajmer RoadHostel-
hotel konarkLal Pyaoo Pareek College Road Opp."MAYANK" Trade CentreHotel-
Hotel ParamountE-6/7, Subhash Nagar Shopping Center Nirwan Marg, Jhotwara RoadHOTEL-
Hotel Mansarovar Palace82/36 Near Shipra Path MansarovarHotel-
Starboard GuesthousePlot No 8 Panchsheel EnclaveGuesthouse-
Castle Lalpura By The DunesSansar Chandra Road Adjoining Hotel MansinghHostel-
Hotel Royal Villa1/38 ,Nagar Nigam Colony,Opp. Maharaniyo Ki Chatar Amber RoadHOTEL-
Jaguar Hostel273, Officer's campus, Gate no-2, Vishnu marg, nea Jaipur-12HOSTEL-
Blessings Jaipur12-A, Jawahar Nagar Colony Near Glass Factory, Tonk RoadGUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Ramsingh PalaceB-2, Hathi babu ka bagh Kanti nagar, BaniparkHOTEL-
Lemon Tree Premier JaipurNirwan Marg, Bani ParkHOTEL-
Hotel Hayat Rabbani47, Kanti Nagar Opp. Polovictory CinemaHotel-
Idex Jaipur CampPlot 129, Jai Jawan Colony II Near Nahar Hospital, Tonk RoadHOSTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

There's good coverage over most of India for Internet cafes. However, following the recent terror attacks in Mumbai and some other cities, all internet cafes have been instructed by the authorities to maintain a register and note down the identification details of all persons using internet. Sify iWay is a reliable and cheap cafe with over 1,600 cafes over India. iWay also allows you to open a pre-paid account that you can use all over India. Whenever you have Internet access probably the best and cheapest way to call family and friends at home is software that allows users to make voice calls over the Internet such as Skype.

Wifi hotspots in India are, for most part, limited. The major airports and stations do offer paid wifi at around RS.60-100 an hour. Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai are the only cities with decent wifi coverage. At Mumbai airport, you get to use WiFi internet free, for an hour or so.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country code for India is 91. To dial outside the country from India, prefix the country code with 00.

The general emergency number is 100 (emergency response police & fire), while for ambulance you should dial 102 or 112, though some regions have 108 for this emergency. 108 is used in in the Indian states of Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Goa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha,Assam, Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. 108 can be called for medical, crime, fire, or any other emergency from any phone.

Local phone numbers can be anywhere from 5-8 digits long. But when the area code is included, all landline phone numbers in India are 10 digits long. Cellphone numbers usually start with '9', '8', or '7'. Toll-free numbers start with 1-800.

If staying longterm it is probably wise to think about investing in a mobile phone. You'll possibly need to provide a photocopy of your passport and itinerary, so come prepared. Make sure you arrange it upon arrival in a big city, as it can sometimes be difficult to organise with language barriers and such in more regional areas. You can buy a cheap nokia for about RS.1,200 with a pre-paid plan. Airtel is a good carrier to think about as they have great coverage, and constant offers for cheaper calling. To recharge, most shop vendors with phone carrier signs can do it via their own phone. You give them your mobile number, they put it in their phone and you'll both get messages as to whether or not the recharge has been successful. Also, if possible, buy the phone in the state where you do the most travelling as the charges are higher in the states where you did not originally buy the phone.

Over the entire country there are plenty of public phones, even in the middle of the countryside. Although most of the time these phones are not very well maintained and have horrible connections. Therefore remember when using one of these public phones one must be extremely patient.
For international calls from payphones, you'll have to visit a reputable internet cafe with a phone-booth. Mobile phones are usually a better and cheaper option.

Post

India Post is the national postal service of India, and on their website you find details about prices to send postcards, letters and parcels, both domestically and internationally. For most postcards to send internationally, it is better to visit the post office before writing on the card as you may need quite a few stamps. Parcels must be taken to a tailor, he will then sew it up in white linen. Make sure he seals it with red wax, otherwise the post office may refuse to send it or try to get you to pay them to do it. Sewing up a parcel should only cost RS.50 to 200. In general, post offices are open from 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm in most bigger towns and cities, though there are regional variations and some might keep longer hours or be open during (part of) the weekend as well. Ask around.

If you want to send bigger packages/parcels, it might be better, faster and sometimes even cheaper, to contact a private company like DHL, TNT or UPS.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 26.905109
  • Longitude: 75.801277

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