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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.
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 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.
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Jaipur is famous for a number of fairs and festivals. Some of the important ones are:
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.
|Avg Max||22.5 °C||25.6 °C||31.5 °C||37.1 °C||40.4 °C||39.4 °C||34.3 °C||32.4 °C||33.7 °C||33.6 °C||29.3 °C||24.5 °C|
|Avg Min||8.1 °C||10.9 °C||16.2 °C||21.7 °C||25.8 °C||27.5 °C||25.8 °C||24.5 °C||23.2 °C||19.1 °C||13.5 °C||9.2 °C|
|Rainfall||6.8 mm||9.6 mm||4.9 mm||8.4 mm||17.5 mm||59.6 mm||202.7 mm||202.5 mm||67.6 mm||22.7 mm||3.6 mm||3.2 mm|
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.
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.
Some of the indicative road distances are as below:
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.
No boat service is available as the city does not lie on a waterway.
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.
|Anuraag Villa||D-249 Devi marg Bani park Near collectrate Circle Jaipur 302016||Hotel||89|
|Apna Niwas-Blisszone||B 1/19,Chitrakoot,Gandhi path Vaishalinagar||Guesthouse||-|
|Badiyal Haveli||AC/4, Gayatri Marg, Sawai Jai Singh Highway, Banipark, Jaipur||Hotel||-|
|Bed and Breakfast-Anukampa||Anukampa, 102/17, Tilak Marg, Patel Marg, Mansarovar||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Bhimvilas||1-Gopinath Marg , Behind G.P.O.,Jaipur, Rajasthan||Guesthouse||-|
|Chit Chat Restaurant and Guesthouse||D-160 Kabir Marg Bani Park||Guesthouse||78|
|Chitrakoot Holiday Apartment||B-2/407, Chitrakoot||Apartment||-|
|Cutie's Girls' Hostel||102/17, Tilak Marg, Meera Marg Mansarovar||Hostel||-|
|Daughter's Home||113/12 Pratap Nagar||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Arya Niwas||Sansur Chandra Road||Hotel||86|
|Hotel Baba Haveli||66 A Sanjay Colony RPA Road||Hotel||89|
|Hotel BaniPark Palace, Jaipur||D-160, Kabir Marg Bani Park||Hotel||86|
|Hotel Kalyan||Hathroi Fort Ajmer Road, Jaipur||Hotel||85|
|Hotel Mandakini Castle||Sansar Chandra Road Next to Hotel Man Singh||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Pearl Palace||51, Hathroi Fort Ajmer Road||Hotel||88|
|Hotel Sarang Palace||A-40, Subhash Nagar||Hotel||-|
|Jai Niwas||Opposite M.L.A. Quarter No. B-15, Gopinath Marg Off M.I. Road, Near G.P.O.||Guesthouse||84|
|Jaipur Inn||Jaipur Inn 17 Shiv Marg , Bani Park||Hotel||83|
|Karan's Guesthouse||D76 Shiv Hera Path Chomu House C Scheme||Guesthouse||-|
|LandMark Residency||26 A/6,Vijay Bari,Sikar Road||Hostel||-|
|Laxmi Palace||D-194/B, Jagdish marg, Behind Sindhi Camp Bus Station, Bani Park||HOTEL||86|
|M.K.Hostel||Plot no-1,kalyan Nagar-5,Nayabunglow Airport, Tont Road||Hostel||-|
|Madhav Hostel||45, Saraswati Vihar, Near Chokhi Dhani||Hostel||-|
|Mahar Haveli||Gangapole, Inside Jorawar Singh Gate, Amber Road||Hotel||-|
|Maxima Resort||Delhi-Jaipur Bye Pass Rajasthan||Hotel||-|
|OMNIWAS||E-23 Kaushalya Path Durga Marg Near Durga Apartments Bani Park||Hotel||-|
|Prem Abhilasha||D00/A, Meera Marg Bai Park||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Residency Inn||D- 81 Shiv Hira Path Chomu House Circle||Hotel||-|
|Royal Aashiyana Palace||3-A, ANAND-KUNJ, Barodia, Kabir Marg Bani Park||Hotel||82|
|Sajjan Niwas||D1/2 b behind collectorate banipark||Hotel||-|
|Savoy Hotel||M.I. Road Near Bank of India||Hotel||79|
|Shahar Palace||Shahar Palace, Ajmer Road, Civil Lines, Jaipur.||Hotel||85|
|Shubham Bed||C-119,Angad Marg, Hanuman Nagar,Vaishali Nagar||Guesthouse||-|
|Sunder Palace Guest House||46, Sanjay Marg, Hathroi fort,ajmer road,Jaipur||Guesthouse||85|
|Tara Niwas||B-22 / B Shiv Marg Banipark||Guesthouse||-|
|The Explorers Nest||3, Purohit Ji Ka Bagh,Behind Tanishque Show room Opp Darbar School,MI Road||Hostel||-|
|Umaid Bhawan||Bani Park Behari Marg||Hotel||85|
|Umaid Mahal||C-20B/2 behari marg bani park||Guesthouse||86|
|Vinayak Guesthouse||Plot no. 4 , Kabir Marg , Banipark||Guesthouse||90|
|Snehdeep Guesthouse||B-33, Sethi Colony, Near Transport Nagar,||Guesthouse||85|
|Blue Skies Guest House||28,29 Salasar Vatika 4th Niwaru Road, Jhotwara Opp St Anselm's School||Guesthouse||-|
|Dera Rawastar Hotel||D-194/C Vijay Path||Hotel||-|
|Sagar Guest Rooms||J -10 Subhash Marg C-Scheme||Guesthouse||-|
|Jaipur Home Stay||A-119 Valmiki Marg Hanuman Nagar||Guesthouse||-|
|Thaltara Bed & Breakfast||Thaltara Path Off Sirsi Road||Guesthouse||-|
|Rajasthani House||Sector-3 House No-8, Malviya nagar, Jaipur, India||Guesthouse||-|
|Radoli House||D77 Ghiya Marg bannipark||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Glitz||Sitarampuri Near Brampuri Police Station Amer Road||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Jaipur Heritage||Sitarampuri, behind Badrinath Opposite Brahamapuri police station||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Royal Palazzo||Subhash Nagar Shopping Center Jaipur - 302016 (Rajasthan) I||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Vinayak Villa||28-A,Kamla Marg, C-Scheme, Jaipur -302002, Rajasthan, Ind||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Flyview||1 Maruti Nagar||Hotel||-|
|Khandela Haveli||D-219 A Bhaskar Marg Bani Park||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Ghoonghat Palace||G-1 Subhash Nagar Shopping Centre Near Pital Factory, Jhotwara R||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Goyal Palace||Subhash Nagar, Opp. Krishna Kr Jaipur-302016 (Rajasthan)||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Silver Palaza||66,67, Subhash Nagar Near Krishna Kripa Appartment Jhotwara Road, Jaipur - 302016||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Raghuraj Palace||A4 shashtri nagar jaipur||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Aroma Classic||Gopinath Marg Behind Jayanti Market Panch Batti, M.I. Road||Hotel||-|
|Bhavani Rest B&B||78-79 Rajendra Nagar||Guesthouse||-|
|Shree Nikunj Homestay||21/22 Hanuman Nagar Sirsi Road||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Kanchandeep||17 Vanasthali Marg S.C.Road||HOTEL||-|
|Pink City Home Stay||A-540 Siddharth Nagar, Jawahar Circle||Guesthouse||-|
|Rajputana Haveli||56B, Govind Nagar (East), Krishna Marg, Amer Road, Near Jorawar Singh Gate||Hotel||-|
|Hotel R.G. Palace||Near K.K Royal Hotel Management Institute||Hotel||-|
|Suryaa Villa||Suryaa Villa; 3, Peelwa Garden, Moti Dongri Road||Hostel||82|
|Hotel Ruby||Pareek College Road Banipark||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Satkar||187,barodia scheme, banipark||Hotel||80|
|Nahargarh Haveli||B-4, Gopal Bari, Behind Corporate Park Jaipur Rajasthan||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Amer View (Jaipur)||opp 53 chhatriya amer ( Near Amer fort )||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Moon Light Palace||S-34, Shanti Nagar, Near Labour Court, Opp. NBC||Hotel||84|
|The Saneer||76- 77 Pancsheel Enclave, Jawahar Circle, JLN Marg||Hotel||-|
|Hotel H.R. Palace||D157/A Kabir Marg, Bani Park.||HOTEL||-|
|Golden Hotel||5-Kanti Nagar Opp. Polovictory Cinema Station road||Hotel||-|
|Nirvana Hostel||273 Metro Hospital Road Officer's Campus Sirsi Road Khatipura, Vishnu Marg||HOSTEL||71|
|Maya Niwas||56 Hathroi Fort Hari Kishan Somani Marg Ajmer Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Sanj||31, Govindpuri West, Amer Road Near Jal Mahal||HOTEL||-|
|Red Fox Hotel, Jaipur||Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg, Jaipur , Rajasthan||HOTEL||-|
|Rawla Rawatsar||D-194 A Jagdish Marg, Banipark, Jaipur||Hotel||-|
|Utsav Niwas||C-89 Shekhawaawat Marg Ambawari near Mumal Restaurant||Hotel||-|
|Pratap Bhawan||A-4 Pratap Bhawan Jamnalal Bajaj Marg C-scheme||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Bhola Bhawan Bed & Breakfast||21 Bhola Bhawan||Guesthouse||-|
|Kothi Anandam||6, Geejgarh Vihar Hawa Sarak||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Mayaa Mansion||56, Hathroi fort, hari krishna somani marg||HOTEL||-|
|Krishna Palace||E26 Durga Marg Bani Park||HOTEL||85|
|Hotel Siddharth Residency||E-14,Nirman Nagar,Main Ajmer Road Opp-Asopa Hospital||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Rani Mahal||24, Lane No.3rd, Nandpuri, Hawasadak Baisgaudam||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Laxmi Niwas||Near Vivek Vihar Metro Station Near Sanjevani Hospital New Sanganer Road Sodala||Hotel||-|
|Holy Cow Hostel Jaipur||274, Officers Campus, Near Metro Hospital, Sirsi||HOSTEL||-|
|hotelutsav||ADJOIN SWAMI NARAYAN TEMPLE CHITRAKOOT VAISHALI NAGAR JAIPUR RAJASTHAN (INDIA )||Hotel||-|
|Rajasthan Palace Hotel||3, Peelwa Garden, Moti Doongri Road,||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Utsav||1-A, Adjoin Swami Narayan Temple Chitrakoot, Vaishali Nagar, Ajmer Road||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Vaishnavi||4-B, Kabir Marg Bani Park||HOTEL||-|
|Ocean Hostel||337 Officers' Campus Opposite Reliance Fresh Supermarket||HOSTEL||-|
|Mahal Khandela||D-219(B) Bhaskar Marg, Banipark||HOTEL||-|
|Gunawati Retreat||6-B, Ganga Path Suraj Nagar ( West ), Civil Lines||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Shalimar||Vanasthali Marg Near Sindhi Camp||Hotel||-|
|The Royal CM||149, Indra Colony, Near Space Cinema (ICICI BANK) Bani Park, Jaipur||Hostel||-|
|Chitra Katha||60, Hathroi Fort, Hari Kishan Somani Marg, Ajmer Road||Hostel||-|
|hotel konark||Lal Pyaoo Pareek College Road Opp."MAYANK" Trade Centre||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Paramount||E-6/7, Subhash Nagar Shopping Center Nirwan Marg, Jhotwara Road||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Mansarovar Palace||82/36 Near Shipra Path Mansarovar||Hotel||-|
|Starboard Guesthouse||Plot No 8 Panchsheel Enclave||Guesthouse||-|
|Castle Lalpura By The Dunes||Sansar Chandra Road Adjoining Hotel Mansingh||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Royal Villa||1/38 ,Nagar Nigam Colony,Opp. Maharaniyo Ki Chatar Amber Road||HOTEL||-|
|Jaguar Hostel||273, Officer's campus, Gate no-2, Vishnu marg, nea Jaipur-12||HOSTEL||-|
|Blessings Jaipur||12-A, Jawahar Nagar Colony Near Glass Factory, Tonk Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Ramsingh Palace||B-2, Hathi babu ka bagh Kanti nagar, Banipark||HOTEL||-|
|Lemon Tree Premier Jaipur||Nirwan Marg, Bani Park||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Hayat Rabbani||47, Kanti Nagar Opp. Polovictory Cinema||Hotel||-|
|Idex Jaipur Camp||Plot 129, Jai Jawan Colony II Near Nahar Hospital, Tonk Road||HOSTEL||-|
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.
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.
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.
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