Jaipur Travel Guide
Jaipur Travel Guide: Founded by the multi faceted warrior, astronomer, King Sawai Jai Singh II (1688- 1744), its perhaps India’s first planned city. Neat rows of pink houses, drains and ingenious water supply made it a medieval heaven .Yet the exigencies of the time imprinted the spectacular forts, palaces and gardens. Just as necessarily, modern times are turning it into the hottest tourist destination in India. Revel in the grandeur of its palaces. Be transported to the age of the swords and the armors-where you came face to face with death and your life depended on real bravery. Shop endlessly on the boundless treasures found here. Or gorge on the most fabulous cuisines you’ve ever experienced.
Places to visit in Jaipur
Monuments: Hawa mahal
Actually just a thin façade, palace of winds was meant for the “purdahed” royal ladies to gaze longingly at the busy bazaar. The deception is immaculate and it combines the best Rajasthani architecture and artistry with its pink delicately honeycombed 953 sandstone windows known as ‘jharokhas’. You can also climb to the top for a wonderful view.
Located in the heart of the walled city, the City Palace Complex is a majestic blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture where the royal family still lives. Before the palace proper you come across the Mubarak Mahal, now forming the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. Maharani’s Palace paradoxically shows a display of the rare Rajput weaponry with amazing frescos on the ceiling.
The most stupendous of the three-hilltop forts, it is one of the few military structures of medieval India preserved almost intact and encloses palaces, a granary, a well-planned cannon foundry, several temples, a tall tower . A giant mounted cannon-the Jai Ban (Avian) is the largest cannon in the world.
Amber (pronounced Amer) was the ancient citadel of the ruling Kachhawa clan of Amber. It is a syncretistic example of the fusion of a blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The rugged forbidding hides an interior wall of the palace depicting astonishing painting scenes with carvings, precious stones and mirror settings. The Maota Lake produces a breathtaking setting.
Gardens: Kanak Vrindavan
An exquisitely landscaped garden with beautifully carved temple in beige stone, this complex is a popular spot for picnic and film shoots. It should be definitely visited on the way to the three garland forts of Jaipur- Nahargarh, Jaigarh and Amber. The place becomes heavenly verdant during the monsoons, with JAL MAHAL in the back ground. Lakes.
An ancient pilgrimage centre, its Temples, pavilions and holy kunds (natural spring and water tanks) along with lush landscape make it a delectable place. The highest peak is a small Sun temple and is a city landmark.
Temples: Govind Dev Ji Temple
This Krishna temple has been befittingly preserved by the erstwhile royal family as Sawai Jai Singh himself installed the image of GOVIND DEV JI (an incarnation of lord Krishna) here. The RADHA idols are dressed differently every time for the ‘AARTI’ .Thousands of followers or ‘Bhakt’ gather around the courtyard for the Darshan.
Birla Lakshmi Narayan Temple
It is a modern temple built on raised ground; it is surrounded by large lush green gardens. While the exterior has carved sculptures of various mythological themes and images of saints, the interiors have large marble depicting mythological scenes.
Moti Dungri (Ganesh Temple)
Meaning and looking like a drop of pearl, it has n exotic palace that is a replica of Scottish castle once occupied by Maharaja Madho Singh’s son. The auspicious temple of Lord Ganesh, which is frequented by almost whole of Jaipur, is the highlight.
Unique Shopping in Jaipur
Jaipur provides a unique shopping experience with its rich treasure of bewitching jewellery, beautiful gems, semi precious stones, kundan and minakri work (enamel work on gold). Shop till you drop for beautiful cotton fabric including sanganeri prints, tie-dye, and fine kota doria saries are the best buys for women. The exotic blue pottery, enamel ware and brass ware, make excellent souvenirs and gift items and you can also get plentiful bargains on woolens carpets and cotton rugs, leather footwear, with embroidered Jutes.
Don’t miss Rajasthali, Johari Bazaar, MI road, Nehru Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar, Chapur stalls for shopping.
Eating out in Jaipur
Goa is a synonym for gorging on Sea food- ranging from fish to varieties of shell fish – mussels, oyster, cockles to prawn, crab, lobster and squid. Revel in local dishes like the spicy coconut based fish curries, chicken xacuti and cafrael, the vinegar based fish and prawn balchaos and rechaedo, pork vindaloo and sorpotel. Sweets like Bebinca, Dodol and Doce made with coconut are special to area. Discover eating places that can be restaurants in the five star hotels or numerous personalized family run eateries and beach shacks stocked with excellent food in both local and western styles.
Experience live music amidst fitting ambience at the Alfama at the Cidade de Goa, the Banyan Tree at the Taj Holiday Village, Casa Portuguesa at Baga, Riorico at the Hotel Mandovi and Planter’s Restaurant at Calangute.
How To Reach Jaipur
The Jaipur Airport is called Sanganer Airport. There are domestic flight connections to Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jodhpur and Udaipur and land at Sanganer Airport. International flights are limited to Dubai. Convenient Rail connections exist from all northern cities. Regular bus service of AC and Deluxe Coaches are also available.
Do’s and Don’t’s
- Always book into approved hotels or RTDC run hotels.
- Make enquiries at the information bureaux located at most Railway stations, Bus stands, Airports
- Before staying in a paying guest accommodation, always check about its authorisation by the Department of Tourism Always keep your hotel room locked when there or when out for sight seeing, shopping.
- Take autorikshaws from pre paid kiosk wherever available.
- Otherwise settle the amount before embarking on the journey.
- Hire taxis from approved Travel Agency, RTDC or through Govt. Tourist Reception Centres.
- Don’t stay with or be coaxed into staying with people you meet at Railway platforms, Bus stands or shopping areas.
- Don’t think you are getting a bargain if a free ride is given by any transporters to a hotel, check with tourist information office first.
- Don’t allow any one into your room for a drink and snacks or just a chat unless the person is really well known to you.
- Free rides can culminate in trouble at hotel suggested by the driver.
- Don’t leave your valuables, luggage with the driver