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|Jaipur, also popularly
known as the Pink City, historically sometimes rendered as Jeypore, is
the capital of Rajasthan state, India. Jaipur is also the capital of Jaipur
District. Jaipur is the former capital of the princely state of Jaipur.
Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber, Jaipur
was the first planned city in India and in 2003, after only 276 years,
the population reached approximately 2.7 million. Built of pink stucco
in imitation of sandstone, the city is remarkable among pre-modern Indian
cities for the width and regularity of its streets which are laid out into
six quarters separated by broad streets 111 ft (34 m) wide. The urban quarters
are further divided by networks of gridded streets. Five quarters wrap
around the east, south, and west sides of a central palace quarter, with
a sixth quarter immediately to the east. The Palace quarter encloses a
sprawling palace complex (the Hawa Mahal, or palace of winds), formal gardens,
and a small lake. Nahargarh Fort crowns the hill in the northwest corner
of the old city. Another noteworthy building is Sawai Jai Singh's observatory,
Jantar Mantar. Jaipur, with its rich and colourful past, resplendent with
tales of valour and bravery is now one of the most important heritage cities
in India, and is a must-see for tourists coming to India.
Travel Guide by Vinay Chaubey
This famous city is the capital
of Rajasthan and has earned universal renown as the "Pink City", and pink
it is, with beautiful constructed palaces, havelis and forts. Tall, rugged
men with handle-bar whiskers sport bright pink turbans. Jaipur which means
the city of victory was built exactly 273 years back and is 262 km by road
from Delhi (Capital of India). A strong wall encircles the old city and
even today has a suggestion of formidable strength, its function of protecting
all within is obvious.
There is a feast in store
for tourists. Attractive monuments where one can breathe the fragrance
of history. Comfortable and luxurious hotels, once the proud of kings,
parks, gardens, and excursions of nearby places of interest, make Jaipur
a tourist's paradise.
A young Bengali architect,
Vidyadhar Bhattacharya formalized the city's plans in a grid system. The
wide straight avenues. Roads, streets, lanes and uniform rows of shops
on either side of main bazaars were arranged in nine rectangular city sectors,
in accordance with the principles of town planning set down in the 'Shilpa
Shastra'- and epochal treatise on the Hindu architecture.
Nahagarh Fort stands on
the edge of the Aravalli Hills, overlooking the pink city of Jaipur in
the Indian state of Rajasthan.
The view of the city from
the fort is breath taking. Along with Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort it formed
a strong defence ring for the city. During the Sepoy revolt of 1857, Nahagarh
served as a refuge for Europeans fleeing from the havoc created by mutineers
in neighboring states. The word Nahargarh means the abode of tigers. Legends
say that it was name after Prince Nahar whose spirit haunted the place
and obstructed construction of the fort.
The Amber Palace complex
overlooking the artificial lake south of the town of Amber is one of the
most popular tourist sites in the city, famous for its mixture of Hindu
and Muslim architecture, and offering elephant rides from the town up to
the palace courtyard. Although the structure is today known as Amber Fort,
the complex was initially a Palace Complex within the Fort of Amber which
is today known as Jaigarh fort.
The Jaigarh Fort on the
hills above the Amber Palace complex offers stunning views of the foothills
of the Aravalli range, as well as attractions such as immense underground
water-storage tanks, a medieval canon foundry and an impressive collection
of medieval cannons including the Jaivana which is reputed to be the world's
largest cannon on wheels.
The Jantar Mantar is a collection
of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja Jai Singh
II at his then new capital of Jaipur between 1727 and 1733. It is modelled
after the one that he had built for him at the then Mughal capital of Delhi.
Galtaji is an ancient Hindu
pilgrimage site situated 10 km from Jaipur in Indian state of Rajasthan
on Jaipur-Agra highway near Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh. It is believed that Saint
Galav spent his life here and did meditation. The main temple here is temple
of Galtaji in pink stone and has a huge complex.
The temple has a number of
pavilions with rounded roofs, exquisitely carved pillars and painted walls.
The temple is surrounded by natural springs and reservoirs that are considered
holy .There are seven tanks here and the Galta Kund is considered the holiest.
A large number of people take a holy bath in these tanks especially on
There is a timeless appeal
to Jaipur's colorful bazaars where one can shop for Rajasthani handlooms
and trinkets. Beautifully laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments
and marvelous heritage hotels, once the residence of Maharaja's are worth
admiration. Not to mention the ambling camels and cheerful people in multi-hued
costumes that makes your trip to the pink city a memorable one.
About the Author For
more details on Jaipur Travel visit www.times2travel.com Vinay Chaubey
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Amer Hotel, Jaipur
This is a luxury hotel with
many facilities including a health club, shopping arcade, swimming pool,
safety deposit lockers, car rental, beauty parlour and conference rooms.
The rooms are medium in size and are comforable. All the rooms are equipped
with a hairdryer, air-conditioning, mini bar, satellite television and
connection for lap top computers to access e-mail or the internet. The
restaurant serves a traditional Indian cuisine. There is a poolside barbecue
every day and a coffee shop open 24 hours a day serving light snacks.
Points by Sheraton Jaipur, City Square
Discover Jaipur, the Pink
City, and stay at Four Points by Sheraton Jaipur, City Square. Our hotel
is located in the heart of Jaipur, convenient to major government and business
organizations, universities and the new International Airport. The City
Palace, Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal and other popular sightseeing attractions,
are all within easy access of our hotel. Our fun, colourful all day
dining restaurant, The Eatery, features both continental favourites and
regional specialties. Why not drop by Bar Bar, our lounge, and sip on a
cold beer from the world's Best Brews(SM), while enjoying the views of
the Aravali Hills. Health club, outdoor pool and a spa and steam rooms.
Wireless High Speed Internet Access (for a fee) in guest rooms and public
Om Tower, Jaipur
The Om Tower is the latest
entry into Jaipur, also known as “Pink City” . Located strategically on
M.I. Road, the constructed hotel is close to major tourist attractions
and markets. The luxurious rooms and theme suits offer traditional aesthetic
ambience. The guest can treat taste buds with an array of assorted drinks,
authentic Indian cuisine and have a view around the city at the “Revolving
Restaurant” in just 60 minutes. Our attentive, multilingual staff provides
personalized service to the guest for a comfort stay. Located within the
heart of this city, on M.I. Road, the hotel is 13 kilometers from the airport
and a kilometer from Railway Station and Sindhi Camp Bus Stand.
Raj Palace, Jaipur
Acknowledged as The world's
best heritage hotel the "Raj Palace is a Grand heritage hotel and the member
of Small Luxury Hotels of the world. We were voted as the World's Leading
heritage hotel" by The World Travel awards consecutively for four years
2007 - 2011. If you are looking for a real luxurious experience with a
true Indian flavour, then we are the right place for you, as we are the
best luxury hotel in Palace category in the world. Our restaurant and bars
were voted one of the best in the world at the 32nd international awards
for hotel and catering at Fitur Spain by American travel association.
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