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Jaipur is a city where royalty still lives in the grandeur of its palaces, where fighting for the honor of the clan has never been a need but a way of life, and where treating guests as gods has been a tradition from time immemorial. The city is located at a distance of around 258 km from Delhi and 232 km from Agra, making it a part of the famed Golden Triangle tourist circuit of North India. Jaipur got its name from its founder Sawai Jai Singh (1693-1743), who had the vision to create a meticulously planned city as his capital. All the houses in the old city are painted pink, including the famous Hawa Mahal, thereby giving the city its alternative name, the Pink City.
Sightseeing : Places to visit in destination - Jaipur
Jaipur offers a plethora of touristy attractions to the traveler. The City Palace in the heart of Jaipur is known for its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Not far away is the Central Museum with its large collection of woodwork, jewellery, costumes, brassware, and pottery. Another monument near the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen. Amber Fort, situated just outside the city, is perhaps the most beautiful example of Rajasthani forts and gives a grand view of the city down below. Other attractions include the Jaigarh Fort, Birla Mandir, and Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh.
Excursions : Places nearby city - Jaipur
Jaipur is also the base for exploring some nearby towns and cities of Rajasthan. Ajmer, situated around 130 km southwest of Jaipur, is a pilgrim town renowned for the tomb of Sufi Saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisti. In its vicinity is Pushkar, another pilgrim town famous for the annual camel fair. Kishangarh is renowned for its miniature paintings while Roopangarh houses a fort built by Roop Singh.
JAIPUR - The Pink City
Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, the 'land of Kings'. the state is India at its exotic and colorful best. Popularly known as the 'Pink city' because of the pink sandstone used in the buildings of the old walled city. Jaipur owes its name and foundation to the great warrior-astronomer Maharaja Jaisingh II. The Hawa Mahal or palace of the winds is the city's central landmark. Other palaces include the city Palace, the Jantar Mantar and the Central Museum.
The city is famous for its precious stones, jeweler, marble statues, miniatures and textiles prints. Excursion includes Amber, the ancient capital, with its fortress palace and a superb example of Rajput architecture; Jaigarh fort; Pushkar, famous for its temples and cattle fair, which is one of India's biggest and most colorful festivals; Sariska and Ranthambhore game sanctuaries.
ADDED ATTRACTIONS (Rates on request)
- Glimpses of Rajasthan's culture and folk dances for a duration of 45 minutes at hotel.
- A puppet show at the hotel.
- Combined program of culture dances and puppet show, followed by sumptuous bar-be-cue dinner.
- A gala evening at the illuminated Samode Palace (40 Kms from Jaipur) for groups of 25 pax and above. The highlights of the special evening are a royal welcome, Rajasthani Thali dinner in the Durbar hall, with a cultural program and fireworks display
- Royal welcome by caparisoned camels, traditional Rajasthani folk music and a welcome drink.
- A camel ride through the streets of Mandawa town to the Desert Resort at sunset.
HOW TO GET THERE :
- Road : A convenient mode of travel of Jaipur is by road, Some distances of note are :Delhi 261 km, Udaipur 405 km, Jodhpur 336 km, Ahmedabad 657 km.
- Air: There are flight connections to Delhi, Kota, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Aurangabad, Bombay and Ahmedabad.
- Rail: An excellent connection from Delhi is Shatabdi Express, which provides a fast, air-conditioned of vestibuled, rail service. Other connections to Jaipur are from Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Secunderabad, Agra, Lucknow, Bombay and Calcutta.
There is also a special luxury train, the Palace on Wheels, which starts from Delhi on a round trip of Rajasthan, first stop being of Jaipur
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