Rajasthan's beautiful Pink City Jaipur, was the stronghold of a clan
of rulers whose three hill forts and series of palaces in the city
important attractions. Known as the Pink City because of the colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city, Jaipur's
bazaars sell embroidered leather shoes, blue pottery, tie and dye
scarves and other exotic wares. Western Rajasthan itself forms a
convenient circuit, in the heart of the Thar desert which has shaped
its history, lifestyles and architecture.
Founded in AD 1727 by Sawai Jaisingh
II, Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the Pink
City with broad avenues and spacious gardens. The capital of
Rajasthan, Jaipur is steeped in history and culture. Here the past
comes alive in magnificent forts and palaces, blushed pink, where
once lived the maharajas. The bustling bazaars of Jaipur, famous for Rajasthani jewellery, fabric and shoes, possess a timeless quality
and are surely a treasure-trove for the shoppers. This fascinating
city with its romantic charm takes you to an epoch of royalty and
The imperial city, replete with amazing legends of romance and
heroism. A land where the past thrives still. This is the fortified
city of Jodhpur, standing a wary sentinel to the great Thar Desert.
Beckoning you to the wilderness of fascinating dunes, rocky terrain
and thorny vegetation.
Once the capital city of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 by
Rao Jodhaji - chief of the Rathore Clan of Rajputs who claimed
descent from Lord Rama. A major trade centre of 16th century, the
city, today, has grown to become the second largest city of
Rajasthan, retaining the medieval splendour.
The city is encompassed by a high wall, 10 km. long with eight
gates. Within the city, atop a rocky hill, stands the massive fort,
120 mtrs. above the plains.
Packed with history, art and culture, this princely state is a
treasure trove of some exquisite palaces, forts, temples and
havelis standing a testimony to the imperial grandeur. But what
entices the most in Jodhpur is the traditional lifestyle, festivity
and smiling people.
: Indian Airlines connect Jaipur with Delhi, Jodhpur, Udaipur,
Aurangabad, Bombay, Varanasi, Calcutta, Ahmedabad.
Jaipur is connected by rail with Delhi, Agra, Ahmedabad, Ajmer,
Abu Road (Mount Abu), Udaipur, Bombay and Sawai Madhopur.
Good motorable roads connect Jaipur with Delhi 258 km, Agra 236
km, Bikaner 321 km, Udaipur 405 km, Ajmer 131 km, Jodhpur 316 km,
Bharatpur 176 km, Jaisalmer 638 km and Bombay 1202 km
: Regular buses ply from Jaipur to the above places and Alwar,
Kota, Sariska, Mathura, Indore, Chittorgarh and Barmer.
What to see
City Palace & Museum 3.5 kms, Hawa Mahal 3 kms, Jantar Mantar 3.5
kms, Dolls Museum, Zoo, Amber Pal & Jaigarh Fort 11 kms, Gaitor 8
kms, Vidhyadharji Ka Bagh 7 kms, Jal Mahal, Nawab Ki Haveli, Galta,
Sisodia Palace & Garden 8 kms.
Nahargarh Fort 15 kms, Sanganer 16 kms, Ramgarh Lake 30 kms and
Shekhawati 168 kms.