About Jaipur

Jaipur: A Charming Metropolis

Jaipur, the fascinating capital of the marvellous state of Rajasthan, is one of the well-planned cities of its time. Jaipur was established by the then Maharaja, Sawai Jai Singh in the year 1727. The graceful architecture of the City that runs across in pink colour has earned Jaipur the title of "The Pink City". Jaipur is predominantly known for its musicians, artisans and craftsmen. Today, it is flocked by masses for its fine jewellery, varied textiles and sumptuous cuisine.

Only forts and monuments aren't the attractions of this pink city, the intricate handicraft items and exquisite jewellery also catch the eyeballs of tourists. There are many interesting facts about this place that are not known to most of the people. How about getting a hang of them, they might help you in exploring this royal place Jaipur in a better way. Mentioned below are some of the facts for your ready reference.

State: Rajasthan
Official Language: Rajasthani
Other Languages Spoken: English, Hindi, Marwari
Area: 11117.8 sq.km.
Temperature in summers: (March to June) 45 oC (Max), 25 oC (Min)
Temperature in winters: (November-February) 22oC (Max), 5 oC (Min)
Rainfall: 650 mm
Monsoon: July-September
Season: Semi-arid, warm throughout the year.
Religions: Hindu, Islam, Christians, Sikhs, Jains
EducationalInstitutes: University of Rajasthan; Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur; LNM Institute of Information Technology, Jaipur (Deemed University)
Best Time to visit: October to March
Main Attractions: Forts, Palaces, Gardens, Museums, Temples, Monuments,
Population: 6,663,971 (Census of India, 2011)
STD Code: 0141

There are innumerable sagas and stories of culture, traditions, practices and valour. This diverse land of rich cultural heritage is a royal treat for tourists all over the world. Some of the most visited tourist destinations include:

Hawa Mahal

The 'Palace of Winds' was built for the royal ladies to watch the processions through the myriad windows of the palace. This five-storied palace was also used to store artefacts by the royal family.

Amber Fort

Amber Fort is the earliest capital of the Jaipur state. The Fort is perched high on the rocky terrain of Amer and was the seat of various Maharajas of Jaipur. The palace is adorned with mirror glass work, doors with parquet ivory work, and painted maps of various Hindu pilgrimages.

Amber Fort

City Palace

The City Palace was the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur in the eighteenth century and part of the magnificent palace is still the residence of royalty. The palace showcases world's largest silver containers which were carried by the Maharaja for water on his foreign voyage.

Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar, the largest observatory was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II between 1727 and 1734. Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments that were used in early days to study the movement of sun, moon and planets to determine time.

Jantar Mantar

Nahargarh Fort

The 'Tiger Fort', is believed to be the palace used by the then royalty on their hunting escapades. The Nahargarh Fort was built by Sawai Raja Jai Singh in 1734. According to a legend, the Fort was named after a prince whose spirit used to haunt the site and would cause mischief so as to delay the construction of the fort.

Jaigarh Fort

One of the most spectacular forts of India, Jaigarh is rooted on the rocky terrain of Aravallis in Amer. Jaigarh Fort was a centre of artillery production for the Rajputs and it is home to the world's largest cannon on wheels, the Jaivana.

Jaigarh Fort

Albert Museum

Colonel Sir Swinton Jacob designed it in 1876 to greet King Edward VII as Prince of Wales on his visit to India. It was opened to public ten years later. Positioned amidst the gardens of Ram Niwas Bagh in Jaipur, this museum has an assortment of rare articles on its display including textiles, carpets, paintings, metal and wood crafts, pottery, arms and weapons, toys, dolls and an Egyptian mummy that belongs to the Ptolemaic Epoch. It is also known for housing the famous carpet, which portrays the scene of a Persian garden carpet with running water streams that was bought at a dear price from Shah Abbas of Persia, by Mirza Raja Jai Singh I. This museum is the oldest museum of the State.

Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh

Built by Sawai Jai Singh II for his queen who hailed from Sisodia, the garden has splendid tiered multilevel gardens, fountains, pools, some gorgeous pieces of sculpture and painted pavilions.

Vidyadhar ka Bagh

Built in the memory of Vidyadhar, the architect of the Pink City, it is situated in a narrow valley surrounded by high hills. The beautiful garden has been renovated recently. This garden was a vineyard of the former royalty. This is a terraced garden with fountains, pool and other features of a formal royal resort.

Amar Jawan Jyoti

Amar Jawan Jyoti

Burning as a shrine and a mark of respect to the warriors of Rajasthan is the Amar Jawan Jyoti on Rajpath. This tomb is a tribute to the martyrs who have sacrificed their lives for the honour of the country.

Birla Mandir

Popularly known as the Laxmi Narayan Temple, Birla Mandir is an intricately carved white marble temple. The temple is surrounded by beautifully landscaped tiered gardens.

Along with these fascinating places, Jaipur is flocked by people for indulgence in shopping. The famous handicrafts, silver and gold jewellery, precious and semi-precious stones, beads and jewellery, blue pottery products, carpets and textiles are the most preferred ethnic items by visitors.

Jaipur has a close proximity with Delhi, the national capital and is well connected to other parts of the country through air, rail and road. Jaipur is one of the fastest growing cities of India with productive investment opportunities like Mahindra World City, World Trade Park, etc.

The growth of the City is also contributed by the rapidly developing social infrastructure with super-specialities hospitals and medical centres, institutions of higher-learning and schools.

Birla Mandiri

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