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Jaipur Tour

The Rose Pink City founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743), is the capital of Rajasthan. It is a major attraction for the first-time visitor. Jaipur is surrounded on all sides by rugged hills, crowned with forts & enclosed by embattled walls. Houses with latticed windows line the streets with their rose pink colour, lending enchantment to the scene, which is almost magical at sunset.

The Old City (Known as the Pink City) is a great place to wander around. The whole city was painted in Pink colour by Maharaja Man Singh II when Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, visited Jaipur in 1876 AD. Today, every home within the city is obliged by law to maintain its facade. It is a very well planned city laid out in a grid pattern and was designed by a young Bengali engineer and scholar by the name "Vidyadhar Bhattacharya".

Jaipur was and remains the only city in the world, symbolising the nine divisions of the universe, through nine rectangular sectors sub-dividing it. Jaipur is a royal city & this is its most noticeable aspect, small buildings & festivals testify it.

Jaipur & its surroundings are rather like an endless museum. The city also offers an endless variety of crafts. Jewellers here still fashion the beautiful enamel-on-gold pendants, studded on the reverse with precious stones or pearls & turquoise that one sees in miniature paintings. Jaipur's lacquer bangles are famous all over the world. This is a city to be visited.

Prime Attractions

Amer Palace : The magnificent fort with its huge ramparts & watchtowers, overlooking the Delhi-Jaipur Highway. It is believed to have been the capital of the "Minas", the original inhabitants of Rajasthan.

City Palace of Jaipur : A classic fusion of the Mughal and Rajasthani architecture is the City Palace of Jaipur - the seat of power of the mighty Rajputs that lorded the deserts once. The palace complex, divided into courtyards and well-manicured gardens, is interspersed with a swarm of palatial structures like the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Badal Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum - making it an ideal tourist purlieu.

The History of City Palace of Jaipur
Rajput Maharaja of the Kachhwaha clan, Jai Singh II, built this majestic palace encompassing one-seventh of the walled Pink City - Jaipur. The Maharajah and his predecessors administered their domain from here. The Diwan-i-Khas and the Diwan-i-Am - the erstwhile houses of parliament - clearly echo the influence of the Mughal dynasty. The palace was recently in the Guiness Book of World Records for housing the two largest vessels in the world originally used to carry water from the Ganges for the personal use of the royality. The exquisite Afghan and Persian carpets, miniature paintings, astronomical manuscripts in Persian and Sanskrit in the Diwan-i-Aam or House of Public Audience, is reminiscent of the rich cultural transfusion that the era hosted. The Museum at the Chandra Mahal boasts of a priceless display of 15th century war-munitions, paintings of Rajasthani, persian and Mughal schools and costumes of former rulers of Jaipur.

Hawa Mahal : Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds is an architectural wonder, befitting the appellation well with its abundance of windows that circulate tranquil breeze and its look, that resembles more a cascading screen than a building. Tourists visit mostly during October to February to bathe themselves in the wallowing wind and sweep the entire Pink City (Jaipur, as it is called) at one glance from its pristine heights.

The Genesis of the Palace of Winds
Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh built this magnanimous monument in 1799, as an extension of the Zenana or the women's chambers, so that from its legion of windows they could command an excellent view of the entire city and its activities from their seclusion.

Jai Garh : Built on a peak, Jai Garh overlooks the palace & city of Amber below. Jal Mahal is Jaipur's lake palace. It is surrounded with water.

Jantar Mantar : The amazing astronomical three-storey-high observatory, of an 18th century Rajasthani king, named Jai Singh.

Government Central Museum : This is the oldest museum in the state. The buiding, designed by Colonel Sir Swinton Jacob is located in the centre of the sprawling Ram Niwas Bagh, built in 1876 AD. When King Edward VII visited India as the Prince of Wales, it was opened to public in 1886.

Bairath (86-km on the Shahpura-Alwar Road) : An important historical place with the excavated remains of a circular Buddhist temple - unique in Rajasthan and the earliest known temple in India. Bairath also has relics of the Mauryan, Mughal and Rajput periods. A mint constructed by Akbar, a beautiful Mughal garden and a remarkable monument with painted 'chhatris' and wall built by Jahangir, are other attractions.

Ramgarh Lake (32-km north-east) : Ramgarh Lake (32-km north-east): A huge artificial lake created by constructing a high dam amidst tree covered hills. While the temple of Jamwa Mata and the ruins of the old fort are some of its antiquities, its beautiful landscape makes it an idyllic picnic spot.

Cities

Sanganer (16-km) : Located on the Tonk Road. This small town is entered through the ruins of two 'Tripolias' or triple-gateways. The town has a ruined palace and a group of Jain temples with fine carvings. Entry to the temples is restricted. The town is an important centre for craft, industry and produces some of the finest hand printed textiles from units of block and screen printers. This textile is popular all over the country and abroad. On the Ajmer Road, the ground level fort is still in good shape. It is noted for its hand printed handloom industry using simple techniques.

Gaitor (6.5-km on the road to Amer) : There are memorials to the queens in the Maharani-ki-Chhatri complex near the Ramgarh road crossing. The white marble cenotaph of Maharajah Jai Singh II is the most impressive and is decorated with carved peacocks. Next to it is the cenotaph of his son. The island palace-Jal Mahal built by Sawai Madho Singh as a pleasure spot at the centre of the Man Sagar Lake, and the Kanak Vrindavan complex of temples and gardens recently renovated add to its pristine glory.

To the west of this road, in a narrow valley, is the royal cremation ground at Gaitor. The cenotaphs of all Jaipur rulers, with the exception of Sawai Ishwari Singh, who was cremated outside the Jai Niwas Garden, were built at this place. The imposing cenotaph of Sawai Jai Singh stands out for its delicate carvings and beautiful shape.