Hello Jaipur - An Introduction to the City

jaipur Jan 21, 2020
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Jaipur is known as the Pink City, because of the colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city. Rajasthan derives its name from “Rajah” “Sthana”, which means place/ home of Kings. Jaipur is full of forts atop hills and aesthetically pleasing palatial residences, well-laid gardens, and wonders cast in stone, the experience is topped off with a sprinkling of heartwarming and world-famous Rajasthani hospitality.

Shopper’s Haunt

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Founded in AD 1727 by Sawai Jaisingh II, Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan is characterised by broad avenues and spacious gardens. The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, has a rich history and culture. In Jaipur, the past comes alive in magnificent forts and palaces, where once maharajas lived. 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. The city, with its romantic charm, takes the traveller on a tour of royalty and tradition.

Advanced planning in ancient times

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Jaipur has been laid according to the conventional nine-grid pattern, which is considered by astrologers to be lucky. Each of these grids consists of a square, and these have been planned so that, at the heart of the city is the City Palace. Spread around it, in rows, are public buildings, Straight, wide roads run through the town, while a high, fortified wall that forms its defence is pierced with seven gateways that serve as entry points. Today, these walls may be more challenging to spot since the city has grown far beyond its original plan, but they are still there, proof that though Jaipur saw no great war, it was more than adequately prepared for it.

Jaipur’s architectural planning was way ahead of its times. The architecture’s epitome is the City Palace complex which brought together the Rajput and Mughal architecture.

Jaipur has much to offer visitors

Everything from pageants and festivals to intricate pieces of clothing, a wealth of handicrafts, a host of palaces, and sightseeing that will occupy the traveller’s time. The best way to enjoy the city is as simple as just walking around it, and the traveller will realise that all of Jaipur is an architectural gem put together for aesthetic pleasure.

Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort, Jantar Mantar (observatory), City palace and Sawai Mansingh ji museum, Ishwar Lat, Central Museum, Jal Mahal, Jaigarh fort, Nahargarh fort are the places to visit in Jaipur.

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