General Information - Jaipur
Jaipur, popularly known, as Pink City founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II is the capital of Rajasthan, offering an endless variety of crafts, gem and jewellery centres. A contractor’s compulsion famed Jaipur to Pink city and the city is the pristine jewel in the desert sands of Rajasthan with a combination of traditional hues with the blend of modern trends. It remains the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe, through nine rectangular sectors.
Attractions In & Around
Amer Fort : One of the most magnificent destinations in Jaipur, on the rugged hills outside of town sits Amer Fort. (Amber Fort). It is an example of fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture built in red sandstone and white marble. The highlight of the fort is the Seesh Mahal (mirror Palace), a palace known for its craftsmanship in mirrors.
Bairath : ying between Jaipur & Alwar this is a location, which has significance from the Mahabaratha times and it is said that the Pandavas spent one year of their exile here. Excavations reveal that Bairath formed a part of the Mauryan Empire and flourished as a Buddhist establishment.
City Palace : In the heart of the city is situated the City Palace, which is now a museum except for one section where the erstwhile royal family still lives. Grey-white marble columns studded with floral motifs in gold and coloured stones support the carved arches. The museum houses a fascinating armory of Mughal and Rajput weapons and swords of all shapes and sizes. There is also an art gallery.
Gaitor : Gaitor is about 15 kms. from Jaipur and is famous for the cenotaphs or chhatris of Jaipur rulers, with the exception of Sawai Ishwari Singh’s. The cenotaph of Sawai jai Singh ii stands out for its delicate carvings and beautiful shape.
Galta : About 20 kms. from Jaipur is Galta, famous for the old pilgrim centre of Galtaji and 'kunds' (natural springs and reservoirs) said to have curative powers. The small temple of the Sun god, built by Diwan Kriparam on top of the highest peak, is visible form all parts of the city.
Hawa Mahal : The most famous landmark of Jaipur, the palace of winds built in 1799 by Sawai Pratap Singh was actually planned for the royal household to have a look at every day life of the city. The palace has tier upon tier of curved arch surmounting fairy casements with "jali" - latticework screens.
Jaigarh Fort : Named after Jai Singh II, the Jaigarh fort is perched on a cliff surrounded by huge battlements with inside walkways. It is one of the few military structures of medieval India preserved almost intact, containing palaces, a granary, a well-planned cannon foundry, several temples, a tall tower and a giant mounted cannon-the Jain Ban (Jaivan) the largest cannon in the world.