Pink City: Jaipur the City of Unrivalled Architecture
Hello Traveller! Welcome back to the amazing and enchanting blog on Jaipur. Did you know Jaipur is the city planned by Vidyadhar Bhattacharya? This beautiful rich in culture and heritage city is founded by founded by Sawai Jai Singh, the Raja of Amer in AD 1727. In this travel blog, I will transport you virtually to embark on a captivating journey through the diverse landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich heritage of this magnificent Indian state. I invite you all to delve with me its scenic beauty and history heritage and make it an unforgettable odyssey.
The city of Jaipur is rich in culture, regal cuisine, and unrivalled architecture come together in a mesmerizing blend. Known as the Pink City, Jaipur boasts a unique charm with its pink-red tinged buildings and historic grandeur. Step into Gulabi Sehar (Pink City) and be transported to a world complete with regal palaces, ornately decorated elephants, vibrant markets, and bustling streets.
Best time to visit Jaipur: Every day is the best day to visit Jaipur, as it will offer you different experiencing in every season. But I suggest you to avoid visiting Jaipur in summers, as the summer average Temperature: Max 44°C / Min 25°C. According to me, the best time to visit in October to March. In winters the Average Temperature: Max 20°C / Min 8.3°C. Talking about average rainfall then it is 64cm.
Before starting further, the main question arises how to reach Jaipur. It’s not a big deal reader, if I would suggest just chill guys, there are many ways to reach this pink valley. You can reach by air as Jaipur International Airport at Sanganer is well connected by air. If you think that air passage will loosen your pocket, then hold on guys I have another option for you. You can travel by rail as Jaipur Junction is well connected by rail with major towns and cities in India. If you have your own car or bike then it is icing on the cake guys with your own trusted vehicle as your chariot, immerse yourself in the mesmerizing road odyssey to Jaipur as Jaipur is well connected by road with major cities and towns in the country let the pave the way to unforgettable journey.
So here comes the most important thing to discuss, what you will do after landing in Jaipur? There are many places to explore. Let’s begin with:
Hawa Mahal: As the name suggests this place is genuinely gives you best hawa in the world. This iconic five-story structure, built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, is known as the "Palace of Winds." Its unique design, blending Hindu and Islamic architecture, features 152 intricately designed windows. Originally built for royal ladies to observe processions and activities on the street below, it remains a proud symbol of Jaipur's history. Don't miss the Hawa Mahal Museum, located behind the monument, which offers a glimpse into Rajasthan's royal heritage.
Jantar Mantar: A UNESCO World Heritage site, Jantar Mantar is the largest of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. It contains 16 geometric devices designed to measure time, track celestial bodies, and observe the planets' orbits around the sun. This architectural wonder fascinates visitors with its intricate structures and interactive displays.
Jaigarh Fort: Standing proudly on a hilltop 15 kilometers from Jaipur, Jaigarh Fort was built by Sawai Jai Singh. The fort is home to the world's largest cannon on wheels, the Jaivana Cannon, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
Nahargarh Fort: Perched 600 feet above the city, Nahargarh Fort offers stunning views of Jaipur. Built during the reign of Rajinder Singh in 1734, this fort features beautiful architecture, including the Hawa Mandir and Madhavendra Bhawan, a summer retreat for the royal family. The fort looks particularly spectacular when illuminated at night.
Jal Mahal: Located in the middle of Man Sagar Lake on the way to Amer, this small palace showcases stunning Rajput and Mughal architectural styles.
Amer Palace: A UNESCO World Heritage site, Amer Palace is located about 11 kilometers from Jaipur. Nestled in craggy hills, it is a magnificent blend of Hindu and Mughal styles. Built in the 16th century, the palace features intricate carvings, precious stones, and mirrors. The breathtaking views of Maota Lake in front of the palace add to its splendor and the sense of its legendary past.
Sisodia Rani Palace and Garden: Situated 8 kilometers from Jaipur on the Jaipur-Agra Road, this palace and garden are laid out in the Mughal style. With its multi-tiered gardens, fountains, and painted pavilions, it is a picturesque retreat built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II for his queen.
Other Places of Interest:
City Palace and S.M.S Museum
Ishwar Lat or Swarg Suli
Albert Hall and Central Museum
Maharani Ki Chhatri
Lakshmi Narayan Temple
Anokhi Museum of Hand Painting, Amber
Archaeological Museum, Hawa Mahal
Birla Temple Museum
Jaipur Wax Museum
Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, City Palace
Ajmer (133 km)
Pushkar (145 km)
Local Taste and Cuisine
Indulge in the flavors of Rajasthan with these must-try dishes in Jaipur.
Dal Baati Churma: A wholesome Rajasthani meal consisting of lentil curry (dal), baked round bread (baati), and a sweet crumbled mixture (churma) made with flour, jaggery, sugar, and ghee.
Mawa Kachori: A delectable kachori filled with mawa (milk product) and sweet syrup, available at sweet shops throughout the city.
Ghewar: A deep-fried sweet delicacy in high demand during festivals like Gangaur and Teej, available in plain, desi ghee, and mawa varieties.
Mirchi Bada: Green chillies dipped in besan batter and deep-fried, sharing the spotlight with samosas and kachoris in the snack market.
Rajasthani Subji: Traditional Rajasthani curries such as Gatte ki Sabji, Mangodi, Pakodi, and Ker Sangari, accompanied by a papad, plain or masala, as a customary finish to the meal.
Jaipur is a shopper's paradise, offering a wide range of exquisite items:
Kundan Jewelry: Jaipur is renowned for its Kundan style jewelry, originating from the royal courts of Rajasthan and Gujarat.
Brass Work: Immaculate quality brass work in Jaipur includes lacquered and carved brass items.
Enamel or Minakari: Jaipur specializes in gold enamel or minakari work, a captivating art form.
Blue Pottery: Exotic blue pottery is a unique craft of Jaipur.
Textiles: Block-printed textiles from Sanganer and Bagru, tie-dye fabrics, Jaipur quilts, and traditional Mojari footwear are popular choices.
Carvings: Sandalwood and marble stone carvings are beautiful mementos to take home.
Explore the main markets along Johri Bazar, Bapu Bazar, Nehru Bazar, Chaura Rasta, Tripolia Bazar, and Mirza Ismail Road to find these treasures and immerse yourself in the vibrant shopping culture of Jaipur.