Jaipur, also known as the Pink City, is quite famous for its rich, colourful, and princely Rajasthani culture. It is also the first ever planned city of India, which was designed according to Indian Vastu Shastra* in the year 1727. Jaipur surely is worth a visit if grandeur of the princely culture charms you. This radiant city will offer you a glimpse of the royal lifestyle through a number of magnificent forts and palaces it boasts of.
Major Attractions :
● Amber Fort & Palace: Amber fort is half an hour’s drive from the city centre and is a must-visit if you wish to taste the royal heritage of the Rajput kings. This hill-top palace that overlooks the beautiful lake of Maota is something you should definitely visit because of its breathtaking forts, gardens, halls, and temples.
● Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds): Hawa Mahal is the most recognisable building of the lively old Jaipur. It is a five-storey building with rows of continuous windows and screens. Strong wind flows through them and thus gives the palace its name.
● Jantar Mantar: Jantar Mantar, literally meaning the calculation instrument, houses a curious collection of various astronomical structures. The most famous and impressive one is the huge Samrat Yantra sundial with a vertical height of 90 feet. The shadows made by the instrument measure time according to place of the Sun in the sky.
● Chokhi Dhani: It is a village resort which is famous for creating a world of rural Rajasthan for its customers. It offers rich Rajasthani cuisine along with traditional music and dance programme for its guests.
● Markets and Shopping: M I Road and Johari Bazaar in the old city are very famous for their continual markets offering traditional jewellery, clothes, pottery, and other collectibles.
When To Visit :
Jaipur, being a warm place, is best when visited in winters between October and March. During winters the place remains cool, which is suitable for sightseeing and shopping. Also one of the major festivals, Jaipur International Literature fest, occurs in the month of January. Additionally, the famous Elephant festival too is held in winters in the month of March.
Indian Terms Explained :
Vastu Shastra: Ancient Hindu science of architecture.