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Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, India, is a most beautifully planned city. Cradled by the Aravallis it lays on the edge of the Thar Desert in east Rajasthan. It was envisioned and realized by King Sawai Jai Singh II, in 1727 after he felt the need to change the capital of his empire from Amer. Jaipur is also called the pink city due to the unique shade of pink that was adorned on every structure during its conception. The color is still predominant in the cityscape giving it its allure. The city has magnificent architecture which apart from being evident in its many stunning forts and palaces, can also be seen in the royal observatory and the traditional and culturally rich bazaars, both of which are more than 200 years old. The city is divided into nine “Chowkries” or blocks and encircled by a huge wall with seven entrances. Two chowkries constitute the palace compound- ‘Chandra Mahal’ where the royal family still resides & the Maharaj Sawai Man Singh II museum. The rest seven chowkries were assigned to the masses and were given different names like ‘Purani Basti’, ‘Topkhana Desh’, ‘Ghat Darwaza’ , ‘Chowkri Ramchandrji’, ‘Topkhana Hazuri’, ‘Chowkri Gangapol’ and ‘Chowkri Modikhana Vishveshwarji’ according to the activity that they harbored. Most of the markets or ‘Bazaars‘ are within the walled city around the two main blocks called ‘badi chaupar’ & ‘choti chaupar’ with the exception of ‘Sireh Deori’ which is opposite hawa mahal. One can find a vivid range of traditional leather jooties, jewellery, colorful textiles, quills, puppets and other handicrafts and locally popular eateries. Another marvelous structure in Jaipur is the Albert hall museum or the central government museum. Situated at Ram Niwas garden it houses an exhaustive collection of arts and crafts, woodwork work, textiles, jewellery, pottery, sculptures, paintings and many more artifacts of the Rajput era. Jaipur city also plays host to a number of local festivals organized at various time of the year. Some of them include Gangaur Festival, Jaipur Literature Festival, Kite festival, Teej festival, Shitla Mata Fair, Chaksu Fair, Elephant Fair. Outside the old city walls Jaipur is already a sparkling metropolis in the making with modern buildings, architecture and malls. One can easily spot many global food chains like Mc. Donald’s, KFC, Mr. Beans, etc around here. But Jaipur also caters to the serious foodie. To the ones that want to tingle their taste buds Jaipur offers world class restaurants and eating joints that serve lingering flavors in appetizing ambiences. Apart from food Jaipur is also the most preferred destination in north India for company meetings, company incentives, exhibitions, conferences and the like of major business houses and conglomerates making Jaipur one of the fastest growing business hubs in India. In recent times, Jaipur is also received the recognition of being one of the premiere education hubs in India. With an impressive list of very qualified medical, engineering, B.ed, management, hotel management and catering colleges, fashion design institutes, flying school, day boarding schools and one of the oldest and most prestigious universities of India, the University of Rajasthan, it attracts students, scholars and faculties from not just within the country but also from world over. In the race for modernization the city of Jaipur is certainly not behind, with the Jaipur metro project and the proposed Jaipur film city. The city is moving on to become an ideal global hotspot not just for tourism but for business, education, medical & hospital services and many other sectors. The city of Jaipur is a reservoir of Indian customs, traditions, civilizations, royalty, legacy and culture. Any visitor to this magical place always leaves drenched in unforgettable moments and sights that recon him to return again and again.
Sightseeing in Jaipur is a very pleasant experience, just like the city it is neat, well laid out and planned. This is so because the original planned structures of the city still stand in very good condition. The bazaars within the walled city stand as an excellent example and are the most popular and visited areas in Jaipur for tourists and locals alike. The bazaars are marked into different zones categorized by the common trade in that region, for example Ramganj bazaar is known for its leather shoe makers, Tripolia bazaar for steel and brass utensils, Johari bazaar for bandhani, block printed textiles and jewelers, Gopalji ka Raasta and Haldiyon ka Raasta for Meenakari artisans, gem cutters and polishers, Kishanpol bazaar for wood cots, jute strings and silver items, khazane walon ka Raasta for Jaipur’s marble workers and painters, and a few others. The bazaars instill an old age trade ambience that attracts large crowds with much enthusiasm even today.Apart from the major attractions within the walled city, like the city palace, jantar mantar, hawa mahal and the intricate network of beautiful and culturally rich bazaars, the forts of Amber, Jaigarh, Nahargarh and Jalmahal are must visits for tourists. Also outside the walled city the Albert hall museum or Central Government Museum houses an impressive collection of historic artifacts showcasing the diverse and rich culture of this city. Jaipur also has impressive and well run heritage hotels and havelis. Jaipur being the capital also lives upto being as rich in flavors as it is in its culture, the amazing dining experiences can be availed at some of the local eatries and restaurants.
 Getting there
Jaipur lies at a distance of 260 kms from Delhi, the capital of India and 240kms from the city of Agra. The city is well-connected with other major cities of India also.
 Fast Facts
Name Jaipur - The pink city Best Time To Visit October - February
Location Jaipur   Rajasthan   West   India  
Open From 0000-00-00  To 0000-00-00 Type
Temperature Summar   45c-25c      Winter   22c-5c      Rainy   40c-32c
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