Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is a
dirty and hectic city that offers several worthy sights. Known as the pink
city – the hilltop forts, palaces and an incredible observatory are
well worth visiting.
The city was founded, planned and named by Maharaja Jai
Singh II after he moved from the cramped hillside fort near Amber. He laid
out the city and built Jantar Mantar, Jaipur’s remarkable
observatory. Later Maharajah Ram Singh had the entire city painted pink, a
color associated with hospitality, to welcome King Edward VII, and the
traditional has been maintained.
Sights in Jaipur
- City Palace – The massive complex of
courtyards, gardens and buildings, still home to the Maharaja.
- Old City – The old city is encircled
by a massive wall with grand arch gates.
- Jantar Mantar -an incredible outdoor
observatory housing mammoth and bizarre astrological instruments.
- Hawa Mahal – The extraordinary, fairy
tale, pink sandstone five story building.
Accommodation in Jaipur
Hotel Arya Niwas
Off a busy road, but a
rightfully popular travelers hotel. Rooms are clean, but some are nicer than
others. Has a nice lawn area, sunny balconies, a good vegetarian
resturant, and a good travel shop. Internet, telephone and fax services
available. From INR700.
Jaipor airport offers cheap flights to various cities
throughout India. The aiport is well run and offers much better
services than Delhi airport. There are numerous places for snacks and
drinks, money changing, phone calls and WiFi, which are also available in the
departure lounge. The staff are generally very helpful.
For an authentic Indian experience catch an Ambassador taxi to the airport,
which should cost INR300, which your hotel can arrange.