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Rajasthan's Legislative Assembly situated at Jaipur during festival season

Jaipur [1], also known as 'the Pink City,' is the capital of Rajasthan in India.

Contents

Understand

Jaipur is the largest city in Rajasthan and was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh as India's first planned city. Jaipur is a major tourist attraction amongst Indian as well as international travellers. It belongs to the tourist Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. It hosts several attractions like the City Palace, Govind Dev ji Temple, Vidhan Sabha, Birla Temple, several massive Rajpur forts and so on. It also serves as a stepping stone for travelers heading to the desert cities of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer.

Now Jaipur is growing fast and various development projects are being undertaken by the government and private enterprises. The town planning and infrastructure development in Jaipur is quite above the mark relative to many other Indian cities.

Jaipur is often called the Pink City in reference to its distinctly coloured buildings, which were originally painted this color to imitate the red sandstone architecture of Mughal cities. The present earthy red color originates from repainting of the buildings undertaken for a visit by the Prince of Wales in 1876.

History

Jaipur gets its name from its founder Maharaja JaiSingh II (1693-1744) the great warrior and astronomer. He came to power at the age of II on the death of his father Maharaja Bishan Singh. The maharaja was told that his son would achieve greatness and he set out to ensure that Jai Singh had a good education. He was trained by the best teachers and scholars in art, science, philosophy and military affairs. His scholastic background matched his innate wits. When Jai Singh was 15, emperor Aurangzeb summoned him to his court. Jai Singh had contravened the agreement of not waging war against the Marathas in the Deccan. On meeting Jai Singh, Aurangazb, clasping his hand in greeting, demanded an explanation. Jai Singh, then 15, replied that since the emperor had extended his hand, it implied that he would protect Jai Singh and his kingdom. Impressed by his reply, Aurangazeb conferred the title of Sawai, meaning one and a quarter, a title, that all of Jai Singh’s descendants kept.

Jai Singh’s lineage can be traced back to the Kucchwaha Rajput, clan who came to power in the 12th century. They built the magnificent Amber Fort and their might spread to beyond the present day Jaipur, encompassing the kingdoms of Mewar (Udaipur) and Marwar (Jodhpur). At that time, the might of the Mughal empire was at its peak and recognizing it, the Kucchwahas aligned themselves with the Mughals. After Jai Singh came to power, there was moment of disquiet when he supported Aurangzeb’s son Azam Shah’s bid to the throne. Azam Shah lost the battle of succession to his brother Bahadur Shah, who demanded Jai Singh’s removal and the installation of Vijay Singh to the throne of Jaipur. Jai Singh, not one to take setbacks lying down, formed a formidable front against the Mughals by aligning himself with other Rajput states and reinstated himself.

After the dust had settled, peace reigned and the kingdom prospered and its borders expanded. However, expansion meant that the limited sources of water proved inadequate for the city, which he named Jaipur, after himself. Much of the credit for Jaipur goes to Vidhyadhar Bhattacharya, the chief architect from Bengal who, with Jai Singh’s approval, founded the city on strong scientific principles, laid out according to the Shilpa Shastra, the ancient architectural manual. It remains one of India’s best planned cities.

After Jai Singh’s death in 1744,the obvious happened. His sons squabbled for power and without a monarch, the kingdom became open to invasion and neighboring Rajput states and the Marathas usurped large areas of kingdom.As with the Mughals, Jaipur maintained good relations with the British and during the war of independence in 1857 remained loyal to the Raj. Yet, the British gradually began to undermine the independence of the state and exercised greater control over the administration. In 1876, Maharaja Ram Singh did something that earned Jaipur its sobriquet. He painted the entire city pink, traditionally a color associated with hospitality, to welcome the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) to the city.

The tradition has been maintained and today all residents in the old city are compelled by law to preserve the pink color. Maharaja Ram Singh also built the Ramgarh Lake to supply water to the burgeoning city. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the city’s population spread beyond its walls. In 1922, Man Singh II, Jaipur’s Maharaja ascended the throne and it was during his reign that civic buildings like the secretariat, schools, hospitals and other public buildings were built. After independence, Jaipur merged with the states of Jodhpur,Jaisalmer and Bikaner to become the greater Rajasthan union. Man Singh II was bestowed with the title of Rajapramukh and given charge of the new province .The title was later revoked and in 1956, Jaipur became the capital of the state of Rajasthan.

Get in

By plane

Jaipur Airport (JAI/VIJP) is situated in the satellite town of Sanganer and offers sporadic (chartered) service to London and Dublin. Flights to Singapore and Bangkok are available via Delhi. Direct flights to Sharjah, Muscat and Dubai are also available.

Jaipur also has daily domestic air links with many Indian cities such as Jodhpur, Udaipur, Aurangabad, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Goa, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Mumbai and Indore.

One plus point for those flying out of Delhi is that the Delhi airport is close to the highway, so you could reach the airport without entering the city.

By train

Indian Railways[2] connects Jaipur from all over the country and is one of the cheapest options. A number of daily trains connect Jaipur to Delhi, Ahmedabad, Agra, Mumbai, Jodhpur, Kota, Alwar and Ajmer. Daily connections are also available for Udaipur, Chittaurgarh, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Kolkata, Jammu, Pathankot, Ludhiana, Kanpur, Roorkee, Haridwar, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur and Bhopal.


budgetary requirements. Long-distance trains arrive from many other major cities including Lucknow, Allahabad, Benaras, Vadodara, Surat, Nagpur, Bilaspur, Raipur, Patna, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Puri, Chennai, Bangalore, Mysore, Hyderabad, Goa, Mangalore, Kozhikode and Kochi.

However the most popular option from Delhi is the Shatabdi express which departs New Delhi station at 6:05AM and reaches Jaipur at 10:50AM.

There are three major railway stations Jaipur Junction (main station),Durgapura and Gandhinagar (Jaipur), which is not to be confused with Gandhinagar in Gujarat state. All trains stop at Jaipur Junction and a few trains stop at Durgapura and Gandhinagar stations also.

By bus

There is an excellent bus service between Jaipur to Delhi by Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) with buses approximately every half an hour both sides. non-AC and AC Volvo bus services are offered. AC Volvo costs about Rs. 600 per seat and the bus is taken through well maintained highway and has good shock absorbers. From Delhi you can board the bus from Bikaner House on Pandara Road next to India Gate. From Jaipur you can board the bus from Narayan Singh Circle or the main Sindhi Camp bus stand. You can also book tickets up to 6 days in advance from both these places. These buses typically take 6 hours (by Volvo) or 6-7 hours by other buses. There are also some private bus operators from Dhaula Kuan in Delhi and outside of Sindhi camp in Jaipur. No need to make advance reservations and cost is Rs. 150 for a seat and Rs. 250 for sleeper on an AC bus but these buses are taken through bumpy backroads to avoid toll roads and their shock absorbers are not good. Also note that if you plan to leave from Delhi airport, you can get off the bus at Dhaula Kuan and get an autorickshaw (to the bus stand) or perhaps a taxi from there. You do not need to enter congested Delhi.

Express buses to several cities and towns within Rajasthan (such as Kota and Bundi) are also available.

By car

This is the most popular way of reaching from Delhi. The journey by car from Delhi to Jaipur takes less than 4hrs. National Highway no. 8 connects Delhi to Jaipur via the industrial township of Gurgaon. The road is excellent. There are many car rental services in Delhi which can provide chauffeur driven cars to Jaipur, the notable ones being orixindia.com, getmecab.com and savaari.com.

Get around

By RTDC Bus

It is the best and cheaper way to visit the Jaipur Local Sights by RTDC (Rajasthan Tourism Dept. Corp.) There are three type of tours: 1) full day tour, 2) half day tour and 3) Pink city by night tour. For details see the website [3]. There will be one guide with each bus to give you brief info about all sights.

By local Bus

To link Jaipur and Amber, take bus 5, 7rs, interval 5-10min until 9pm

By autorickshaw

By and large, autorickshaw is the best way around the city. In order to hire an autorickshaw for a whole day (with a trip to Amber Fort) costs 350 INR (August 2009). Prepaid autos are available at the Jaipur railway station and the Sindhi Camp bus stand.

The rates have been revised to around Rs. 350-400, and the autorikshaw walas will tell you to take the Slip from the Police Booths, but you can also go directly without the Slip but don't forget to Bargain over the price in that case, it could be much cheaper. It'll be best if you start your Sight seeing by 10 in the morning as all the major spots get closed by 4:30 and each spot takes a lot of time especially the Forts.

In some cases, the AutoRickshaw drivers try to bring up with some excuses that this happened or that happened so pay more, or any lame story or excuse to get some more from you after the trip is over. But strict to the original amount decided, Police in Jaipur is very friendly, in case you feel the AutoRickshaw driver is trying to misguide you or forcing you for some extra money then just refer the police persons located at various spots. The cops are really friendly and caring there. Also some autorickshaw drivers will tell you to buy artifacts and gifts from some shops especially some located on way to amber fort. Firmly refuse to stop there as these shops operate on commission to the auto driver and fleece you. If you've got to buy some souvenirs buy them in city's main shopping areas like bapu bazzar. Also take some first hand information about the eating and Shopping places as the drivers have their fixed commissions at shops and eating outlets, so you might end up paying more for and item or eating at an undesirable place.

Autorickshaw drivers have been known to work together with the gem scammers. If you hire an autorickshaw for the day, he may suggest that you 'go for a beer' afterwards, at which point you will be introduced to the point man on the scam attempt, usually a very charismatic person who is clearly much wealthier than his rickshaw-driving 'friend'. Use common sense: why would a rickshaw driver who makes 350 rupees per day (minus petrol) want to take you to a bar where beers are 75 rupees each? Politely decline these invitations; they are nearly invariably more trouble than they are worth.

By cycle-rickshaw

Cycle-rickshaws are cheaper, but the amount of time it takes quickly makes the extra few rupees worth it. Walking in the bazaar is a treat, although side streets are a bit less welcoming and offer a sharper glimpse of poverty.

By taxi

The taxis in Jaipur are very convenient and comfortable. Most of the vehicles are Maruti Omni Vans or Tata Indica cars, which are much safer than Auto rickshaws, and the drivers are polite. If you are alone or going to an unknown destination, you are strongly advised to choose this option, even though the rates will be double that of an autorickshaw. you must call for a taxi, as it is nearly impossible to hail one unless you are at a major point like the airport. When you call, you should negotiate a fare (or agree on using the meter) and get the taxi's 'number'. The taxi will come pick you up, and call you when they are close. Taxis generally have yellow license plates with black letters. Some taxis are painted with yellow & black color scheme on their body which helps to uniquely identify from the private cars. Experience Rajasthan 0091-9928319870

By car

See

Forts

Amber Fort
  • Amer Fort, (11 km from central Jaipur). This massive fort-palace complex built in hybrid Hindu-Muslim style dates back to Raja Man Singh and was the royal palace of the Kachwahas from c. 1600 to 1727. The name has nothing to do with the rather pretty pastel yellow colour; instead, the fort is named after the town of Amber, in turn named after the goddess Amba. The main sights within the fort include the Sheesh Mahal, adorned with thousands on thousands of mirror tiles on the walls and ceiling. The fort/palace grounds are sprawling and have no signage whatsoever in any language, so it's worth getting an audio guide or a real guide. It's a bit of a hike up from the town, and the touristy thing to do is to hitch an elephant ride to the top (in order to get an elephant it is better to to arrive there in the morning, otherwise at midday the elephants are over. But the road that elephants pass is not so long). The elephant riding costs 900 (fixed government price) as of July 5th 2011. The real guide will cost about Rs. 70-100 and will also take you to the Rajasthan Kala Mandir (a government operated shop) to buy souvenirs. The guide gets a 2% commission on the items you buy. Another thing not to be missed is the sound and light show in the evening from 7 to 8 pm. Amitabh Bachhan narrates the story of Rajasthani kings and the script is written by Gulzar. Cost is Rs. 100 per person and don't forget to take the mosquito repellant. The light show can be watched from outside the fort but the sound won't be audible from there. Rs. 10/50 Indians/foreigners, plus optional Rs.25/100 for still/video camera, Rs.100 for audioguide.
  • Jaigarh Fort. Never conquered in battle, this was considered the strongest of the three forts in the area. It is best known as the site of the world's largest cannon, the Jaivana, which was test-fired only once — according to legend, despite using only the half the design amount of gunpowder, the cannonball flew 35 km! A better reason to visit the fort, though, are the scenic gardens at the other end and the spectacular views over the Amber Fort and the hills around. The remains of the foundry where the Jaivana (and many more) were cast are also in the fort grounds. An autorickshaw can be taken to the top of the fort from the autorickshaw stand in front of the Amber fort and a round trip will cost about Rs. 200. It is also a 20-40min walk from bottom of Amber palace entrance (take the elephant's path and turn to the left of palace to Avahi gate). Worth staying 1h, very nice view/panorama, a lot less tourist than in Amber palace which makes it more appreciated. Please note, there are multiple board with "no tips allowed" if you have some unasked help/guide asking for it. Rs.50 plus Rs.40 for camera.
  • Nahargarh Fort. The smallest of the three forts, notable primarily for excellent views over Man Sagar lake and the vast sprawl of Jaipur. The fort also houses the (relatively) compact Madhavendra Bhawan palace, although its former splendour is fading fast under a new layer of graffiti and pigeon droppings. Portions of the movie Rang De Basanti were shot at this fort. To go the area where the "Pathshala" song was shot, take a left turn as soon as you enter the fort. An autorickshaw can be taken from the autorickshaw stand in front of the Amber fort and a round trip will cost about Rs. 250. Rs.10 entry, Rs.35 for Madhavendra Bhawan.

Palaces

The View of Jal Mahal from Amber Fort
  • City Palace. The City Palace is an imposing blend of traditional Rajput and Mughal architecture. It is a vast palace complex occupying nearly one-seventh of the Pink City. It was originally built by Maharaja Jai Singh II. The complex is divided into a series of courtyards, sprawling gardens and buildings. It is home to several palatial structures like the Chandra Mahal (home to present Maharajah of Jaipur), Mubarak Mahal (housing a textile museum), Diwan-e-Khas (or Hall of Private audience housing the two largest silver vessels in the world, which are duly mentioned in the Guinness book), the Diwan-e-Aam ( or Hall of Public Audience) and the gateway Ridhi Sidhi Pol (with four small doorways decorated with motifs depicting the four seasons). Another integral part of the palace complex is the Hawa Mahal, standing away from the main complex. 300 Rs the entrance with audio guide (all languages) and camera.
  • Jal Mahal (or the Water Palace) is on the way to Sisodia Rani Garden. A Rajput style architectured palace sits in the center of the Maan-sarovar lake. The lake is often dry in the winter, but summer monsoons frequently turn it into a beautiful lake filled with water hyacinths.

Temples

Birla Temple
  • Govind Devji Temple - For Vaishnavites, particularly followers of Lord Krishna, this is the most important temple in the world after Vrindavan. Lord Krishna presiding in the temple were brought to Jaipur from Vrindavan during Mughal rein. According to popular legend, Lord Krishna's idol in the temple looks exactly like Krishna's form while his incarnation of Earth. It is located at Jainiwas Gardens, Jalebi Chowk, in the same campus as City Palace.
  • Moti Doongari temple is located in the center of Jaipur city. This Temple is the main center of religion for Jaipur people. Moti Dungri is basically a small hill, which means Pearl Hill. There is a Temple and a Palace on this hill. Moti Dungri temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and it is said that at the time of building this city, this temple was constructed first to protect the city.
  • Lakshmi Narayan Temple (aka The Marble Temple) (Birla Temple), (below the well known Moti Dungri fort). is a relatively new temple made of white marble with beautiful carvings. It covers a vast area in Jaipur city and is built in a contemporary manner. Birla Temple is completely constructed with finest high quality white marbles.
  • Akshardham Temple (at Vaishali Nagar)
  • Jain Mandir (Shivdas Pura) 15-16 Km from Jaipur, is a Jain temple in Shivdaspura and is well known as “Bara Padampura”. This temple comes under district Jaipur. Temple is a unique place of miracles and is famous in north India for its very beautiful statue of God Padamprabhu (The 6th Teerthankar for Jain’s). God is sitting in a crossed leg seating posture. Height of the statue is 2 feet & 4 inch and statue is made of pure white stone. Statue was appeared while digging for foundation of a house.
  • Galtaji is an ancient Hindu pilgrimage site situated 10 km from Jaipur on Jaipur-Agra highway near Sisodia Rani Garden. The main temple here is temple of Galtaji in constructed in pink stone. The temple has a number of pavilions with rounded roofs, exquisitely carved pillars and painted walls. The temple is surrounded by natural springs and reservoirs that are considered holy .There are also seven tanks or kunds here.
  • Galwh Bagh (aka The Monkey Temple) and Suriya Mandir (aka The Sun Temple) are located on the Eastern edge of the city. Both locals and tourists come here to feed the surprisingly tame monkeys, use the temples, and enjoy the views. You can climb to the top of the hill and then down into the valley to see the Monkey Temple, all the while enjoying the company of countless monkeys, goats, and other animals. At the top of the hill, you turn right to reach the Sun Temple for one of the best views of the city, especially at sunset. Monkey food is available for purchase at the bottom of the hill. The Temples are free, but local religious people may ask for donations (optional) and there is a 50 rupee charge for using a camera.

Monuments

Jantar Mantar
  • Jantar Mantar is the largest of five astronomical observatory build by Maharaja Jai Singh during the period 1727-1734 in north India. It is located very close to the City Palace. The observatory consists of fourteen major geometric devices (or yantra in Hindi) for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars in their orbits, ascertaining the declinations of planets, and determining the celestial altitudes etc. Boards and plates give elaborate explanations of the use of each device, and guides can be hired to provide much the same information in a more digestible format.
Hawa Mahal
  • Hawa Mahal (or Palace of breeze) was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Singh as part of City Palace. It was an extension of the Zenana (women) chamber. It's purpose was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen. It is a five storey high red sandstone structure complete with over 950 windows. The breeze (or hawa in Hindi) circulates through these windows giving the palace its name. 50 Rs the entrance camera include.
  • Gaitore: also spelled as "gatore", this place is located in the walled city area named Brahmpuri - in foothills of Nahargarh Fort. This is a royal cremation site of the royal rulers of jaipur.

Gardens

  • Ram Niwas Garden
  • Central Museum (or Albert Hall Museum)
  • Zoological Garden
  • Sisodia Rani Palace and Garden
  • Vidyadhar Garden
  • Central Park (Entrance near Statue Circle)

Museums

  • Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, Kheri Gate, Amber +91-141-2530226/2531267 [4] A beautiful clean museum dedicated to the traditional art of hand block printing textiles, this museum is housed in a recently restored heritage haveli tucked into the back streets of old Amber. Small cafe, clean toilets, small shop, friendly staff & a printer & block carver demonstrating their crafts every day.

Activities / Entertainment

  • Visit the bazaar in the city centre. An evening visit is a complete assault on the senses - the colours, the sights, the sounds and the smells. There are different specialist zones, whether it's food, flowers, textiles, carved statues or plumbing.
  • Amber Sound and Light Show, Kesar Kyari, Amber Fort, +91 141 2709162, [5]. Evening (7-8pm). Experience the history, culture, life of AMBER through this spectacular show. Wonderful music and lighting bring the fort alive. A must for everyone visiting Jaipur.Don't forget the mosquito repellant.
    The Amber son-et-lumiere
  • Raj Mandir Theatre. An experience in itself, and another "don't miss". Once known as the best movie theater in India, and still the best in Rajasthan, it offers an overwhelming experience. From the pushing, shoving, and general chaos in the ticket line, to an audience that laughs, cries, cheers, claps, and consistently talks through the entire film, the Raj Mandir provides an insight into Rajasthani culture. The movies themselves are always interesting; Masala movies are action, drama, mystery, suspense, and epics all wrapped into one single movie, teeming with dances and obligatory wet sari scenes, and unabashedly lifting generous amounts of plot devices from Western movies. The theater-goers are very friendly and genuinely curious about overseas visitors who come to the Raj. Expect to answer many questions about country of origin and movie likes and dislikes, as well as take photos of theater-goers themselves with their mobile phones. Don't be put off by "House Full" notices at the entrance. The box office opens again a nominal 45 minutes before the next performance, and there are usually tickets available. Box seats at Rs.120 go first, so its worth going early to avoid disappointment. Shows at 6:30pm and 9:30pm as at 6/2009.
  • Nad Sadhna [nadsadhna.com]. Provides a platform to learn Indian Music (Vocal, Instrumental and Dance) from an experienced musician & recipient of several prestigious awards like SUR-MANI and NAD-SADHAK, Dr. Ashwin Dalvi.
  • B.M. Birla Auditorium and Convention Centre is located at the heart of Jaipur. This auditorium is spread over 9.8 acre, that includes a computer centre, interactive science museum, an information processing centre, library, a processing planetarium, eight research division, a dissemination cell and an auditorium. Auditorium has the capacity of 1350 people to seat and it is among the largest auditoriums of India. This auditorium is built up to international conference standards.

Other

  • Statue circle
  • Ramgarh

Buy

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Snake charmers in Jaipur's Bazaars

Just remember that nothing comes 'fixed price' in Jaipur, even in the self advertised Govt. (RTDC) approved shops & emporiums. Almost everything, from food to to transportation to handicrafts, even accomodation can be bargained down upto a 60% discount on the quoted price. The lowest rates will be found in the bazaars - Bapu & Johari. Even here, keep inquiring in several shops - each one will have a different price for the same item.

  • Bazaar. A brilliant colorful explosion of flowers, elephants, ox carts, and wares! The traveller will smell the deep aroma of spices in canvas bags, the fetid smell of animals and open sewers, the sweet waft of tea, and the crusty acrid burn of dust and exhaust. The noise is chaotic, the people constantly will stare if you are a Westerner and anybody who has something to sell will try to sell it to you, repeatedly. Watch cobras dance out of their wicker baskets, and don't be too surprised if the snake charmer slaps his cobra for having a wayward eye. Be prepared to be asked for money if you plan to take photographs of snake-charmers, beggars etc.
  • Rajais Jaipur is famous for its `Rajais' (A type of light quilt stuffed with cotton). You can get colourful & soft `Shaneel ki Rajai' in velvet finish. These are quiet warm, soft and long lasting. You can shop in the main market area. But remember to bargain. If you want to be sure of quality and are willing you shell few extra bucks, visit govt. stores for rajais. Along with rajais, there are other awesome stuff as well which you can buy.

Eat

  • Chokhi Dhani & Apno Gaon - Two excellent places to enjoy Rajasthani food served in the traditional mode. Chokhi Dhani a.k.a lalten restaurant is a more popular place because of being on the main road near the airport and excellent to do things like horse riding, camel riding, maze, boating, kathputli (puppet) show etc. Apno gaon however serves vegetarian food and vegetables and fruits are plucked minutes before from the field before being served to you. Slightly away from the main city one has to go in for a bumpy ride to reach there. Cost is Rs. 350 per person. FOod is great and one can go there for a traditional Rajasthani experience.
  • Natraj - On MI Road is an excellent Vegetarian place serving local fare. Their specialty is the Rajasthani Thali. The main courses are 90-175rs and some thalis a bit more. Credit cards are accepted and they do not serve alcohol.
  • Loharu House - this is the house of a Royal Family in Civil Lines, where you can call in advance and request them to put together a special dinner. Tel 0141 - 222 5251/0141 - 222 5945
  • Four Seasons - If you are looking for vegetarian food this is the place. Location -C-Scheme
  • Rawat Mishthan Bhandar- Do not miss the famous Pyaz ki Kachori (a spicy onion dish) of Rawat Mishthan Bhandar. Situated at Polo Victory cinema and very close to both railway station and the bus stand this is a famous age old kachori hangout
  • Laxmi mishtan Bhandar - Another very popular sweet dish all round the country is Rasmalai of Laxmi mishtan Bhandar (LMB). The hotel LMB is situated in the busy market of Johari Bazaar in walled city
  • Shakes and Icecreams - Yankee Doodle, Jal Mahal at MI Road and Milky Way near St. Xavier School are popular ice cream parlours.
  • Chitra Cafeteria, behind Amber Towers, Sansar Chandra Rd, ''+91 141'' 237 2456, ''+91 141'' 237 1773, ''+91 141'' 510 6010'' (, fax: ''+91 141'' 236 1871), [6]. Good, wholesome vegetarian food. Their lunch buffet is excellent. Rs 150 for a three course meal.
  • Little CHEF's Rasoi, sitauted in the heart of pink city at c-Scheme near dear park (near dear park and Statue Circle), ''+91 141'' 2229634, 09414066620 (, fax: ''+91 141'' 236 1871), [7]. 12. ausumn place to taste actual good food in jaipur but little small place, owned by famous chef abhishek of jaipur. Good, wholesome vegetarian food. Their taste is authentic and excellent. Also you can ask them to learn about rajasthani food and north indian food. Rs 100 for a three course meal.
  • Anokhi cafe. organic home-baked cakes (the carrot cake is a winner!) & freshly prepared sandwiches, pastries, savoury snacks plus organic cafetieres of coffee, a selection of good teas etc. Quiet, relaxing, good value for money & situated outside the Anokhi shop, 2 Tilak Marg, C-Scheme, jaipur. The shop is great for truly ethical hand printed contemporary & wearable clothes & textiles.
  • Gangaur sweets, bagadiya bhavan market. sweets for chamcham.it also sells best baked sweets crispy smosas
  • Niros - Located on MI Road, Niros is a 60 year old restaurant serving mostly Indian and Indo-Chinese dishes. Expect to spend Rs. 500+ on a meal for two.
  • Jal Mahal - A popular ice-cream parlor located on MI road (near Paanch Batti), Jal Mahal has an assortment of ice cream shakes, and some very indigenous ice cream flavors. Excellent after a hearty meal at one of the MI road restaurants.
  • LMB, 100 johari bazaar. Good mid range north indian restaurant. 110 Rs for a vegetable curry and 13 Rs for a roti. Thali : Rs 360 + VAT (big). The restaurant sell also good sweets and chat (Indian sweet and savory snacks).
  • moti mahal delux, 5,kamal mansion,M.I.Road,jaipur-1 (near paanch batti and rajmandir cinema hall), 91-141-4017733. 11am to 11pm. Great for authentic Indian tandoori food (their specialities include butter chicken, tandoori chicken, dal makhani and hand churned kulfi). started by legendary indian gourmet chef kundan lal gujral. Expect to pay Rs 500+ for a meal for two.

Sleep

  • Naila Bagh Palace Heritage home hotel, Moti Doongari Road (Landmark), 0091-141-2607492, [8]. checkin: 12:00; checkout: 12:00. NAILA BAGH PALACE, is a heritage home built in 1872 by the Prime Minister of Jaipur (Late Thakur Fateh Singh ji of Naila), and is presently owned and managed by his 7th generation descendants. It is surrounded with sprawling gardens and open spaces on all sides; the large front courtyard provides ample seating space for our visitors along with providing a calm and serine ambience. The Mahal with its beautiful and antique Chandeliers, original frescos, colonial furniture and a heritage of family history on display instantly transports you to the erstwhile royal Jaipur. Centrally located at Moti Doongri Road, Jaipur, Naila Bagh Palace is approx 4 km from the Railway Station, 4 km from the Central Bus Stand, 7 km from the airport , 1 km from the walled city area, half a Km from Albert Museum Hall.> 2000 onwards.

Budget

  • Chit Chat Guest house [9], D - 160 Kabir Marg, Bani Park, Jaipur. Phone : 0091-141-2201899, 2202843, 2204195, 9414238211, chitchat7@hotmail.com. Fine air-cooled rooms available at affordable 23/12/09 to 2/1/2010 rates 300 Rs per persion single room and double room 500 per day (hot/cold shower). Airport/rail station/bus station pick up available. Also a nice restaurant is there.
  • Krishna Palace,[10], tel: 91-141-2201395, 91-9414311252, info@krishnapalace.com . Krishna Palace is a heritage property which looks like a palace. Nice beautiful garden, quiet and very clean traditional style spacious rooms with private bath and hot shower. 24 hour service. Comfortable beds, each room comes with colour TV with all channels. Roof Top and Garden Restaurant facility available. Walking distance to the train station. Managed by the friendly family. Very quiet and relaxing neighbourhood surround by the greenery. Pick up service from the train and central bus station is free of charge. Rooms are Rs.750/- to Rs.1250/- per night Air Cooled and A.c
  • Bhim Vilas, [11]. A fantastic family run guesthouse located in the heart of the city, with 8 air conditioned rooms, which has a home like feeling in the design. The service is friendly and it is also excellent value for money.
  • Youth Hostel, [12]. A great low budget hostel run by the Government of Rajasthan part of the Youth Hostel Association of India which is affiliated to Hostelling International. Located on Janpath which is the approach road of the Raj Assembly it offers best accommodation for backpackers.
  • The Pearl Palace [13]. The place is designed as an art museum. Wonderful roof top patio restaurant. The owners are nice but the front desk clerk is very moody. AC rooms start at Rs 900. They do not always honor reservations made from their website.
  • Pink Petals Inn [14] Comfortable accommodation in the poshest, hippest neighborhood of Jaipur. tel: +91-141-4016727
  • Sunder Palace Guest House [15], tel: 091-2360178, sunderpalace@hotmail.com. Fantastic clean rooms, great service, convenient location, a rooftop restaurant, a lovely garden area and a terrace. We had a huge tiled double room with cable TV, big bathroom with hot water and even a Persian carpet area with a small table where you can sip tea and read for Rs 550. Internet was also available at Rs 40 and the computers were the fastest we have encountered in India so far.
  • The Karan's Guesthouse [16], tel: 91-141-2363262, karans@bsnl.in. A Budget House Hotel with spacious neat and clean air conditioned rooms
  • Explorer's Nest [17], tel: 91-9928517801, 91-141-2376173, 91-141-4002580, [18]. A Bed & Breakfast accommodation provided by a couple who are fond of meeting travellers and guiding them about their city. The house has ethnic decor and is situated at a quiet place 5min walk from the center. The whole atmosphere is that of personal care and warmth. Owner Arvind is always there to help, the rooms have AC and you can use WiFi. Rooms are Rs 600-800 a night.
  • Arya Niwas [19] out of the noisy central roads, but 100 yards to the city wall. Spacious lawns and a wonderful organic food restaurant serving quality food.
  • Atithi Guest House, 1 Park House Scheme, Opp. All India Radio, Jaipur, 302 001, +91-141-2378679, +91-141-2379496 (). checkout: 12:00. A nice, modern and very clean hotel a few minutes from the Pink City. Has a nice, simple restaurant, laundry service, internet (Rs30 per hour) and wi-fi(Rs100 per day). Full of foreign travelers. Be careful of rickshaw/taxi drivers - they don't get a commission here so may try to bring you somewhere else.
  • Sangam hotel 17 motilal atal Road. 91141237179192. Correct budget room from 600 Rs. Good mattress, TV. Restaurant include. breakfast toast : 40 Rs.
  • Karni niwas Motilal attal marg. Very good budget hotel. Very clean, hot water, boss very nice, quiet room. Restaurant include with continental breakfast from 35 Rs. 650 Rs the double room.

Also you can have a wonderfull services offer by hotel.

Mid range

  • Hotel Meghniwas, [20] tel: 91-141-2202034, email@meghniwas.com. Hotel Meghniwas offers single and double rooms starting from Rs.2000

It also has a swimming pool open to non-guests for Rs.200.

  • Krishna Palace, [21] tel: 91-141-2201395, 91-9414311252, info@krishnapalace.com. Krishna Palace is a heritage property which looks like a palace. Nice beautiful garden, quiet and very clean traditional style spacious rooms with private bath and hot shower. 24 hour service. Comfortable beds, each room comes with colour TV with all channels. Roof Top and Garden Restaurant facility available. Walking distance to the train station. Managed by the friendly family. Very quiet and relaxing neighbourhood surround by the greenery. Pick up service from the train and central bus station is free of charge. Rooms are Rs.750/- to Rs.1250/- per night Air Cooled and A.c

Naila Bagh Palace:[22],email: reservation@nailabaghpalace.com . Location: A city heritage home hotel , located in central jaipur. It is one of jaipurs oldest heritage buildings and home the erstwhile Prime Minister"Thakur Fateh Singh Ji". It is surrounded with gardens and open spaces on all sides; the large front courtyard provides ample seating space for our visitors along with providing a calm and serine ambience.The Mahal with its beautiful and antique Chandeliers, original frescos, colonial furniture and a heritage of family history on display instantly transports you to the erstwhile royal Jaipur. Managed by the Naila Family, it has a swimming pool, modest gym ,wifi in certain areas.

  • Hotel Umaid Lake Palace, Jaipur, [23],{Mail-to umaidlakepalace@yahoo.co.in}- Location-: Kalakho, Post Office Kalakho, Jaipur-Agra National Highway, District Dausa (Jaipur), tel: +91-9829546226. The Hotel Umaid Lake Palace is located on the picturesque Kalakho Lake about 13 kilometers from Dausa on the Jaipur - Agra national highway. The Hotel Umaid Lake Palace is designed in the traditional Rajasthani style. The resort provides the perfect gateway to spend a weekend away from the city amidst the natural surroundings.
  • Jaipur Inn, B-17, Shiv Marg, Bani Park, Jaipur - 302016, +91-0141-2201121, [24]. checkout: 10 AM. Boiling hot water available in rooms but possibly only from hand washing tap (a bucket is provided for mixing). Nice roof top bar with great view over the city. They will also serve your dinner there if you ask. Computers with internet access can be used for 20rs / 30mins or 30rs /hour. Rs 1250.
  • Sumati Villa [25], 7, Shubham Enclave, Jamnalal Bajaj Marg, Near Civil Line Crossing, Jaipur. Tel: +91-141-5140965, 5125176, 9829055772. A budget guest house located in the heart of the city. situated near bus station, railway station, airport, shopping complexes and cinema hall.
  • Hotel Mandakini Nirmal, Subhash Nagar Shopping Center, Jaipur 302016, Rajasthan, India, +91 1412280211, [26]. Hotel Mandakini Nirmal is located in Jaipur, India. It boasts a convenient location in Subhash Nagar Commercial Complex. It is close to the city center and major tourist spots namely City Palace, Hawa Mahal, and Amber Fort. It offers 29 guestrooms, all of which have cable TV, direct-dial phone, refrigerator, and broadband Internet access. Their facilities include a conference room that can hold up to 200 people, and a complimentary pick-up service from the nearest airport and railway station. Reserve from the official website [27] and get instant confirmation online.
  • Hotel Mandakini Castle, Sansar Chandra Road, Jaipur 302001, Rajasthan, India, +91 1412371779, [28]. Hotel Mandakini Castle is a three star hotel only 12 km from the domestic airport. The hotel is in close proximity to some of Jaipur’s celebrated landmarks. It has 12 Superior Rooms and 26 Suites. All are fitted with a private bath with hot & cold water, cable/ satellite TV, and broadband Internet connection. The travel desk, 50-capacity conference area, complimentary transfer services, and pampering assistance define worry-free vacationing at Jaipur’s Hotel Mandakini Castle. Reserve rooms at this affordable Jaipur hotel online [29] and get instant confirmation. Rates start at 1,790 INR.
  • Arya Niwas Hotel, Sansar Chandra Road (behind Amber Towers), +91 141 237 2456, +91 141 237 1773, +91 141 510 6010 (, fax: +91 141'' 236 1871), [30]. A feudal lord's mansion converted into a hotel with the ambience of a stately home. Centrally located, family managed, cafeteria serving decent vegetarian food and a garden to relax in during the evenings. Rs 600-880.
  • Hotel Classic Holidays [31], A-79, Shyam Nagar, Sodala, Ajmer Road, Jaipur-302019. Telefax: 0141-2293999, 2293890 hotelclassicholidays@gmail.com. 10 year old hotel in a residential area with peaceful, clean, and green surroundings.
  • Loharu House, Civil Lines, Jaipur 302001, Tel:+91-141 222 5251, +91-141-222 5945 - This property belongs to the Royal Family of Loharu and they rent out a few rooms. The place is quaint and beautiful and the rooms are well appointed. The service also has the touch of personal care and warmth. A plus side is the cooks are excellent and put together some fine dinners. Around US$30-40/night including breakfast.
  • Umaid Bhawan, [32], D1-2A, Behari Marg, Bani Park, +91 141 2206426, reservation@umaidbhawan.com, fax +91 141 2207445). A nicely restored heritage hotel with clean, comfortable rooms, many with balconies. Beautifully decorated, it looks like a mini-palace. It has a roof-top restaurant with views of the rising sun in the morning and the setting sun in the evening. The swimming pool is on the ground floor, and it's cold in the off-season. The friendly and helpful staff will arrange airport/train station pickup. Rs 1100-1600/1200-2800 (singles/doubles). Great value, a great place.
  • Umaid Mahal, tel. +91 141 2201952, [33]. A very Nice heritage house hotel with all 3 star facilities and also offers free pick up from train and bus station From Rs. 1800.
  • Sarang Palace, tel. +91 141 2281199, [34] A - 40, Subhash Nagar, Jaipur, [35]. A very nice heritage hotel with all 3 star facilities and also offers free pick up from train and bus station From Rs. 1800.
  • Colonel's Homestead Jaipur, 10 & 11 Cosmo Colony, Ram Marg, Amrapali Road, Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur 302 021 (Near Vaibav Inox Multiplex), +91-9983796656, colonelshomesteadjaipur@gmail.com, [36]. checkin: 1200; checkout: 1200. Run by a retired army colonel and his wife, who hails from a royal family of Rajasthan, a peaceful place to stay adjoining 50 acres of bird-filled nature. Home cooked meals available, and good advice on attractions and shopping. From Rs 1800. (26deg50'40 N,75deg44'50E)
  • Deogarh Mahal, 9314420016, [37]. checkin: 5:00; checkout: 10:30. A large heritage hotel. From Rs 3000.

Splurge

Jaipur has an excellent selection of expensive places to be treated like a maharaja for a day or two, most of which are many times booked a year in advance. Though the list is endless, a few of them are:

  • Fort Madhogarh (Village Madhogarh), Tehsil Bassi, Jaipur, +91-1429-281141 (), [38]. This beautiful fort is situated in the middle of the village. It is an old fort on top of the hill.
  • Village Sanjharia, Before Toll Gate, Via Vatika City / Thikaria, 22 Milestone, +91 9314077093 (), [39].
  • Oberoi Rajvilas Palace Hotel, Goner Road, Jaipur 303 012, ''+91 141'' 268 0101 (, fax: ''+91 141'' 268 0202), [40]. If you have money to blow and you want to stay in the lap of luxury, this is the place for you. The only problem is that it is nearly impossible to get a booking here. Rs 22,500 to Rs 1127,000.
  • The Trident Jaipur, Amber Fort Rd (opp Jal Mahal), +91-141-2670101, [41]. Surprisingly intimate low-rise hotel built like a gilttering white Mughal palace, recently renovated and well maintained. Small pool. It's worth it to pay the few bucks extra for a lake view room. US$89.
  • Taj Rambagh Palace Hotel, [42]. A former Palace and a excellent place to stay in. Rs 22,500 to Rs 127,000.

Stay safe

Beyond the standard dangers of travelling in India (thieves, hustlers, touts, questionable drinking water), Jaipur has developed its own set of unique scams.

The Gem Scam

You may be accosted by youths on motorbikes who claim that Westerners are unwilling to engage with the Indian people. "Why don't tourists want to talk to me",or "I am a student, I want to learn about your culture" is the normal opener. The scam artist then changes their tune and invites the traveller to drink tea. Often the tourist will only be told of the gem stones the next day or after dinner. Usually it is some sort of tax problem. The unwitting mark is then sold fake stones for resale in his/her home country. Even if stones are posted in front of your eyes,you are more likely to see Elvis than the gems again. As a general rule, do not accept tea from strangers, but in addition be wary of any who invite you to talk in secluded areas. The simple fact of the matter that if you are a Westerner and a person outside your hotel accosts you, there is nearly a 100% chance that this person is scheming to acquire your money. (Consider: How often are you accosted by good-natured strangers in your home country?)

There have been reports of smugglers trying to entice travellers to assist in smuggling items. Under no circumstances accept - smuggling is a major criminal act.

Learn

Dhammathali Vipassana Meditation Center 10 day meditation courses run for a donation. PH: 2680220

Madhavanand Girls College Free hatha yoga courses from 6am to 7am PH: 2200317

Mr Kripal Singh Renowned artist offers Indian painting and ceramic classes for free, however you must supply materials. Advance bookings are required. PH: 2201127

Maharaja Sawai Mansingh Sangeet Mahavidyalaya (music school) Music lessons 8am-11am Dance lessons 4-8pm Tuition starts from Rs500/month


The Ayurveda Group (Staying healthy with Ayurveda) Get your free body constituion analysis. A custom report generated and emailed to you. Also available here - 5 day complete detoxification program in Jaipur. Phone: 9950995189

Get out

The entrance of Chokhi Dhani. You can experience the real Urban Rajasthan here.

Continue into Rajasthan, to the beautiful city of lakes Udaipur, the stunning, powerful fort of Jodhpur, and onto the dreamy, enchanted desert city of Jaisalmer or for a more untouristic desert city go for the charm of Bikaner as an alternative to Jaisalmer.

To Udaipur train #2965, Gwalior Udaipur Superfast Express(via Agra JAIPUR), is the best option for Udaipur There are frequent busses to the small village of Amber from the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur (Rs 8, 25 mins). You can also arrange transport to the village of Abhaneri


  • Chokhi Dhani. Chokhi Dhani (Fine Hamlet in Rajasthani dialect) is a 5 star ethnic resort. It is located on Jaipur-Tonk highway, around 18 km from city center. There are lodging facilities available but the real attraction is the evening fun-fares. One can watch live folk dances and listen to live folk music for free, and enjoy elephant, camel, bullock cart rides for Rs. 20-30 per ride and eat a traditional, vegetarian eat-as-much-as-you-can meal for Rs. 350. It gives you a glimpse of culture from different parts of Rajasthan, and could be nice if you will not have time to see much of Rajasthan yourself. They open at 6PM. You can go there by bus, auto-rikshaw (Rs 400 for a return trip) or taxi, but best is probably to make sure you have a ride back.
  • Bhandarej Is a little known town 62 km from Jaipur off Jaipur-Agra Highway.From the times of Mahabharat,it is said,has seen a lot of history made. Around 11th century A. D. Dula Rai defeated Badgujjars at both Dausa and Bhandarej and ushered in the rein of Kachhawaha princes and established the kingdom of Dhundar. The Bhandarej Fort was built around then. It has been renovated extensively since. In 1994 it was made in to Bhadrawati Palace Hotel(P)91-141-2363262. In the ancient times the fort was connected to the step well in the village.The Step Well has five stories,is known as the Bari Bawari and was made in 1732 A.D.by the Kumbhani rulers Deep Singh and Daulat Singh.It was renovated by Kuber Singh.Every year a Mela is held here at the Ancient Temple of Balaji. It is attended in large numbers by the local villagers.Other ancient temples in the village are of Bhadreshwar Mahadev,Bhandana Mata,Gopalji's Temple and Masthala balaji. Abhaneri,an ancient step well,built on a much larger scale than the bhandarej step well and the ancient haunted towns of Ajabgarh-Bhangarh are 30km from bhandarej.

In 1767 A.D. then aged Rao Dalip Singh was commander of Jaipur forces against Bharatpur ruler Jawahar Singh at Maonda-Mandholi, near Neem Ka Thana, for Jaipur ruler Sawai Madho Singh I. In a fierce battle Rao Dalel Singh his son Kunwar Laxman Singh and grand son Bhanwar Raj Singh (11yr) all lost their lives. Such was the bravery of Bhandarej chieftains.




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