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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 ascended to 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 form the state of Rajasthan. In 1956, Jaipur became the capital of the state of Rajasthan.
 
==Blogs about Jaipur==
 
http://visitingjaipur.com/
Need help Planning a trip to Jaipur or are in Jaipur and there is a query: be it shopping, Sight-seeing, eating Out, Excursions...this blog aims at answering all these queries and more.
==Get in==
Jaipur Airport ({{IATA|JAI}}, {{ICAO|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]], [[Pune]] ,Hyderabad 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.
There are many car rental services in Delhi which can provide chauffeur driven cars to Jaipur.
 
<listing name="Gozocabs: Delhi-Jaipur Cab Services" phone="+91 9041 311 411" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.gozocabs.com/delhi-jaipur" hours="24 hours" price="Prices starting ₹3100">One way Pick/Drop facilities to Jaipur from Delhi. Online booking.</listing>
 
*<see name="Clear Car Rental Pvt Ltd" alt="Clear Car Rental Pvt Ltd" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.clearcarrental.com/jaipur" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></see>
==Get around==
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.
* <listing name="taxiGUIDE.in" alt="Jaipur Car Rental" address="" directions="" phone="+91 888 023 4455" url="http://www.taxiguide.in/TourPackages/Jaipur_Car_Rental.aspx" hours="Inquiry: 7am to 11pm" price="Fares starting Rs.1782 for within city and Rs.7/km for outstation" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Jaipur Car Rental services on taxiGUIDE.in - India's Premier a Chauffeur Driven Car Rental Service in 75 Cities. Wide Choice of Vehicles. Assured Car & Driver Quality. Multiple payment optionsin India. </listing>
===By car===
* <see name="City Palace" alt="" address="" directions="Inside the old city, close to New Gate and Hawa Mahal" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="Rs 300, which includes also a 1-week entrance to Jaigarh Fort">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).</see>
* <see name="Jal Mahal" alt="Water Palace" address="" directions="On the way to Sisodia Rani GardenAmber Fort" phone="" emailurl="" hours="" price="" faxlat="" urllong="" hoursemail="" pricefax="">A Rajput style architectured palace sits in the center of the '''Maan-sarovarMan Sagar''' lake. The lake is often dry in the winter, but summer monsoons frequently turn it into a beautiful lake filled with water hyacinths. Free on the 18th of May, as well as the Observatory and wind palace.</see>
===Temples===
[[Image: HawaMahal.jpg|thumb|240px|Hawa Mahal]]
* <see name="Hawa Mahal" alt="Palace of Breeze" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=" Rs 50. Included in the 5-monument Composite Ticket. Camera free" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">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. Free on May 18th.</see>
* <see name="Gaitore" alt="Gatore" address="" directions="In the walled city area named Brahmpuri, the foothills of Nahargarh Fort" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">This is a royal cremation site of the royal rulers of jaipur.</see>
==Buy==
Just remember that nothing comes 'fixed price' in Jaipur, even in the self advertised Govt. (RTDC) approved shops & emporiums.There are a few RTDC approved shops along "Amer road" claiming to be Government owned and FIXED PRICE - but are overpriced by as much as three times(e. g. Rajasthan Textile Development Corporation), bewareand note that some accept to take goods back. Almost everything, from food to to transportation to handicrafts, even accomodation can be bargained down up to a 60% discount on the quoted price. The lowest rates will be found in the bazaars - Bapu &amp; Johari. Even here, keep inquiring in several shops - each one will have a different price for the same item. Don't be ashamed to spend an hour or more in each shop with the friendly shopowners sharing stories over masala chai as you look at their goods. While they are doing their best to run a business, do not overlook the genuinely hospitable culture of Rajasthani people.
* '''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 and beggars.
==Eat==
* '''Chokhi Dhani''', Two excellent places to enjoy Rajasthani food served in the a traditional modestyle mock village. 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. Opens at 6PM, and be sure to get here early as many of the sites are difficult to see when it gets dark; 30 min rickshaw ride from Central Jaipur. Rs 400 450 per person entry, Rs 650 if you would like a seated meal rather than the simple buffet.Nice place to visit but please beware that is a "walled garden" with everything inside (rides, snacks, etc) costing extra, also avoid going there during rainy season.
*<eat name="Ambrosia" alt="" address="KJ city tower, Ashok Marg, C Scheme" directions="right next to ahimsa circle" phone="+91 141 3153900" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">lipsmacking food serving varied cuisines such as lebanese, italian, indian, continental, mexican and chinese located in the heart of the city atop a 100 feet high building providing a breathtaking view of the city.</eat>
==Sleep==
*<sleep name="Udai Villa (Approved by Dept.of Tourism, Govt. of Rajasthan)" alt="" address="88-B, Kanwar Nagar, (opp Sant Kanwar Ram Lawn)
Near Govind Dev ji Temple, Jaipur, Rajasthan (INDIA)" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.udaivilla.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Tariff -
Double Bed Room AC Rs -1900/ $42,
Single Bed Room AC Rs -1600/ $35,
Double Bed Room Non AC Rs -1500/ $33,
Single Bed Room Non AC Rs -1200/ $27
Special rates for Groups , Corporate Clients and Long staying guests on Discount for Bhaktas" lat="" long="" phone="+91 9887073413, +91 9024207958 " email="[email protected]">Udai Villa is a unique, family run luxury Home Stay located in the hearts of the beautiful and vibrant city of Jaipur.
The Villa has 8 rooms, all newly renovated with modern facilities. The Home Stay is situated in a peaceful and centrally located part of town, facing a large lush green park. One can view a panorama of the mountains of Rajasthan from the terrace of the rooms and feel safe and secure in the gated compound. </sleep>
* '''Sumati Villa''', 7, Shubham Enclave, Jamnalal Bajaj Marg, (''near Civil Line Crossing''), ☎ +91 141 5140965,+91 141 5125176, +91 98 29055772, [http://www.sumativilla.com]. A budget guest house located in the heart of the city. situated near bus station, railway station, airport, shopping complexes and cinema hall.
* <sleep name="Hotel Mandakini Nirmal" alt="" address="Subhash Nagar Shopping Centre" directions="" phone="+91 141 2280211" url="http://www.kukrejagrouphotels.com/hotel_detail.aspx?HotelID=9&D=Hotels+in+Jaipur/Hotel+Mandakini+Nirmal+Jaipur" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">29 guest rooms with cableTV, direct-dial phone, refrigerator, and broadband internet access. Conference room that can hold up to 200 people, and a complimentary pick-up service from the nearest airport and railway station.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hotel Mandakini Castle" alt="" address="Sansar Chandra Rd" directions="" phone="+91 141 2371779" url="http://www.hotelmandakinicastle.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="Double Rooms Prices [June 2012]: from 1,990 Rs to 3,390 Rs. Breakfast included & Taxes not included." lat="" long="">3 star hotel only 12 km from the domestic airport. 12 superior rooms and 26 suites. All are fitted with a private bath with hot &amp; cold water, cable/ satTV, and broadband internet connection. The travel desk, 50-capacity conference area, complimentary transfer services.</sleep>
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