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Jaipur

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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.
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==Get around==
* <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.
* '''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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