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The “Pink City” is one of the exotic destinations of India. The rich royal heritage makes the city more beautiful. The forts, the palaces, the food and the art, everything here have got a story of its own which makes the beautiful city of Jaipur more interesting. It is the capital of Rajasthan and the first planned city of India.
Being one of the most sought out travel destination; Jaipur is well connected by air, rail and road. Jaipur is well connected to the trains. It has good connectivity to most of the parts in the country. Talking about train, one should try to get on to the most luxurious train in the world – Palace on the wheels – which starts from Delhi and connects to all the major stations in Rajasthan. It is also well connected via Bus.
Airport - Jaipur connects to major cities in India via air. It has also direct flights to international destinations like Dubai, Sarjah and Muscat. For other international visitors, flights via Delhi are available. The domestic airport is 7 kms away from the city while the International airport is 10 kms far. Once you reach Jaipur, you can hire a cab or travel by bus to get to the main city.
- Hawa Mahal: The red and pink sandstone palace stands in the heart of the city. Hawa Mahal or the “Palace of Winds” is a five storey royal palace with pyramid like shape and has 953 windows.
- Jantar Mantar: The Jantar Mantar is a series of large observatories which were built in five different places in India. The largest of them resides in Jaipur. The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur also has the largest sundial with other interesting instruments which has caught the attention of many architects and astronomers.
- City Palace Jaipur: The City Palace is the place from where the kings or the Maharajas ruled from. It is situated in the heart of the city and is architechtureally a fusion of European, Mughal and Rajput styles. In the palace complex also resides the famous “Mubarak Mahal”and “Chandra Mahal”.
- Amer Fort: The fort is a little far from the city of Jaipur. The picturesque red sandstone crafted Palace might look a little old from the outside, it is much more beautiful inside. The palace boasts the famous “Diwan-i-Aam”, the “Sukh Mahal” and the “Seesh Mahal”. The serene Maotha Lake adds to the scenic beauty of the Amer Fort.
- Nahargarh Fort: The fort resides in the ranges of Aravalli Hills and is one of the famous tourist attractions in Jaipur. The tall and extended walls speaking so many stories from the past will give you chills.
Where to stay
Jaipur is rich in cultural heritage and to know the local heritage of Jaipur, it is recommended to stay in the homestay. You can find homestays and villas in Malviya Nagar, which is also near to airport. Some of the other option to stay in Nirman Nagar, Mansarovar, near Rajmandi cinema.
One of the best place to stay in Jaipur is Chokhi Dhani. It is an experience that demonstrates about the Rajasthan culture. Here, you can experience folk songs, handicraft items and puppet shows. You can also have a delicious Rajasthani cuisine.
What to eat
The heritage of Jaipur is reflected in its food as well. There are a lot of places which offers you the tasty delicacies of the cultural city. Here are a few places you can visit:
1135 AD: It will take back you in time. With the entire ambience this hotel has created, you will feel like its 1135 AD! With cuisines including Mughalai, Rajasthani and other North Indian dishes, this place is one perfect spot for your dinner
Spice Court: This restaurant offers you the perfect Rajasthani dishes. The place looks royal and the food tastes good! What better one wants in Jaipur?
There are a lot of cafes like Tapri central or Anokhi Café which serves fresh breads, good coffee, salads, sandwiches and pizzas. So, you don’t have to worry about not getting these in Jaipur!
There are very famous sweet shops which you can visit to get some good traditional Rajasthani thali. You can also purchase the local Rajasthani sweets and snacks here. For this, you can visit Laxmi Misthan Bhandar or Rawat Misthan Bhandar.
Autos - You can get into an auto and can travel anywhere in Jaipur. They are available at most of the places.
Cabs - You can rent a cab as well if you want to travel Jaipur. You can either hire a local cab in Jaipur for the whole day or book Ola cab as and when required.
Bus - You can also take buses from your point to the destination point. Buses are a cheaper option than cabs and autos. The local buses are mostly connected to all the places in Jaipur. You also have tourist buses which would show you most of the Jaipur in a day. You can opt for that as well!