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 JAIPUR 


Jaipur


 ABOUT 

Jaipur is the capital and the largest city of Rajasthan. Jaipur was founded by Rajput ruler Jai Singh II in the year 1727. It is also known as 'The Pink City' because Maharaja Ram Singh painted the city pink to welcome Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria in 1876. It was then that Lord Albert exclaimed Jaipur as 'Pink City'.

Jaipur is a royal city and successfully manages to retain its old charm. Jaipur has few UNESCO world heritage sites including Amer Fort and Jantar Mantar, and also home to many other beautiful forts, temples and museums. 
Jaipur is a popular destination in India, and forms the western Golden Triangle along with Delhi and Agra. It also acts as a gateway for Jodhpur, Bikaner and Jaisalmer.


 CLIMATE 

The climate of Jaipur varies from extremely hot in summers to cool in winters. Rajasthan has mainly dry and hot climate. 

Summer
The summers are very hot and the temperature can reach to 50 degree Celsius. Its too sunny during summers and tourist can be subjected to heat strokes. Hence it is not advisable to visit Jaipur during summers.

Winter
During winters the temperature can go down to 3 degree Celsius. Hence tourist who loves cold can visit in winters.

Best time to visit would be from September to March.



 WHY TO VISIT 

Jaipur is a colourful city with the amalgamation of both old and new. The city has many beautiful sites including Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and many other forts, temples and museums. Jaipur is also popular for its traditional food. You can enjoy the taste of the city through a wide verity of food including Dal Bati Churma, Pyaaz ki Kachori and Ghewar.

There are many places to explore in Jaipur which include

  • Amer Fort
  • Hawa Mahal
  • Nahargarh Fort
  • Jantar Mantar
  • City Palace
  • Chokhi Dhani
  • Albert Hall Museum
  • Jaigarh Fort
  • Birla Temple
  • Jal Mahal
  • Galtaji Temple

Amer/Amber Fort


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Amer Fort

Amer Fort or Amber Fort is situated at the top of Aravali mountain hill and is one of the most magnificent places in India. It is located 11 km from the city.  Amer Fort is known for its artistic style of construction. 


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Interior of Amer Fort
 Amer/ Amber fort was built by Raja Man Singh I, who was the most trusted general of Akbar, in the year 1592. It was constructed by red and yellow sandstone. From inside Amer/Amber fort consist of Diwan-e-Aam also known as 'Hall of public audience', Diwan-e-Khas known as 'Hall of private audience' and Sheesh Mahal which 'means mirror palace'.

Visiting Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Ticket Price: ₹100 per person
Average Duration: 3 hours
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Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal means 'The Palace of Winds'. It was constructed by Sawai Pratap Singh, who the grandson of Maharaja Jai Singh, in the year 1799. The structure stands on the intersection of the main road. 

Hawa Mahal has 953 small windows known as 'Jharokha'. The intention behind making these small windows was to allow the royal ladies to see the view of the everyday life and festivals on the streets without been seen. As they follow 'parda' system. These windows also allowed the building to pass cool air and keep the building cool by Venturi effect.


Visiting Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Ticket Price: ₹50 per person
Average Duration: 3 hours


Nahargarh Fort



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View from Nahargarh Fort


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Rooftop of Nahargarh Fort
Nahargarh Fort is one of the most beautiful and historic forts in Jaipur. Nahargarh Fort is situated on the Aravali hills, overlooking the entire city. Nahargarh Fort along with Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort forms a solid defence ring of the city. It has never been attacked. 
Nahargarh Fort was built by Maharaja Sawai Singh in the year of 1734. The fort has beautiful carvings and stonework and the view from here will just blow your mind. You can see the entire Jaipur city from the top.



Visiting Time: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Ticket Price: ₹50 per person for Indians, ₹200 per person for Foreigner, ₹5 for Indian students, ₹25 Foreigner student 
Average Time for visiting is 3 hours

Jantar Mantar


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Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar is the largest astronomical building in the world with a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments. Jantar Mantar was built by Sawai Jai Singh II in the year of 1727-34. The key function of these nineteen instruments were measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking the location of major stars as the earth orbits around the sun, ascertaining the declination's of planets, and determining the celestial altitudes and related ephemerides. 

The Jantar Mantar is located near Hawa Mahal and is featured in UNESCO world heritage sites. Every evening light and sound show takes place and that is one of the best experiences of this place.
Visiting Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Ticket Price: ₹50 per person for Indians, ₹200 per person for Foreigner, ₹5 for Indian students, ₹25 Foreigner student 
Average Duration: 1 hours


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City Palace
The beautiful 'City Palace' is located in the old part of the Jaipur city. City Palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in the year of 1727 when he shifted his capital to Jaipur from Amber. It was built for religious and cultural events, as well as patron of art, commerce and industry. The City Palace is a unique and special complex of several courtyards, temples, pavilion and gardens. Most visited part of the palace is Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, City Palace Museum and Sri Govind Dev Temple. One-half part of the Palace is open for visitors while in the other half, The Royal Family still continues to live.


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Interior of City Palace
The City Palace showcases a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture of styles. There are three gates of the place out of which only two are open for visitors. The three gates are Virendra Pol which is near Jantar Mantar, Udai Pol near Jaleb Chowk, and the Tripolia gate which is only reserved for the Royal Family.


Visiting Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Ticket Price: ₹100 per person
Average Duration: 3 hours



Chokhi Dhani


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Chokhi Dhani Entrance
Chokhi Dhani is a well-known tourist attraction in Jaipur and is famous for showcasing Rajasthani Culture. It is a theme-based resort where you can experience the typical Rajasthani Village. It has artists performing various traditional activities such as traditional Rajasthani dance, Puppet Shows, Magic Shows. You can also enjoy playing games as well as camel and elephant rides. You can see the Haldighati battle in the form of play. The Haldighati battle was fought between Rajput and Mughal dynasties.



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Chokhi Dhani Restaurant
You can enjoy delicious Rajasthani Thali in Chaupal. The word 'Chaupal' means 'Hub' and its a restaurant that serves Rajasthani cuisine. Dining here is a must-do thing when you visit Jaipur city.

Cost
Traditional Thali: 750 Adult, 450 Child
AC Royal Dining: 900 Adult, 500 Child
Multi-cuisine Buffet in Chaupal: 1200 Adult, 800 Child
Timings: 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Average Duration: 2-3 hours

Albert Hall Museum

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The Albert Hall Museum is one of the oldest museums of Rajasthan. Built-in 1876, the building was originally a concert hall. The architecture resembled to the Victoria and Albert Hall Museum of London and hence it got its name. Maharaja Ram Singh wanted this building to be a town all but his successor Madho Singh II decided it to be a museum.

The museum has a great collection of historic antiques and artefacts including paintings, jewellery, carpets, ivory, stone, metal sculptures, and works in crystal. During the night the whole building lights up and it looks extremely gorgeous.

Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM & 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Ticket Price: 40 for Indians, 300 for Foreigners
Average Duration: 1-2 hours

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Jaigarh Fort
Jaigarh Fort is situated on a hilltop known as 'Cheel ka Teela' on Aravali range. Jaigarh Fort was built by Sawai Jai Singh II in the year 1726 to protect Amer Fort. It was since then named after the king as Jaigarh Fort. 

Jaigarh Fort is 10 km from the city and it provides an amazing view of Aravali hills and Amer Fort. You will also get to see jaivana which is the world's largest cannon on wheels of that era.  






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Jaivana Cannon
Jaivana was never used in any battle, as Rajputs and Mughals have friendly nature by then. However it was fired once, with the charge of 100 kg of gun powder and it covered a distance of 35 km. The barrel of the cannon is 6.15 m long and the cannon weighs about 50 tons. The diameter of the barrel is 11 inches and it uses 50 kg balls. It is kept under a shed to protect against weather.


Visiting Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Ticket Price: ₹70 for Indian, 150 for Foreigner
Average Duration: 3 hours

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Birla Temple
Birla Temple is often referred to Laxmi Narayan Temple. It is situated on the base of Moti Dongari hill. Birla Temple in Jaipur is one of the several Birla temples located in the country. The temple was built purely of white marble in the year 1988. Birla Temple is a blend of ancient Hindu architecture with modern design. It is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi, known as God of Wealth and Lord Vishnu is known as the preserver. You will hear gentle chanting of holy mantras along with incense stick which will make you feel Divine. 

Visiting Time: 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM & 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Ticket Price: ₹150 per person
Average Duration: 1 hours

Jal Mahal

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Jal Mahal is a palace in between Mann Sagar Lake. It showcases the Rajput style of architecture. Jal Mahal is a five-story building out of which four are submerged in water. It is famous among both tourists and local people the building has a picturesque view of the lake


Galtaji Temple


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Galtaji Kund
Galtaji is an ancient Hindu temple located 10 km from Jaipur. It is situated on Aravali hills and could be easily reached via Amer road. The Galtaji temple consists of many shrines, kunds, pavilion and natural springs. The spring emerges at the high on the hills and fills many kunds while streaming down. Among many kunds the Galtaji Kund is the holiest kund. The Galtaji temple has been constructed like a palace and there are temples of Lord Krishna, Lord Rama, Lord Hanuman, Lord Ganesha and 

Sun Temple inside it. 
You can see the wide view of Jaipur city from the temple. There are many monkeys. These monkeys have also been featured on National Geographic's show 'Rebel Monkeys' series and 'Thar Desert- Sacred sand' episode.

Visiting Time: 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM



Note: You can buy a composite ticket (Indian/foreigner ₹300/1000), which gives entry to Amber Fort, Central Museum, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Isarlat and Nahargarh and is valid for two days from the time of purchase.


You can buy online composite ticket from the link below

Click here to buy Composite Ticket



 TRANSPORT 

Jaipur is very well connected to other major cities.

FlightSanganer is the International airport of Jaipur. It is 11 km from the city centre.

Domestic Flights
There are direct flights between Jaipur to Delhi, Mumbai, Ahemdabad, Goa, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune.
International Flights
Dubai, Muscat, Sharjah.

TrainsJaipur is well connected to Delhi via Railways. There are many trains running between these two stations. Palace on Wheels is a well-known train mainly used by tourists. Other important trains are Ajmer Shatabdi, Jaipur Double Decker, Pink City Express, Ranikhet Express and many more.


By RoadJaipur is well connected to all the major cities around the state of Rajasthan. The National Highway No 8 links Delhi-Mumbai via Jaipur, Udaipur.

National Highway No 12 links Jaipur-Jabalpur via Kota, Jhalawar, Bhopal.

National Highway No 11 links Agra-Bikaner via Jaipur.

RSRTC operates bus service to all the parts of Rajasthan, New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.

Jaipur is part of the Golden Travel Circuit of India that includes Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur.

 ITINERARY 

This itinerary is from Delhi-Jaipur- Delhi but most of tourist travel to other parts of Rajasthan including Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Jaisalmer.

Delhi to Jaipur via road is 282 km and it takes about 5-6 hours to reach.

Day 1: Start the trip early in the morning and reach Jaipur in late morning.
City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Palace of Winds(Hawa Mehal), Museum and Sun Temple.
Do visit Choki Dhani by 7 pm which is 20 km away.

Day 2: Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort and Jaigarh Fort, Jal Mahal
Do watch the sunset from Jaigarh Fort

Day 3 would be optional.

 BUDGET 



The budget always depends on the individual's personal preference. An estimate price for 2 days 1-night trip would cost around ₹4500 per head in a group of two. These costs mainly depends upon Hotels, Food, and Transportation. 

Jaipur is very hot and shiny. Protect your eyes with sunglasses.




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