The foremost city planned in the desert of Rajasthan is Jaipur. Globally esteemed for its multi-colored gems, the capital city of Rajasthan couples the ancient history with all the convenience of a megalopolis. The flitting modern city is one of the three legs of the popular golden triangle that includes Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
Maharaja Ram Singh painted the entire the city in Pink to welcome the Prince of Wales in 1876 as the pink color is a symbol of hospitality. Afterwards, Jaipur becomes popular as Pink City.
Jaipur perfectly showcases the hospitality of Rajasthan. Its magnificent forts with fabulous architecture display the Mughal and Rajput art that attracts a large number of history lovers. The architectural structures of the city give the resemblance of Rajput's and Mughal emperor's residences. The city is encompassed from three sides by rugged hills which comprises of great forts, magnificent palaces, gardens and temples.
Amber Fort located at 11.3 km from the center of the city. It still stands as the marvelous archetype of ancient Indian architecture. The scarred designs on the ceilings, walls and doors are incredible. The architecture is in Hindu and Rajput style while ornamentation is influenced by Hindu - Muslim style. Enthralling elephant ride can be enjoyed to reach the main entrance of the Fort.
Hawa Mahal or the "Palace of Winds" is built by Raja Pratap Singh with red and pink sandstone. Like honeycomb hives, windows are rising up to the five-story building to enable royal ladies to view the daily procession of the city. It really a must visit especially in the night when it looks really like glowing gem in the colorful lights.
City Palace including Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal is located at the extending edge of Hawa Mahal or in the heart of the city. A part of city palace is transformed into a museum and a bigger part of it is still a royal residence. City Palace museum holds the ornaments, jewels and armaments of ancient times.
Albert Hall is the oldest museum of the state located in the state. It holds stunning masterpieces of ancient times used for the cultural and educational purpose.
Birla Temple, Moti Dungri and Galta Temple or "Monkey Palace" are the popular temples of the city.
With these, there are a lot of other beautiful destination to travel in Jaipur that you do not want to miss.
Jaipur International Airport is the primary airport serving Jaipur. It is at 13 km from the city center at Sanganer road. From Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and from other airports of India, it is well connected.
Jaipur Junction railway station is the primary railway station of Jaipur. It has regular trains from cities like Delhi, Udaipur, Agra, Mumbai and other popular destinations of the city.
Sindhi Camp and Narayan Singh Circle are the two major bus stops from where you can get the bus. To explore the city taxi and cars on rent is also a good option.