Jaipur – The pink city is the capital of Rajasthan is the colorful and vibrant land of the Rajputs, and India’s largest and most popular state among travellers coming from Europe and America.
Interestingly, it is one of India’s rare cities for which an exact foundation date is available – Jaipur was founded on 18 November 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Another interesting facet about the city that it is one of the rare pre-modern era Indian cities which has an organized architecture with a clear division of the city into sectors, and a proper road framework.
The Conde Naste Traveller Readers Choice Survey for 2008 ranked Jaipur at no.7 on the list of the best cities to visit in Asia.
Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, a state on India’s west, and is the largest Indian state by area and also the region which attracts the most tourist footfalls during the peak Indian tourist season from October to March. So if Rajasthan is on your mind, it is a very likely that you may start your Rajasthan itinerary from the Jaipur airport, or after arriving in Jaipur by road or rail from Delhi.
Jaipur is well connected to Delhi by road, rail and air – and is at a very comfortable distance of just over 300 kms from the Indian capital city. One of the most comfortable and affordable ways to reach Jaipur from Delhi is by the morning Shatabdi Express train. You leave Delhi at 0605 am in the morning, and your train pulls in into the Jaipur junction at 1040. Breakfast is served on the train.
Key Places of Interest:
- Hawa Mahal Complex
- Jal Mahal
- Aamer Fort
- Nahargarh Fort
- Jaigarh Fort
- Jantar Mantar
The city is dotted with places of historical and cultural interest. Besides them, you will also love checking out the markets selling a variety of traditional Indian artefacts, jewellery and more. Be assured – if you love shopping, you will love Jaipur.
Travel Itineraries that include Jaipur:
Amer Fort in Jaipur, India – Full Guided Tour