The city of palaces and forts, interspersed with historical monuments and gardens that testify the grandeur of the Rajput kings, Jaipur is the gateway to the royal heritage of India. Also called Pink City, the capital of Rajasthan, remains suspended in time, with its heritage preserved in the overwhelming Hawa Mahal that gazes down at the bustling streets of Johari Bazaar.

A little away from the city centre, which is resplendent with state-of-the-art cinemas/ movie theatres, eateries, multiplexes, museums and parks, lies the arid hilly country dotted with forts that earlier stood as armoured sentinels of Jaipur. The biggest and the most awe-inspiring is the Amber Fort, which leaves one humbled with its expansive fortifications and grandeur.

Founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1727 AD, Jaipur was the stronghold of the Rajputs, who gave it its everlasting legacy in the form of various heritage sites, arts and crafts, culinary curations etc. Typical Rajasthani cuisine, comprising lal maas, dal-bati-churma, ker sangri and other uncountable recipes, all hold limelight in the culinary culture of India. These can be enjoyed in the quintessential Rajasthani style of sitting cross-legged on mats on the floor and digging in in the sumptuous thali, which features up to 20 dishes.

While one can enjoy the various offerings of the city as an outsider, what really sets Jaipur apart is its welcoming spirit that wins you over with its warmth. To symbolise this hospitable culture, the older part of the city was painted pink under the reign of Maharaja Ram Singh in 1876. Although this was done during the British rule when the Prince of Wales came to visit India, many houses are still adorned with the hue to reiterate their signature slogan of 'Padharo Mhare Desh' (Welcome to my Land).

Jaipur was designed by architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya in the early 18th century. Through the years it has transformed into a bustling metropolis while continuing to retain its old-world charm. Following India's independence from British rule, Jaipur and the principalities of Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur came together to form the present state of Rajasthan. Today, thousands of travellers from the world over come to explore its vibrant streets every year, sampling its delicious food and experiencing its rich cultural flavours. They find at every turn a charming confluence of tradition and modernity, old shops rubbing shoulders with new malls without ever detracting from the city's essence.

A kaleidoscope of many moods and hues, Jaipur is also a fantastic shopping destination. From colourful puppets and bandhni sarees to silver jewellery and lac bangles, it offers a host of knick-knacks and souvenirs to take home along with many fond memories!

Jaipur

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Abhaneri

Abhaneri

Boasting the famous Chand Baori stepwell and Harsha Mata Temple,...

Albert Hall Museum

Albert Hall Museum

A magnificent building built in Indo-Saracenic architectural style,...

Amber Fort

Amber Fort

Just 11 km outside Jaipur, lies the magnificent Amber Fort (Amer...

Arabic Persian Research Institute

Arabic Persian Research Institute

The Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Arabic Persian Institute is located in...

Bhangarh Fort

Bhangarh Fort

With the magnificence of the Aravalli hills behind it, Bhangarh Fort,...

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park lies at the heart of Jaipur. It is one of the best...

Chand Baori

Chand Baori

Chand Baori (a stepwell) located in the Abhaneri village, around 90...

City Palace

City Palace

Located in the heart of old Jaipur, the City Palace is a spectacular...

Gaitore

Gaitore

Set against the backdrop of yellow sandstone hills, Gaitore is the...

Govind Devji Temple

Govind Devji Temple

Govind Devji Temple is situated in the City Palace complex and is...

Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal

Jaipur’s most iconic building, the pink Hawa Mahal, stands royally in...

Jaigarh Fort

Jaigarh Fort

Renowned for housing Jaiban, the world's largest cannon, the Jaigarh...

Jaipur Wax Museum

Jaipur Wax Museum

While visiting the majestic Nahargarh Fort, one should rope in a...

Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal

One of the most ethereal sights in Jaipur is the architectural marvel...

Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar

Situated in the heart of the city of Jaipur, Jantar Mantar is...

Jawahar Circle

Jawahar Circle

Considered to be Asia’s largest circular park, Jawahar Circle is a...

Jawahar Kala Kendra

Jawahar Kala Kendra

Established in the year 1993, Jawahar Kala Kendra is the cultural hub...

Jhunjhunu

Jhunjhunu

Jhunjhunu is one of the oldest towns in the state of Rajasthan. It...

ajmer

ajmer

Encircled by the craggy Aravalli Hills that overlook the scenic...

Alwar

Alwar

Visiting Alwar feels like stepping back in time. From a grand fort...

Agra

Agra

The city of the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world,...

delhi

delhi

With old monuments and busy neighbourhoods subtly merging with a...

chittorgarh

chittorgarh

Perched on a dramatic uprise of hills, Chittorgarh, in Rajasthan, is...

Kumbalgarh

Kumbalgarh

A gem of Rajput legacy in the royal state of Rajasthan, Kumbhalgarh...

jodhpur

jodhpur

With a sea of sapphire-blue painted houses and guarded by the...