Jaipur India - Holiday Guide to Jaipur Travel & Tourism
The City of Victory was named by its creator, Jai Singh who dedicated his new capital creation to Lord Govindaji. Singh made sure that the city was well designed, and to this day is still studied and admired for its excellent layout. Great avenues create a divide between different areas of the city that specialise in different crafts. The buildings were constructed from pink sandstone blocks as pink represented good hospitality and they were expecting a visit from Prince Albert in the mid 1800’s. Singh was also a great astronomer which led him to create India’s greatest astronomical observatory. It lies within the gates of the City Palace, one of the top places to visit in Jaipur.
The layout of the city has three interconnecting large roads, the Mirza Ismail Road, Station Road and Sansar Chandra Marg. Mirza Ismail Road (MI) is where you will find most of the restaurants and Sansar Chandra Marg is where you will find many of the tourist facilities. Although it is renowned for its city layout, many visitors would think otherwise, but just as any new city, get a map if you can.
There are several festivals throughout the Jaipur calendar attracting people from far and wide. The Kite Festival, Elephant Festival and Teej Festival to name a few, are some of the wonderful highlights of the Jaipur year. This is a great opportunity for tourists to the area to get a taste of the culture while gaining an unforgettable experience.
Furthermore there are copious temples and monuments that can be explored and adored scattered all over the city and beyond. Some places to add to your itinerary include the Amber Fort, the Hawa Mahal, the Vidyadhar Gardens, Ramgarh Lake and the Jai Mahal Palace.
Modern shopping malls have popped up over the past few years to add to the shopper’s paradise Jaipur has come to be, while the bazaars still attract the bargain hunters with their handcrafts and jewellery. The city itself is far from synonymous with the organised town planning; in fact it is rather chaotic and crowded in the most part. Unfortunately Jaipur’s infrastructure has been stretched beyond its means with its rapidly growing population which has led to horrifying amounts of pollution, water shortages, many street beggars, and almost worse, the relentless rickshaw drivers.
But if you are able to see past its over-population and inexorable touts and beggars, you will find that Jaipur has a lot to offer. From divine palaces like Rambagh Palace to its famous forts, adventurous safaris and excellent shopping, it is no wonder Jaipur tourism is flourishing.
Its active streets, fascinating architecture and city layout, the many palaces and festivals are only some of the reasons Rajasthan has become on of the most popular tourist destinations. It is a reasonable distance from Delhi at a distance of just over 250km and is well connected by train, bus and air travel.