Prominently known as the Pink city, Jaipur was built by the sovereign of
Amber, in the eighteenth century. Jai Singh search for a safe place for the
increasing population of Amber resulted in Jaipur, India's first planned
Romance Of Pink
Jaipur needed a fresh coat of paint to welcome its distinguished guest, the
Prince of Wales in 1905-06. The contractor inability to supply any other
color in the required quantity compelled the choice of pink shade for its
walls. Since then the pink color is associated with hospitality in Rajput
A typical Jaipur meal is more than a feast for the senses because it
carries the impress of geography, local custom, traditional belief and
religious ideology. The result is an exotic blend of taste, texture and form
that encompasses a wealth of regional specialties dictated by climate,
location and culinary tradition.
The places a tourist would prefer on his visit to Jaipur are mainly located
within the walled city. These are:
City Palace Complex:
It is the most important landmark with its numerous buildings, courtyards,
impressive gateways and temples.
It has a collection of complex astronomical instruments, chiseled out of
stone- most of which continue to provide fairly accurate information to this
day - is the highlight of this observatory.
Hawa Mahal (Palace Of Winds)
Built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, the Hawa Mahal is a
remarkable structure, which overlooks one of the main streets and also
provides some excellent views of the city. In the not-too-distant past,
ladies of the court found it convenient to watch the activities on the
streets below without being observed themselves.
The Garland Forts
These forts, though built at different periods, are so located that they
seem to be stringed together. Few famous forts are Amer, a fascinating blend
of Hindu and Mughal architecture, Jaigarh, a rugged fort having the world's
largest cannon on wheels, Nahargarh, which provides some stunning views of
the city down below both during daytime and at night.
Jaipur has a timeless appeal in its colorful bazaars that delights for its
Rajasthani hand-looms and trinkets. This is one of the few places where the
shoppers may actually watch the skilled artisans producing the articles they
want to buy.