The Pink City of Rajasthan, Jaipur is a city soaked in royalty. Built and planned by the ruler Sawai Jai Singh II, the city has also been named in his honour. This beautiful city is also credited for being one of the first planned cities in India.
The city of Jaipur owes its sobriquet to the pink buildings that dominate the city’s landscape. Most of the older buildings and the city’s layout has been done following the ancient art and science of Vaastu Shastra. It was under the architectural guidance of scholar Vidyadhar Bhattacharya that the city was built, taking into account many Indian classical treatise such as Shilpa Shastra and Vaastu Shastra among many others. It is believed that the nine rectangular sectors of the city symbolizes the nine divisions of the universe. Another interesting aspect in the making of the city was the use of uniform colour pink in its many structures and buildings. This is believed to have been used since the colour pink is said to represent the Rajput royalty.
This exotic city lined with majestic palaces and lofty havelis, prominent among them being the City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jai Mahal, Nahargarh Fort. It is also a land of numerous temples and other places of worship such as Govind Dev Ji Temple, Galtaji, Shri Kali Temple, Sanganeri Gate, Lakshmi Narayan Mandir commonly known as Birla Temple, Garh Ganesh Temple, Shila Devi Temple in Amber, Tadkeshwara Mahadev, Panchayati Hall, Radha Govind Ji Temple and All Saint’s Church.
To experience Jaipur in its entirety, one can choose between the numerous Jaipur Packages on offer that include choice of accommodation along with trips around the city and also even rich Rajasthani food. Many of these Jaipur Packages also include guided tours of the magnificent palaces and forts around the city which gives one a brief glimpse into the luxurious lifestyles of the erstwhile kings here. Keeping in mind the religious tastes of the elderly, a variety of Jaipur Packages include exclusive trips to the many sacred temples here.
A very important aspect of Jaipur is its fame as a shopper’s paradise. Catering to the shopping needs of many tourists, some Jaipur Packages also include one full day just to indulge in a shopping spree. Exquisite handicrafts, delicate artifacts, furniture, jewellery and carpets give Jaipur the title of ‘Craft Capital of India’. Popular items that are a must buy here are the five coloured bandhej on textiles, traditional meenakari jewellery, hand knotted carpets, camel leather bags and sandals.
Jaipur is well connected to the rest of the country by a network of air, rails and roads and so is very easily accessible from any corner of the country.
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