Jaipur is a pink city that represents the great pomp of the Maharajas Rajputas from the XI century continuously. Basically it is a combination of the two cities: Amer, the old city and the new pink city. As his residence King Kachwaha began to build the city of Amer in the valley of Aravali from the eleventh century and continued to be built until the 18th century exposing several grandiose palaces by several Maharajas from different times inland.
The Pink City was founded by Sawai Raja Jaisingh II in 1727 as its seat of government. He called a Bengali architect to build on a Hindu book “Shilp Shastra”. The city was appreciated by Rudyard Kipling, an English writer as a very organized and imposing architectural city. The city is located in a rectangular area that has a main avenue and all the streets are connected at an angle of 90 degrees dividing the entire city into rectangular parts. On both sides of Main Avenue and streets there are pink homes. In ground floor of these homes there is a market and families live above. When the city was founded, Jaisingh wanted to turn it into a center of great commerce. He called artisans, goldsmiths, inkwells, merchants, etc. to establish their businesses and each street is called with craftsmen’s work. In addition, the city was founded in the eighteenth century, represents the architecture of the middle era and that is seen in some homes today that have balconies with lattices, small windows and copula.
Must to see:
Amer Palace: A huge palace that is situated on a hill of Aravali mountain surrounded by a good landscape combines mountain, jungle and lake. Inside it has a glass palace, entrance door drawn with flowers, Man Singh palace etc.
The Jantar Mantar Observatory: An astrological observatory built by Jaisingh II that exposes huge stone instruments like the sun clock.
Maharaja’s City Palace: Residence of the current Maharaja was built by Jaisingh II this converted into a museum that exhibits textiles, weapons, paintings, carpets and chairs used by various monarchs and Maharanis.
Birla Temple: A Hindu temple of white marble that is dedicated to the god Vishnu, the preserver with his wife Laxmi, goddess of wealth.
In addition to these visits, it is recommended to take a photo stop in front of the water palace, palace of winds and Albert hall.
What to buy:
Jaipur is famous for artisanal production. One can buy a typical sari or traditional or modern clothing with vegetable colors. The city is known for its dyeing and stamping work. Man made carpets is also available. The city is famous for the production of jewels with semiprecious stones and paintings with stone colors. One can also buy sandal and camel leather handbags.
Where You Can Sleep:
As tourism develops, there is lodging of all types. One can sleep in a hotel that starts from € 40 with breakfast.
Where You Can Eat:
There is a restaurant on the street with spicy foods and modern restaurants with air conditioning with less spicy. You can eat roast chicken (Tandoori Chicken or Afghani Chicken) and butter curry chicken (Murg Malai Tikka). There are also Mcdonals.
How to Travel: There are lots of facility to plan your visit to this city. One can visit as bag packer or with an organized India tour packages offered by various tour operator and travel agency covering Delhi, Jaipur and Agra commonly known as ‘Golden Triangle’.