About Jaipur

Ideal Trip Duration: 2-3 Days

Base Station: Jaipur

Nearest City to Jaipur: Jaipur

Best Time to Visit Jaipur: November to March

Peak Season: December to January

State: Rajasthan | District: Jaipur

Jaipur Weather: Summer: Maximum - 45°C and Minimum - 19°C
Winter: Maximum - 21°C and Minimum - 5°C

At a distance of 268 km from Delhi, 240 km from Agra, 511 km from Chandigarh, 652 km from Ahmedabad, 612 km from Bhopal and 590 km from Lucknow, Jaipur, also known as the Pink City, is the capital of Rajasthan in Northern India. It is the 10th most populous city in India and also one of the top visited tourist places near Delhi. Along with Delhi and Agra, Jaipur forms the Golden Triangle of Indian tourism. It is a popular tourist destination in India and serves as a gateway to other tourist destinations in Rajasthan such as Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Udaipur.

Jaipur is also among the best 2 day trip near Delhi & Noida. The city of Jaipur was founded on 18th November 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amer, when he planned to shift his capital from Amer. It is believed that Jaipur was India's first planned city and was planned according to the vastushastra. The architect of Jaipur was Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, an architect from Bengal. The construction of the city began in 1727 and took four years to complete the major roads, offices and palaces. The city was divided into nine blocks, two of which contained the state buildings and palaces, with the remaining seven allotted to residents of the city. Huge ramparts were built around the city, pierced by seven fortified gates.

Jaipur attracts numerous visitors from all over the world due to its rich heritage and culture. Amber Fort, Sheesh Mahal, Ganesh Pol, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Nahargarh Fort etc. are the important monuments in Jaipur. Adventure activities like paragliding, hot air ballooning, rock climbing, camel riding and others can also be done here. Bairath, Karauli, Ranthambore National Park and Bagru are the nearest attractions.

Jaipur is also famous for its beautiful jewellery, fabrics, shoes also known as mojari and spacious gardens. The city is also well known for its fairs and fests that are held on grand scale. The major festivals include Kite Festival, Camel Festival, Teej, Gangaur and Elephant Festival. The city witnesses large number of tourists during these festivals.

Jaipur is well connected by road, rail and air to major destinations in India. Jaipur International Airport or Sanganer Airport is situated 13 km from the city. The airport is served by flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. Jaipur Junction Railway Station is well connected by trains with Delhi, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, Bikaner, Howrah, Gorakhpur, Agra, Patna, Ranchi, Dehradun, Okha, Haridwar, Jaisalmer, Mumbai, Amritsar, Varanasi, Guwahati, Pune, Bhopal, Kochi, Jammu Tawi, Chennai, Kolkata, Allahabad and Vizag. Sindhi Camp Bus Station is the main bus station which has direct buses from Delhi, Agra, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, and Bhopal.

The best time to visit Jaipur is from October to March.

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Internet Availability: Very Good
STD Code: 0141
Languages Spoken: Rajasthani, Marwari, Hindi and English
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How to Reach Jaipur

By Air

Nearest Airport: Jaipur - Jaipur International Airport (13 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Jaipur Junction Railway Station (0 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Sindhi Camp Bus Station (2 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Jaipur

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#2 of 32 Places to Visit in Jaipur

At a distance of 6 km from Jaipur Junction Railway Station, Birla Mandir is a Hindu temple located at the base of Moti Dongri Hill in Jaipur. The temple is sometimes also referred to as the Laxmi Narayan Temple. It is one of the major places to visit in Jaipur.

This marvelous temple was built during the year 1988 by Birla Group of Industries, one of the business tycoons of India. According to history, the Birla temple was built on the land given to the Birla family by the Maharaja.

The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Narayan) and his consort Lakshmi. The images of Lakshmi and Narayan attract the attention, being made out from one piece of marble. Standing on a raised platform, Birla Temple is made out with the premium quality of white marble. The temple looks stunning, when it is brightly lit in the night. The three huge domes of the temple represent three different approaches to the religion. The temple has lavish green gardens all around.

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Heritage

#3 of 32 Places to Visit in Jaipur

At a distance of 5.5 km from Jaipur Junction Railway Station, Jantar Mantar is located near City Palace and Hawa Mahal in Jaipur. It is one of the top places to visit in Jaipur City. This monument is the largest of the five astronomical observatories present in India. The other four astronomical observatories are located at Delhi, Varanasi, Mathura and Ujjain. It features the world's largest stone sundial, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Jantar Mantar was built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II and completed in 1738 AD. The name is derived from jantar means yantra and mantar means calculation. The Jaipur observatory was functional for seven years only, as the Maharaja was not very successful in deriving accurate, astronomical observations. It was later restored in the year 1901 and was declared as a national monument in the year 1948.

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Heritage | Museum

#4 of 32 Places to Visit in Jaipur

At a distance of 6 km from Jaipur Junction Railway Station, Albert Hall Museum is a museum situated in Ram Niwas Garden outside the city wall opposite new gate in Jaipur. It is one of the popular places for sightseeing in Jaipur city. It is the oldest museum of the state and functions as the State Museum of Rajasthan.

The Hall was built by Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II. The foundation stone of Albert Hall was laid during the visit of the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward to Jaipur in 1876 and it was completed in 1887. The building was designed by Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob and was opened as public museum in 1887. It is also called the Government Central Museum. Maharaja Ram Singh initially wanted this building to be a town hall, but his successor, Madho Singh II, decided it should be a museum for the art of Jaipur and included as part of the new Ram Niwas Garden.

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Heritage

#26 of 32 Places to Visit in Jaipur

At a distance of 13 km from Jaipur Junction Railway Station, Amer Fort or Amber Fort is located in Amer near Jaipur. This heritage site is one of the most famous forts in Rajasthan and among the most visited Jaipur tourist places. Amber Fort is popularly represented in promotion of Jaipur Tourism.

Amber was founded by the Meenas in 967 AD and they dedicated the town to Amba, the Mother Goddess. Around 1037 AD, Amber was conquered by Kachhawa Rajputs and ruled it from the 11th to the 18th century, until the capital was moved from Amer to Jaipur. The Amber Fort was built by Raja Man Singh in 1592 AD and it was further expanded by successive rulers. Man Singh was one of the trusted generals of Emperor Akbar and one among the Navaratnas of his court. This fort is also very popularly known as the Amer Palace. Later in 1727 AD, Sawai Jai Singh II moved the capital from Amber to Jaipur.

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Heritage

#28 of 32 Places to Visit in Jaipur

At a distance of 6 km from Jaipur Junction Railway Station and 9 km from Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort stands on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, overlooking the pink city of Jaipur. It is one of the best forts in Rajasthan and among the best places to visit in Jaipur city.

Nahargarh Fort was built in 1734 by Sawai Jan Singh II, as a retreat place. The fortification walls extended over the surrounding hills connected Nahargarh Fort to Jaigarh Fort. Along with Jaigarh Fort and Amer Fort, it once formed a strong defence for Jaipur. The fort was originally named Sudarshangarh, but it became known as Nahargarh, which means abode of tigers. It is believed that the development of this fort was obstructed by the spirit of a Rathore ruler, Nahar Singh Bhomia. However, the spirit was pacified when a temple dedicated to him was built inside the fort. Later it was redesigned in 1868 by Sawai Ram Singh. This fort has huge walls and bastions that were .....

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Heritage

#29 of 32 Places to Visit in Jaipur

At a distance of 5.5 km from Jaipur Junction Railway Station, City Palace is a beautiful palace complex situated in the heart of Jaipur City. It was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the head of the Kachhwa Rajput clan. Part of the palace current houses a museum, though major part is still a royal residence. It is one of the most visit Jaipur tourist places.

City Palace is one of the most famous tourist attractions and a major landmark in Jaipur. The palace was built between 1729 and 1732 AD by Sawai Jai Singh II. He planned and built the outer walls and later additions were made by successive rulers till the end of 20th century. The City Palace reflects Rajput, Mughal and European architectural styles although it was designed according to Vaastushastra. The Palace is laid in a grid pattern with wide avenues and is surrounded by large walls on all sides. It is a unique and remarkable complex of several palaces, pavilions, gardens .....

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Heritage

#31 of 32 Places to Visit in Jaipur

At a distance of 6 km from Jaipur Junction Railway Station, Hawa Mahal is one of the prime tourist places to visit in Jaipur city. The palace sits on the edge of the City Palace and extends to the Zenana (women's) chambers. Hawa Mahal is often represented in promotion of Jaipur Tourism.

The renowned Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh as a continuation to the stunning City Palace. The main architect of this palace is Lal Chand Ustad and the palace is believed to have been constructed in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu God.

Hawa Mahal was built in Rajputana architectural style. The palace is constructed of beautiful red and pink sandstone and it looks like a five storeyed Pyramid. The palace stands on a podium which is fifty feet high from base. Its unique five-storey exterior has 953 small windows called jharokhas decorated with intricate latticework. The original .....

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#1 of 32 Places to Visit in Jaipur

At a distance of 6.5 km from Jaipur Junction Railway Station, Akshardham Temple is located at Vaishali Nagar in Jaipur. This temple is one of the popular tourist attractions of Jaipur.

Dedicated to Swami Narayan, Akshardham Temple was founded by Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sansthan. There temple houses Hari Mandapam where one can find a 7 feet Gold-leafed Murti of Lord Swaminarayan. The statue of Lord Narayan is ornamented by silver and gold ornaments. Vibhuti Mandapam which is the revelations of the Lord exhibits exquisite-lit brass lotuses. Prasadi Mandapam shows the holy relics of Lord Swaminarayan.

The temple also has two small shrines around it that encompasses the statue of Lord Ganesh, Lord Krishna and Shiva Parvati. The walls of the temple are covered with beautiful paintings, sculptures, carvings and mantras that motivate the visitors and fill them with faith and positive energy. The Akshardham Temple is the treasure of tranquility and it enlightens .....

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Heritage

#5 of 32 Places to Visit in Jaipur

At a distance of 14 km from Jaipur Junction Railway Station and 1 km from Amer Fort, Panna Meena Ka Kund is an eight storey step well located close to Jaipur-Amer road near the Anokhi Museum.

Also known as Panna Mian Ki Baoli, the step well was built in sixteenth century. It is one of the most visited tourist spots in and around Jaipur. This beautiful well has a unique architecture with criss-cross steps arranged on three sides with small niches created into the walls. The fourth side has a multi-storeyed balcony. The doorways are located at a lower level and one can find octagonal gazebos here which make this place quite attractive. According to the local residents, it is impossible for a person to use the same stairs to get down and go upstairs. It is one of the mysteries of the place and all the tourists visiting here try doing this.

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Heritage

#6 of 32 Places to Visit in Jaipur

At a distance of 7 km from Jaipur Junction Railway Station and 7 km from Amer Fort, Maharaja ki Chhatri, also known as Gaitor Tombs are located in the walled city area named Brahmpuri at the foothills of Nahargarh Fort on Jaipur-Amer road. Gaitor is the cremation ground of the Royal Maharajas of Rajasthan.

It is believed that the word Gaitor is the mispronunciation form of Gaye ka Thor that means the resting place of the departed souls. Royal cenotaphs are built over the cremation site. The carving on each cenotaph is a reflection of the taste of the respective Maharajas.

These cenotaphs are a perfect collaboration of Islamic and Hindu architecture. The cenotaphs at Gaitor are in the form of open pavilions along with ornate domes that are supported by intricately sculpted pillars. The decor and profusion of each Chattri shows the stature and mastery of a particular king. Maharajas Pratap Singh, Madho Singh II and Jai Singh II, among others, are honoured here. The cenotaph .....

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