Jaipur City in India - Travel and Touring Guides for The Pink City.
Jaipur has a population of over 5 million residents yet because of it's modular design and often broad streets the place does not feel that crowded. Jaipur is known as the Pink City because many of the city's avenues and buildings are still coloured pink from the 1853 visit of the Prince of Wales when the
whole city was painted pink as a greeting to him. Jaipur is the capital of the Indian State of Rajasthan, has good road, rail and air connections and is an extremely popular destination for overseas tourists.
Jaipur is one third of the Golden Triangle (the other two parts of the triangle are Delhi and Agra) and has major places of interest such as Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort,
Jaipur City Palace, the Jal Mahal, quite a few temples including the Monkey Temple at Jaipur plus several very nice gardens to visit. Please note that where opening times as well as entry fees are mentioned these are for guidance and are liable to change.
Travelling to Jaipur City, India.
Jaipur Sanganer Airport is around 11 kms from Jaipur City Centre - several of India's domestic airlines currently run flights to Jaipur including Indigo, Spicejet, Indian Airways and Jet Airways - providing direct flights to various places in India including Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Indore, Jammu and Ahmedabad. Indian Railways Jaipur station is very close to the city and has express and super-fast connections to
locations all over India including Mumbai, Abu Road, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, New Delhi, Agra, Chennai, Varanasi, Udaipur, Jodhpur and Chittaurgarh.
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Sightseeing in Jaipur The Pink City - Jami Masjid, Iswari Minaret and other Pink Buildings.
Jami Masjid - Jaipur
Jaipur's Pink Buildings
Pink City - Jaipur
Jaipur Markets and so on
Palace of Winds
Temple - Jaipur
Maharajah's High School
Jaipur City Temple
Pink City Gate
Market in Jaipur
Another Pink City Gate
Jaipur's pink Buildings
All Saints Church
Inside All Saints
Rear of All Saints
Hawa Mahal - The Palace of the Wind in Jaipur City, India.
Jaipur's excellent Palace of the Winds - it's correct name is the Hawa Mahal - is a really interesting and very pink building right in the heart of the City. Built of red and pink sandstone by Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 the Hawa Mahal is part of the Jaipur Palace - and was designed to enable the ladies of the Royal Household to be able to watch the various activities and processions etc. in the streets below with out being seen themselves. This was achieved by partly screening the small windows with lime and plaster lattice
work to create peep-holes. Entry fee for the Palace of Winds is 100 Rupees for non-Indians and it's open daily.
Palace of the Wind
views of Jaipur from
the Hawa Mahal
City Palace Jaipur, India - the Sawai Man Singh Museum.
Open daily the entry fee for the public area of Jaipur Palace is an expensive 300 Rupees for non-Indians - you should keep your ticket because it will also allow you entry into Jaigarh Fort if used within 7 days. Part of the City Palace is still occupied and therefore not available to the general public. There are museums to visit including an armoury with many beautifully decorated
swords, knives and guns, another has carpets and textiles and yet another has a good display of old carriages. The Diwan-i-Am has highly decorated walls and ceilings and was the former Ceremonial Hall - you will find miniature paintings, manuscripts and books and carpets as well as a magnificent crafted silver throne. In the Diwan-i-Khas there are two huge silver urns - at over 1.5 metres
in height and having a capacity of 8182 litres these are the largest crafted silver objects in the world. The urns were filled with water from the Ganga and transported to London in 1901 when Madho Singh II visited the City for King Edward the VII's Coronation and did not want to risk drinking English water.
Silver Urn - Diwan-i-Khas
Riddhi Siddhi Pol
Museum at the
at the Royal Palace
Transport Museum at
the Royal Palace
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