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The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is one of the highly visited tourist places in India. Surrounded by the beautiful Arawali Mountains, the historical city of Jaipur represents the exotic land of Rajasthan just as ably as it represents the modern face of 21st century India. Jaipur was founded by Sawai Jai Singh 2nd in the early 18th century after he felt the need to shift his base from Amber, a nearby town, to some place with a larger scope for development. Jaipur was designed by the best available architects from the country under Maharaja (King) Sawai Jai Singh’s guidance. Much of Jaipur’s old part still operates the same way as its founder intended.

 

Situated at a five to six hours drive from Delhi, Jaipur forms one corner of the golden triangle of tourism in India, the others being Delhi and Agra. Jaipur is from where one can enter Rajasthan and then move on to the inner parts on a detailed tour. Jaipur is logically divided in two parts, the old and the new. While the new part is embellished with swanky multiplexes, malls, call centers and fast, disciplined traffic, the old part, mostly decorated with aging constructions in pink, raises a feeling of nostalgia. The markets in the old part still function in single and double storied buildings constructed two centuries ago. It is amusing to see the branches of some of the modern organizations, such as today’s high tech banks, inhabiting some of these rustic buildings. Though most of Jaipur constitutes as a tourist place, the major bunch of tourist attractions is situated in the old part.

 

Pink City, the original Jaipur, is situated near the centre of the town. It is surrounded from all sides by a bastioned wall, the reason why it is also called Walled City. Pink City was designed by Vidhyadhar Chakravorty, a renowned architect from Bengal, under the imaginative and foresighted direction of Sawai Jai Singhji. Pink City, a well planned town, was a spacious colonization surrounded by a strong wall with nine, well-adorned gates. The king’s palace was located in the centre of Pink City, whereas houses and markets were located in seven well planned blocks. Though somewhat smeared by today’s haphazard traffic, noise and a mesh of electricity poles and wires, one can still imagine how grand this civilization must have been during its early days - an out and out pink town with well embellished houses and wide streets inhabited by a leisurely crowd of colorfully dressed walkers and horse riders moving about. As you take a ride through Pink City, you notice that the same old constructions still stand. Even the newly built buildings in Pink City are fashioned after the old ones, retaining the splendor.

 

Apart from some of the important site seeing attractions in the Pink City, which lie in the centre, one must visit the bazaars situated here. Bapu Bazaar, Chandpol Bazaar, Sireh Deori Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar, Ramganj Bazaar and Johari Bazaar are some of the important markets of Jaipur.

 

City Palace is the major attraction of Jaipur amongst others. Situated in Pink City, this complex of royal palaces, courtyards, temples and gardens was started by Maharaja Jai Singh II, who also constructed the wall around it. Various successors of Jai Singh added later to the City Palace Complex during their reign. The present royal family of Jaipur still resides in the City Palace Complex, in a seven storied palace named Chandramahal, which is the king’s private residence. At City Palace Complex, one can witness a blend of Indian, Mughal and European styles of architecture. Mubarak Mahal, Mukut Mahal, Maharani’s Palace and Shri Govind Dev Temple are some of the important buildings in the City Palace Complex. The complex also hosts the City Palace Museum, a major attraction where the items that belonged to the royal families are displayed.

 

Jantar Mantar is an observatory situated near City Palace Complex. At Jantar Mantar, there are 14 architectural astronomical tools that help measure time as well as predict eclipses. Jantar Mantar was built over the period of 1727 and 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. A world heritage site, Jantar Mantar is an important tourist spot in Jaipur.

 

Hava Mahal, a major architectural landmark in Jaipur, is a five storied palace with 953 windows. Literally, Hava Mahal means the palace of wind. Hava Mahal was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799.

 

Another famous spot in Jaipur is Jal Mahal, the palace in water. Standing in the middle of a lake, Jal Mahal makes a striking site during the day as well as by the night, when it is well lit. Today, a heritage hotel, it is off limits to the tourists. However, crowd gathers at the lakeside during the evening to admire the view of well lit Jal Mahal during dusk. It is a popular spot amongst the residents of Jaipur.

 

Of the three major forts in Jaipur, Amber Fort is one. It is the oldest of the three, and served as the ruling fort of the town of Amber before the populace was shifted to Jaipur. The view of Amber Fort, standing on a hillock behind the Maota Lake is famous. On a ride up to Amber Fort, one can find attractive views of Jaipur city, the Jal Mahal and the lake around it being the prominent highlight. The walls of the fort that run up and down the surrounding hills also make a wonderful site. A palace named Sheesh Mahal, or Mirror Palace is one of the attractions about Amber Fort. It is said that during the residence of the royalties the entire Sheesh Mahal could be lit up with the help of one candle. Every evening a Sound and Light Show takes place at Amber Fort, which is a major tourist attraction of Jaipur.

 

Jaigarh Fort is situated higher up on a hill in a close proximity to the Amber Fort. As the two of these forts are connected through passages, a misconception dwells that both the forts are one and the same. One of the finest forts in India, Jaigarh is situated at a good strategic location and offers nice views of the plains surrounded by the Aravali Mountains. The fort has a large water reservoir which makes a good site. Jaivan, the cannon on wheels, situated on top of the fort is the major attraction here. It is believed that this gigantic cannon of Jaipur consumes 100 KGs of gunpowder and is capable of firing a 50 KG cannonball. Several myths exist about Jaivan. The most intriguing story recounts that when Jaivan was fired, for the first and the last time during the test by Maharaja Jaisingh II, hundreds of people went deaf, several died of heart failures and many pregnant women in the town lost their fetuses. The cannonball hit the ground 40 kilometers far and created a small crater. Some also believe it to be the largest cannon in the world.

 

Nahargarh Fort resides on the extreme edge of the hill on which Jaigarh Fort is situated. Nahargarh Fort offers the most wonderful view of Jaipur City. Constructed mostly by Jai Singh II, it is an interesting place to visit where one can visit from close the royal chambers, courtyards and the rooms of daily use right from the royal kitchens to toilets.

 

Amongst other attractions of Jaipur is Chokhi Dhani, a village that illustrates the culture of Rajasthan. Jaipur is famous for the cuisine of Dal-Bati-Koorma, and it is believed that it is best served at Chokhi Dhani. Raj Mandir is a famous movie theatre of Jaipur admired for its architecture. Tourists pay a visit to Raj Mandir just to admire the theatre irrespective of the movie playing there.

 

A large city brim-full of attractions, it is recommended that you spend a week at leisure in Jaipur to taste all that it has to offer. One of the important settlements in India, Jaipur is a must see for anyone who wants a taste of Rajasthan, or of India, for that matter.

 

 


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Jaipur is one of the major tourist destinations of India, forming the most visited tourist circuit of India – Delhi-Agra-Jaipur. This capital city of Rajasthan is rapidly turning into a metro city. Major tourist attractions of Jaipur are the City Palace & Museum and the monuments around it, and three interesting forts. City Palace is a blend of European, Mughal and Indian styles of architecture. The complex hosts the City Palace Museum, where artifacts belonging to royal families are displayed. Jantar Mantar is a highly visited observatory near City Palace. Hawa Mahal is another interesting place of architectural importance nearby. Another popular spot in Jaipur is Jal Mahal, the palace in water. One of the three important forts of Jaipur, Amber Fort is important from where you can enjoy attractive views of Jaipur. Other important forts of Jaipur are Jaigarh Fort and Nahargarh Fort. Apart from these attractions there are many more sites one can visit at a leisurely time.

 

Destination Grade: A (What is this?)
Rating: 9/10
Population: 3102808
5 Star Hotels: Holiday Inn,Trident Hilton
Luxury Hotels: Bella Casa,Choki Dhani Resort,Clarks
Airport: Jaipur International Airport
Railway Station: Jaipur
Nearest Major City(s): Alwar (106km), Ajmer (128 km), Bharatpur (169 km)
How to reach: Well connected by road to major cities in India. Excellent road network
Major Tourist Attraction: City Palace,Hawa Mahal,Jantar Mantar,Amber Fort
Speciality(Famous for): Kundan Jewelry
Food speciality: Mishri Mawa, Ghevar
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Jaipur, Traveler's Paradise - by Rakesh Menon  Dated : 2011-05-02
The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur can give you an insight of what the state of Rajasthan is all about. Not joking, this place is an apt capital of the land of the kings. You can explore the place with ever increasing curiosity and enthusiasm, owing to its rich heritage and the strong, standing remnants of the brave past of Rajasthan.

After a little bit of planning and lot of Google searches about Rajasthan we (I and my 3 friends) set off to visit Rajasthan from Delhi. Jaipur is hardly 200 kilometers away from Delhi and the highway connecting the two cities is also ok kind of. We left Delhi at around 5 A.M and the drive from Delhi was really fun filled.

When we were near to Jaipur, we had a choice, a bypass through Amer and another road that would directly take us to Jaipur. We chose the bypass, so our first stop was the Amer Fort. We had to pay a nominal entry fee to get inside the fort. It takes good time to cover the fort and so it is advisable to cover the fort at ease because it is one of the most popular tourist places in Jaipur. Elephant rides and the light and sound shows are popular here.

On the way towards the city lie the Nahargarh and Jaigarh Fort. We found the Nahargarh fort not very interesting but it was not so bad. The Jaigarh fort has the world famous cannon, armory museum and a huge water tank.

The next day we visited shopping paradises like the Bapu Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar, Johri Bazaar and the Amber road market. It was fun. We bought some useful stuff. On the third and final day of our tour we visited the Hawa Mahal, Govind Dev Ji Mandir, City Palace and a Goddess temple called Galta Ji on the Jaipur Agra highway.
We had a great time and returned home with satisfied hearts.
title - by Sweety  Dated : 2011-05-02
Jaipur is my favorite city in Rajasthan. It has spectacular City Palace, it is kind of a complex of royal palaces. I wonder how beautiful can palaces be! The forts in Jaipur are also magnificent. The Jaigarh Fort and the Amber look sturdy and inhibited by some royal charm. I loved my stay at Jaipur.
title - by Rishika  Dated : 2011-05-02
The Jaipur city is also called the 'Pink City'. Most of the old constructions of Jaipur are pink so it is called the Pink City.I loved the shopping markets of Jaipur.Bapu Bazaar, Chandpol Bazaar,Tripolia Bazaar and Ramganj Bazaar were really amazing in terms of shopping. The worth visitng places of Jaipur are City Palace, City palace Museum, Hava Mahal, Jantar Mahal, Jal Mahal, Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort and the Nahargarh Fort. Jaipur is a great tourist destination. The food and hotels of Jaipur are also good. I loved the view of the Jaipur city from the Nahargarh Fort. The Jaigarh and Amber Fort are very close to each other. The light and sound show at the Amber Fort was fantastic and entertaining. Jaipur is a great city of Rajasthan.
Exploring Jaipur, A Pleasurable Experience - by Dev  Dated : 2011-04-04
When I went to Jaipur I had a long list of worth visiting places and I was lucky enough to visit all of them. The Pink city as Jaipur is called fondly is a very attractive city. Everywhere I could see people wearing colorful clothes. I was really impressed with the city at the first sight. Out of the many destinations, the Amer fort was my favorite so I would love to describe it.

The Amer fort topped my list of worth visiting places. I had heard tons of praises about its beauty and imposing aura. The fort also hosts a sound and light show with the help of which the history of the fort can be known. The fort is massive and is perched on a hill. The palace inside the fort is very beautiful. But the rest of the fort has nothing much to see. It is better to hire a guide who can help you imagine how exactly the fort looked when it was active and how royally the kings lived in the palace.

To make it up to the fort you can take your car or then hire an elephant. Taking an elephant ride to the fort can be enjoyable but you may find it costly. And since I had gone there during the summer, it was an off season; it was really hot to take an elephant ride, so I took my car up. In the evening I saw the sound and light show. It was then that the fort came into life and I came to know the significant facts about the fort in an interesting manner. I could see foreigners cheering after the show. The government of Rajasthan deserves applauds for making the fort a prime tourist spot and providing a good show to the tourists. The show had a voice over of Amitabh Bachchan and I was lost into his words and before I knew the show ended. But I had loved the show.
Shopping At Jaipur - by Reema Kesre  Dated : 2011-04-04
I am writing this review after I shopped till I dropped in Jaipur. Being a woman I loved the way the markets in Jaipur offered me different articles and the variety to shop. I and a group of my friends went to Jaipur specially to shop.

We left early in the morning from Delhi and reached Jaipur by noon. We were so enthusiastic about shopping that we left for the markets immediately after freshening up and having our lunch. Luckily our hotel was in a residential area so moving around was not such a problem. And mainly the city is extremely safe for women.

The first stop in our shopping journey was the Johri Bazaar. Here I bought some beautiful stone jewelry. Since it was really risky to carry a lot of jewelry all around the market I did not buy much of it nor did my friends. Here we also bought some traditional Sarees of bandhej or bandhani work. We ate chaat at the famous Laxmi Mishtaan Bhandar, it was very delicious.

The next stop was the Bapu Bazaar. It is very famous for textiles. We bought traditional Rajasthani bed covers, dress materials and few Sarees here. We enjoyed shopping here because we did a lot of bargaining, so we could buy a lot of stuff.
Finally we reached Nehru bazaar and we were really tired then. Here we bought Mojris- traditional Rajasthani footwear and perfumes. We were all too loaded with the shopping and so we went back to our hotel. We had a great time shopping but were very tired so our next day went in resting. On the third and final day we left for home. It was an awesome trip.
Wonders of Jaipur - by Seema Pillay  Dated : 2011-04-04
One of the most sought after monuments of Jaipur is the Jal Mahal. It was built in 1799 but even now has not lost its charm and grandeur. It is regarded as one of the most charming and striking architectural monuments in Jaipur. I advise every tourist to visit this place because it very unique and attractive.

What makes the Jal Mahal famous is its intricate architecture. When the palace was developed, it was meant to be a pleasure spot. It was also used for royal duck shooting parties. The Jal Mahal palace is situated in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake, opposite the royal cenotaphs that lie 6.5 kilometer away from the main city. Today the palace is abandoned and only the upper floor of the palace is visible, the ground floor is under water. A wonderful view of the palace can be had from the top of the Nahargarh Fort. Kudos to the Rajasthan government, they have kept the palace well maintained and during the monsoon it is spectacular to see the palace made in the red sandstone with the water filled lake. Many migratory birds can be observed here and it is an interesting view as far as you look.

The palace can be visited on the way to the Amer fort and then the Nahargarh fort can be clubbed to the visit as well. But every tourist must have the Jal Mahal in their itineraries because this place is really worth visiting in terms of beauty and the exquisite views.
The Majestic Forts of Jaipur - by Saharsh Dated : 2011-04-04
In my review of Jaipur I want to directly describe my first hand experience after visiting two of my most favorite tourist destinations of Jaipur- the Amer Fort and the Jaigarh Fort.

The Amer fort lies around 12 kilometers away from the main city. I was a charged a nominal entry fee to enter the fort. The Amer fort is most famous for the light and sound show that is presented in the evening. The show helps a tourist to understand the great history of the Amer fort and its rulers. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Jaipur. I had a great time exploring the fort.

The Jaigarh fort is yet another fort in Jaipur. It has the world famous cannon and a huge, massive water tank. It is located on the top of a hill and is also known as the ‘Victory Fort’. The fort has a stern impact on a spectator and has an imposing structure. It has many palaces, temples, granary and a well planned cannon foundry. The world famous cannon is called as ‘Jaivan’. It is the largest cannon in the world. It also has an armory and a museum. The museum has a great collection of coins, photos and puppets.

The other popular tourist destinations in Jaipur are the Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, City Palace and the Nahargarh Fort. I had the time of my life watching the sound and light show at the Amer fort. Jaipur is a worth visiting city.
Jaipur - by Ashish Vaidya  Dated : 2011-04-04
Lovingly called the Pink City, Jaipur is a great tourist destination that can surprise you with anything and mostly everything. The first impression of the city is a little dull but then the thought totally wipes out of your mind after seeing the colorful clothing or attire of the local people. The people are helpful and calm, little shy but always ready to offer help.

I did not have any intention of running around and visiting every single tourist place in Jaipur because I did not have that much time. I was just keen to see the Jantar Mantar and the Amer fort. Amer fort is around 11 kilometers away from the main city. The Amer fort is a massive structure with an attractive architecture. The best part of the fort is the sound and light show. It is just so gripping. It is presented in both English and Hindi. The beautiful show gives you an insight about the rich history of the Amer fort.

I had taken my car up the fort, but you can also rent an elephant to take you up there. But since I had to go to Jantar Mantar later I had taken the car.
The Jantar Mantar is an observatory, a magical palace where our ancestors must have kept the track of time- days, hours, seasons and months. The Sun, the Moon, the sky and the seasons played an important role for them to make calendar and innovate devices to record time. I had a great time visiting the fort and the observatory.
Enjoy This Pink City - by Rajat Arora  Dated : 2011-04-04
Jaipur is affectionately called as the Pink city. It is also a part of the Golden triangle including Delhi and Agra, one of the most visited tourist destinations of India. The famous tourist places in Jaipur are the Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, the Amber fort and the shopping markets of entire Jaipur.

There is also an ancient sun temple here and a Papda hanuman temple. To reach the ancient temple you need to take a lot of efforts. The water that is found on the way to this temple is known to have medicinal properties.

Other place that I liked the most was the Jantar Mantar observatory. It is near a palace in the old city. It is the last of the three Jantar Mantars in India and also a complete one. Here we can see numerous sun clocks which are very accurate, drawings of constellations and many other devices that showcase the technical advancement India had in the past.

I saw the Jal Mahal on my way to the Sisodiya Rani Ki Bagh, a garden made by a king for his favorite queen. The Nahargarh fort is yet another fort in vicinity. It is also a must see, but I think it need a little more attention by the authorities. Jaigarh fort has the world famous cannon, it also a massive fort.
I also had fun shopping ethnic stuff in the small alleys of the old city. Jaipur city rocks!
My Jaipur Visit- Shopping Spree - by Namita Malik  Dated : 2011-04-01
After reaching Jaipur from Delhi, I was relieved that we had booked a good hotel and I and my husband were extremely excited to start exploring Jaipur. However I had mainly got there for shopping my heart out and my kind husband didn’t mind either.

Ours was a 2 days and 3 night’s trip to Jaipur, in the month of April last year. Our hotel was in a residential area and so commuting was very convenient as the old city was not very far from it. Our first day was to be devoted to looking around and shopping. The Maniharon ka Rasta is a popular market area in the walls of the old city. It is a kind of a small alley where you can get amazing bangles. The shops look tiny on the outside but have a great variety and store of bangles. No problem of the size of your hand because they make the bangles themselves and can give you exactly the bangles of your size with the design that you may want. I advice every woman to visit this place, it is amazing.

Another advice to anyone who goes just for the sake of shopping to this place is that take enough cash with you as you may not find an ATM in the vicinity. You can bargain here, a lot if you have the skill. The Johri Bazaar is where you can find great dress materials, Sarees and Jewelry. Traditional Bandhani or Bandhej sarees are available here with lots of varieties. Rajasthani bed covers and blankets are also available here.

Nehru Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar are where you can buy textiles, local perfumes and shoes made out of camel skin. Women can safely move around the city, I moved around alone as my husband already to the hotel, tired with shopping. It was fun. You can bargain for a lot of stuff at emporiums here. Local markets sell the same stuff at higher prices.

On the Second Day we had took a Tour of Jaipur starting with the City Palace, Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort and Nahargarh Fort. The view of Jal Mahal was wonderful from the road to Amer. We spent a lovely day. There was also the Light and Sound show which was organized near the Amer fort and it was just AMAZING!! Do see this when in Jaipur.
Jaipur, A Dream Tourist Destination - by Akshay Chaudhari  Dated : 2011-03-29
The marvelous city of Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan. It is a great tourist destination. The main tourist attractions of Jaipur are the City Palace, Jantar Mnatar, Hava Mahal, Jal Mahal, the Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort and the Nahargarh Fort.
The place that enchanted me the most was the Amber Fort. The Fort looked stunning as it built totally in marble and red sandstone. There was a beautiful illusion of the Fort in the still waters of the lake really made me think of the times when it was inhibited by one of the most prominent rulers of Rajasthan. And the lake is called the Maotha Lake. It simply adds charm to the Fort, another perfect add on in the beautiful aura of the fort.

As I was running short of time, I reluctantly agreed for a light and sound show. I made it to the Kesar Kiyari complex in the evening by 7. But I had already missed a show. I quickly booked the second show that was in Hindi and was to start half an hour later. I was really eager to see it. The cameras were not allowed inside the premises, I was fine with that.

In simple words I can describe the ambience of the place as thoughtful. There were simple iron benches that needed no reservations. And the specialty of the place was that sit on any seat but you enjoy the show equally, no compromise needed. Once everyone was seated, the show and the magic began. The fort personified itself into something like a talking building. It told us about its story, its rulers, the Jauhar, the entire saga of the royals of Rajasthan.

The voice over was given by none other than Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. The lights danced like flames of fire, illuminating parts of the fort that shown significant happenings with the help of the sounds of a firing cannon, dance festivals and other folklores. It was simply amazing to experience it and that is why it was the highlight of my tour of Jaipur. It was a show that I thought should go on; the one hour did not seem enough to satisfy me.
Jaipur, a Gorgeous City - by Jai Dixit  Dated : 2011-03-26
While we were going to Amer fort, we saw the Jal Mahal from a distance. The view of the Jal Mahal from this road was simply breathtaking. The next day, we went to Choki Dhani, in the evening. We really enjoyed Choki Dhani as the experience was splendid.

On our second day in Jaipur, we went to the Hawa Mahal. There is a small shopping area around the Hawa Mahal, so we shopped a little there. When you go to Jaipur, don’t forget to eat the akhrot ki barfi.

There is a shop near Hawa Mahal, which sells the akhrot ki barfi. You should not miss out on this sweet because it is truly delicious. After visiting Jaipur once, you will feel like going back to it. Such is the charm of Jaipur.

When I went to Jaipur, I wasn’t really interested in watching the sound and light show at the Amber fort. I hadn’t really expected it to be good, but when I actually saw the show, I was awestruck.

Jaipur is 200 kilometres away from Delhi. Jaipur can be reached from Delhi by road or train. I always prefer to have my own vehicle, so I set out to Jaipur from Delhi in my car. I was travelling with my family.

The Delhi- Jaipur highway is good, but there is a lot of traffic on this road.
Jaipur, an Enchanting City - by Chetan Gandhi  Dated : 2011-03-25
In this review I am going to tell you about the sound and light show of the Amber fort. The show is indeed magical. As the show begins, the famous Amber fort is personified. The voice in the background tells us a tale about the fort. It also tells us about the phases that the fort has seen. So we are taken through a journey, which tells us about the ups and downs that the Amber fort has seen.

During the sound and light show, we are also told about the festivals and celebration that the Amber fort has seen. The show also tells us about the accomplishments of the fort. We also hear about the Jauhar, where the Rajput queens of all kings of the defeated army, jumped into fire, instead of being the victims of the enemy. The show is actually a saga of the Rajputs and the Mughals

The script and the lyrics of the sound and light show are written by Gulzar sir. The tale told to us in Mr. Amitabh Bacchan’s voice, comes to life and actually creates a scene in front of our eyes.

During the sound and light show the song ‘Padharo mhare des’, is played sometimes in the foreground and sometimes in the background. The song still rings in my ears. The song is sung by Shubha Mudgal and Ustad Sultan Khan.
Jaipur, my Favourite City - by Lokesh Agrawal  Dated : 2011-03-25
The light and sound show which gives information on the Amber fort is held in the Kesar kiyari complex. I had always been enchanted by this show. When I reached the complex at 7.10 pm, I immediately booked a show. The show that I booked was going to start at 7.30 pm and was going to be in Hindi. The show prior to my show was in English.

We proceeded towards the theatre before our light and sound show commenced. Cameras are not allowed inside the theatre. The theatre where the sound and light show is held is close to the Amber fort. Ear swabs are provided for the children before the show, so that the sound of the show does not become too loud for them. I found this gesture quite thoughtful.

The theatre has simple iron benches on which you can sit and enjoy the show. There is no reservation of seats for the show. Even if you sit anywhere the show is equally charming.

Sitting in the theatre to watch the show is a wonderful experience as the cool breeze soothes your senses and there is the open sky above, with a 100 twinkling stars. As we sat there to witness the show, we could not get over our anticipation.

Some of the other splendid monuments of Jaipur are the City palace, Observatory, Jaigarh fort, Hawa Mahal and Nahargarh.
Jaipur, a Nice City - by Riya Bharuka  Dated : 2011-03-25
The Bapu bazaar and Nehru bazaar is a market in Jaipur. Textiles, local perfumes and shoes made from camel skin are available in this market. Hawa Mahal is a monument in Jaipur and there is a shop there, which sells lovely bangles.

Jaipur city is safe for women. I had gone to Jaipur all alone, as I wanted to go on a vacation alone. This was one of my desires. When in Jaipur, I travelled alone in a rickshaw at 10 pm, but even in spite of that I didn’t face any problem. The people of Jaipur were quite helpful.

When shopping in Jaipur, you should shop from the local markets. Some of the articles available in the local markets are also available in the emporiums, but the prices in the emporiums for the same articles are much higher than in the local markets. Another shopping place in Jaipur is the Maharani ki factory. You should not shop here, because they claim that they sell stuff at factory rates, but this is not true.

You should avoid shopping at Maharani ki factory because the same articles of the same quality are for reasonable rates in the local bazaars.

I had always wanted to attend the light and sound show in the Amber fort. When I reached the Kesar kiyari complex at 7 pm, there was already a show in progress.
Jaipur, a Shopping Extravaganza - by Neeraj Kulkarni  Dated : 2011-03-25
One of the best markets in Jaipur is the Johri bazaar. You will get sarees, dress material and jewellery here. If you want, you will also get costume jewellery here.

The Johri bazaar sells lovely bandhej sarees. A lot of variety is there in the bandhej sareers available in this market. Other rajarsthani furnishings, such as traditional Rajasthani bed covers, bed sheets and blankets are also available in the Johri bazaar. You will also get rajarthani rajais in this market.

You needn’t carry a lot of cash while visiting the Johri bazaar, because there are several ATMs here, such as IDBI ATM, ICICI ATM and HDFC ATM.

Another market in Jaipur is the Mirza Ismail road. This market has a lot of branded shops and is therefore classier than most other markets in Jaipur.

I didn’t shop at Mirza Ismail road because most of the brands available in this market are available in my city. There are very good restaurants in this market. Some of the best restaurants of Jaipur are on Mirza Ismail road.

When I went to Amber fort I wanted to take a guide during daytime and explore the fort, so that I could enjoy the beauty of this fort. Due to time constraints, I was forced to book the light and sound show, although I would have loved to visit the fort during the day.
Jaipur, the Royal City - by Neetu Ajmera  Dated : 2011-03-25
I had gone to Jaipur with 2 of my cousins. We decided to go shopping on our first day in Jaipur. We went inside the walls of the city, for shopping. The city inside the walls of the city is called the Old city. There are several markets in the Old city. One such market is the Maniharon ka rasta. This market is actually a small lane, but it has nice shops.

You can get lovely bangles in the Maniharon ka rasta market. The shops in the market look very small from the outside, but have a stock of lovely bangles inside. You can get bangles made to your size in this market. You will just have to select the design of the bangles that you want and then the shopkeepers will get them made in your size. This is possible because the shopkeepers manufacture bangles themselves.

You should not forget to bargain, when in the Maniharon ka rasta. You should also carry enough cash along with you while going to this market, because there are no ATMs in this market. As the shops are smalls, they do not even accept cards.

The Diwan-e-Khas of the Amber fort is as beautiful as the Diwan-e-Khas of the Agra fort. After reaching the Amber fort, I heard about the light and sound show.
Jaipur, the Pink City - by Naresh Samtaney  Dated : 2011-03-25
Amber fort is an enchanting fort located in Amber. Amber was the capital of Rajasthan during the rule of the Kachhwaha clan. Jaipur became the capital of Rajasthan in 1727.

The Amber fort is a beautiful fort built with red sandstone and white marble. The wonderful Maotha lake lies in front of the Amber fort.

The reflection of the Amber fort on the still waters of the Maotha lake, is magnificent. The Amber fort is pronounced as Amer fort.

Raja Man Singh I started the construction of the Amber fort in 1592. There were several changes made in the fort later by Raja Jai Singh I.

I had been to Jaipur with 2 of my friends. We were in Jaipur for 2 nights and 3 days. This period was sufficient for us as we just wanted to move around Jaipur.

My friends and I were staying in a hotel close to the main city, so commuting was easy. There are many rickshaws in Jaipur city, which again makes commuting, easy.

The Rajasthani culture has always been intangible for me. I just love the Rajasthani clothes, festivals and monuments. A sense of royalty overpowers me when I think of Rajasthan.

My friends and I had decided that shopping is going to be one of our main agendas during our trip to Jaipur.
The Trip to Jaipur - Part 2 - by Sushant Malani Dated : 2011-03-08
Previously I wrote about half my trip to Jaipur for my friend Anuj’s wedding and here I am to share the rest of my experience. I must say, this wedding in Jaipur was a great experience. We danced a lot with many of Anuj’s local friends from Jaipur and had the time of our life. After the wedding we had gone out on a drive during night and had a lot of fun that time too. It’s a joy to drive on the streets of new parts of Jaipur.

The next day of the wedding, we had decided to stay one more day and see some of the other wonders at Jaipur. In morning, after the breakfast, we went to Jal Mahal. Though it looked very nice, the driver told us that it looks even more beautiful during evenings and that we would come there again on our way back, so we left almost immediately.

We spent the next few hours visiting the forts of Jaipur. To go there you have to drive up the hill and you get some nice views of the town on your way up. The first fort that we visited was Jaigarh. It wasn’t really like a regular fort that I had expecting to be, but it did have a good feel about it, especially after we entered and drove past a large reservoir of water, which was mostly dry. But there was a steep slope near it from where we went to the top of the fort. There is a wonderful cannon placed here, which I was really excited to see. It is very big and I our driver, Sumair said was the biggest in the world. We spent some time roaming around. We also saw a museum in the fort, but next to City palace Museum in the town, there wasn’t much to see here.

The next fort we went to was Nahargarh Fort. We were shown the spot where some scenes from the film Rang De Basanti were shot. This is a nice palace, rather than a fort. There are some very nice rooms in the palace which were used by the royalties in the past.

After seeing Nahargarh Fort we returned to the town. It had taken us almost four hours to see the two forts and we were very hungry when we came back. We had another nice lunch at one of the restaurants near Jal Mahal. After this we spent some more time at Jal Mahal.

I wanted to spend some more time in Jaipur and see the Sound and Light Show at Amber Fort that many people had told us about, but since a friend of ours had to be at her office the next morning, we decided to leave for Delhi. Thankfully, we managed to leave around 5 pm and reached home by 12 in the night.

Though we could not spend more time at Jaipur than we would have loved, it was certainly a memorable visit. I loved the food and hospitable people of Jaipur and off course the beautiful places that we visited.
The Trip to Jaipur - Part 1 - by Sushant Malani Dated : 2011-03-08
By far the best place in Rajasthan, Jaipur offers everything a tourist wants. I went to Jaipur with friends from my college for the wedding of a friend. We arrived to Jaipur after a tedious seven hour drive from Delhi. We were informed that the road was not longer than five hours, but the traffic was too bad to allow us that kind of a speed. The wedding was to take place in a big hall within new Jaipur and we were staying not very far from there. The very first thing I noticed was that people from Jaipur are very hospitable and they made sure that we absolutely lacked in nothing.

We arrived in the night and went straight to bed after a little freshening up and dinner. The next morning we were supposed to go out and see Jaipur as the wedding was supposed to take place the day after tomorrow. We went drove out in our car with a driver provided by my friend who was supposed to get married.

As we arrived in the old part of Jaipur, the pictures changed drastically. The new part of Jaipur has tall buildings and wide streets, whereas the old part is crowded and bears too much traffic and noise to adjust with right away. We saw several gates which were beautifully painted. As we had heard this part of town, called as Pink City, had all the buildings painted in pink.

We soon came to Hava Mahal, which stands right on a road with traffic, which I was a little disappointed to see. From the pictures I had thought it would be in a touristy place like always. But the structure is beautiful and I liked it a lot. After this, we went to Jantar Mantar and had a great time with friends. This is a larg garden like place but only with tall concrete structures which are the tools of astronomical measurement instead of trees.

After Jantar Mantar we went to the City Palace Museum. I must say it is one of the most impressive places I have visited. Everything here is very well maintained and the collection of tools from the times of the Kings and the Princes is very impressive. I was told that sometimes the tourists actually got to see the Prince of Jaipur and other royalties while passing and that they also used a portion of that palace as their private residence. I wondered how great it would be to see someone like that.

After this, we went for a nice lunch and tried the famous Dal Bati Churma at one of the popular places of Jaipur. There were many more places in Jaipur that I and my friends wanted to see, but since we had to go back and attend the pre-wedding function of sangeet, we went back to our friend’s place. But on our way back we decided to stay one more day after the wedding and see more of Jaipur, about which I will write soon.
Jaipur - by Prerna Bindra Dated : 2011-02-19
I was suffering from a work overload and I was totally disappointed with the way i was living. So I decided to go on a holiday. My friends suggested me to go visit Rajasthan. I made up my mind and packed my bags. I landed in Jaipur and I was thrilled. Jaipur has an imposing aura. I felt relieved as the food and hotel was really good. I did a lot of shopping, so much that I had to buy two new bags to fit in the goodies I had bought for my friends and family. The forts- Ambergarh, Jaigarh and Nahargarh impressed me much. I loved my visit to the City Palace, a royal building. I captured it in my lens and made it mine in my memory. This Pink City is my favorite city in Rajasthan. The rest of Rajasthan is also a joy ride.