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Founded in 1727 by the great Kachhawaha ruler Sawai Jai Singh, Jaipur is one of those cities that tourists must visit during their trip to India. Better known as the 'Pink City', Jaipur is the capital of the western state of Rajasthan, and exudes a charm like no other. One corner of the Golden Triangle route of India (other two being Delhi & Agra), Jaipur rarely disappoints the first time visitor. The city was ruled by the Rajput rulers for a long time and as such it has numerous forts palaces and gardens, that remind tourists of the grandeur of the bygone era. Tourists visiting this city will carry back memory of a colourful and royal trip.

The old city of Jaipur with numerous historical monuments is a fascinating place to wander around, while the new city bustles with numerous modern buildings, but both has their own appeal.

Tourist Attractions in Jaipur :

The City Palace : The major attraction for tourist coming to Jaipur is the the City Palace. Built by the founder of Jaipur, Sawai Jai Singh, the City Palace presents a remarkable amalgamation of the Mughal and Rajput architecture. The palace complex has beautiful structures inside it, including the Chandra Mahal, the Mubarak Mahal, the Diwan-e-Aam, the Diwan-e-Khas and the well known Shri Govind temple.

Hawa Mahal : The Hawa Mahal is yet another tourist attraction of Jaipur and is also called the Palace on Winds. It was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799, so that the ladies of the royal families could watch the outer world while maintaining their pride and dignity. The Hawa Mahal is a five storeyed structure built in the style of a pyramid. There are as many as 593 windows in the Mahal. Visitors can take a round inside the Mahal to see exactly where the ladies sat.

Amber Fort : Amber Fort is located in Amber which is a little distance away from Jaipur. The fort consists of other structures like the 'Diwan-e-Khas', the 'Sheesh Mahal', the 'Diwan-e-Aam', the Kali temple and the 'Jai Mandir'. Tourists must visit this fort to enjoy the beauty of its architecture.

Laxmi Narayan Temple : More popularly known as the Birla temple, this temple was constructed by the Birla family. Located on top of a hill surrounded by lush green gardens, the exteriors and interiors of this white marble temple has many exquisite carvings showing various mythological themes and images of saints.

Jal Mahal : Encircled by the clear blue water Man Sagar lake, Jal Mahal is one of the most fascinating buildings of Jaipur. The palace was built by Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 A.D for royal duck shooting parties. It is interesting to note that many varieties of migratory birds still come to the lake in the winter season. The palace is built of red sandstone and a causeway from the main land leads to the palace.

Jaigarh Fort : Perched on top of a cliff on the outskirts of Jaipur city, Jaigarh Fort is regarded as one of the best examples of medieval period military structures. The main attraction of this rugged military structure is Jai Ban, the largest cannon on wheels found in India. The fort also houses a museum where a large collection of weapons and cannons used by the Rajputs have been kept for display. The fort was built by Sawai Jai Singh in 1726 to strengthen the defence of the area.

Excursion Places Near Jaipur :

Gaitor : Gaitor is located some 8 kms away from Jaipur. Tourists mainly visit the place to see the cenotaphs of the royal family. The most impressive is the cenotaph of Maharaja Jai Singh II made of white marble and decorated with carved peacocks. Just opposite the cenotaphs is the Jal Mahal in the middle of a lake.

Galta : Situated at a distance of some 20 kms from Jaipur on the Jaipur-Agra highway, Galta is a small pilgrimage centre famous for its magnificent Sun temple and sacred kunds.. Located on top of a hill, the temple is visited by large numbers of people all throughout the year.

Sanganer : Sanganer is famous both as a place of pilgrimage and shopping destination. The Jain temples of Sanganer are known for meticulous carvings and polished marble idols. The town is famous for its handmade paper and block printed fabrics. There are also a few ruins of imperial houses, towers and gateways.

How to Reach :
By Air : Regular Indian airlines and Jet airways flight connect Jaipur to other cities like Delhi, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Mumbai and Kolkata.

By Rail : Trains also connect the Jaipur to other cities like Bikaner, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Mumbai, Banglore, Chennai and Secundrabad.

By Road : For those tourists who wish to travel to Jaipur by road, there are numerous options available. Jaipur is connected to Delhi by national highway no. 8 and tourists can cover the distance of 260 kms within Get Free Quotefive hours. Apart from the Delhi, Jaipur is connected to Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ajmer, Alwar, Bikaner and Jaisalmer by road and tourist can opt for any of these route as per their convenience to reach Jaipur by road.

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