The Pink City Jaipur, which is the glorious capital of Rajasthan, India, has been perhaps the most prominent tourist destination of India and Asia. Rajasthan, India, has been the place of rich & varied history, numerous historical monuments comprising of magnificent palaces, forts, temples, gardens, etc. and an exotic cultural heritage.
Jaipur Travel Forum gives you an exclusive opportunity to explore the abundant architectural, historical, and cultural heritage of Rajasthan, India. There are numerous heritage hotels, lakes, and wildlife sanctuaries, spread throughout Rajasthan, in addition to the above mentioned historical monuments.
Jaipur, the city-capital in the tone of an autumnal sunset, literally lush pink when prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria, stepped on its soil in 1883. Interspersing the play of red and pink were white borders and motifs, painstakingly outlining the architectural highlights of Jaipur's buildings. Jaipur had been like that since 1727 when Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II had it built that year.
Interestingly, the royal family's earlier residence at Amber, was only 11 km away and had been since the 10th century. Seven hundred years later, the Maharaja chose to raise a 'City of Victory, and aptly baptised it Jaipur. Coincidentally, the name also incorporated the first name of the Maharaja thus immortalising the builder : both through his nomenclature of dynasty and concept of ideals.
Jaipur was and remains the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the Universe through nine rectangular sectors subdividing it. A young Bengali architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, formalised the city's plans on the 'Shipa Shastra', the epochal Hindu treatise on architecture, tempering it with sublimity of Mughal and Jain influences of the times. The Palaces and forts of the yesteryears that were witness to royal processions and splendour are now living monuments. There is a timeless quality to Jaipur's bazaars and of eternity to its people. Could the woman drying chillies under the sun, in the shadow of the fort, have been there a hundred years ago? Could not the Jeweller, so carefully crafting the gold and precious stones of his trade, be equally its vision of the future.
Jaipur is a great city and this is its most noticeable aspect. Buildings testify to it. Its Palaces, luxury hotels, ancient beautifully carved and painted Havelies pay homage to the grand capital of princes and kings, a city of the past that belongs to India's future.
In earlier times, the entire complex was owned by the Minas and dedicated to 'Amba Mata', the incarnation of earth and fertility.
Amber overlooks the Moata Lake and is rated as a marvel of bastion excelling in architectural and building skills. Amber had the distinction of being the capital for six long centuries before Jaipur came into being. A fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim influences is distinctly discernible in its architecture.
Amongst the most majestic of apartments is Jai Mandir or the Hall of Victory. The palace complex also boats of a Hall of Mirrors, the like of which is not seen in the country elsewhere. Sukh Niwas, the Hall of Pleasure, is a marvel of 17th century engineering, its best feat being a unique system of 'air-conditioning'. The model operandi was based on a cool breeze blowing through a fall of cascading waters. To ascend the fort, jeeps and elephants can be hired near the entrance gate.
This former royal residence is an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal architecture and the craftmanship.
Surrounded by crenellated walls this piece-de-resistance of Jaipur's palaces occupies one seventh of the walled city, comprising a string of minor palaces and imposing halls, Of special significance is the 'Chandra Mahal' which overlooks the breathtaking Jai Niwas Gardens and the highly revered Shri Gobind Dev Temple.
The Museum within the palace has an array of galleries of rare paintings, exquisite miniatures, scholarly manuscripts, artefacts and traditional treatises on architecture. The fine collection of guns and swords on display dates back to the 15th century and is one of the best in India.
Located at Sierh Deori bazar, Hawa Mahal, literally the Palace of Winds, built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, displays fanciful architecture and is a remarkable landmark of Jaipur.
So named because the palace has specially latticed screens and arches for an unbridled flow of the air currents but is a set pattern with the passage of the sun.
Till the recent past, ladies of the court from within the palace positioned themselves by the balconies to watch processions passing through in the streets below without themselves being observed by the people.
Emperor Sawai Jai Singh II, the builder of the city has to his credit five observatories in different parts of the country. The one he raised at Jaipur is the largest and best preserved.
Huge instruments in intricate masonry offer an accurate measurement of the time, the declination of the sun, the altitude and the azimuth, the position of constellations in the sky for the day, the eclipses and the allied astronomical phenomena.
Shopping in Jaipur is also an integral part of any trip to Jaipur. Although most tourists visit Jaipur to view its grand monuments, nonetheless there are as many who come to shop. One can not stop himself/herself from shopping in jaipur, as it a shopper's paradise. The city is among the major handicraft centers of the country specializing mainly in blue pottery, finest knotted carpets, hand woven durries, block printed and dyed textiles (bandhani), exquisitely carved ivory objects, Jaipuri quilts, kundan jewelry, precious and semi precious stones, lac bangles, leather ware and puppets. The city is known the world over for diamond and emerald cutting.
Location :: 17 kms from Airport, 6 kms from Railway Station, 4 kms. from Bus Stand. Ideally located in the walled city, surrounding monuments.
Rooms :: 16 double and 2 single sooms.
Room Facilities :: Rajasthani folk dances and authentic cuisine is available at the Haveli. Excursions to nearby places of interest can be arranged.
Other Facilities :: Multicuisine restaurant.
Details :: Samode Haveli is a small intimate hotel offering personalised service. It has been meticulously restored and integrated into a unique property. This unique atmosphere of the contemporary and the historic gives Samode Haveli a warm & friendly atmosphere enabling guests to relax and treat it as a home away from home! With its understated luxury, antique furniture, furnishings and original work-of-art, the hotel is a celebration of traditional values and gracious living. To be there is to belong.
Location :: 11 Km from Air Port, 5 Km from Railway Station, 5 kms from Bus Stand.
Rooms :: 89 rooms
Room Facilities :: Room service, H/C running water, telephone, TV, safe deposit, channel music.
Other Facilities :: Business Centre, Banquet facilities, conference facilities, beauty parlor, Shopping arcade, Swimming pool, health club, Tennis, jogging track, puppet show, folk dances, Doctor on call, laundry, money changer, baby sitting, valet, safe deposit, travel desk service.
Details :: For nearly two generations, the Rambagh Palace has been home of royals. Built in 1835 on a modest scale for the queen's favourite handmaiden Kesar Badaran, it was later converted into a royal guesthouse and hunting lodge. Later on it was converted into a palace, and became the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur.
Location :: 14 Km from Air Port, 1 Km from Railway Station, 2 Km from Bus stand.
Rooms :: 10 Deluxe Rooms
67 Luxury Rooms
17 Luxury rooms with private sit-out
Room Facilities :: Room service, H/C running water, telephone, Fax, TV, safe deposit, channel music, tea/coffee maker.
Other Facilities :: Business centre, Banquet and conference facilities, beauty parlor, shopping arcade, jogging track, puppet show and folk dances every day, solar heated S/W. Doctor on call, laundry, money changer, safe deposit, Travel Desk service, baby sitting, valet.
Details :: This extraordinary Palace was constructed in 1745 A.D. A masterpiece in the Indo Saracenic style of architecture, it blends spotlight-grabbing affluence with desirable comforts that transport guests to a world of Rajasthan magnificence. It is located near the main shopping center and historical monuments.
Location :: 14 Km from Air Port, 5 Km from Railway Station, 1 Km from Bus stand.
Rooms :: 218
Room Facilities :: Room service, H/C running water, telephone, TV., Safe Deposit
Other Facilities :: Business Centre, Separate executive floor, Executive Lounge, Banquet facilities, Conference facilities, Beauty parlor, Shopping arcade, Health club, swimming Pool, Children's room, crèche, Tennis, golf, Discotheque, home theatre, recreational center, CCTV, Doctor on call, laundry, baby sitting, Valet, money changer, Travel Desk service.
Details :: Sheraton Rajputana Palace Hotel offers you the best hotel experience in the city with a host of comforts and services in settings that reflect the spirit of Rajasthan and its royalty.
Location :: 11 Kms from airport & 3 kms from down town area.
Rooms :: 28 Double Rooms.
Room Facilities :: Royal welcome and traditional Rajasthani folk dances can be arranged.
Other Facilities :: Swimming pool, Multicuisine restaurant.
Details :: The Narain Niwas Palace was previously the country retreat of a noble family of Kanota and now a Heritage at Hotel at Jaipur at 5 kms from Station.
Location :: 7 kms from Airport. 4 kms from Railway Station.
Hotel Jaipur Palace, Tonk Road, Jaipur.
Rooms :: 63, Standard: 54, Deluxe: 7, Suites: 2.
Room Facilities :: Room Service, H/C Running Water, Telephone, Fax, CTV, Channel Music, Safe Deposit.
Other Facilities :: Coffee Shop, Board Room, Business Centre, Separate Executive Floor, Banquet & Conference Facilities, Beauty Parlour, Shopping Arcade, Bank, Health Club, Swimming Pool, Message, Steam & Sauna Bath
Details :: Indulge yourself in opulence and luxury when residing in the rooms of Hotel Jaipur Palace. Here's your chance to live regally in this land of the royals. Lavishly furnished, beautifully adorned and well equipped with all necessary modern amenities, the rooms are indeed the ultimate in comfort anyone is sure to enjoy staying in them.
Location :: 7 kms from Airport. 21 kms from Railway Station.
Chokhi Dhani, 12th Miles, Tonk Road, Via Vatika, Jaipur-303 905(Rajasthan).
Rooms :: 73, Double: 65, Suites: 8.
Room Facilities :: Room Service, H/C Running Water, Telephone, TV, Channel Music, Safe Deposit at the Reception.
Other Facilities :: Business Centre, Banquet & Conference facilites, Beauty Parlour, Shopping Arcade, Health Club, Special Packages available.
Details :: Chokhi Dhani has 31 village huts and 34 executive huts. The huts are spacious and offer the feel of living in a hut even though it has all the modern facilities and amenities.
Location :: 15 kms from Airport, 2 kms. from Railway Station.
Bissau Palace, Outside Chandpole, Near Saroj Cinema, Jaipur 302 016.
Rooms :: 45, Double: 25, Suites: 20.
Room Facilities :: Room Service, H/C Running Water, Telephone, CTV, Safe Deposit.
Other Facilities :: Swimming Pool, Tennis, Shopping Arcade.
Details :: Located at a distance of about 27 kms from the Jaipur-Agra highway, Hotel Bissau Palace, Jaipur is one of the elegant accommodation options for those traveling to Jaipur.