Jaipur

Jaipur

Jaipur

Settled in the rugged hills of the Aravalis, Jaipur is the pristine jewel in the desert sands of Rajasthan. Jaipur is as remarkable for its marvellous architecture and town planning as it is for the lively spirit of the people who inhabit it. The city presents a unique synthesis of culture that has to be experienced in order to be appreciated.

With its origin buried deep into the pages of history, the city still exudes a magical old world charm; an aroma of chivalry and romance is evident, despite having evolved into a city that is the hub of modern commercial activity in the region. Tell-tale signs of the glorious past and regal splendour of the city lie strewn across with gay abandon.

Widely known as the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur is colour washed pink to welcome Prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria of England who visited India in 1883 A.D. The city was founded in 1727 A.D by one of the greatest ruler Jai Singh II. Jaipur is surrounded by hills on three sides, crowned by formidable forts and majestic palaces, mansions and gardens. Jaipur is the only city in the world, which is sub-divided in to nine rectangular sectors symbolizing nine divisions of universe. Jaipur is the first planned city designed in accordance with ‘Shilpa Shastra’- epochal treatise of Hindu architecture.

The lively spirit of fanfare, festivity and celebration of the people adequately match the colourful and intricately carved monuments. Even today, one can find weather beaten faces with huge colourful turbans, fierce moustaches and lips that spontaneously crease into a heart-warming smile. A city like Jaipur, where modernity and tradition live hand-in-hand, is truly rare. Perhaps this is what makes it an attractive destination for tourists who flock to Jaipur, year after year.

General Information


Altitude: 236.53 meters

Climate:Max.Min.
Summer42.20C36.60C
Winter27.50C15.50C

Rainfall: 31.87 cm

Clothing: Summer light tropical or cotton Winter Woollens

Best Season: October to March.
TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION

Air: Well linked with major cities of India.

Rail: Well connected with major towns.

Road:

Delhi- 258 kmUdaipur- 405 km Bharatpur- 176 km

Agra- 236 km Ajmer- 131 kmJaisalmer- 638 km

Bikaner- 321 km Jodhpur- 316 kmBombay- 1202 km.

BUS SERVICE

RTDC buses connect Ajmer with Agra, Bikaner, Jaipur, Delhi, Jodhpur, Kota, Udaipur, Mount Abu, Chittaugarh, Bharatpur etc.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS

ELEPHANT FESTIVAL (MAR) — The Elephant Festival is an inimitable event held annually in Jaipur. Groomed flawlessly, rows of elephants do a catwalk before an enthralled audience liked best fashion models to make this festival an amazing one.

GANGAUR FESTIVAL (MAR-APR) – The Gangaur Festival is the colourful and most important local festival of Rajasthan and is observed throughout the State with great fervour and devotion by womenfolk who worship Gauri, the consort of Lord Shiva during July-Aug. It is the celebration of monsoon, harvest and marital fidelity in Jaipur. Gan is a synonym for Shiva and Gaur, which stands for Gauri or Parvati who symbolises saubhagya (marital bliss). Gauri is the embodiment of perfection and conjugal love which is why the unmarried women worship her for being blessed with good husbands, while married women do so for the welfare, health and long life of their spouses and a happy married life.

TEEJ FESTIVAL (AUG) – Teej is the festival of swings. It marks the advent of the monsoon month of Shravan (August). The monsoon rains fall on the parched land and the pleasing scent of the wet soil rises into the air. Swings are hung from trees and decorated with flowers. Young girls and women dressed in green clothes sing songs in celebration of the advent of the monsoon. This festival is dedicated to the Goddess Parvati, commemorating her union with Lord Shiva.

KITE FESTIVAL, JAIPUR — From royal splendour to riotous egalitarianism , 14 January is celebrated in India as Makar Sankranti – heralding the transition of the sun into the Northern hemisphere. In Jaipur Kites virtually blot out the sky. Everyone joins in this riotous celebration and shouts of “Woh Kata Hai!”reverberate from rooftops to the accompaniment of drums as adversary’s kites are cut down.

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