Jaipur is the first planned city of the country. Full of historical forts and palaces that retell the stories of valor and might of the Royal Rajputs, Jaipur exhibits a fine medley of color, mirth, culture and heritage. It is perhaps one of the most frequented cities amongst the Indian tourists and is sure to steal the hearts of the connoisseurs of art and culture. With camels, Tie and Dye Banhni clothes and the air of regality and adventure, Jaipur appears to be the ultimate destination for those inflicted with wander-lust.
Widely acclaimed as the ‘Pink City’, the name of Jaipur is not unknown to any travel enthusiast. Apart from being the prestigious capital of the colorful and illustrious state of Rajasthan, Jaipur is also part of the Golden Triangle of the Indian Tourists, of which the other two points are Delhi and Agra. Located about 260km to the South-West of Delhi, Jaipur is a melting pot of forts, palaces, sand, colour and mirth. It was founded by Sawai Jai Singh in 1727A.D, and bears the evidence of being the first planned city of the country.
Despite having come of age after three centuries since its inception, Jaipur still scintillates with a natural luster. The age old bazaars, forts and palaces have stood the test of time. They still emit an elegant hue and remind one of the valor, bravery and might that this city was the symbol of. Most of them have been converted into heritage hotels, thereby giving the tourists an opportunity to re-live the grandeur and majesty that was the exclusive right of the royals only.
Said to have been planned by a Bengali Brahman Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, the city of Jaipur reflects the principles of Vastu Shastra, or the principles of architecture in the Indian Scriptures. It is roughly rectangular in shape and divided into nine blocks with seven gates and elaborates fortification walls.
Jaipur is a perfect blend of camel carts, men with colorful turbans, tie and dye Bandhni work on clothes, marble crafts, colorful festivals, an air of regality and adventure. If you would like to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city you can even indulge yourself in hot air balloons!!