Though popularly called as Pink City, Jaipur has more than just pink in its colorful kitty to catch your attention. Doesn’t matter whether you are travelling alone or with a bunch of friends or family, you will have umpteen numbers of activities to get engaged into and tons of places to visit. This is bound to keep your mood at its best while in Jaipur.
The city in actual terms is a ‘gateway to Rajasthan’. A visit to this royal city of India presents you with an overall glimpse of Rajasthan. Forts, museums, lakes, authentic food along with some ‘colourful’ shopping, all together make your stay memorable.
Visits planned around the festivals like Elephant festival (March), Gangaur festival (March/April) and Teej festival (August) let you in experiencing the varied colors of Rajasthan.
The moment you enter the city, Amber Fort welcomes you with its old yet strong arms. The Fort standing strong amidst the hustle-bustle of the city marks an impressive beginning of the journey. Hawa Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Jal Mahal are few of the places which no one misses.
However, don’t restrict yourself to these apparent tourist places. A walk in the lanes of royal city, will show how the havelis and temples have their own stories to greet you with.
Apart from the beauty, the contrast between the grandness of forts and temples on one side and the ordinariness and simplicity of its people and their lifestyle is sure to strike you as well.
For all the shopping lovers, its markets and fairs are no less than a paradise. With amazing colours beaming from every side, you are bound to spend almost every penny in these bazaars. Bandhej sarees, colourful pottery, dolls, toys, jewelry and paintings are sure to get you hooked for more than just a couple of hours. From Ramganj Bazaar for shoes and maujari to Johari Bazar for textiles and jewelry, Jaipur caters to everyone's tastes.
It is not just the sighting seeing and shopping which Jaipur offers, activities like puppet dancing, camel ride are sure to bring out the child in you.
And ofcourse, food will also make you fall in love with the city. No matter from where you come, its signature dishes like Dal Bati Churma, Gatte ki Subji, Ker Sangari, Bajre ki Khichdi and sweets like Kalakand and Ghewar is set to take your palate for some interesting rides. And if you want more of it, you can always pack bottles of pickles and sharbats from Chandpol market.
If you are still looking for more, you can opt for a calm and serene experience. Ramghar Lake with its breathing taking landscape and exclusive antiquities of Jamwa Mata’s white temple and the old fort, creates a perfect setting for spending a relaxed evening. India's largest saline lake Sambhar Lake also doesn’t fail to captivate you with its sheer beauty.
This marvelous architecture, Jaipur has been built according to Hindu Vastu-Shastra in 1727. This city of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh has always proved its essentiality, either by being the royal capital and now the capital of Rajasthan.