The Pink City of India is truly one of a kind. It has retained its yesteryear glory and splendour without sacrificing its need to modernize. It is one of India's biggest tourist destinations and for good reasons! Jaipur is a city that allows you to glimpse into the country's glorious past. It boasts of forts and palaces built more than 600 years ago and colourful markets. Jaipur is known as the "Pink City" because of the pinkish- red sandstone that has been used to construct most of the old structures and houses. It was a Rajput stronghold for a long time, so it is a must see for people who are history buffs. Accommodation is absolutley not a problem. This is a tourist city and it has grown to cater the needs of many types of people. Hotels in Jaipur are varied in their style, stars and service and you can just pick the one that would serve your needs the best.
Stunning forts and festivals
Jaipur's heritage tourism is rather fine. Any tourist going to Jaipur must go to the popular tourist locations. The Hawa Mahal and the City Palace are the most popular. The Jantar Mantar is quite the work of art. It would be better for you if you got a guide at Jantar Mantar, otherwise you would not have any idea about the actual meaning or purpose of the sundials there. There are guides appointed by the Archaeological Survey of India at the popular locations. Make sure you check the government approved ID and the pay-rate before you get one of them.
The Albert Hall Museum has a grand collection. There are hundreds of pigeons out here during the evening- so make sure you go visit sometime after closing time too. The Amber Fort and the Jal Mahal are a little way off from the main city, but you can take a taxi or public transport to get there in no time at all.
Accommodation and Festivals
Jaipur has a collection of colourful and grand festivals that happen throughout the year. The Gangaur Fair happens all over Rajasthan, but it is especially beautiful in Jaipur. The Teej festival is the most popular one. It is celebrated during the monsoons (around July-August). If you are a kite enthusiast, make sure you visit the Kite Festival that is held on 14th of January every year. For the literature buffs, the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival is a must. It happens sometime in January and features reputed writers and authors.
Hotels in Jaipur are mostly concentrated near the MI Road area. This sector is closest to all the tourist destinations so it would make sense for you to look for a hotel in this stretch. There are some really elegant hotels in Jaipur- such as the Taj or the Diggi Palace, and there are thousands of small hotels catering to budget travellers.
The Vibrant Pink City - Jaipur