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Jaipur City Guide

State : Rajasthan, India
Languages Spoken : Hindi, Rajasthani & English
Climate In Summer : 45 C (Max) - 25 C (Min)
In winter : 22 C (Max) - 8 C (Min)
Rainy Season : July to Mid Sept, and very humid (upto 90%)
Average Rainfalls : 64 cm
Festivals : Teej, Pushkar Fair, Desert Fesitval, Camel Festival, Elephant Festival, Gangaur, Makar Sakranti, Shitla Ashtmi and Donkey Fair
Area : 64.8 sq km
Population : 23,24,320 (2001 census)
Best time to visit : October to February

Geography & Climate
Jaipur city limits extend to an area of 64.8 sq km while the Pink City is spread over 9.8 sq km area on an altitude of 431 m above sea level. The maximum temperature of the city in summers could touch 40°C while the minimum temperature in winters could go down to 8°C. The city experiences average monsoon rainfall of 64 cm in June and July, providing great relief to the locals.

Getting There

By Air : Jaipur is well connected by airways with Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Udaipur and Ahmedabad

By Train : Luxury train “Palace on Wheels” runs between Delhi and Jaipur. Regular trains run from Jaipur to Mumbai, Delhi, Mysore, Puri, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Bhopal, Indore, Coimbatore, Jammutavi and other major cities of India.

By Road : Volvo AC buses ply between Delhi and Jaipur regularly. Besides this, the city is well connected with other cities of the state and North India by state run Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSTC) and private buses.

Jaipur Tourist Places
City Palace and SMS II Museum, Jantar Mantar observatory, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Jal Mahal (Palace of Water), Jaigarh Fort, Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Birla Planetarium, Kanak Vrindavan, Central Museum and Laxmi Narayan Temple are on the Must Visit list of Jaipur. Other attractions of Jaipur are Ishwar Lat, Gaitor, Dolls Museum, Galta, Sisodia Rani Garden and Vidhyadhar Garden.

Curios to shop in Jaipur
Jaipur is a treasure trove for shoppers and is famous for its jewelry made with Kundan. Exotic blue pottery, batik paintings, block printed textiles, mojari (local shoe), sandalwood carved artifacts, Jaipuri quilts, carpets, Pashmina shawls, boutiques, marble statuettes, sarees, bangles and an irresistible range of handicrafts are also highly popular among shoppers. You can shop for these curios at Johri Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar, Chaura Rasta, Bapu Bazaar and MI Road, which are main markets of the city.

Delicacies to Enjoy in Jaipur
Dal batti churma, Mawa kachori, Ghewar and Mirchi bada, Chapati roti and Rjasthani subzi are the traditional delicacies of Jaipur that you must try during your visit to the city. Besides this, fast food joints selling burgers, Pizzas, sandwiches, sausages, multi-cuisine snacks etc. are dotted across the city.

Brief History
Foundation of Jaipur was laid by Sawai Raja Jai Singh in 1727. It was the first planned city of North India. The city’s history dates back to 12th century when Kachchwaha warrior clan first settled near Old Fort Palace of Amber in Aravali Hills. After developing close bonds with Mogul rulers, Sawai Jai Singh envisioned his dream project – the building of Jaipur city. Eminent architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya was asked to design the “Pink City.” The famous pink color symbolizing “welcome” was given to the city by Raja Ram Singh II when he received Prince of Wales in 1876. Even to date, the new monuments in the city are uniformly raised in pink. After Jai Singh’s death in 1773, the city was collectively supervised by the British with the name Rajputana. After independence of India in 1947, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Rajpur merged to form the state of Rajasthan with Jaipur as its capital.

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