Jaipur is the capital of the northwestern state Rajasthan and covers an area of about 467 sq km. It forms a part of the golden triangle circuit along with Delhi and Agra and hence a popular tourist destination. As it is located at the heart of the state, it also serves as the gateway for other tourist destinations of Rajasthan.
The city was founded in 1727 by Raja of Amer Jai Singh II who ruled from 1699 to 1743. During his reign, the city got redesigned under the architectural guidance of Vidyadhar Bhattacharya. During the rule of Sawai Ram Singh I, the city was painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales H.R.H. Albert Edward. During British rule, Jaipur was the capital of Jaipur State. It was only after independence, it was made the capital of newly formed Rajasthan.
Jaipur is the first planned city of modern India. It is the city of breathtaking hilltops and fortresses, which attracts tourists from worldwide. The architecture of the city is based on the principles of Vastu Shastra and Shilpa Shastra. Its architecture forms a subject of case studies by modern architects across the globe.
This heritage city is known for its rich culture, customs, tradition, civilization, magnificent art and artifacts, and jovial fairs and festivals. The rich art and craft of the city are influenced by skilled artists and craftsmen of the Mughal and Rajput Era. When it comes to performing arts, Kathak dance of Jaipur Gharana is world-famous. Jaipur is home to some of the most exquisite cuisines like Ghewar, Gajak, Feeni, etc. The city also hosts many reputed fairs and festivals every year. The best time to visit Jaipur is from Early November to February to avoid the messy monsoon and unbearable hot summer.
Travelogy India has predesigned Jaipur Tour Packages covering day tours, activities, sightseeing to enjoy the culture, forts and monuments. Some of the best places to visit in Jaipur are Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, City Palace, Rambagh Palace, Jantar Mantar, Jaigarh Fort, Birla Mandir and such. For shopping lovers, the local markets are none less than a paradise selling varieties of products at cheap prices. When in Jaipur, one should also not miss satiating their foodie souls with authentic Jaipuri cuisines. One should also try to attend some of the reputed festivals like Lit Festival, Kite Festival, Elephant Fair, Teej Festival etc.