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Tourism of India

The Golden Triangle

Jaipur

The city of love, legends and lore

The capital of Rajasthan, this picturesque city is a symphony in pink. Built by Raja Jai Singh in the 18th century, it is surrounded by hills topped with rugged fortresses, dotted with fairy-tale palaces. Ambling camels and brightly dressed peasants, reflect Jaipur's desert heritage, while teeming markets display a profusion of handlooms and crafts.

What To See

City Palace
This former royal residence is built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal styles. Contains an excellent collection on miniature paintings, costumes and armoury.

Hawa Mahal
The intriguing 'Palace of Winds' is really a fa?ade built in 1799 to allow royal ladies to view the city from the windows.

Jantar Mantar
Magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728.

Central Museum
A vast collection of portraits, miniature paintings, costumes and jewellery.

Maharaja Sawaiman Singh Museum
A superb collection of ancient weaponry, carpets and paintings.

Shopping

Jaipur is a shopper's paradise. Look for jewellery, miniature paintings, block prints and tie-and-dye textiles, carpets, brassware, blue-pottery, leather footwear, lacquer and filigree work.`

Cuisine

Try local delicacies like Dal-Bati-Choorma, made of butter, cereals and sweetened bread pudding. Most hotels serve Indian and Continental cuisine. Typical Rajasthani vegetarian meals are a delight

Festivals

Festivals worth witnessing are Teej, Gangaur and the Elephant March.

Climate

Summer (Mar. to Jun.): Warm
Monsoon (Jul. to Aug.): Warm
Winter (Nov. to Feb.): Cool and pleasant

Clothing

Summer - Light cottons
Winter - Woollens

Getting There

250 kms west of Delhi, Jaipur is connected by air from Delhi, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Aurangabad, Bombay and Ahmedabad. Rail services from Delhi, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Secunderabad and Lucknow. Road links to neighbouring states.