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DISTANCE FROM MAJOR CITIES
Ajmer: 131 km
Bikaner: 321 km
Delhi: 258 km
Udaipur: 405 km
BEST TIME TO VISIT: November to February

Jaipur is popularly known as the Pink City, the colour of the buildings in the city is pink. The city, built in 1727 A.D by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, followed a grid system, which made it the only planned city of its time. A young Bengali architect Vidhyadhar Bhattacharya designed the city in accordance with Shilp Shastra - an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. The city, spread over 64.75 sq. km. The area of the Pink City alone is 9.8 sq. km.

The most favored holiday destination in India Jaipur with its palaces and forts beckons one and all.The city is rectangular in shape and divided into nine blocks on the basis of principles laid down inthe"Shilpa Shastra", the ancient Indian treatise on architecture. Built on the pattern of a grid, the city has wide straight avenues, roads, streets and lanes and uniform rows of shops on either side at the main bazar, all arranged in nine rectangular city sectors (Chokris). The principal monuments of Jaipur are concentrated in the centrally situated Palace area (Chokri Sarhad ) in and around the city Palace. In course of time, the sunset-pink tinge of its walls, buildings and temples gave it the name Pink City.

LOCATION

The city of Jaipur is capital to the northern Indian state of Rajasthan, famous for its colorful culture, forts, palaces, and lakes. The city extends from latitude 26.55° in the north to longitude 75.52° in the east. Jaipur would have been a part of the Thar Desert but for the protection afforded by the Aravali Hills that form a barrier on one side.

FAIRS AND FESTIVALS IN JAIPUR

The Gangaur Festival Jodhpur celebrates the Marwar festival with great fun and joy. It is a two-day program of fun, folk music, folk dance and folklore. Nagpanchami, the worship of the king of the serpents, is also celebrated with enthusiasm. .

Teej is a major event in Jaipur. The festival is celebrated during the months of July/August and dedicated to goddess Parvati. The festival celebrates the beginning of the monsoon.

SHOPPING IN JAIPUR

The busy little market of Mandawa has many antique shops that sell local handicrafts and antiques. Before purchasing anything from these shops, it is better to confirm that it has not been taken out from the havelis of the region. Export of antiques older than 100 years is illegal and should not be done, for the sake of saving the heritage of this region.

GETTING THERE

The city is directly connected to Delhi, Bombay, Jodhpur, Udaipur, and Ahmedabad through regular flights. All major domestic airlines have their services to Jaipur.
Jaipur is also well connected by trains. The Pink City Express leaves Delhi at 6 am and reaches Jaipur at 11 am. Chetak Express and few other Jaipur–Delhi trains leave from the Old Delhi Railway Station in Delhi.
As a super luxury travel option one can take a journey to Jaipur on the Palace-on-Wheels, which leaves Delhi every Saturday
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