The Pink City, India’s first planned city, capital of Rajasthan. Jaipur is many things, all at once.

The city was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber. He shifted the capital to the newly laid city of Jaipur due to the increase in population and scarcity of water. Under the able guidance of Vidyadar Bhattacharya who based the architecture on the principles of Vastu Shastra and Shilpa Shastra, Jaipur was born. Even in those times, the city was architecturally very advanced. After the King’s death in 1773, severe in-fighting broke out and Jaipur lost large chunks of territory. In 1818, Maharaja Jagat Singh of Jaipur signed a peace treaty with the British. Eventually, it joined the Indian Union in 1947.

At present, Jaipur’s current population is about 3.2 million and it is a major centre for both traditional and modern industries. It is the largest exporter of Gold, Diamond and Stone Jewellery in Asia. Jaipur’s economy is dependent on Tourism followed by gems, jewellery, IT, ITES, crude oil, pharma, telecom, banking, ball bearings, edible oil, electronic items, general engineering and manufacturing and ready-made garments.

Jaipur is also known for its fine range of ceramics, pottery, durries, dyeing and printing, hand-made paper, handicraft items, brass and lacquer work, enamel work, woolen and silk carpets.

As for the culture, Jaipur’s rich heritage is reflected in its cuisine, attire and festivals. The streets bustle with men and women wearing colourful turbans and ghagra-choli. Their main language is Rajasthani though Hindi and English are widely spoken. The cuisine is vegetarian and uses a lot of ghee and butter and delicacies like Dal-Bati Churma, Mawa Kachori, Besan Ka Gatta, Ker Sangri, just have to be savoured! ‘Ghoomar’ is the main folk dance of Jaipur, performed by women in voluminous skirts.

The best time to visit Jaipur is in winter. It has a hot semi-arid climate, and temperatures remain high throughout the year. From April to July, temperatures go beyond 30 °C. During the monsoon, the city gets some respite. The winter months (November to February) are mild and pleasant.

Sightseeing in Jaipur:
City Palace - This palace complex is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Jaipur. The palace was built between 1729 and 1732, initially by Sawai Jai Singh II. It has two magnificent palaces, courtyards, gardens and buildings. The architecture is a fusion of the Rajput, Mughal and European styles of architecture. It also houses a big museum which has an impressive array of artifacts. Stepping into the palace transports you to the glorious past.

Hawa Mahal – This ‘Palace of Winds’ was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. It was designed by Lal Chand Usta in the form of the crown of Lord Krishna. Its unique five-storey exterior has 953 small windows called jharokhas that are decorated with intricate lattice work. A true architectural marvel!

Amber Fort - Located 11 kms from Jaipur, this was the capital before Maharaja Jai Singh shifted it to Jaipur. Amber Fort is known for its unique artistic style, blending both Hindu and Mughal elements. There is a lovely lake calle Maota right next to the fort that adds to its charm.

Chokhi Dhani Village - Situated at the outskirts of Jaipur, this is a representation of the culture, traditions and lifestyle of village life in Rajasthan. It comprises of a 5 star ethnic village theme resort with 100 cottages, multicuisine restaurants, banquet halls, spa, barbeque and a Sheesha (Hukkah) lounge and many more themes. Developed in 1989, this 22 acre village is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Jaipur.

Top News


India's Oldest Jewish Community: The Cochin Jews of Kerala

Cochin Jews are India's oldest Jewish community, their time in Kerala dating back millennia. [caption id="attachment_14360" align="aligncenter" width="518"] Cochin Jews in 1900[/caption] For at least one thousand years, and possibly much longer, there have been Jews living in the region of Kerala, on India's South Western ...
21 Sep, 2016 by David 
What You Need to Know Before Visiting Elephanta Caves

What You Need to Know Before Visiting Elephanta Caves

When you're in Mumbai, you won't regret visiting Elephanta Caves. There's a lot to see in Mumbai, but visiting Elephanta Caves should be near the top of your list. And since the biggest city in India is where we start the Mumbai Xpress and finish the Deccan Odyssey Rickshaw Challenges, you have the perfect excuse to see these i...
16 Sep, 2016 by Barbara 
Jaipur Girl Creates Home for Artists

Jaipur Girl Creates Home for Artists

So, what happens when you have a dream that you want to follow, no matter the consequences? This Jaipur girl created a Home for Artists to help others like herself. [caption id="attachment_14329" align="aligncenter" width="441"] Logo. Photo Credit: Homeforartists Instagram[/caption] If you’re looking for a bit of inspira...
30 Aug, 2016 by Vera 

Kristina's Rickshaw Challenge: "Good Karma Goes a Long Way"

The Rickshaw Challenge - Mumbai Xpress 2016 ended just a couple of days ago, so we went undercover to find out what recent participants have to say for the future generation of rickshaw racers. We managed to catch Kristina Cheffins for a quick interview... [caption id="attachment_14322" align="aligncenter" width="570"] Team ...
26 Aug, 2016 by Vera 
Mumbai Xpress 2016: Days Nine to Fourteen

Mumbai Xpress 2016: Days Nine to Fourteen

  Mumbai Xpress 2016 was a great success that all participants enjoyed hugely. Here's the story of our adventures from day nine to fourteen.  Day 9: Panaji to Murudeshwara     August 15 is Indian Independence day. To commemorate it, the Goa round table had arranged a school visit for tha...
23 Aug, 2016 by judit 
Rickshaw Challenge - Mumbai Xpress 2016: Over and Out

Rickshaw Challenge - Mumbai Xpress 2016: Over and Out

Alas, the Mumbai Xpress has ended, new friends were made, amazing places were visited and great parties held - we loved every second of it. But what happened during the last couple of days? Our Travel Scientist in the field, Princely recounted events as they occurred. [caption id="attachment_14295" align="aligncenter" width="...
23 Aug, 2016 by Vera 
 Mumbai Xpress 2016, Days Four to Six

 Mumbai Xpress 2016, Days Four to Six

  The magical adventure of Mumbai Xpress 2016 continues. Here's what happened on days four, five, and six. Photo By Kaspar Ratsep. Day Four   [caption id="attachment_14275" align="aligncenter" width="560"] All tuk tuks taken.[/caption] Though all tuk tuks were taken and raring to go by the crack of ...
15 Aug, 2016 by judit 
Mumbai Xpress 2016 Has Kicked Off!

Mumbai Xpress 2016 Has Kicked Off!

Finally, the updates are in! Our wonderful bunch of participants have kicked off the Mumbai Xpress 2016 with high spirits... Here are the happenings of the first three days, as told by our field ninja, Princely.  [caption id="attachment_14259" align="aligncenter" width="503"] Line Up.[/caption] Day 1 Mumbai Xpress is alway...
10 Aug, 2016 by Vera 
Mom Starts Chhola Kulcha Stand in Gurugram to Save Family

Mom Starts Chhola Kulcha Stand in Gurugram to Save Family

We all know that moms are awesome. And we really don’t want to make any distinction between mothers and their levels of awesomeness, but this particular lady really is kick-ass: she started her own chhola kulcha stand in Gurugram to bail her family out of financial problems. [caption id="attachment_14251" align="aligncenter...
3 Aug, 2016 by Vera 
 International Tiger Day and India’s Role in the Survival of Tigers

 International Tiger Day and India’s Role in the Survival of Tigers

July 29 marks International Tiger Day and India plays an extremely important role in saving these beautiful animals… but first, let us have a look at the facts. [caption id="attachment_14246" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Aww...! Photo Credit: Kevin Case[/caption] There have been rumblings in the media and among anima...
29 Jul, 2016 by Vera 
Page 1 of 9412345...102030...Last »


Get the Facebook Likebox Slider Pro for WordPress

Come join us on our next rickshaw adventure! Book Your Place!