Jaipur is 260 km from Delhi & 240 km from Agra and forms the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. It is a bustling state capital city and a business centre with all the trappings of a modern metropolis but yet flavoured strongly with an age old charm. Also known as “Pink City” because of the extensive usage of the locally abundant pink stone, Jaipur has massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and marvellous gardens. Jaipur has retained its strong royal flavour tempered by several influences- Mughal being the most prominent.
History: The city of Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Jai Singh II, the King of Amer who ruled from 1688 to 1743. He planned to shift his capital from Dausa, 51 km from Jaipur to accommodate the growing population and increasing scarcity of water. He consulted several books on architecture and architects while planning the layout of Jaipur and the city was planned based on the principles of Vastu shastra (science of architecture). The construction took four years to complete the major roads, offices and palaces. The city was divided into nine blocks, two of which contained the state buildings and palaces, with the remaining seven allotted to the public. The city was painted pink to welcome Prince Edward VII. Many of the avenues remained painted in pink, giving Jaipur a distinctive appearance and the epithet Pink city.
Climate: The weather of Jaipur is semi arid type. Temperatures remain comparatively on the higher end all around the year. The summer season begins from April and continues till July when the temperature rises to an average of 30 oC. The city experiences monsoon showers in the months of August and September with frequent thunderstorms. With pleasant weather in the month of October; November to February, are the months when city observe winters. The temperature ranges in between 5-15 oC during this season.
How to get there:
Air: Jaipur International Airport is in Sanganer, 10 km from the centre. The airport also provides air cargo services.
Road: Jaipur is located on National Highway No.8 connecting Delhi & Mumbai.There are frequest express bues & the roads are well connected to places like Agra, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Delhi, jaisalmer, Jodhpur & Udaipur.
Lifestyle: Jaipur has radically transformed from what it looked 10 years back. The average lifestyle here has improved to global standard. Be it fashion, best lifestyle shopping malls, the options are endless without compromising its quality. A trip to Jaipur is not complete without digging into authentic Rajasthani food. The cuisine here is influenced by the lifestyle of the Maharajas (kings) and Maharani (Queens) of Jaipur. All the food is cooked in pure ghee (clarified butter).