|Jaipur, popularly known as the
Pink City, is the capital of the state of Rajasthan. It has,
long been established, on tourist itineraries as the third corner
of India's Golden Triangle, just 300 kilometres southwest of
Delhi, and 200 kilometres west of Agra. The old city of Jaipur
is partially encircled with seven gates - the major gates are
Chandpol, Sanganeri, and Ajmeri.
Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds, is one of the major landmarks
of Jaipur. This five storey building, which looks out over the
main street of the old city, is a stunning example of Rajput
artistry, with its pink semioctagonal and delicately honeycombed
City Palace occupies a large area, divided into a series
of courtyards, gardens, and buildings. The outer wall was
built by Maharaja Jai Singh II, but other additions are much
more recent, some dating back to the beginning of this century.
The palace is a wonderful blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture,
a major tourist attraction.
Jantar Mantar, an observatory begun by Jai Singh in 1728.
Jai Singh's passion for astronomy, was even more notable,
than his prowess as a warrior. The Jaipur observatory is the
largest, and the best preserved of the five observatories
Access by Air:
Jaipur is connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Aurangabad,
Calcutta and Varanasi by domestic flights.
Access by Rail:
The train service to Jaipur is available from all the major
parts of the country. The train services to Jaipur are slower,
because of the metre gauge line.
Access by Road:
Jaipur can be accessed from all the major places in Rajasthan,
Gujarat, Delhi and Mumbai by bus.
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