Jaipur, also popularly known as the Pink City, is the capital city of the state of Rajasthan, India.
Jaipur is the former capital of the princely state of Jaipur. Founded on 18 November 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber, the city today has a population of more than 2 million residents. Jaipur is also one of the most magnificient heritage cities in India and a paradise for travellers. Let us explore some of the top places to visit in Jaipur.
Jaipur is the first well planned city of India. It is located in the desert lands of India, Rajasthan. In the present date, Jaipur is the major business centre for the natives of Rajasthan with all requisites of a metropolitan city.
The city is remarkable among pre-modern Indian cities for the width and regularity of its streets. They are laid out into six sectors separated by broad streets 111 ft (34 m) wide. The urban quarters are further divided by networks of gridded streets. Five quarters wrap around the east, south, and west sides of a central palace quarter, with a sixth quarter immediately to the east. The Palace quarter encloses a sprawling palace complex (the Hawa Mahal, or palace of winds), formal gardens, and a small lake. Nahargarh Fort crowns the hill in the northwest corner of the old city. Another noteworthy building is the observatory, Jantar Mantar.
The city which once had been the capital of the royalty now is the capital city of Rajasthan. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal families.
Places to Visit in Jaipur
Festivals & Events of Jaipur
The Gangaur festival is a vibrant celebration primarily dedicated to women. It is widely acclaimed and observed throughout the state of Rajasthan. The name “Gangaur” is derived from two essential words: ‘Gan’ representing ‘Siva’ and ‘Gauri’ symbolizing his consort, ‘Parvati’. This festival is a colorful and joyous occasion that pays homage to the divine feminine and the sacred bond between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, creating a unique cultural experience in Rajasthan.
Kite Festival is a popular festival of Jaipur, Rajasthan. It is enjoyed by people of all age-groups. However, 14 January, the day of Makar Sankranti, makes the official day for flying kites in Jaipur. People make most out of the festival by flying kites for the whole day.
Teej Festival is one of the most popular festivals of India. It finds its true essence in the vibrant city of Jaipur, Rajasthan. This joyous occasion heralds the arrival of the much-awaited monsoon season, providing respite from the scorching summer heat. Celebrated in the month of ‘Shravan’ (July-August) according to the Hindu calendar, Teej in Jaipur is a spectacle of color, tradition, and devotion, making it a unique and enchanting experience.
Shitla Mata Fair
A large fair is held to appease the goddess of war, believed to cause smallpox. The fair is to appease the goddess by her followers. Consecrated food on this day consists of stale food left out the previous night. The fair takes place in and around the temple dedicated to the goddess in Amber, Jaipur.
A gathering of people from Jaipur’s rural pockets collects here in almost all forms of transport – laden into tractor trolleys and jeeps – at what must be one of the most colorful events on the Rajasthani fair calendar
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