The vibrant capital of Rajasthan is a flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture and a firm favourite on tourist itineraries as the third corner of India’s Golden Triangle alongside Delhi and Agra. Popularly known as the ‘Pink City’, in 1876 Maharaja Ram Singh had the whole city painted pink, traditionally a colour associated with hospitality, to welcome the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII).
Jaipur was chosen by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743) for his capital. A skilled astronomer and visionary, he worked with superb Bengali architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya to complete design and construction of Jaipur in less than eight years and the 18th century UNESCO-listed Jantar Mantar is the largest and best preserved of five observatories built by the astronomer prince. The observatory complex is fascinating with giant stone structures that Jai Singh II had built to measure time, chart the declination of celestial bodies and predict eclipses.
Other must-sees within the city include the City Palace Complex. The palace is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The son of the last Maharaja and his family still reside in a wing of the palace. Also of interest is the Palace of the Winds (known as Hawa Mahal), whose facade is adorned with elaborate, perforated screens. The Old City, the actual Pink City, is a great place to wander around with ancient walls encircling bustling bazaars selling beautiful textiles and jewellery. For many visitors a highlight is the magnificent Amber Fort, a striking vision in yellow and pink sandstone with a royal palace and numerous courtyards.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Jaipur, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to India