A flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture and a firm favourite on tourist itineraries as the third corner of India’s ‘Golden Triangle’, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the ‘Pink City’. 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.
The 18th century Jantar Mantar is the largest and best preserved of five observatories built by the astronomer prince. The observatory complex is fascinating. Jai Singh II had the huge stone structures 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. 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).
Here are some popular itineraries for a trip to Jaipur
If you are planning a Jaipur holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Alsisar Haveli Jaipur
A former nobleman’s house built in 1892, the Alsisar Haveli oozes Rajasthani charm with large courtyards, corridors and arched pillars. Rooms are furnished in a traditional style with four poster beds and luxurious marble flooring, replicating those used by the royals of Alsisar. An evening walk around the magnificent grounds is a great way to end the day. Benefitting from a central downtown location, the hotel is just a short drive from Jaipur’s beautiful Palace of the Winds.
Naila Bagh Palace Jaipur
Naila Bagh Palace is an opulent heritage hotel, with grand furnishings and unique rooms, traditional in style; a truly beautiful place to stay.
Oberoi Rajvilas Jaipur
Grand and luxurious, the heritage style Oberoi Rajvilasis one of the most preferred luxury hotels in the world. Guestrooms are complete with large four poster beds, beautiful sunken marble baths and a wonderful view overlooking the private walled gardens. The Rajwada Library Bar hosts informative discussion groups three times a week with an acclaimed local historian – a great way to learn more about fascinating Jaipur. The hotel is set in beautiful landscaped gardens with courtyards and private pools and is close to the centre of Jaipur.
Samode Haveli Jaipur
Once a nobleman's home that has been beautifully restored, Samode Haveli is a charming heritage hotel that oozes Rajput era style and charm. The property is lavishly decorated and has a delightful central courtyard. Samode Havelia has stunning rooms with classic wooden furnishings and cool marble flooring. Dinner in the gorgeous dining hall bedecked with colourful hand-painted murals is a definite must, Well located in the heart of the walled city of Jaipur.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Jaipur Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Jaipur.