Jaipur is the capital and largest city of Northern India's "desert state" Rajasthan. For the pinkish red color of many of the buildings in the old city, it is often labelled the Pink City.
Jaipur is one of the tourist hotspots in India and can quite conveniently be combined with a trip to New Delhi and Agra - of Taj Mahal fame - which both lie at several hours by car from here. Tourists come to Jaipur to use it as a point of entry to the Thar desert or the Aravalli Range, but most of all for the vast amount of spectacular attractions the city has to offer. The sheer number of sights can be overwhelming to some!
The attractions come mostly in the form of palaces/forts and temples. The absolute must-see of these is the (indeed, pink colored) City Palace that stands at the heart of the old city and used to serve as the home of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Incorporating Mughal, Rajput and even European influences in its style, this 18th century complex spans several courtyards/gardens, palaces and temples. The Chandra Mahal of seven stories is the core one to check out, both on the inside (only the first floor opens to public and is extensively decorated) and outside.
Pictured with this article is the somewhat less prominent but no less beautiful Jal Mahal, translated as the "Water Palace", standing in the midst of a lake on the northern outskirts of the city. Other ones to check out are the Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort. [Review by travelindicator]
- Jaipur is a city in India's region of Rajasthan. It has a population of 3,073,350, is situated at an altitude of 1421ft and the best airport to fly into is JAI (Sanganeer, Jaipur)
- The currency used in India is the Indian rupee (INR)
Other cities in the region (Rajasthan, India)
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