Jaipur is the capital city of the north-western Indian state of Rajasthan and also the largest city in the state, both by area and by population. It also has the reputation for being the first “planned” city in the whole of India.
The colour of the buildings in the city is mostly pink - this was done by the Maharaja of Jaipur in the late 19th century, to mark the symbol of hospitality in the city (pink has been considered to be symbolic of hospitality). Due to this dominance of pink coloured buildings all over, the city came to be known as “Pink city”.
For the epicures and foodies out there, Jaipur is a paradise! With a wide range of delicious dishes that give a feel of royalty and pure Indianness, Jaipur’s food cannot be describes in just words – it’s an experience one must never miss out on.
Here are some of the dishes that are a must-try when you’re in Jaipur:
- Pyaaz Kachori (an onion stuffed deep fried fluffy pastry).
- Ghevar (a round shaped flaky sweet made of flour, sugar, milk and lots of ghee).
- Gatte ki Kadhi (chickpea flour dumplings in a spicy gravy).
- Gajak (a sweet item, made with peanuts, sesame and jaggery - though found in all of Rajasthan, Jaipur’s version of this is said to be the best).
- Laal Maas – A famous red meat dish (with bones) cooked in flavorful spices and rich ingredients.
Jaipur city has a rich history and heritage, and is filled with historic and architectural gems that ooze royalty. It is a delight to the eyes and soul, and many people consider a trip to India incomplete without a visit to Rajasthan, and more particularly, Jaipur.
Some must-visit attractions of the Pink city are:
- Hawa Mahal – This is a grand fort, which was built without any foundation. As it stands without a proper foundation “in the wind”, it was named “Hawa Mahal” which translates to “the Palace of Winds” or “the Palace of Breeze”.
- Jantar Mantar – A popular astronomical observatory cum art gallery, built in century. Identified as one of the UNESCO world heritage sites, it has a beautiful architecture and various elements (including a massive “sun dial”) worth exploring.
- Jaigarh Fort.
- City Palace - A beautiful palace with sprawling gardens and pretty architecture, and located in the heart of Jaipur.
- Amber Fort.
- Albert Hall Museum.
- Nahargarh Fort - also known as “Tiger Fort” – it is a beautiful historic fort situated on a hillock called “Aravalli Hills”.
Jaipur also has a plethora of shopping spots that have a wide array of souvenirs and unique things to purchase ranging from fancy and precious jewellery to artwork, and handicrafts to clothes and costumes that make shopping in this city an indulging and enriching experience!
Some of the best places to shop at in Jaipur city are:
- Johari Bazaari
- Tripolia Bazaar
- Bapu Bazaar
- Chandpol Bazaar
- Nehru Bazaar
Jaipur, popularly known as the Pink City is famous for its lively people who bring the city to life by celebrating a number of fairs and festivals. Some of the great festivals celebrated in the city are:
- Elephant Festival (The festival is held on the full moon day of ‘Phalgun Purnima’)
- Teej Festival
- Kite Festival (The festival is marked by the presence of kites in the skies)
- Jaipur Literature Festival
- Gangaur Festival
- Jaipur International Film Festival
- Kajli Teej Festival
Jaipur is a city which has a rich history of the country's royal kings and their kingdoms. The city has a number of beautiful palaces, forts, heritage buildings and museums that attract visitors from all over the world. Check out some of the best museums below:
- Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing
- Dolls Museum
- Albert Hall Museum/Government Central
- Hawa Mahal Museum
- Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum
There are many restaurants in Jaipur, each restaurant reflects the culture of the city through the dishes as well as decor. Experience the best food in the restaurants mentioned below:
- Jaipur Adda (Famous for Naan Pizza, Karari Roti,Mojito, Corn Bhel etc.)
- The Rajput Room (Famous for serving Laal Maas)
- Zolocrust (Known for Mezze Platter, Tiramisu, Spaghetti, Apple Pie)
- RJ 14 (Known for Chana Masala, Dal Bukhara, Tomato Shorba, Panipuri)
- Taruveda (Famous for Waffles, Pepperoni Pizza, Caesar Salad, Sushi)
- Chao Chinese Bistro (Known for Jumbo Prawns, Fish Grills, Noodles, Dumplings)
- Tapri Central (Known for Sauteed Mushrooms, Tadka Maggi, Falafel, Nachos)
There are various places in Jaipur that are considered to be the best for celebrating nightlife. Some of the best places to experience nightlife in the city are:
- 100% Rock (Known for Long Island Iced Tea, Margarita, Spring Roll, or Honey Chilli Potatoes)
- Geoffrey’s Pub (Famous for cocktails and alcoholic drinks)
- Steam – The Taj Rambagh Palace
- Hardy’s Pub
- Maharani Express Bar
Jaipur has many hotels that offers traditional decor, great hospitality and premium services. If you are planning a trip to Jaipur, below listed are some of the best hotels that can be considered:
- Crowne Plaza Jaipur Tonk Road (From INR 4000 Onwards)
- Hilton Jaipur (From INR 4000 Onwards)
- The Fern Residency Jaipur (From INR 2000 Onwards)
- Radisson Blu Jaipur (From INR 4000 Onwards)
- Holiday Inn Jaipur City Centre (From INR 6000 Onwards)
- Jai Mahal Palace (From INR 11000 Onwards)
The Jaipur Metro is a rapid transit system that is the first metro in India to run on triple-storey elevated road and metro track. The metro system comprises of 2 lines called phase 1-A and phase 1-B. Phase 1-A started its commercial service on 3 June 2015, while Phase 1-B started its operation on 23rd Septemper 2020.
- Police - 100 , 0141-2619725
- Fire - 101
- Ambulance - 108/ 102
- Women helpline - 1090, 1091
- Accident Relief - 0141-2565630
- Child helpline - 1098
- LPG / GAS Leakage – 1906
Hindi is the official language of Jaipur but languages like English, Marwadi and Dhundari are spoken as well.
- Welcome - Svagat
- How are you? - Aap kaise hai?
- What's your name? - Aapka naam kya hai?
- I don't know - Mujhe nahi pata
- I don't understand - Mein samjha nahi
- Thank you - Dhanyavad
- What is your name? - Tharo Naam ki/kai hai?
- Nice to meet you - Thare ho mil'an anand ayyo
- Forgive me - Khamma ghani
- I'm sorry - Mahane Maaf Karo
- Good morning - Su Prabhat
- what are you doing? - App/theh kai karoh ho/cho?