Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan, is popularly known as the ' Pink City ' because of the pink-coloured buildings in its old city. It sits on a dry lake bed in a somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills surmounted by forts and crenellated walls. This buzzing metropolis is certainly a place of wild contrasts and a feast for the eyes. Jaipur has massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and marvellous gardens. All through, Jaipur has retained its strong Rajputana flavour tempered by several influences - the mughal being the most prominent. The region's strong cultural heritage is distinctly evident even today. The city is a visitor's delight. From the intricate, delicate looking Hawa Mahal to the graphic forms of the Jantar Mantar - an open air observatory of outsized astronomical instruments, the Badi Chaupar lined with shopsand business establishments on both sides to the majestic fort-palace at Amber; from the colorful fountains of life to the sublime Birla Temple; from the architectural delight of the City Palace to the serene Jal Mahal. The principal shopping centre in the old city is Johari Bazaar, The jewellers' market. Unlike most other shopping centres in narrow alleys in India and elsewhere in Asia, this one is broad and open. There are three main interconnecting roads in the new part of town - Mirza Ismail road (MI road), Station road and Sansar Chandra Marg.
|Le Meridian||Oberoi Rajvilas||Rambagh Palace|
|Sheraton Rajputana||Shiv Vilas|
|Country inn and suites||Mansingh||Mansingh Tower|
|Ramada||Jaipur Palace||Trident Hilton|
|Bissau Palace||Jaipur Inn||Mandwa Haveli|
|La Mardin Jaipur|
|Amer palace||Hawa Mahal||Jal Mahal|
|Jantar Mantar||City Palace||Jaigarh|
|Nahargarh Fort||Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh||Albert Hall Museum|
Places to eat
Swaad Situated at Ganpati Plaza, MI road, is recommended for a minor splurge. It has interesting Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine. Go downstairs for a beer. In the same complex is the Swanky, but less popular, ' Celebrations ', which serves pure veg food.
Niro's Situated at MI road and is a favourite with Indian and Westerners alike. There is an extensive menu offering excellent veg and nonveg Indian, Chinese and Continental food.
Chanakya Restaurant Situated on the north side of MI road, is highly recommended. The attentive staff are happy to explain the various pure veg menu items, continental dishes and Indian food.
Copper Chimney It offers veg and nonveg Indian, Continental and Chinese food in a pleasant setting. Try the Rajasthani dish lal maas (mutton in a thick spicy gravy).
Golden Dragon It is down the side street next to Niro's, specialises in Chinese cuisine, but also serves some Indian dishes and Singapore noodles.
Four Seasons Situated at D-43A Subhash Marg, C-Scheme, is not that centrally located, but the food is great. This multicuisine veg restaurant has moderately priced fare served in pleasant surroundings. A speciality is the rava dosa , which is a ground rice and semolina pancake with coconut, chilli, carrot and onion.
Natraj Situated at MI road, very good veg place that's also popular for its Indian sweets and spicy nibbles. Their north Indian food is tasty; the vegetable bomb curry is a blast.
Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar Situated in Johari Bazaar, has been going strong since 1954. Out the front, a counter serves snacks and colourful Indian sweets.
Indian Coffee House Situated at MI road, off the street, next to Arrow men's wear, is rather seedy inside, but good if you are craving a decent cup of coffee. Cheap south Indian food is also available.
Jaipur Inn It boasts one of the city's only rooftop restaurants, with superlative views over Jaipur. It serves Indian veg dinner (non-residenrs should book in advance).
Surya Mahal Situated at MI road and serves good Indian food.
Bake Hutt It's nearby MI road, offers a selection of sweet treats including chocolate donuts and little lemon tarts. They can bake birthday cakes.
Venus Bakery Situated at Subhash Marg, just off MI road, also sells pastries. But the biggest and best selection of fresh breads and pastries can be found at ' Hot Breads ', in the Ganpati Plaza complex on MI road.
Pizza Hut Situated in the Ganpati Plaza, is the place to come if you are craving real pizza. There are traditional western-style pizzas, as well as ' fusion ' creations, such as chicken tikka pizza. You can eat in, take away, or opt for the free delivery service. Also in the Ganpati Plaza is ' Baskin 31 Robins ', where you can indulge in ice-creams with evocative names such as 'kiss me nut'.
Handi Restaurant It is opposite the main post office, is tucked away at the back of the Maya Mansions building. It's nothing flash as far as decor goes, but it offers scrumptious barbecue dishes at reasonable prices. In the evenings, you can get take- away kebabs at the entrance to the restaurant.
Lassiwala It is situated at MI road, has its name up in brass and is the place to go for a thick, creamy lassi.
Polo Bar Situated at the Rambagh Palace. Limited snacks are available.
Entertainment in the capital is limited, although many hotels put on some sort of evening music, dance or puppet show.
Raj Mandir Cinema, just off MI road, is the place to go if you are planning to take in atleast one Hindi film while you are in India.This opulent cinema is a Jaipur tourist attraction in its own right and is usually full, despite its immense size. Bookings can be made one day in advance and this is your best chance of securing a seat.
Bowling alleys seem to be the latest rage with Jaipurians. The best alley is at Dream-land, somewhat inconveniently located in Malviya Nagar at Gaurav Tower, Bardiya Shopping Centre. This complex also has video games, the New Yorker veg fast-food eatery, and the ' Space Station ' disco. Another bowling alley is situated at Kin Pin, on the 3rd floor of Centre Point in Raja Park.
Rambagh Golf Club, near the Rambagh Palace. For Tennis, there is a Jai Club, off MI road.
|By Air : Indian airlines operates flights between Delhi and Jaipur daily, and most flights continue to Mumbai, Udaipur or Aurangabad. There are several weekly flights between Jaipur and Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Calcutta and Jaisalmer. Private airlines sometimes put on extra flights during the tourist season.
By Bus : Rajasthan State Transport Corporation (RSTC) buses all leave from the main bus station.Some services are deluxe.These buses should be booked in advance. There are deluxe buses to many destinations including Delhi, Jodhpur, Kota, Ajmer, Udaipur, Bikaner, Bharatpur, Bundi, Mt Abu, Jaisalmer, Chittorgarh and Jhunjhunu.
By Train : Jaipur is well connected by train to main cities of India. Indian Railway reservation office opens from Monday to Saturday. There are several trains from Jaipur to Agra, Bombay, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Kota, Chittorgarh, Alwar, Ajmer and Delhi. There is a Shatabdi Exp. between Jaipur and Delhi and continue to Alwar and Ajmer.
Places nearby Jaipur
Agra 232 kms.
Ajmer 131 kms.
Bikaner 321 kms.
Delhi 258 kms.
Jodhpur 331 kms.
Kota 242 kms.
Cities of Rajasthan