Jaipur, the famed pink city of Rajasthan is also the capital city of the state. It is also the largest city of Rajasthan. Founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, it is a well planned city and is divided into six sectors with broad streets.
The planning of the city is according to the Indian Vastu Shastra. Jaipur is one of the major and most popular tourist destinations in India and forms a part of the famed Golden Triangle Tour apart from the cities of Agra and Delhi.
Places to explore in Jaipur
There are lots of interesting places to visit in Jaipur. All of them have a rich cultural history and boasts of ancient heritage. Some of the attractions that are crowd pullers in Jaipur include the Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal, Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Kanak Vrindavan, Galtaji, Govindji Temple etc.
The Hawa Mahal is also a complex that houses a small garden and a lake within the boundaries, the Nahargarh Fort was the former residence of the King Sawai Jai Singh II.
The observatory Jantar Mantar is also a world heritage site and Govindji temple draws thousands of Hindu pilgrims from different parts of the world throughput the year to Jaipur out of sheer faith for the Lord Krishna.
So in our view one would just need to rent a car in Jaipur and go for one day sightseeing tour of Pink city to explore all these amazing tourist destination which Jaipur have to offer.
Restaurants in Jaipur
When you are in Jaipur, you should not miss the Rajasthani cuisine at any cost. It is one of the most delicious cuisines of India. Made with a variety of spices and ingredients, the Rajasthani cuisine is one of the most colorful food variants that you will get to taste in India. Gatte ki sabzi and daal baati choorma are two such examples of the most famous Rajasthani food. If you are fond of sweets, you can also try the Dilkhusa which is a sweet dish popular in Rajasthan. To taste the variety of cuisine from Rajasthan you can visit such restaurants like Niros, Handi, The Forresta, Taruveda Bistro, Green Apple etc.
Weekend getaways from Jaipur
Jaipur being the capital city of Rajasthan is very well connected with the rest of the state and the country by rail, flights and road. If you want to seek some solitude while in Jaipur, you can opt for several weekend getaways from the city. The below mentioned weekend destinations are not very far from Jaipur and yet they have a character of their own. Depending on your budget and preference, you can choose from:
Sariska: the national park which was earlier known as the wild life sanctuary. It is just around 130 km away from Jaipur and is a famed tiger reserve. Apart from the tigers, if you are lucky, you can also spot such animals like jackals, leopards, Indian eagle owl, four horned antelope etc.
Ajmer: this is yet another famed destination of Rajasthan. If you are looking for some divine interaction, if you have a long term wish that you want to fulfill, you must visit Ajmer which is the worship place for Kawaja Gharibnawaz. It is a Dargah that is again located around 130 km south west parts from Jaipur.