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Jaipur Local History

Jaipur, meaning City of Victory was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh, who ruled from 1699 to 1744. The city was divided into nine sectors, two of which were reserved for the city palace complex, the remaining seven for the public. The city was encircled by a wall, which had several gates or darwazas. In 1728 the founder built a remarkable observatory, which is still one of the city's main attractions.

The city is noted for its cultural and architectural beauty, which you struggle to find on this scale in other cities.

Jaipur Attractions

Top Attractions

Hawa Mahal This is a series of pink sandstone screens that was constructed so that the ladies of the palace could watch the royal processions without themselves being seen by outsiders. The edifice was named Palace of Winds after the many brass wind vanes that adorned it until the 1960's.

The City Palace Covering almost one seventh of the city, it has been mostly converted into a museum, except for a small portion used by the Jaipur Royal Family as a residence. A major feature of the museum is its exhibit devoted to the arms and ammunition used by the royal family in the past.

Jantar Mantar This is the largest stone observatory in the world. Before construction was started, emissaries were sent to all corners of the world to bring back cutting edge technology and designs, which were meticulously followed during construction. The effort paid off with the observatory being highly regarded. The observatory contains eighteen large instruments, many still in working order.

Rajasthan Small Scale Cottage Industries Jaipur the pink city is full of historical monuments and temples which wide visitors. Besides other places "Amber Fort" is an important historical world famous monument. Amber fort is situated on the top of Aravali chains of mountains. R.S.S.C.I. is situated at the foothills of this fort in a peaceful surrounding with the scenery of beautiful nature. It is close to "Meera Temple" and about half a kilometer away from "Sagar Dam". R.S.S.C.I. is the famous oldest cottage industry promoting Rajasthan Art and Craft from the last 35 years. It is perhaps the key industry to promote the artisians in Rajasthani Traditional Art. With the passage of time it has added many feathers to its cap. http://www.rssci.com Mr Gupta Cell Number 09829062872
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Amber Fort (Jaipur) Amber is located at a distance of 11 kilometers from Jaipur and was the old fort of the Kachhwaha clan of Amber, which used to be the capital, till it was moved to Jaipur. The construction of the Amber Fort began in the year 1592 and was started by Man Singh I, but it was finished by his descendant Jai Singh I. The exterior of the Fort is not in the least like its interiors. The outside is very imposing and rugged looking whereas the inside is a comforting and warm interior which is influenced by both Hindu and Muslim style of ornamentation. On the walls, are paintings depicting various hunting scenes, and there is also a lot of work on walls, which are covered with intricate carving, mosaic and minute mirror work that make the halls look very majestic and imperial. The fort is built with white marble and red sandstone and look even more attractive because of the Maota Lake in the foreground. The fort in itself is a beautiful sight to behold but as one looks on the fort with its clear reflection on the lake in the front, one cannot help but wonder if it is a dream or a beautiful illusion. Amber Fort also called the Amer Fort is a must-see if you are visiting Rajasthan. The tourists to this fort can either approach the fort by road or take an elephant ride, which though is quite slow yet is a lot of fun. If you are in Rajasthan, do not miss the opportunity to tour the Amer Fort, which is one of the important forts of the city and one of the major attractions of Jaipur.
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Jaipur Shopping

Jaipur is famous for its jewelry, silk printing, blue pottery and filigree work. You will also find an assortment of other interesting items. Beware of 'bargain' recommendations by locals as they often get commissions in this way. Note that just because a sign may say something is 'government approved' does not mean anything.

Jaipur Activities

Jaipur Zoo Featuring a wide variety of birds, reptiles and mammals, the Jaipur zoo is an option, although the condition of the animals may not be up to first world standards.

Jaipur Parks & Gardens

Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh - This terraced garden of Queen Sisodia was created as an escape from the court intrigues. The landscaped gardens and murals decorating its interior are breathtakingly beautiful.

Jaipur Restaurants and Bars

Jaipur Restaurants

Chanakya A superb option for vegetarians, this restaurant serves a variety of Indian, continental and Chinese dishes. The house special is a mixture of dried fruits, cottage cheese, vegetables and spices topped with an edible form of pure silver.

The Copper Chimney You will find this restaurant in Mirza Ismail Road. Diners enjoy their meals with a view of the street from behind beautifully etched glass windows. The menu includes local dishes as well as a selection of European and Chinese specialties.

Handi Serving an excellent assortment of non-vegetarian Mughlai cuisine in a no-frills environment, this restaurant is very popular. Try the garlic-marinated mutton rolled in bread with onions and tomatoes.

Jaipur Bars & Clubs

Trophy Bar You will find this bar in the Umaid Bhawan Palace. The bar has richly paneled walls with a regal yet intimate feel to it.

Ravindra Rang Manch This music club host's dinner-dance programs with some good live performances. The club can be found at the Ram Niwas Gardens.

Jaipur children's activities

Jaipur Zoo Featuring a wide variety of birds, reptiles and mammals, the Jaipur zoo is an option, although the condition of the animals may not be up to first world standards.

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