Jaipur : Private Day Tours, City Sightseeing, Excursion & Activities
Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan in northern-western India. This capital of Rajasthan state is popularly called as “The Pink City”. The city was constructed in 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II and he built it in pink plastering to imitate red sandstone.
Affectionately known as the “Pink City” for its strikingly uniform pink colored buildings, Jaipur is one of the most admired cities in India and is heralded for its orderly sectors and subdivided streets. With its streets all designed to coincide with the four cardinal points of the compass and an overall layout that resembles the sacred mandala, Jaipur allows even the most scattered tourist to navigate easily to the many historic features contained therein. It is also said that in year of 1905, when the British Prince of Wales visited the city, the houses were painted in pink color for his welcome. Since then, Jaipur is considered The Pink City and that color represents a symbol of hospitality. The shopping districts, which include seemingly endless streets and alleyways filled with hundreds of shops, can satisfy and entertain even the pickiest shoppers. Jaipur has a semi-arid climate with hot summers and pleasant winters, so it can be enjoyed most any month of the year. Scenic India Tours offer wide range of Jaipur Tour Packages which includes famous tourist attraction in Jaipur like City Palace, observatory, Hawa Mahal and some shopping tours.
Hawa Mahal: this is known as the “Palace of Winds” in Jaipur city , this impressive regal palace is ideally viewed in the warm glow of the rising sun as it is built of red and pink sandstone and resembles both the crown of the god Krishna and an enormous beehive. Its five-tied facade contains some 953 small windows, known as jharokhas, which allowed the royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen. Those wandering the interior rooms of the Mahal will enjoy the walls of varying colored marbles, relieved by inlaid panels and gilding, while fountains spout cooling water from the center of the courtyard. Book Jaipur Tour Packages.
Nahargarh Fort: Perched on the edge of the Aravalli Mountains, this prominent fort over looks Jaipur with an inspiring sweeping view. Named the “Abode of Tigers”, the fort was built by Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur. Visitors may tour the many Palace Apartments where Madho Singh II concealed his numerous concubines away from the eyes of his four wives and the many other members of the court.
Jantar Mantar or Observatory: This collection of architectural astronomical instruments was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II as one of five located in prominent cities in India, the Jaipur observatory being the largest and best preserved. Wandering through the expansive outdoor grounds reveals fourteen major fixed geometric devices used for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars’ locations as the earth orbits around the sun, discover the declination of planets and control the space altitudes. SamratYantra is the world’s largest sundial, standing 27 meters tall, and can ascertain the correct time with an accuracy of 10 seconds.
Jal Mahal: Translating to “water palace”, this breath-taking palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake is accessible only via boat. The “floating” palace, built in red sandstone, is a five story building where four floors exist under the water level of the lake and only the top floor is exposed when viewed from the opposite shore. Guests wandering on the terrace of the palace may enjoy arched passages that frame a royal garden, each corner crowned with semi-octagonal towers and elegant cupolas. Recent restoration to the surrounding Man Sagar Lake has all but converted it into a veritable wildlife refuge and wildlife enthusiasts may witness many bird species alighting on the surface of the water during migration season.
Arts and crafts: Historically, the rulers of Jaipur patronized a great many arts and crafts, inviting skilled artisans and craftsmen from across India and beyond to ply their wares. As a result, Jaipur became a major hub for various kinds of arts and crafts and remains so today. Ardent shoppers will enjoy the selection of crafts including Bandhani (tie-dye), block printing, stone sculpture, jewel and wood inlay, zari (metallic threaded fabrics), gota (embroidery), silver jewelry, fine gems, Kundan Keshri (gem setting), meenakari (fired enamel), miniature paintings, blue pottery, ivory carving, shellac woodwork and leatherware. book our Jaipur Tour Package .