Fringed by the Aravalli Hills, Jaipur lies on the edge of the mighty Thar Desert. Sawai Jai Singh built Jaipur when he shifted his capital here from Amber in 1727. Rajasthan’s capital city – also its most cosmopolitan – Jaipur’s uniqueness lies in its beautifully planned layout, that sets it apart from its medieval contemporaries in India. It is also called the ‘Pink City’ – named after the pretty rose-hued wash on its buildings.
Jaipur is a fascinating blend of the modern and the ancient – here you will find prosperous business tycoons, regal royal families, glittering malls, resplendent palaces, plush hotels, elegant heritage homes…all at once. Behind Jaipur’s pink walls lies the original Old City that goes back to the 18th century CE. The Old City is flamboyant, colourful, chaotic – its narrow lanes brim with enchanting old bazaars famed for exquisite arts, crafts, textiles, jewellery, footwear, and marble.
Splendid palaces, fortresses, temples, havelis (old mansions), gardens, and museums stand testament to Jaipur’s rich heritage and architecture – the Amer Fort, City Palace, Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), and the Jantar Mantar (an astronomical observatory and a UNESCO World Heritage Site) are some of the finest examples. Glorious festivals and fairs, ancient traditions of music and dance, and delicious Rajasthani cuisine only add to this grand cultural canvas. Jaipur also has other interesting experiences to offer such as heritage walks, craft centres, and Polo matches.
But perhaps the biggest allure of 21st century Jaipur is the Jaipur Literature Festival held in January every year, drawing writers, scholars, and literature lovers from India and across the world. If books are your passion, then don’t miss this vibrant and exciting festival of letters in Rajasthan!
Holxo Tours in Jaipur