Riding on the popularity of our Udaipur series, we’re marking the new beginning with Jaipur! It is not just another city in Rajasthan, but also its capital. It is also known as the “Pink City” owing to the color scheme widely followed by the buildings in the city. In fact, if you’re perched high enough and looking down on the roofs of buildings, the city is a sea of pink! It is said that the city was painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales in 1876, and since then, the city decided to maintain this quirk. With this much significance Learn how you can reach this city of palaces and rich heritage sites.
How to reach Jaipur?
Jaipur is a mere 4.5-hour drive from Delhi. Situated at just over 280 km away from the national capital, its ease of access makes Jaipur is a wildly popular weekend getaway among Indians here. In fact, Jaipur’s appeal is highlighted by its prominence in the Indian “Golden Triangle“, making it a popular haunt for foreigners as well.
Though the best way to reach Jaipur is to drive down from Delhi due to its proximity, traveling by rail and air are also feasible options. The shortest flight from Delhi to Jaipur is just 50 minutes and costs about INR 1500. Even so, upon adding up check-in time and commute time to and from the airport in both cities, driving seems like a more reasonable option, especially if you’re in a large group. The route also has a vast range of buses plying, with prices starting at just INR 250!
Places to visit in Jaipur
Like any other city in Rajasthan, Jaipur too is famous for its palaces, gardens, and lakes. Founded in the early 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II, the ruler of Ajmer, Jaipur is an extremely well-planned city. The king actually moved his capital from Amer, a smaller town in Rajasthan, to Jaipur to accommodate the growing populace and provide access to better infrastructure. He then consulted architectures and planning experts to lay out what would be his new capital.
Among its main attractions are the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal and the Amer Fort. The latter two are named World Heritage Sites. Jaipur’s folk art and embroidery are exquisite, making it a popular destination for fashion designer wedding shoppers as well.
Rajasthan typically faces hot and arid climate, and so winter is really the best time to visit any city in Rajasthan. September to March offers pleasant conditions to enjoy Jaipur.
Through the rest of the blogs in this series, we’ll talk about where to stay, what to see, and what to eat in Jaipur. Stay tuned!