Cities of Rajasthan
Pink City Jaipur
Rajasthan's beautiful Pink City Jaipur
, was the stronghold of a clan of rulers
whose three hill forts and series of palaces in the city are important attractions.
Known as the Pink City because of
colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city, Jaipur's bazaars sell
embroidered leather shoes, blue pottery, tie and dye scarves and other exotic
wares. Western Rajasthan itself forms a convenient circuit, in the heart of
the Thar desert which has shaped its history, lifestyles and architecture.
Founded in AD 1727 by Sawai Jaisingh II, Pink city Jaipur
the capital of Rajasthan
is popularly known as the Pink City with broad avenues and spacious gardens.
The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is steeped in history and culture. Here the
past comes alive in magnificent forts and palaces, blushed pink, where once
lived the maharajas. The bustling bazaars of Jaipur, famous for Rajasthani
jewellery, fabric and shoes, possess a timeless quality and are surely a treasure-trove
for the shoppers. This fascinating city with its romantic charm takes you
to an epoch of royalty and tradition.
The old city of Jaipur has neat and broadly laid-out avenues; all painted pink
that gives a magical glow to the city, especially in the evenings. Jaipur therefore
is blessed with the opulence of cultural and architectural beauty that surpasses
most other regions of India. All of this can be easily seen in the various sites
of historical and aesthetic significance that dot the city.
» Air :
Indian Airlines connect Jaipur with Delhi,
Jodhpur, Udaipur, Aurangabad, Bombay, Varanasi, Calcutta, Ahmedabad.
» Rail :
Jaipur is connected by rail with Delhi, Agra, Ahmedabad,
» Road :
Roads connect Jaipur with Delhi, Agra, Bikaner, Udaipur,
Ajmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, Jaisalmer and Bombay.
What to see
City Palace & Museum , Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Dolls Museum, Zoo, Amber
Pal & Jaigarh Fort, Gaitor, Vidhyadharji Ka Bagh, Jal Mahal, Nawab Ki Haveli,
Galta, Sisodia Palace & Garden.
Nahargarh Fort, Sanganer, Ramgarh Lake and Shekhawati
Jodhpur, once the capital of the former princely state of Marwar, is now the
second largest city of Rajasthan. Flanked on its western side by the Mehrangarh
Fort, and on the eastern side by the stately sandstone Palace of Umaid Bhawan;
the monuments temples and gardens of Jodhpur depict a multi-faceted grandeur.
Founded in 1459 AD by the Suryavanshi Rao Jodha, Jodhpur gradually grew around
the towering Mehrangarh Fort, built as a stronghold on the advice of a sage.
Alongwith Bikaner and Jaisalmer, Jodhpur too is situated on the ancient silk
route that linked Central Asia and Northern India with the seaports of Gujarat.
As a result it became a major trading centre in the 16th century. Reminiscent
of the bygone years is the fact that Jodhpur is still the leading centre for
cattle, camels, wood, salt and agricultural crops. The beauty and imagination
that has gone into the making of this monumental city proclaim the life-springs
of creative genius that appear incongurent with the harshness of this land and
» Air :
Indian Airlines connect Jodhpur with Jaipur, Delhi, Udaipur
» Rail :
Jodhpur is connected by rail with Jaisalmer, Bikaner,
Jaipur, Delhi, Ahmedabad, , Bombay and Udaipur.
» Road :
By road Jodhpur to Agra, Ajmer, Barmer, Bikaner, Bombay,
Delhi, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur.
What to see
MehrangarhFort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada, Mehrangarh Fort Museum,
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, Marwar.
Balsamand Lake and Garden, Mandore, Sadar Samand Lake,
Guda Bishnoi, Mahamandir Temple, Kailana Lake, Jhalamand Garh, Luni Fort.
The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure water lake, hemmed
in by the lush hills of the Aravallis. A vision in white drenched in romance
and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences
and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers. Its kaleidoscope
of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with
stalls, carry the flavor of a heroic past, epitomizing valour and chivalry.
Their reflection in the placid waters of the Lake Pichhola is an enticing sight.
Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar-a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200
Years. The foundation of the city has an interesting legend associated with
it. According to it, Maharana Udai Singh, the founder, was hunting one day when
he met a holy man meditations on a hill overlooking the Lake Pichhola. The hermit
blessed the Maharana and advised him to build a palace at this favorable located
spot with a fertile valley watered by the stream, a lake, an agreeable altitude
and an amphitheatre of low mountains. Maharana followed the advise of the hermit
and founded the city in 1559 A.D.
Overlooking the aquamarine expanses of the Lake Pichhola stands the splendid
City Palace-a marvel in granite and marble. Of the original eleven gates of
the Udaipur City, only five remain. The Suraj Pol the original or Sun Gate
on the eastern side is the main entrance to the city. Exquisite lake palaces
of Udaipur shimmering like jewels on Lake Pichhola are overwhelming in splendor.
Several places of interest around Udaipur, including the majestic, Chittaurgarh,
the mountain fortress of Kumbhalgarh, beautiful Jain temple of Ranakpur, Eklingji
and Nathdwara and the cool retreat of Mt. Abu, make the visit to Udaipur a
» Air :
I. A. connects Udaipur with Bombay, Delhi, Jodhpur, Jaipur,
Udaipur is connected by rail with Ahmedabad, Chittorgarh,
Bombay via Ahmedabad, Delhi and Jaipur.
By road Udaipur to Ahmedabad, Bombay, Delhi, Jaipur , Chittorgarh
What to see
City Palace, Lake Pichhola, Jag Mandir, Gulab Bagh, Fateh Sagar.
Kankroli, Eklingli, Haldighati, Jaisamand Lake, Nathdwara, Ranakpur, Rishabhdeo
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