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JaipurThe Rosy City of India
Jaipur, popularly known as the Pink City, was founded in 1727 AD by one of the greatest rulers of the Kachhawaha clan, the astronomer king Sawai Jai Singh. The pink color was used at the time of making to create an impression of red sandstone buildings of Mughal cities - and repainted in 1876, during the visit of the Prince of Wales. The city is best explored on foot and the adventurous visitor willing to go into the inner lanes can discover a whole new world not visible to the tourist-in-a-hurry.

Wine in Ceremic Bottles
Rajasthan government is planning to launch 'Royal Heritage Liquor' in ceremic bottles. This is a totally new concept and is being handled by Ganganagar Sugar Mills ( GSM). They also would be packing a small piece of history with every bottle.

Tour From Chennai
Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation ( RTDC) is presenting a novice package for travellers, namely ' Special Raj Bhraman". This cover destination like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Mount Abu,Udaipur, Chittauragarh, Ajmer, Pushkar and Ranthambore. The total number of days involved in this tour package are 13 days. Costing Rs 12000, the package is especially launched for Chennai travellers. Book your tour now as the departure date this package is November 10 and November 24, 2006.

Get Abosrbed In
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, the Hawa Mahal is a remarkable structure which overlooks one of the main streets and also provides some excellent views of the city. In the not-too-distant past, ladies of the court found it convenient to watch the activities on the streets below without being observed themselves.

JaipurAmer Fort
Set in a picturesque location, Amer is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Built in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh, it sprawls on the hillside. Built in red sandstone and white marble, the palace complex has some very interesting apartments, the likes of which are not to be found anywhere else in the country. Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas and Ganesh Pole are the prominent areas of interest here.

Nahargarh Fort
It is the first of the three forts. Built in 1734, this fort provides some stunning views of the city down below both during daytime and at night.

Jaigarh Fort
Jaigarh or the Fort of Victory, is a rugged fort built in 1726. The world's largest cannon on wheels is to be found here. The fort houses a museum and provides some excellent views of the Amer Palace.

Look Beyond
Jal Mahal
A picturesque palace amidst the Man Sagar Lake. It was built for royal duck shooting parties. A great place to visit during the monsoons.

Kanak Vrindavan
A newly restored temple on the foothills of Nahargarh. The landscaped gardens have made it a popular picnic spot.

A pilgrimage center with several pavilions, natural sprins and the only sun temple in this part of India.

Located 40 km northwest of Jaipur, amidst the quiet of protective hills,this palace is a visual treat. The sleepy little town of Samod has its own cloth printers, bangle makers and other artisans. The palace has recently been converted as a heritage hotel.

Travellers Factoid
Location : In the state of Rajasthan
Language : Rajasthani, Hindi, Considerable % of people can speak English.
Climate : Moderate
Speciality : Bandhej (tie and dye) and block printed textiles
Best time to visit : Through out the year
Getting There
Jaipur is barely 262 kilometers from New Delhi, and is well connected by road, rail and air. Detailed information on how to get to Jaipur and where to stay is given here
By Air : Jaipur is connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Aurangabad, Calcutta and Kashi / Varanasi by domestic flights.
By Bus : Jaipur can be accessed from all the major places in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi and Mumbai by bus.
By Train : The train service to Jaipur is available from all the major parts of the country. The train services to Jaipur are slower, because of the metre gauge line.

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