Named after its founder Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743), Jaipur is a vibrant city that never fails to charm. Buildings painted in bright hues of pink, shops offering lip smacking kachoris and rich faloodas, and bazaars that deal with exquisite clothing, rustic art, and precious stones, this city is indeed a tourist haven! Getting to Jaipur is easy.
If you prefer traveling by air, the Jaipur International Airport is around 11 km from the city. For those traveling by road, there are plenty of buses run by the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) and a number of private Volvo buses to choose from. The Jaipur Railway Station connects the city to the rest of the country. Coming to accommodation, though there is no dearth of hotels in the city, staying close to the railway station is great.
With a number of options to choose from, Treebo Hotels near Jaipur railway station offers comfortable rooms at rather affordable rates. In addition to this, the hotel provides complimentary breakfast, free WiFi and branded toiletries. For those planning a 3-day trip to the ‘Pink City’ here’s what you can do to make the most of your vacation!
From Forts to Wells – Sightseeing in Jaipur
Undertaken by Raja Man Singh I and completed by Mirja Raja Jai Singh, this mammoth fort built from red sandstone and marble, tops the list of tourist attractions in Jaipur. With the majestic Aravallis and the Maota Lake in the backdrop, Amber Fort houses Sheesh Mahal (the palace of mirrors), wall paintings encrusted with precious stones, and beautiful frescos.
Built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1798, the Hawa Mahal comprises 953 small windows or ‘Jharokhas.’ Through these windows, ladies of the royal family could watch the world outside without being seen by the commoners. Considering how hot it can get in Jaipur, the Hawa Mahal remains cool, thanks to its great design and strategically placed windows.
Imagine a palace built on a lake! Jal Mahal is located in the middle of Mansagar Lake and is a fine example of Rajput style architecture. The mighty Aravalli mountains make for an amazing backdrop and the lake itself is home to a number of migratory birds including flamingoes, the Green Crested Grebe, the Grey Wagtail, Kestrels, and Coots. Four out of the five levels of this palace are submerged making Jal Mahal a popular tourist haunt in Jaipur. For all you shutterbugs, photography is allowed here.