Jaipur, also popularly known as the Pink City, is the capital of Rajasthan state and the former capital of the princely state of Jaipur. Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber, Jaipur was the first planned city in India and unlike many other India cities, the walled city has broad, straight streets and is remarkable among pre-modern Indian cities for the width and regularity of its streets. The sandstone buildings of the city were originally in a variety of colours but were painted pink, a traditional colour of welcome, for the visit of Prince Albert in 1853 and retain their colour today.
The walled city is laid out into six quarters separated by broad streets, with the urban quarters further divided by networks of gridded streets. Five quarters wrap around the east, south, and west sides of a central palace quarter, with a sixth quarter immediately to the east. The Palace quarter encloses a sprawling palace complex, now the palace museum and this district also contains Sawai Jai Singh's observatory Jantar Mantar and the beautiful Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds. Jaipur also serves as a base for visiting Amber Fort which lies just 9km from the centre of the city.
With its vibrant and colourful atmosphere, fine heritage hotels, fascinating museums and palaces and easily navigable city centre, Jaipur is a must see for any visitor.
A homestay at this colonial villa adds a different dimension to visiting Jaipur, with charming hosts and Indian home cooking.
A characterful town house with an attractive courtyard and large suites just a short drive from the centre of Jaipur.
An impressive ancestral home now providing characterful gust accommodation in a rural village between Jaipur and Jodhpur.
Jai Mahal is an 18th century palace that has been converted into a heritage hotel set amidst 18 acres of gardens close to Jaipur.
The Oberoi Rajvilas is located on the edge of Jaipur and provides a luxurious retreat from the city with unparelled levels of service.
Samode Haveli is an intimate heritage hotel in the heart of Jaipur offering excellent service in a beautiful setting.
Once the summer home of the rulers of Shahpura, Shapura Bagh is a perfect spot to escape from the hustle and bustle of the cities.
Shahpura House is a good value for money heritage option with friendly service in Jaipur.
Time: GMT +5½ hours
Flight time from London to Delhi is 8 hours 30 minutes and to Mumbai is about 8 hours.
Language: The official language is Hindi, which about 30% of the population speaks. English is very widely spoken and is used for official and commercial purposes.
Required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
There are no compulsory vaccinations.