Jaipur is one of the most interesting cities in India with exuberant 18th and 19th century palaces and an exotic street life. Just outside town is the impressive Amber Fort.
It is worthwhile spending any leisure time wandering through the bazaars. Jaipur is well known for its beautiful carpets, enamelled ornaments, precious and semi-precious stones, brass ornaments and many other arts and crafts.
What to see
Birla Planetarium (Timing: 1200 hrs to 1900 hrs, closed on last Wednesday)
City Palace & Museum (Timing: 0900 hrs to 1645 hrs);
Govind Devji Temple;
Hawa Mahal (Timing:1000 hrs to 1630 hrs, closed an Fridays).
Jantar Mantar (Timing 0900 hrs to 1600 hrs, free on Monday);
Lakshmi Narayan Temple;
Maharani Ki Chhatri;
Ram Niwas Bagh / Museum /Zoological Garden (Timing: 1 000 hrs to 1630 hrs, closed on Fridays).
Air: Indian Airlines and private airlines connect Jaipur with major cities in India.
Rail: Jaipur is connected by rail with major towns and cities.
Road: Good motorable roads connect Jaipur with Agra 228 Km, Ahmedabad 657 Km, Ajmer 138 Km, Alwar 143 Km, Bharatpur 174 Km, Bikaner 32 Km, Bundi 300 Km, Chittaurgarh 320 Km, Delhi 258 Km, Jaisalmer 638 Km, Jodhpur 336 Km, Mount Abu 509 Km, Mumbai 1202 Km, Sariska 105 Km. & Udaipur 407 Km.
Area: 23.3 Sq. Km.
Altitude: 431 Mts. Temperature: Summer - Max: 41.0 Deg. C Min: 25.8 Deg. C Winter - Max: 22.0 Deg. C Min: 08.3 Deg. C Rainfall: 64Cm.
Season : October to March. STD Code: 0141.
Sisodia Rani Garden (8 km): Multi-level gardens with fountains and painted pavilions.
Amber Palace and Fort (11 Km): A marvellous example of Rajput architecture. Within this palace, there is the Jai Mandir, the Sheesh Mahal and the Shila Mata Temple.
Gaitaji (11 Km): A pilgrim centre with temples, pavilions and holy kunds.
Jaisinghpura Khor (12 Km): It has an imposing fort, a Jain temple and a step well.
Sanganer (12 Km): Famous for it’s hand printed cotton textiles.
Jaigarh Fort (15 Km): One of the few military structures of medieval India preserved almost intact. (Timing: 1000 hrs to 1700 hr).
Nahargarh Fort (15 Km): Also known as Sudarshangarh Fort. Rajasthan Tourism runs the artistically laid out Hotel Durg Cafeteria at this fort complex.
Ramgarh lake (32 Km): The rulers of Jaipur built a hunting lodge here which today has been converted into a hotel.
Bagru (35 Km): The main attraction of this township is its hand printed textile industry.
Samod (40 Km). An ancient royal retreat, famous for its wall paintings and glass work in the Durbar Hall.
Bairath (86 Km): Famous for relics of the Mauryan, Mughal and Rajput periods.
Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary (l10 Km): Declared a sanctuary in 1955 and a Tiger Reserve in 1979.
Sikar (l14 Km) & Jhunjhunu(l82 Km): In the Shekhawati region, famous for the painting on the walls and ceilings of it’s havelis.
Abhaneri(128 Km): Famous for the temple of Harshad Mata built in the 7th-8th century.
Sawai Madhopur(l80 Km): Famous for the Ranthambhor National Park, a Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger.