Jaipur, also known as the Pink City, is the ancient capital of Rajasthan, the Land of Kings. It's most famous for the huge city palace which is surrounded by a long pink wall with seven grand gates. It is also famous for the fact that it is the first planned city of India. The streets are wide and open and they are bordered by big trees and interspersed with the most elaborate roundabouts.
Jaipur is a big city and is also the starting point to any tour of Rajasthan. I'd say that the city deserves about 3 – 4 days to fully explore, any more and like most cities in India, you start to get really fed up! I've listed some of the top attractions to go and see as well as the best places to stay, when to go etc. There are some great places to eat as well, like the big revolving restaurant. (the food's crap but worth it for the views).
A great selection of almost all Hotels in the city categorised into price, location and quality. Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions!
Rajasthan is known the world over for her textiles, carpets and precious gems so where better to do a bit of shopping than the bustling streets of Jaipur.
Shopping is one of the main attractions here and wandering the markets around the city is a truly electrifying experience. It's impossible to describe the massive amount of products on offer! One of the best markets I found was the one at Nehru. Others such as Kishanpol Bazzar, Haldiyon Ka Rasta, Mahiharon Ka Rasta, M.I. Road and Jauhari Bazar are all pretty amazing as well.
The city is well known as the place in India to buy precious stones. Diamonds especially. Diamonds can be picked up for about half the price you would get for them in the UK. Obviously do your homework on the diamond market before you get there but this can be quite a money maker for some people.
Just don't get sucked into a very famous scam that exists here. It consists of buying what are 'apparently' very expensive stones and taking them back to England or the US etc where someone will 'apparently' be waiting to buy them back from you, 'apparently' leaving you with large sum of money. It's a big pile of bollocks. The stones are worthless and you don't get any money when you are back home, so there you go, don't say you haven't been warned.
Market in jaipur
The best time to visit the city is between the months of October and April. The desert landscape gets extremely hot towards the end of April and makes for very uncomfortable travelling. December to February is glorious during the day but night it can get a bit chilly so wrap up warm. For more information on the Indian climate and when to go click here.
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