Jaipur

Dressed in pink, Jaipur the royal capital city of Rajasthan, is the perfect blend of heritage, palaces, culture and art. Steeped in history and culture, here the past comes alive in magnificent forts and majestic palaces and beautiful havelis.

Built in the early 18th century the city was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, and is often referred to as an early example of a planned city in India.  Well known as the pink city, legend has it, that the city was painted in honour of the Prince of Wales who visited in 1876.  However most think that it was an effect used to mimic red sandstone. Colloquially known as part of the ‘golden triangle’, along with New Delhi and Agra, Jaipur provides an excellent base to explore Rajasthan.

The city’s colourful, chaotic streets ebb and flow with a heady brew of old and new. Speeding buses dodge dawdling camels, whilst leisurely cycle-rickshaws frustrate swarms of eager mopeds. In the midst of this mayhem, the splendours of Jaipur’s majestic past are oasis of relative calm evoking a different pace and another world.

At the city’s heart, the City Palace continues to house the former royal family; the Jantar Mantar, the royal observatory, maintains a heavenly aspect; and the honeycomb Hawa Mahal gazes on the bazaar below. And just out of sight, in the arid hill country surrounding the city, is the fairy-tale grandeur of Amber Fort, possibly Jaipur’s star attraction..

This fascinating city with its romantic charm takes you to an epoch of royalty and tradition.  And the real flamboyance of this city comes alive through rich and diverse accommodation it has to offer from imitate havelis to opulent palaces.  It is well worth spending a few days here in order to soak up this ancient, yet modern city.  Visit in February and attend the world famous Jaipur Literary festival, open to all and attended by some of the worlds leading literary luminaries.

Explore Rajasthan On Foot | Jaipur

Itineraries in Jaipur

Boutique Palaces & Forts of Regal Rajasthan

Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Mihir Garh, Jawai, Udaipur

Essential India – The Golden Triangle & Beyond

Delhi, Udaipur, Ranakpur, Jaipur, Agra,

Family India – The Golden Triangle & Hill Stations Of The North

Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Shimla,

Heart & Soul Of India – The Golden Triangle And Beyond

Delhi, Varanasi, Mumbai, Udaipur, Jaipur, Agra

Greaves India Jal Mahal Itineraries

Rural Gems Of Rajasthan

Sapotara, Ranthambore, Bhainsrorgarh, Shahpura, Jaipur, Delhi

Deer in India

The Essence Of Rajasthan

Delhi, Samode, Jaipur, Nimaj, Rohet, Jodhpur, Narlai, Deogarh, Delwar

Hotels in Jaipur

Experience the true taste of royalty in the magnificent Taj Rambagh Palace once the former residence of the Maharaja an illustrious and stately reminder of Jaipur’s heritage. Or just soak in the history of charmingly faded Samode Haveli an authentic 200-year-old townhouse of the royal family of Samode.

For home away from home, enjoy the warm hospitality of 47 Jobner Bagh a luxury guest house in the centre of Jaipur, or the luxurious Oberoi, Rajvilas an elegant retreat on the outskirts of the city.

For contemporary elegance why not stay in one of the youngest of the Palace Hotel conversions, The Sujan Rajmahal Palace a secluded oasis rich in detail, decoration not to mention its rich history of some of the worlds most regal guests.

28 Kothi, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Alila Fort Bishangarh, Jaipur

Alsisar Haveli, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jobner Bagh, Jaipur, Rajasthan

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Royal Heritage Haveli, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Samode Haveli, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Poolside at the Samode Haveli

SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan

large chess pieces outside jai mahal