Things to do
"The City of Victory", was first intended to be "Sawai Jaipur", named after the boy Prince who commissioned it - Maharaja Jai Singh II - a warrior, astronomer and politician who reigned over the Mughals from 1699 to 1743.
Located in the heart of the walled city, the City Palace Complex gives you an idea about the farsightedness of the founder of Jaipur Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. He left behind a legacy of some of the most imposing and magnificent architecture in the city. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh built many buildings but some of the structures were also built by later rulers. The palace is a blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture and the ex-royal family still lives in a part of the palace.
EXCURSIONS (Near Jaipur)
Sri Khatu Shyam Ji
Sri Jeen Mata Temple Near Pachar in the hills is a rare Temple of Sri Jeen Mata.
Harsh Temple 70km from Pachar,3000 feet above the sea level in the Aravalis,is the Harsh Temple.
Jain Temple of Pachar The Jain Temple of Pachar is decorated with intricate gold leaf and mirror work-'araish' paintings.There are also beautiful stained glass windows and chandeliers.
Jaipur is very fortunate to have such a big source of salt. Salt is an inevitable part of ingredients in a recipe, imagine if it was scarce?
A small town named Sambhar is situated on Jaipur- Ajmer artery. The town is renowned for its lake, which has been a great source of salt for so many years. 'Sambhar' according to Hindi terminology means 'salt'. The city was named as 'Sambhar' due to its saline lake.
Jamwa Ramgarh is an ancient hunting ground that is located near the city of Jaipur and there are numerous attractions that one can see in the place. This was the hunting ground of the Maharajas of the area and the huge lake that is located in the vicinity is the main attraction of the place. The place is known for its natural beauty and the lake is surrounded by pristine hills on all sides.
Tonk and the Persian art
Tonk is located 96 kms away from Jaipur. This is a quiet town which was ruled by 'Pathans' from Afghanistan. The focal point of Tonk is the Suneri Kothi, the Golden Bungalow. A fairly ordinary looking monument from outside, it has stunningly rich ornamental interiors. There are some interesting buildings that accommodated the British office. Tonk is also famous for its leather and felt industry and one can pick up a good bargain from the markets. The Nawab of Tonk was an avid book lover and built a sizable library of Arabic and Persian manuscripts. The Arabic and Persian Research Institute is also located here.