Sarovar Portico, Jaipur
Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, a state in North Western region of India. It is named after King Sawai Jai Singh, the founder of the city. It is famous as a tourist destination for its palaces and forts. There are other specialties like handicrafts, jewellery, garments, precious and coloured stones, furnishings and other crafts. Jaipur is among the first planned cities in modern Asia with straight roads cutting each other at right angles, wide streets and numerous temples. It is said that there is a temple at every 100 meters and it is second only to Varanasi in the number of temples in any city.
Indian Airlines connects Jaipur with major cities such as Delhi, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Aurangabad, Mumbai, Varanasi, Kolkata and Ahmedabad. Other airlines connect Goa, Hyderabad and Bangalore to Jaipur.
Jaipur is well-connected by the railways with Delhi, Agra, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Abu Road (Mount Abu), Udaipur, Mumbai and Sawai Madhopur.
Good roads connect Jaipur with Delhi 258 kms, Agra 236 kms, Bikaner 321 kms, Udaipur 405 kms, Ajmer 131 kms, Jodhpur 316 kms, Bharatpur 176 kms, Jaisalmer 638 kms and Mumbai 1202 kms. Regular buses are available from Jaipur to the above places as well as to Alwar, Kota, Sariska, Mathura, Indore, Chittorgarh and Barmer.
Nearby places of interest
City Palace: Upon visiting the magnificent City Palace, it's easy to see that the royal family of Jaipur was one of the richest in India. The huge complex of courtyards, gardens, and buildings blend both Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The Peacock Gate is exquisite, and contains an alluring display of detailed workmanship featuring bright peacocks. Also inside the City Palace complex is a museum, art gallery, and interesting displays of royal costumes and old Indian weapons.
"Hawa Mahal" Palace of the Winds: The intricate and fascinating facade of the Palace of the Winds is probably Jaipur's most recognized building. Constructed in 1799, it has five floors that contain rows of small windows and screens. Wind used to flow through the openings, giving the palace its name. Don't miss the panoramic view from the top of the building. Take a peek behind the facade of the Hawa Mahal.
Amber Fort and Palace: Something out of a fairy tale, Amber Fort is set on a hill top overlooking Maota Lake. It was the original home of Rajput royalty until Jaipur city was constructed, and contains a number of breathtaking palaces, halls, gardens, and temples. Inside, the elaborate mirror work adds to the grandeur. The fort entrance is reached by walking up the hill, going in a jeep, or taking a lurching elephant ride.
Jaigarh Fort: The massive Jaigarh Fort was built in 1726 and holds great appeal for military lovers. Flanked by towering gateways and watchtowers, it contains the world's largest cannon on wheels. The cannon have never been fired though, and neither has the fort been captured. As a result the fort has remained intact over its long life, and is very well preserved. In fact, it's one of the best-preserved military structures of medieval India.
Jantar Mantar Observatory: Jantar Mantar, built by King Jai Singh II between 1727 and 1734, literally means "calculation instrument". More than just a curious collection of sculptures, each structure has a specialized astronomical function. There are 14 structures in total, which measure time, predict eclipses, and track stars. The most impressive one is the huge Samrat Yantra sundial. At a height of 90 feet (27 meters), it has a shadow that moves roughly the width of a person's hand every minute.
Distances to important landmarks
Airport -14 kms
Railway Station - 5 kms
Bus Stand - 6 kms
SMS Stadium - 10 kms
Chokhi Dhani - 20 kms