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Hawa Mahal - JaipurFounded in 1727 by the great Kachhawaha ruler Sawai Jai Singh, Jaipur is one of those cities that tourists must visit during their trip to India. Better known as the 'Pink City', Jaipur is the capital of the western state of Rajasthan, and exudes a charm like no other. One corner of the Golden Triangle route of India (other two being Delhi & Agra), Jaipur rarely disappoints the first time visitor. The city was ruled by the Rajput rulers for a long time and as such it has numerous forts palaces and gardens, that remind tourists of the grandeur of the bygone era. Tourists visiting this city will carry back memory of a colourful and royal trip.

The old city of Jaipur with numerous historical monuments is a fascinating place to wander around, while the new city bustles with numerous modern buildings, but both has their own appeal.

Places of Interest in Jaipur
The City Palace - The major attraction for tourist coming to Jaipur is the the City Palace. Built by the founder of Jaipur, Sawai Jai Singh, the City Palace presents a remarkable amalgamation of the Mughal and Rajput architecture. The palace complex has beautiful structures inside it, including the Chandra Mahal, the Mubarak Mahal, the Diwan-e-Aam, the Diwan-e-Khas and the well known Shri Govind temple.

Hawa Mahal - The Hawa Mahal is yet another tourist attraction of Jaipur and is also called the Palace on Winds. It was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799, so that the ladies of the royal families could watch the outer world while maintaining their pride and dignity. The Hawa Mahal is a five storeyed structure built in the style of a pyramid. There are as many as 593 windows in the Mahal. Visitors can take a round inside the Mahal to see exactly where the ladies sat.

Amber Fort - Amber Fort is located in Amber which is a little distance away from Jaipur. The fort consists of other structures like the 'Diwan-e-Khas', the 'Sheesh Mahal', the 'Diwan-e-Aam', the Kali temple and the 'Jai Mandir'. Tourists must visit this fort to enjoy the beauty of its architecture.

Shopping in Jaipur
City Palace - JaipurShopping is a prime desire of every tourist who comes to Jaipur. Jaipur is highly renowned for the exquisitely beautiful jewelleries made out of precious and semi precious stones like diamonds, topaz and emralds. The minakari works on gold and silver astonish many tourists with their colours and fineness. Jaipur is also famous for its textiles. Sanganeri, Bagru and Bandhej print have since long caught the imagination of tourists. Mojari (local shoe), sandal wood carving items and beautiful stone carvings etc are other items that are picked up by tourists on their visit to Jaipur.

Shopping destinations for tourists in Jaipur includes the famous Johari Bazaar, Tripolia Bazar, Bapu Bazaar and Nehru Bazaar. These markets offer tourists abundant opportunity to shop for items of their choice.

Reaching Jaipur
Air - Regular Indian airlines and Jet airways flight connect Jaipur to other cities like Delhi, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Mumbai and Kolkata.

Rail - Trains also connect the Jaipur to other cities like Bikaner, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Mumbai, Banglore, Chennai and Secundrabad.

Road - For those tourists who wish to travel to Jaipur by road, there are numerous options available. Jaipur is connected to Delhi by national highway no. 8 and tourists can cover the distance of 260 kms within five hours. Apart from the Delhi, Jaipur is connected to Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ajmer, Alwar, Bikaner and Jaisalmer by road and tourist can opt for any of these route as per their convenience to reach Jaipur by road.

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