The birth of Jaipur is dotted with engaging historical legends. History has it that Raja Sawai Jai Singh, the Second, conceptualized the creation of Jaipur, led by reasons like the growing head count, the paucity of water resources and the gradual demise of the Mughal aura. The charismatic ruler's sound understanding of the science of engineering is reflected in the nook and corner of Jaipur. The amazing Jantar Mantar or the famous observatory, built between 1728 and 1734, is another architectural delight, credited to the Maharaja. An interesting nugget of information for all those quiz buffs is that the incredibly talented Raja, is said to have contrived the mechanism for watering the sprawling acres of Amber Fort, at the tender age of thirteen.
The City Palace of Jaipur forms the cynosure of attraction, both literally and metaphorically. It comprises the Olympian palace, the Jantar Mantar and the Janana Mahals or the dwelling of the Maharanis', an insignia of his political maneuvering. A fervent devotee of Lord Krishna, the King reestablished the idol of the blue hued God, at Jaipur in the year 1719.
A real connoisseur of art and culture, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh's court witnessed an unprecedented spurt of activities in the cultural sphere. Distinguished intellectuals made a beeline for the esteemed Raja's durbar.
The wonderful Jaipur, located in Eastern Rajasthan, occupying 11117.8 square kilometers, is situated at a height four hundred and thirty meters. The Temperatures soars up to forty five degrees during the sweltering summer months and plummets down to almost two degrees during the chilly winter season. Ban Ganga and Sabi flow through its historic terrains. The Ramgarh Dam, built upon the Ban Ganga, is a constant source of drinking water. It also houses the Sambhar Lake, which is famed for its salt. English, Rajasthani and Hindi forms the common dialects of Jaipur.
- City Palace
- Hawa Mahal
- Amer Fort
- Nahargarh Fort
- Govind Devji Temple
- Niwas Bagh
- Vidyadharji Ka Bagh.
- Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh
- Jaigarh Fort,
- Moti Doongri
- Jal Mahal
|Zone||Moti Dungri Zone, Hawa Mahal East, Hawa Mahal West, Vidyadhar Nagar, Civil Line, Sanganer, Amber, Mansarovar|
|Lat Long||26.908787, 75.781631|
|Area||43.17 sq miles (111.8 km2)|
|Population as per 2011||3,073,350|
|Official Languages||Hindi, Punjabi|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Transport||Air, Road, Rail, Metro|
|Vehicle registration||RJ-14 (Jaipur), RJ-45 (Jaipur North)|
|Food and Cuisine||Dal, Baati, Lashun-Ki-Chutney, Mirchi-Bada, Gatte-Ki-Sabji, Bajre Ki Roti, Kadhi, Churma, Gujia, Halwa, Imarti, Ghevar etc.|
|Religion||Hindus, Muslim, Jains|
|Festival||Camel Festival, Beneshwar Fair, Nagaur Fair, Desert Festival, Elephant Festival, Mewar Festival, Gogaji Fair, Kaliteej, Ramdevra Fair, Marwar Festival, Dusshera, Pushkar Fair, Kolyat Fair, Gangaur Fair, Kaila Devi Fair, Mahavir Ji Fair, Summer Festival Mt.Abu (June), Teej Festival, Kite Festival, Baneshwar Fair, Mewar Festival etc.|
|Monuments||Amber Fort, City Palace, Gaitore, Jal Mahal, Rambagh Palace, Albert Hall Museum, Hawa Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, Jantar Mantar, Nahargarh Fort, Statue Circle etc.|
|Places of interest||Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, Albert Hall Museum, City Palace, Nahargarh Fort, Birla Mandir, Govind Devji Temple, Raj Mandir Cinema, Rambagh Palace - Taj Hotels, Jaipur Zoo, Sawai Mansingh Stadium etc.|
|Markets||Johari Bazaar, Kishanpole Bazaar, Chaura Rasta, Tripolia Bazaar, Chandpole Bazaar, Chameliwala Market - Gems, Bapu Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar, Jauhari Bazar (Jeweller's Market), Choti Choppad, Badi Choppad, Indira Bazaar etc.|
|Hospital||Jaipur Hospital, Santokba Durlabhji Memorial Hospital, Monilek Hospital, Jaipur Hospital, Fortis Hospital, Apex Hospital Pvt. Ltd., Imperial Hospital, Aanchal Fertility and Mother Care Hospital, Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital and Research Centre etc.|
|Hotel||Raj Palace, Mansingh Hotel, Hotel Jaipur Palace, Hotel Sarang Palace, Umaid Mahal, Hotel Silver Plaza, ITC Rajputana, Hotel Umaid Bhawan, Hotel Jaipur City, Rambagh Palace, Radisson Blu Hotel, Arya Niwas Hotels, Sheraton Hotel, Jaipur Marriott Hotel, The Oberoi Rajvilas, Nana-Ki-Haveli, Shahpura Hotels Jaipur, Trident Jaipur, Jaipur Hotels, Hotel Kalyan, Amer City Heritage Hotel etc.|
|Industries||Jaipur Stock Exchange, Anand Industries, Tarun Industries, Rajasthan Electric Industries, Shree Vishwakarma Industries, Jaipuria Group of Industries Private Limited, Jaipur Industrial Services, Jaipur Time Industries, Summer Internship Training, Software Industrial Project Work, Jaipur Textile Industries, Aditya Autolamp India Pvt Ltd, Netescape Technologies Pvt Ltd, CMC Limited, Next Step Web Solution etc.|
|University/College||University of Rajasthan, Manipal University Jaipur, National Institute of Ayurveda, Indian Institute of Health Management Research, The LNM Institute of Information Technology Jaipur and Malviya National Institute of Technology, Subodh College, Rajasthan Technical University (RTU), Swami Keshvanand Institute of Technology (SKIT), JECRC, Poornima College of Engineering, Gyan Vihar College etc.|
|Notable people||Rajeev Khandelwal - Actor and TV Presenter, Model, Irrfan Khan - Actor, Ila Arun - Singer, Asrani - Actor, Rajeev Khandelwal - Actor, TV presenter, Model, Diya Kumari - Politician, Saawan Kumar Tak - Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Lyricist etc.|
Blogs about Jaipur
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Last Updated on : July 7, 2014