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Exploring the Pink City of Jaipur

I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful city of Jaipur with my JKV Family and it was truly an unforgettable experience. Finally, after a 15-hours journey, I reached Jaipur station and there I met my family who had already arrived. We took some rest there and then proceeded to our next destination. From exploring the spectacular City Palace and walking through colorful markets like Chandni Chowk and Johari Bazaar, to seeking out street food unique to Jaipur or marveling at ancient temples, there’s something for everyone in Jaipur. Best known as the “Pink City” because of its rose-hued buildings painted with vegetable dyes, this city offers an unmatched experience and will surely leave you in awe of its historical splendors. Enjoy your stay!

The most common and convenient route for traveling from Panvel to Jaipur is as follows:

Panvel Railway station-> Vasai Road-> Surat -> Vadodara -> Kota Junction-> Durgapura -> Jaipur Junction = (16 hrs, 40 Min.)

History of Jaipur City

Jaipur, also known as the Pink City, is a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was founded in 1729 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, who was a Rajput ruler and an accomplished astronomer. The city was designed by Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, a Bengali architect, and was built according to the principles of Vaastu Shastra.

Jaipur was established as a planned city, with broad streets, gardens, and a central market square. The city was built with pink-colored sandstone, which gives it a distinctive appearance and has earned it the nickname “Pink City.” The color was added to the buildings during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh in the late 19th century to welcome the visit of Prince Albert.

Over the years, Jaipur has been ruled by various Rajput rulers and has played an important role in the history of Rajasthan. The city served as the capital of the Kachwaha Rajput dynasty, and the City Palace, which is located in the heart of Jaipur, was the seat of the royal family.

Jaipur is also known for its rich cultural heritage, which is reflected in its architecture, music, dance, and art. Today, Jaipur is a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors from all over the world who come to explore its rich history, culture, and cuisine. The city continues to be a center of traditional arts and crafts, with many local artisans producing beautiful textiles, pottery, and jewelry.

Here are some of the highlights from my Jaipur trip:

  • City Palace: Located in the heart of Jaipur, the City Palace is a must-visit attraction for anyone interested in history and architecture. Built in the 18th century, the palace is a blend of Rajput and Mughal styles, and it’s home to an impressive collection of art, textiles, and weaponry.
  • Mubarak Mahal: The Mubarak Mahal is a stunning example of Indo-Saracenic architecture, which is a blend of Indian, Islamic, and European architectural styles.
  • Hawa Mahal: Also known as the “Palace of the Winds,” this stunning five-story building is one of Jaipur’s most iconic landmarks. Built in 1799, it was designed to allow the royal ladies to observe the street life below without being seen themselves.
  • Chandra Mahal: Chandra Mahal is a beautiful palace located inside the City Palace complex in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. It was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in the 18th century and is considered to be one of the most important buildings within the palace. 
  • Jantar Mantar: Built in the 18th century, Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory that’s still in use today. It features a collection of massive stone instruments that were used to measure time, track the stars, and predict eclipses. It’s a fascinating place to visit for anyone interested in science and history. 
  • Local Food: No trip to Jaipur would be complete without sampling some of the local cuisine. From the famous Dal Bati Churma to the spicy Laal Maas, there’s something for every taste bud. I highly recommend trying the street food, which is both delicious and affordable.
  • Dal Baati Churma – It is a popular Rajasthani dish that consists of lentils, wheat balls, and a sweet powdered mixture made from jaggery and ghee.
  • Pyaaz Kachori – This is a famous snack that is crispy on the outside and filled with spiced onion filling.
  • Laal Maas – A spicy meat dish made with mutton, red chili paste, and a host of other spices.
  • Gatte ki Sabzi – A vegetarian dish made with gram flour dumplings cooked in a yogurt-based gravy.
  • Ghewar – A popular Rajasthani dessert made from flour, milk, and sugar syrup.
  • Kulfi – A frozen dessert made with milk, sugar, and various flavorings such as saffron, pistachios, and cardamom.
  • Chaat – A street food dish that consists of crispy fried snacks, chickpeas, potatoes, and chutneys. These are just a few of the many delicious food options that Jaipur has to offer. Be sure to try 

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