Jaipur holiday packages, mostly part of Rajasthan tour packages, North India Tour Packages & Golden Triangle Tour Packages. Capital of Rajasthan and said to be the best planned city in India, Jaipur is built of the local rose-pink colored stone and is described in historical writings as the “tone of the autumn sunset”. It takes its name from the famous Maharaja Jai Singh who designed and founded the city in 1727 AD. Encircled on all sides — except the south — by rugged hills surmounted by forts, Jaipur is enclosed in battlemented walls. Although built in the early 18th century, its atmosphere is medieval. Vet, in spite of its fortifications which diffuse the spirit of the Middle Ages, it is so well laid out that it gives the impression of having been designed by some contemporary town-planner. Rectangular in character, the city is divided into blocks. Its main streets are more than 110 feet wide. It is surrounded by a crenellated wall, pierced by eight gateways. Pink and orange are the dominant colors and at sunset the effect is magical. Country-people clad in their traditional dresses come in from the neighbouring villages and the scene vibrates.
Jaipur tours essentially include sightseeing of four iconic monuments – Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, City Palace & Amber Fort. Jantar Mantar is a quaint solar observatory equipped with uniquely designed instruments of remarkable size; among these the Samrat (Prince of Dials), a gnomon 90 feet high which, for sheer accuracy, is difficult to beat even today. Hawa Mahal — Palace of the Winds — is the landmark of Jaipur. It stands in one of the main streets, a curious building elaborate and fanciful, yet at the same time controlled by the best of Oriental taste. Put together in pink sandstone, its delicate honeycomb design glows in the evening light like some fantastic nuptial cake. It is five storeys high, composed of semi-octagonal overhanging windows, each with its perforated screen. The roofing is curvilinear, with domes and finial adding to the general effect of lightness
The major attraction of Jaipur city tour happens to be City Palace. In the center of Jaipur stands City Palace — now a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine specimens of Rajput paintings and an armoury. Much is fairly modem as, for instance, the Mubarak Mahal, built by the Maharaja of the day in 1900 AD. Like many of the new buildings in India, it has lost none of that exuberance of line so typical of Hindu architecture. Adjoining the City Palace are the Jai Niwas gardens, which offer fairylike prospects of splashing fountain and ornamental water. Another somewhat eccentric feature of City Palace at Jaipur is to be seen in the interior. Ramps take often the place of stairs. There is a rich collection of outdoor vehicles, approximately fifty coaches. Some of these ancient chariots were camel-drawn, and the Maharani had one made to seat twelve inside.
Jaipur tour is incomplete without visiting Amber Fort , a fortress containing several beautiful buildings. Once the capital of the Jaipur State, Amber now consists of little more than a deserted palace, surrounded by majestic ramparts. Built in the 17th century, the Rajput influence is strongly marked. The Amber Fort Palace Complex rises on the slopes of a steep hill skirting a lake. It still retains an aura of great beauty, glowing with bright and variegated colours. Its principal hall, known as the Hall of Victory, presents a galaxy of decorative art — panels of alabaster with fine inlay work of the tenderest hues, together with every other kind of workmanship for which Jaipur is noted. It also possesses the world’s best Chamber of Mirrors. Kali Temple within the fort premises is frequently visited by the Maharaja. One of the most loved activities in Jaipur tour packages pertains to visitors make the ascent to the Fort, pompously enough, on board gaily caparisoned elephants.
Depending upon a tourist’s interest and availability of time, several tourist attractions, in addition to above mentioned monuments, can be included for sightseeing in Jaipur tour packages. Historical monuments like Jaigarh Fort & Nahargarh Fort and enchanting temples like Govind Dev Ji Temple, Galta Ji & Birla Temple can be incorporated in Jaipur tour itinerary. Bapu Bazaar and Johari Bazaar, the famous markets and place of cultural liveliness are naturally explored. Cultural fiesta is experienced while enjoying snake charming, palm reading, elephant ride at Amber Fort, feeding elephant at Dera Amber, live Rajasthani folk dance performances while taking meals, etc. The Pink City of Rajasthan is equipped with modern civic amenities. Jaipur is home to different kinds of hotels catering to all sorts of tourists. Home stay, budget hotels, star-rated hotels and luxury heritage accommodations offer large number options to the travelers of different budgets. Since Jaipur is connected with all major cities of India by road, air and rail transports, it can easily & comfortably be reached. A trip to Jaipur with Optima Travels will be an exotic experience.