Jaipur

Brave-hearted Rajput Rulers ruled over the Golden Desert Land for years and they left their marks in the form of spectacular architectural buildings, which today narrates the stories of that Great Golden era of Rajput rule. Welcome to Jaipur India. Jaipur Hotels and their hospitality too attract tourists from India and overseas. Jaipur Sightseeing like Jantar mantar in India is a refreshing experience.

The city was originally built within walls, though it has expanded outside of the original walls over time. The gates used to be closed at sunset and opened at sunrise. The town of Jaipur is built in the form of an eight-part Mandala known as the ‘Pithapada’.

The city was planned according to Indian Vastu Shastra (Vedic Planning for the comfort and prosperity of the citizens). The directions of each street and market are East to West and North to South. The Eastern gate is called Suraj (Sun) Pol, while the Western gate is called Chand (Moon) Pol. There are three gates facing East, West, and North and a Northern gate (known as Zorawar Singh gate) which faces toward the ancestral capital of Amber, while many gates face South. For Jai Singh II and his advisor Vidyadhar, the founding of Jaipur was a ritual and opportunity to plan a whole town according to the principles of Hindu architectural theory.

Jaipur has a number of forts and monuments with numerous temples and religious places. It is because of the numerous temples that it is sometimes also known as Chhoti Kashi.

Jaipur has a number of important cultural sites. Cultural centres like Jawahar Kala Kendra and Ravindra Manch have helped promote the culture of the state of Rajasthan. Albert Hall Museum (Government Central Museum) hosts several arts and antiquities. There is a government museum at Hawa Mahal and an art gallery at Viratnagar. The Town Hall (Old Vidhan Sabha Bhawan) is proposed to be converted into a museum. There are statues depicting Rajasthani culture around the city.

The prior rulers of Jaipur patronised a number of arts and crafts. They invited skilled artisans, artists and craftsmen from India and abroad. The communities settled in the city and made Jaipur their home. As a result, Jaipur is a major hub for arts and crafts.

A number of festivals are organised in the city. Some of them include Gangaur Festival, Diwali, Jaipur Literature Festival, and Teej.

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