Jaipur - Jaipur, the capital of the North Indian State of Rajasthan, is named after its founder Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743). The city is surrounded by hills and dotted with forts. Houses with pink latticed windows line the streets, and look almost magical at sunset. An extremely well planned city, Jaipur was designed by an engineer and scholar Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, in accordance with ancient Hindu treatise on architecture, the Shilpa Shasta (Vastu).
It was planned in a grid system with wide straight avenues, roads, streets and lanes and uniform rows of shops on either side of the main roads. Jaipur remains the only place where the nine sectors that sub-divide the city symbolise the nine divisions of the universe. Jaipur is surrounded by a wall having seven gates and was built for protection from invading armies and wild animals that lurked just outside in the jungles that surrounded the city.
The Old City, also known as the Pink City, is a wonderful place to wander around. The whole city was painted pink by Maharaja Man Singh II when Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, visited Jaipur in 1876. Today, every home within the city is obliged by law to maintain this facade - hence Jaipur's is also called the Pink City.
The arts and crafts of the state are amazing. You’ll find elaborately fashioned jewellery, the multi-coloured ‘bandhini’ fabrics, richly decorated handlooms, and other trinkets at the colourful bazaars of Jaipur. These bazaars are a lot of fun not just for what’s available, but also for the cheerful people in their traditional costumes. Important places to visit in Jaipur include the Amber Fort, the City Palace and Museum, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal and the Albert Hall Museum.
It is a small Heritage style hotel located very close to the city centre. Rooms at the Shahpura House are very much like the ones used by the erstwhile royalty of Rajasthan and are furnished with elegant colonial furniture. Facilities here, include a small outdoor pool, and a wonderful roof top restaurant for alfresco dining. An excellent value for money accommodation option in Jaipur.
The Alsisar Haveli is a small Heritage hotel, that was once a old merchant's home, refurbished and restored in to a Heritage hotel by the original family. It is located very close to the city centre and the main attractions of Jaipur. Rooms and Suites, are set around a central courtyard, and are furnished with elegant colonial style furniture. Facilities here include an outdoor swimming pool, a bar and a restaurant.
One of the new additions to the list of hotels in Jaipur, the Golden Tulip, which is indeed classic as well as contemporary, is located in the heart of Jaipur. All 108 rooms are well appointed, spacious and tastefully furnished. In room facilities include wall mounted LCD Televisions, Tea/Coffee makers, well stocked Mini Bars, and Electronic Safes. The hotel offers free wi-fi internet service. Leisure facilities include a roof top swimming pool, that offers panoramic views of the Aravali Hills.
A modern centrally located hotel, the Country Inn && Suites is located just above a modern shopping mall. All 100 rooms, are modern, well appointed and have all amenities like colour televisions, tea / coffee makers and mini bars. Wi-fi internet access is available. Leisure facilities include a Health club , Spa and Swimming pool. The hotel also has a night club and discotheque.
The Samode Haveli today, is one of Jaipur's best known, and most liked Heritage hotels. Built over 150 years ago, the Samode Haveli is a small intimate hotel known for its personalised service. The rooms remain in traditional style equipped with all modern facilities. It's ideal location offers easy access to the city centre, the Fort of Amber and other historical sites, making it a convenient place to stay. Facilities here include a Swimming pool, restaurant and bar.
Set in several acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, the Jai Mahal Palace was the residence of the former Prime Minister of the state of Jaipur. Now a Deluxe hotel, managed by the Taj Group, the hotel has recently been refurbished and upgraded. Almost all rooms offer breathtaking views of the Mughul gardens or the swimming pool. Excellent service and modern amenities make Jai Mahal Palace one of the finest hotels in Jaipur.
Recently voted as one of the best Palace Hotels in the World ,this former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur is a luxury hotel set in forty seven acres of lush gardens. Having recently undergone major refurbishment and with antiques and works of art spread throughout, it has some of the most beautiful rooms of any hotel in India. The Rambagh Palace is also home to several fine restaurants and bars, noted amongst which is the "Polo Bar", rated as one of the finest bars in the world. Facilities here include a temperature control indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, Fitness Centre, Tennis Courts etc. The Rambagh Golf Course, Jaipur's best golfing facility, is adjoining the Palace. Most people regard the Rambagh Palace as the finest place to stay in the pink city of Jaipur.
Set in a princely oasis of thirty-two acres of beautiful gardens, pools and fountains right in the heart of Rajasthan, The Oberoi Rajvilas is the perfect way to experience the palatial treasures of Jaipur. Each Deluxe room and villa features a regal teak four-poster bed and a sunken white Italian marble bathtub looking into its own private walled ornamental garden. As one might expect, every conceivable modern comfort is provided – private bar, satellite TV and CD and DVD player, direct dial telephone, data-port, the same day laundry and dry cleaning, 24 hour in-room dining and butler services ensure that every need is catered for.