A Short Introduction
Jaipur is full of fascinating bazaars, historic sights, opulent places. This city is also called the “Pink City”. The reason for the same is the colour of its buildings. Jaipur trip is often the most exotic and full experiences. It is a good example of modernity and tradition. Jaipur’s old area has the City Palace. An astronomical observatory and bazaars that sell everything. From shoes to jewellery. There are some recent additions is a multi-arts centre. But the Hawa Mahal remains the focal point.
Jaipur is a popular tourist destination in India. It forms a part of the west Golden Triangle tourist circuit along with Delhi and Agra. It also serves as a gateway to other tourist destinations in Rajasthan such as Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur and Mount Abu. A parallel range of hills runs along Jaipur’s eastern periphery, from Sanganer in the south up to Amber and beyond, enclosing a narrow valley. Consisting of thickly wooded slopes and rocky terrain. This was the area where the nobility built temples, gardens, pavilions and palaces.
Perched high above the city are the dramatic fortresses of Nahargarh and Jaigarh that guarded the approach to both Ambe and the new capital of Jaipur. The surrounding region also has the remains of fortified walls, temples, Havelis and the marble cenotaphs of the Kkachhawaha kings of Amber and Jaipur. By the end of the 1oth century, Jaipur had expanded its boundaries far beyond the walled city established by Sawai Jai Singh II. Many new pleasure palaces, hunting lodges and mansions came up on its outskirts, making the city a harmonious blend of old and new.
Jaipur has a hot semi-arid climate. The average rain during the year is 625 millimetres (25 in). Rain usually occurs during the monsoon months between June and September. Temperature is relatively high during summer from April to early July. Average daily temperature is around 30 °C. There are frequent and heavy rains during the monsoon. Winter arrives in the month of November and remains until February. The average temperature during winter range from 10-15°C (50–59 °F). Cold waves lead to temperatures near freezing.
Photos by Mark Itkonen.
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