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Jaipur MapA flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture & a firm favourite on tourist itineraries as the third corner of India’s ‘Golden Triangle’, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the ‘Pink City’. Jaipur was chosen by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743) for his capital. A expert astronomer & visionary, they worked with superb Bengali architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya to complete design & construction of Jaipur in less than eight years.

The 18th century Jantar Mantar is the largest & best preserved of observatories built by the astronomer prince. The observatory complex is fascinating. Jai Singh II had the immense stone structures built to measure time, chart the declination of celestial bodies & predict eclipses.

Jaipur Facts:

• Area 200.4 sq. km
• Population 3,073,350
• Altitude 431 m above sea level
• Languages Hindi, Rajasthani, English
• Best time to visit October to March
• STD code 0141

Tourist Attractions in Jaipur:

Jaipur offers a plethora of touristic attractions to the traveller. The City Palace in the heart of Jaipur is known for its blend of Rajasthani & Mughal architecture. Not far away is the Central Museum with its large collection of woodwork, jewellery, costumes, brassware, & pottery. Another monument near the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, is the largest of the observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen. Amber Fort, situated outside the city, is perhaps the most beautiful example of Rajasthani forts & gives a grand view of the city down below.
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