Rajasthan… the land of sand dunes, gilded palaces and brilliant swirls of color…. At the heart of this pristine Northern desert state rests the capital city of Jaipur, sparkling like a glittering jewel, one that has attracted the attention of visitor and conqueror alike, for centuries. Known for its humbling hospitality, The ‘Pink City’, as it fondly called, played host to the Prince of Wales in 1876, with an awe inspiring gesture, as the then Maharaja ordered all city buildings to be painted pink (the traditional color symbolizing a harmonious welcome) in welcome of the ruling royals. A modern-day treasure trove, Jaipur has evolved into a well-rounded destination that offers a symphonic mix of culture, an exemplary sampling of architectural genius and distinctive gems that call alluringly to the luxury traveler.
AIR: Jaipur’s Sanganer Airport is situated 12 kilometres from the city. Flights from Sanganer Airport connect it to major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Ahmedabad.
It also offers international services to Muscat, Sharjah, Bangkok, Dubai, London via Delhi and major European cities like Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich and Moscow.
RAIL: Jaipur Railway Station, located a half kilometre from the city centre, connects the city to all major destinations of Rajasthan and greater India.
ROAD: National Highway 8 connects Jaipur to Delhi. Rajasthan State Transport Corporation (RSTC) buses are available from the main bus station located at Station Road.
JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN – CLIMATE
Jaipur has a hot semi-arid climate receiving over 650 millimetres (26 in) of rainfall annually but most rains occur in the monsoon months between June and September. Temperatures remain relatively high throughout the year, with the summer months of April to early July having average daily temperatures of around 30 °C (86 °F). During the monsoon there are frequent, heavy rains and thunderstorms, but flooding is not common. The winter months of November to February are mild and pleasant, with average temperatures ranging from 22–18 °C (72–64 °F) and with little or no humidity. There are however occasional cold waves that lead to temperatures near freezing.
The culture of Jaipur is largely formed by its royal roots, and many old customs and traditions linger on today. Despite its new place as a metropolitan hub of activity, residents of Jaipur and surrounding areas continue the fairs, festivals and traditions of yesterday. Many rural residents come to Jaipur for various personal and commercial reasons such as business and shopping. Guests will see them walking in the streets and markets of Jaipur in typical Rajasthani dresses.
Residents of Jaipur are known as cheerful, hard-working citizens who enjoy celebrating their culture and society. The people of Jaipur primarily speak Hindi in the Rajasthani accent and the majority of residents practice Hinduism, but there is also a sizeable Muslim population.
The people of Jaipur dress in brightly colored clothing, perhaps making up for the dry, barren desert topography. Women wear large groupings of silver or lacquered bangles, often reaching to their elbows. As Jaipur is a tourist destination, guests will find that most people in Jaipur are exceptionally friendly and willing to help in any way they are needed.
Jaipur’s cuisine is rich and hearty. Fine spices, butter and clarified butter (ghee) are used in much of the local dishes, making them rich and savoury. A variety of fresh vegetables are used in many dishes, as well as rice, lentils and beans.
Dal-Bati Churma, Dahi Vada, Mawa Kachori, Besan Ka Gatta, Ker Sangri, Pyaaz Ki Kachauri, Chakke Ki Sabji and Jodhpur Ki Rabri are some of the most popular dishes in Rajasthani cuisine.
The primary language of Jaipur is Rajasthani. However, Marwari, Hindi and English are also prevalently spoken by the city’s residents.
The main religion practiced in Jaipur is Hinduism. Other religions include Jainism, Islam, Sikhism and Christianity.
DANCE & MUSIC
Residents of Jaipur are known to love dance and music, which bring liveliness to the desert lands of Rajasthan. “Ghoomar” is the main folk dance in Jaipur, and women wear large skirts while dancing to give an extra aesthetic appeal to the dance. The people sing traditional songs with instruments like Sarangi, Jhalar, Ektara, Garasiays and others.
Jaipur’s fairs and festivals are an inseparable element of the cultural identity of the city. The vibrant city looks even more festive and colourful during these events.
THE MAJOR FESTIVALS OF JAIPUR ARE:
Gangaur Festival – April
Kite Festival – January
Teej Festival – August
Elephant Festival – March
Pushkar Fair – November
Cattle Fair – February
For more information about Jaipur weather / sightseeing OR for details on special events taking place during your stay, please contact the Hotel’s Concierge.
Jaipur sightseeing offers endless opportunities to connect with the land, and the people, of the legendary Pink City. With a diverse array of Jaipur attractions, including forts and monuments, lush gardens, and inspiring temples, all just minutes from our hotel, your journey will be unforgettable.
FORTS & MONUMENTS
SHOPPING IN RAJASTHAN, JAIPUR
Widely considered to be the best shopping destination in Rajasthan, Jaipur provides a variety of outstanding shopping venues. The city boasts vibrant, colourful markets offering handicrafts, antiques, jewellery, gems, pottery, carpets, textiles and more. Many markets also sell authentic Indian spices and fresh fruits and vegetables.
The city’s bazaars are a glimpse of the vivacious culture of the area for tourists, who flock to the markets in search of a special souvenir or great deal. Popular Jaipur shopping destinations include Kishanpol Bazar, Haldiyon Ka Rasta, Mahiharon Ka Rasta, M.I. Road, Jauhari Bazar, Bapu Bazar and Nehru Bazaar. From handicrafts to hand-woven rugs and textiles, the items at these bazaars are one of a kind.
V One Pride guests enjoy easy access to the best shopping in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Please see the front desk or Concierge for more information.
JAIPUR FABRIC & CARPETS
The city is famous for its brightly colored fabric and textiles. Guests will find beautiful hand woven rugs, carpets and fabrics at several popular Jaipur shops, as well as its many bazaars, including the Tripolia, Kishanpol, Bapu and Nehru bazaars.
Jaipur boasts a rich history of artists and craftsmen, praised by the Royal Family for developing unique handicrafts that help set Jaipur apart from other areas in India. You can find a variety of home goods and décor items, as well as woven and beaded shoes, sculptures and fine art.
JAIPUR CAMEL LEATHER ITEMS
During your Jaipur shopping trip, look for leather goods, including jutis, mojaris (slippers), bags, sandals, shoes and purses at the city’s bazaars. Rajasthan is famous for its leather craft industry and many of its residents make a living by tediously sewing and crafting these beautiful pieces.
JAIPUR JEWELRY & GEMS
Rajasthan has long been regarded as an important centre for beautiful traditional Indian jewellery and gems. Guests can find bangles, earrings, necklaces and a host of other beautiful handcrafted items for women, men and children at a variety of Jaipur shops.
THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE TOUR
The Golden Triangle is very famous tour destination because of the triangular shape formed by the locations of New Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan on a map. The trips usually start in Delhi moving south to the site of Taj Mahal at Agra, then west, to the desert landscapes of Jaipur, Rajasthan. It is normally possible to do the trip by coach or private journey through most tour operators. The Golden Triangle is now a well traveled route providing a good spectrum of the country’s different landscapes. The circuit is about 720 km by road. Each leg is about a 4 to 6 hour drive.
Pushkar is a town in the Ajmer district in the Indian state of Rajasthan which is 140 Kilometers from our hotel. It is situated 14 km (8.7 mi) northwest of Ajmer at an average elevation of 510 m (1,670 ft) and is one of the five sacred dhams (pilgrimage site) for devout Hindus. According to Hindu theology, the pond at the Katas Raj temple Near Choa Saidan Shah in Chakwal District of Pakistan has a theological association with Shiva; it was formed by the tears of Lord Shiva which he is believed to have shed after the death of his wife, Sati. The story goes that when Sati died, Shiva cried so much and for so long, that his tears created two holy ponds – one at Pushkara in Ajmer (India) and the other at Ketaksha, which literally means raining eyes, in Sanskrit. It is from this name that the word Katas is derived. It is often called “Tirth Raj” – the king of pilgrimage sites – and has in recent years become a popular destination for foreign tourists.