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Jaipur Destination Guide

Padharo Mhare Desh!

Rajasthan, the land of sand dunes, gilded palaces and brilliant swirls of colour, and 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, the then Maharaja ordered all city buildings to be painted pink (the traditional colour symbolizing a harmonious welcome) in welcome of the ruling royals.

A modern-day treasure trove, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 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 beckon the luxury traveller. Jaipur is historical, fascinating and has a distinct charm that is quintessentially Rajput. Its antiquity and majestic past stands tall even today in its sprawling forts and magnificent palaces.
Nestled in the cradle of the Aravalli’s, reminiscent of a 16th-century Mughal palace, the inspired structure that Fairmont Jaipur calls home, shines through as one such gem complete with grand wooden doorways, frangipani-scented pebbled courtyards and gilded halls, with all the comforts to cater to the luxury aficionado.
Come, soak in the rich culture and heritage of Rajasthan.

  • Jaipur's Local Tips

    Local Tips

    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 an average daily temperature of around 30 °C (86 °F). During the monsoon, there are frequent, heavy rains and thunderstorms. 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 freezing cold temperatures.

    Culture

    The culture of Jaipur is largely shaped by its ancestral royal roots, and many old customs and traditions linger on even today. Despite its new place as a metropolitan hub, residents of Jaipur and surrounding regions continue to host the fairs, festivals and traditions of the yesteryear. 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 their traditional, vibrant Rajasthani dresses.

    People

    Residents of Jaipur are known to be cheerful, hard-working citizens who enjoy celebrating their culture. 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 coloured clothing, making up for the dry, and barren desert topography. Women wear large groupings of silver or lacquered bangles, often reaching up to their elbows. Jaipur being a tourist destination, guests will find the populace exceptionally warm, welcoming, and willing to help.

    Cuisine

    Jaipur's cuisine is rich and hearty. Fine spices, butter and clarified butter (ghee) are used in most of the local dishes, making them rich and savoury. A variety of fresh vegetables are used in many dishes, as well as in 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 the Rajasthani culinary repertoire.

    Languages

    The most widely spoken language of Jaipur is Rajasthani. However, Marwari, Hindi and English are also widely spoken by the city’s residents.

    Religion

    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 and Garasiays.

    Festivals

    Jaipur’s fairs and festivals are an inseparable element of the cultural identity of the city. The vibrant city is bedecked and looks festive 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 or for details on special events taking place during your stay, please contact the hotel’s Concierge.

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  • Jaipur Local Attractions

    Local Attractions

    Jaipur Tourist Attractions
    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 memorable. The city prides itself with its rich history, glorious legacy and multifaceted culture.

    Forts & Monuments
    Hawa Mahal: This majestic red and pink sandstone palace is situated on the main thoroughfare in the heart of Jaipur’s business centre. Particularly striking when viewed at sunrise and sunset, Hawa Mahal forms part of the City Palace.
    Amber Fort: Located in Amber, 11 kilometres from Jaipur, Amber Fort is known for its distinctive architectural style, blending Hindu and Muslim (Mughul) elements, as well as its ornate and breathtaking artistic design.
    Jaigarh Fort: located approximately 15 kilometres from Jaipur, Jaigarh Fort is one of the most spectacular forts in India. Jaigarh Fort was a centre of artillery production for the Rajputs and it is home to the world's largest cannon on wheels, the Jaivana.
    Nahargarh Fort: Standing on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, this the fort overlooks the pink city and offers breathtaking views of Jaipur.
    City Palace: The City Palace was once the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur. The palace complex, located northeast of the centre of the grid-patterned Jaipur city, incorporates an impressive and vast array of courtyards, gardens and buildings.
    Jantar Mantar: This Jaipur attraction, listed as a World Heritage site, is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments. It has been described as ‘an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period.’
    Jal Mahal: (meaning ‘Water Palace’) is a palace located in the middle of the beautiful Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur.

    Gardens
    Sisodia Rani Garden: Located just 10 kilometres from Jaipur, Sisodia Bagh is a prime attraction for travellers and residents. The garden was built in 1728 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, with an intention to gift the garden to his Queen from Udaipur. These beautiful gardens stand as a symbol of love for the natives of the city.
    Ram Niwas Garden: Offering a bird park, zoo, museum, the Ravindra Mach Theatre and an art gallery, Ram Niwas Garden covers 33 acres and offers a unique Jaipur sightseeing experience in the middle of the city. The garden also boasts of several cafes and picnic spots, and is a great attraction for the local families.

    Temples
    Govind Dev Ji Temple: Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the temple is situated in the City Palace and represents the royal past of Jaipur.
    Birla Temple: Birla Temple is located in Jaipur and is part of one of several Birla mandirs located across India. The grand temple is located on an elevated ground at the base of Moti Dungri in Rajasthan. The temple is sometimes also referred to as the Laxmi Narayan Temple.
    Moti Dungri Ganesh Temple: Moti Dungri means Hill of Pearls or Pearl Hill. The temple of Moti Dungri is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and serves as a tourist attraction for the scenic view it offers. Moti Dungri Temple is significant to Hindus, who flock to this sacred temple to pay their homage to Lord Ganesha

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  • Shopping in Jaipur

    Shopping

    Shopping in Rajasthan, Jaipur
    Widely considered to be the best shopping destination in Rajasthan and a shopaholic’s paradise. Jaipur provides a variety of outstanding shopping venues. The city boasts of its vibrant, colourful markets offering handicrafts, antiques, jewellery, gems, pottery, carpets, textiles and much 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 special souvenirs. 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 truly one-of-a-kind.
    Being centrally located, Fairmont 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 and Carpets
    The city is famous for its brightly coloured 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 bazaar.

    Jaipur Handicrafts
    Jaipur boasts of a rich history of artists and craftsmen, praised by the Royal Family for developing unique handicrafts that helped set Jaipur apart from the rest of the country. You can find a variety of home merchandise, décor objects, handwoven fabrics, beaded shoes, sculptures and fine arts.

    Jaipur Camel Leather Items
    During your Jaipur shopping trip, look for leather goods, including jutis (shoes), 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 and 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.

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  • Tours in Jaipur

    Tours

    JAIPUR TOURS

    The Golden Triangle Tour

    The Golden Triangle is a famous tour destination because of the triangular shape formed by the locations of New Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan on the map. The tours 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 a private journey through most tour operators. The Golden Triangle is now a well-travelled route showcasing a spectacular spectrum of the country's diverse landscapes. The circuit is about 720 km by road. Each leg is about a 4 to 6-hour drive.

    Pushkar Tour


    Pushkar is a town in the Ajmer district in the Indian state of Rajasthan which is 150 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 religious association with Shiva; it was formed by the tears of Lord Shiva which he is believed to have shed after the death of his beloved 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.


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  • Dining in Jaipur

    Local Dining

    Local Dining
    1135 AD
    Distance from Hotel: 10 Km
    Location: Amber Fort, Jaipur

    'Rajputana' now known as Rajasthan was the land of many princely states which included Jaipur. 1135 AD derives its name from the year in which the Kacchawaha clan founded the dynasty. The royal chefs worked in the palaces and kept their recipes to themselves. Some recipes were passed on to their descendants and the rest were passed on as skills to the chefs. Our chef takes anecdotes from the royal cooks and brings forth the true culinary valour of the 'Rajput Kingdom'. The restaurant is divided into many sections. The Shahi Aangan is centrally located and is an open-air setup. The Swarna Mahal is the main restaurant and the Diwan E Khas is the boardroom for business meetings. The Sheesh Mahal is for private dining, it dazzles with royal, old-world charm. Flickering candles bring alive an era gone by, one of Rajput valour, glory and grandeur- this is the essence of 1135 AD, Amber.

    On the House
    Distance from Hotel: 25 Km
    Location: C Scheme, Jaipur
    Bringing a new experience to the Pink City, OTH is a premier Bistro & Bakery, offering authentic French confectionary products to your doorstep. Recreating the uptown ambience of a European bistro, OTH offers baked delights with a wide range of healthy bites, hot and cold beverages. Take in the crisp, airy ambience, sip on a freshly brewed coffee, bite into exotic bread, caress your sweet tooth and let time stand still as you romance the incomparable flavours of France.

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Rather than partake in a standard tour of the City Palace have the concierge at Fairmont Jaipur pull out all the stops to arrange for an exclusive private dinner at the venue. As you approach the Palace complex, note the exquisite fusion of Rajput, Mughal and European architectural styles. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II built the palace between 1729 and 1732, entrusting its design to chief architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, who designed it in accordance with ancient Hindu texts. Pass through the ornate gates in a procession of horses, elephants and musicians. After viewing the sumptuous courtyards and extensive museum collections, visitors find themselves in the exclusive chambers of the current Maharaja of Jaipur to enjoy a royal feast in a setting that is complete with the enchanting notes from a symphony of sitars and tablas (both instruments used in Indian classical music).

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