Maharajas' Express Blog

Jaipur Gateway to Indias Most Flamboyant State

Amber_fort[1]“Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is popularly known as the Pink City primarily due to the pink colour stone used extensively in the walled city. The city was once a stronghold of set of rulers, whose palaces and three hill forts are still major attractions of the place. Founded on 18th November 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber, Jaipur got its name after him. The city is deeply immersed in history and culture and the past of the city comes alive in its magnificent fort and palaces. The charming and enthralling city takes the tourists to an era of royalty and tradition. Besides the cultural and traditional delight, Jaipur is also renowned for its bustling markets that are famous for Rajasthani jewellery, shoes and fabric that are surely a treasure-trove for the shoppers.

The city of timeless quality was built on the principles of the science of Indian Architecture and is laid according to the conventional nine grid pattern that has been recommended in the Indian treatise on architecture. Each nine grid comprises of a square and these have been planned in such a manner that City Palace is located at the heart of the city. Residences, public buildings and quarters of merchants and artisans are spread in rows. Wide and straight roads run through the city, which is protected with a high crenellated wall that also forms its defence. The wall is pierced with seven gateways that serve as entry point. Though, the city has grown far beyond its original plan and the walls are difficult to spot but these walls are still there. These walls are proof that this city was made in a way that no intruders can siege the city.

Jaipur the first planned Indian city is home to several architectural wonder in the form of fort and palaces. Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, Nahargarh Fort, Jal Mahal, City Palace, Jaigarh Fort, Albert Hall Museum, Birla Mandir, Rambagh Palace, Jaipur zoo and Sawai Mansingh Stadium are some of the prime attractions of the city that will surely take the tourists by surprise. Hawa Mahal is a stunning presentation of the architectural marvel of the past built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. This five-storey building has 953 windows to allow the royal women of Rajput family to view the city happenings. Jantar Mantar is ranked amongst the largest observatories in the world and has largest sundial of the world.

Jaipur is a bustling capital city along with a strong business centre having all the accoutrements of a metropolis yet maintaining the age-old charm of the city that never fails to attract the visitors. The splendid forts and palaces like Amer, Jaigarh, Nahargarh and Rambagh Palaces set the stunning backdrop for the city and are reminder of the bravery and chivalry of the Rajputs. With innumerable architectural brilliance, the city holds the potential to grab the admiration and appreciation of any visitor. The city of Jaipur is not just another tourist attraction, which must be explored but it is a destination where tourists enjoy, learn, explore and get adventurous.

Maharajas’ Express, worlds leading luxury train, covers this amazing destination in all its five itineraries in order to provide its esteem guests a date with this historical city. The guests on board Maharajas’ Express Rail are sure to be fascinated and mesmerized with architectural brilliance and magnificence of the city.”