Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan and one of the most splendid cities in all of India. Known as the Pink City, Jaipur is on the ‘Golden Triangle’, the popular tourist route that takes in Jaipur, Delhi and Agra.
The city gets its name from its founder, the Maharaja Jai Singh, who ruled from 1688 to 1744. He was from the Rajput clan that traced its lineage back to the 12th century and who built the magnificent Amber Fort, 11km outside of Jaipur. Jai Singh created the city in 1727 to accommodate a growing population and due to a lack of water at Amber.
Jaipur was designed with precision according to ancient Hindu principles and was India’s first planned city. In 1876 Jai Singh’s successor, Maharaha Ram Singh, painted the city pink to welcome the Prince of Wales, and Jaipur became known as the Pink City.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, Jaipur outgrew its city walls and its organic sprawl paid little attention to the planned precision of the Old City. Today it is a chaotic and crowded city, but a largely prosperous one, attracting investment as a commercial, business and tourist centre.
In 2008 Jaipur was ranked 31 in the Top 50 Emerging Global Outsourcing Cities. Several large multinational corporations have their BPOs there and the World Trade Park is a hub for modern business.
When to go:
The weather is best for visitors to Jaipur between November and February, although there are some wonderful festivals in March and April.
Just a few minutes from the international airport, this hotel places guests close to Jaipur Centre Mall and the World Trade Park. Luxury amenities abound at this hotel in Jaipur, which features a fitness centre, a business centre, a rooftop swimming pool and Free high-speed Internet. Additionally, the hotel offers on-site dining and spacious meeting rooms.
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