its desert predominance and extremes of climate, Rajasthan is
the most visited by tourists. Its stunning temples, palaces
and colourful costumes lend an enchantment beyond the ordinary.
The pink city of Jaipur founded in 1728 by Maharajah Sawai Jai
Singh is the capital. It was painted pink in 1883 in honour
of the visit of Prince Albert consort of Queen Victoria.
Jaipur’s nine rectangular sectors symbolize the nine divisions
of the Universe.
of the most popular tourist sites in Jaipur are the City Palace,
Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar (observatory), and the fascinating
forts Amber and Jaigarh. Painted elephants carry the tourists
up the hill to enjoy and admire the massive gateways, pillared
pavilions and secret passages of the Amber fort. The Hawa Mahal
is in fact no palace but an airy façade of 953 windows
used by the ladies of the palace to watch street celebrations.
km from Jaipur is the Sisodia garden and a little further are
the holy springs of Galta with numerous temples.