Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan is a thriving city that offers tourists unbeatable choices in sightseeing. The city derives its name from its illustrious ruler Sawai Jaisingh II who is credited for its perfect planning. In fact Jaipur is considered India’s first planned city. It has been planned as per the various norms of the vaastu shastra and is sub-divided into nine rectangular sectors symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe.
Famous for its pink buildings, architectural splendour, rich culture and vibrant traditions, Jaipur is a favoured tourist destination for many. This exotic city is lined with magnificent palaces, majestic forts, and lofty havelis like City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jai Mahal, and Nahargarh Fort, luring tourists from all across the world to experience its serene beauty and soak in its rich culture. Jaipur, however, is not all about ancient architecture and royalty. Its array of exquisite handicrafts, delicate artefacts, furniture, jewellery and carpets gives the title of ‘Craft Capital of India’.
Famous for its five-coloured bandhej on textiles, traditional meenakari jewellery, hand knotted carpets and rugs, camel leather bags and sandals are a must buy for anyone who visits Jaipur. Hotels in Jaipur vary from the extravagant resorts to the more humble abodes. The 5 star resorts in Jaipur mostly cater to the westerners and offer a uniquely traditional experience of Jaipur. The hotel’s decor, the attire of the staff, the food and the services offered are all done in a flamboyantly Rajasthani way. The Oberoi Rajvilas, Heritage Retreat, Rambagh Palace, Trident Hilton, Le Meridian, Chokhi Dhani, Chomu Palace etc are few of these luxury hotels.
However for those who do not want to be part of this extravaganza can opt for the more pocket friendly hotels and experience the real Jaipur out on the streets. Just as the luxury hotels are aplenty, even the budget hotels are many in number. A few of them are: Hotel Satkar, Tiwari Hotel, Krishna Palace, Anuraag Villa Hotel, Pearl Palace, Janpath Guest House, Chirmi Palace, RTDC Hotel Swagatam, Jaipur Inn, Surya Mani Hotel, Kalyan Hotel, Raghuraj Palace Hotel, KK Palace hotel, Sugandh Retreat Hotel, Neelgiri Hotel, Paul Avenue Hotel, Jai Mangal palace and many more.
They offer a/c or non a/c furnished rooms with adjoining baths that have both hot and cold running water, telephone, 24 hours room service, same day laundry service, stand by generator, doctor on call, television with cable connection, multi cuisine restaurant and many more such facilities. The rooms come at an average rate of Rs 500 a day for a room. Rajasthani food is very famous for its rich taste and are a must try. Famous for its dal-bati-churma, Mishri mawa and ghevar are the local sweet delicacies and can make anyone with a sweet tooth keep asking for more.