the vibrant capital of Rajasthan, is popularly known as the
' Pink City ' because of the pink-coloured buildings in its
old city. It sits on a dry lake bed in a somewhat arid landscape,
surrounded by barren hills surmounted by forts and crenellated
walls. This buzzing metropolis is certainly a place of wild
contrasts and a feast for the eyes. Jaipur has massive forts,
magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and marvellous gardens.
All through, Jaipur has retained its strong Rajputana flavour
tempered by several influences - the mughal being the most prominent.
The region's strong cultural heritage is distinctly evident
even today. The city is a visitor's delight. From the intricate,
delicate looking Hawa Mahal to the graphic forms of the Jantar
Mantar - an open air observatory of outsized astronomical instruments,
the Badi Chaupar lined with shopsand business establishments
on both sides to the majestic fort-palace at Amber; from the
colorful fountains of life to the sublime Birla Temple; from
the architectural delight of the City Palace to the serene Jal
Mahal. The principal shopping centre in the old city is Johari
Bazaar, The jewellers' market. Unlike most other shopping centres
in narrow alleys in India and elsewhere in Asia, this one is
broad and open. There are three main interconnecting roads in
the new part of town - Mirza Ismail road (MI road), Station
road and Sansar Chandra Marg.
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