Jaipur: The Pink City

Jaipur The Pink CityPeople who travel to Jaipur are sure to be in for a real treat, as there are lots of things to see and do. Wildlife features prominently on the leisure agenda of Jaipur, with camel and elephant safaris on offer. For the more adventurous, Bengal tigers can be seen in a national park not far from the city.

Embark on a Camel Safari and ride on one of the ships of the desert to get the feel of the historical era in India. Camel safaris originate from the time of trade between India and China, when camel caravans would ply established trade routes, carrying spices, herbs and jewels.

Elephant Safaris are a fantastic way to see the countryside around Jaipur and beyond. One hour trips to week-long treks are available. Elephant safaris between Jaipur and Pushkar, organized by some tour operators, are very worthwhile.

Special care was taken by the builders of Jaipur to provide plenty of space and facilities for the production and selling of handicrafts, which have made the city famous throughout India and abroad. A whole street and several city quarters have been set aside for artisans and traders. The main markets are along Jauhari Bazar, Bapu Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar, Chaura Rasta, Tripolia Bazar and M.I. Road.

Band Playing (Ram Niwas Bagh), an age old tradition, has been revived by the Department of Tourism at the Ram Niwas Bagh. This entertainment program is held every Saturday evening. The tradition was started by Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh in 1872 AD. He invited a band master from Germany and formed a group that played every Monday evening after the sunset.

Rantambhore National Park consists of three wildlife preserves. The former official hunting ground of Jaipur royalty, the park is now home to the imposing Royal Bengal Tiger. The park is 145 kilometers from Jaipur and can be reached by railway, stopping off at the Sawai Madhopur station.