Jaipur received its nickname, "The Pink City," when the entire city was painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales on his visit in 1853. Even now, some of Jaipur's wide and neatly laid-out streets are painted pink, and this small touch of colour provides a unique and almost magical charm to the city. Book your discount holiday package to Jaipur with Direct Flights International today.
Historically known as Jeypore, and informally called India's "Pink City," Jaipur is the former capital of the princely state of Jaipur and is now the capital of Rajasthan state. Located in the Great Indian Desert of north-west India, this large city offers much for travellers to see and do, and discount travel to Jaipur is a popular holiday option. Book discount hotels, car hire and flights to Jaipur with Direct Flights International.
India's first "planned city," Jaipur is remarkable for the width and regularity of its streets, which are mainly laid out in western-style grids along the compass points. Because of this design, Jaipur is probably the easiest city for newcomers to navigate in the entire Indian sub-continent: almost all other northern Indian towns present a maze of narrow winding lanes and alleys, but not Jaipur. Take advantage of the easily navigable streets and hire a cheap car in Jaipur with Direct Flights International.
Jaipur received its nickname, "The Pink City," when the entire city was painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales on his visit in 1853. Even now, some of Jaipur's wide and neatly laid-out streets are painted pink, and this small touch of colour provides a unique and almost magical charm to the city. The nickname is also appropriate because of Jaipur's distinctly colored buildings, many of which were painted pink to imitate the red sandstone architecture of Mughal cities. Add a sightseeing tour of Jaipur when you book a discount holiday package from Australia to Jaipur with Direct Flights International.
Jaipur is sometimes used as a way-station by visitors on travel packages to the famous desert cities of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, but the city is full of its own majestic charm. Jaigarh Fort is a wonderfully intact mediaeval India fortress that features the world's largest cannon, scenic gardens and spectacular views. The huge City Palace, an imposing blend of traditional Rajput and Mughal architecture, occupies almost one-seventh of Jaipur. The palace houses a museum that contains different types of Rajasthani dresses and a fascinating armoury of Mughal and Rajput weapons. And an art gallery within the City Palace showcases paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works written in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. The City Palace also includes the architecturally striking Hawa Mahal, an extension of the women's chambers designed to allow royal women to view processions and other street activities without being seen themselves. Jal Mahal (the Water Palace) is a Rajput palace in the center of a lake that is often dry in the summer, but after winter monsoons is filled with water hyacinths. The Amber Fort, located atop a tall hill, encourages travellers to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience by riding an elephant up the steep path to the top. And while you're at Amber Fort, take in the Amber Sound and Light Show and experience the history, culture, and life of Jaipur.
Because this is India, there are a large number of monuments, museums and Hindu temples that visitors on cheap holiday packages to Jaipur can experience. One of the most fascinating monuments is Jantar Mantar, a centuries-old astronomical observatory that uses geometric devices to measure time, predict eclipses and track the movements of stars. Book discount accommodation in Jaipur with Direct Flights International and stay just moments away from your favourite attractions.
The people of Jaipur celebrate festivals with gusto, and they're happy to share them with visitors on Jaipur travel packages. The most unique and colourful of the Jaipur festivals is probably the Elephant Festival, where the sights include elephant polo games and elephants painted with floral decorations by their handlers.
Strolling through Jaipur's lively bazaar, with its colourful flowers that provide a feast for your senses, is a perfect way to discover delightful local handicrafts and other native Indian goods. And speaking of senses, the local eateries serve delectable Rajasthani dinners, pastries and savoury snacks, usually vegetarian, but always satisfying. You can experience all of these delights through discount travel to Jaipur.
Cheap flights to Jaipur can easily be booked online through Direct Flights International, a discount travel company that is based in Australia with an online presence throughout the world. And Direct Flights International can set up Jaipur travel packages that include accommodation in Jaipur as well as flights to Jaipur.
Jaipur Airport offers charter flights to London, Dublin, Muscat, Sharjah, Bangkok and Dubai, and there are daily domestic air links with many Indian cities including Jodhpur, Udaipur, Aurangabad, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Goa, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Mumbai and Indore. Travellers on cheap holidays to Jaipur can easily extend their trips and visit the stunning, powerful fort of Jodhpur, the desert city of Jaisalmer, the fabled city of Delhi and much, much more. Direct Flights International can arrange cheap trips to any of those locations, and the accommodation you'll need while you're there.