Jaipur is the capital and the largest city in the state of Rajasthan. Also known as the Pink City, Jaipur was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber on November 18, 1727 and is named after him.
The city has an estimated population of approx 6.6mn and is divided into six sectors. The Palace quarter houses the famous Hawa Mahal palace complex in addition to gardens and a small lake.
Nahargarh Fort, the erstwhile residence of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II forms a majestic backdrop on a hill in the northwest corner of the city. The famous observatory, Jantar Mantar, a world heritage site, is also located here.
Jaipur is an integral part of the Golden Triangle tourist circuit alongside Agra and Delhi and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state and the country.
As of 2011, Jaipur had a population of about 3,073,350 people, while the population of the Jaipur metropolitan area was approx 3,846,590. Jaipur has a semi-arid climate, receiving over 650 mm (26 in) of rainfall annually mostly between the months of June and September.
Temperatures here remain relatively high, with the summer months of April to early July having average daily temperatures of around 30 °C (86 °F). The winter months of November-February are mild and pleasant, with average temperatures ranging from 15-18 °C (59-64 °F).
Transport & Infra:
Jaipur is linked via NH- 8 to Delhi and Mumbai. RSRTC operates bus services to all the parts of the state, New Delhi, UP, Haryana, MP, Maharashtra, Punjab and Gujarat.
Inter-city buses are operated by the Jaipur City Transport Services Limited (JCTSL). Jaipur is the headquarters of the North Western Zone of Indian Railways and is connected by rail to most major cities.
The city is also slated to get a rapid transit rail project - Jaipur Metro. Jaipur International Airport is located in the satellite town of Sanganer, 10 km from the city-centre.
Rajasthan State Industrial and Investment Corporation (RIICO), a State government agency, has developed 322 industrial areas in Rajasthan.
RIICO has developed four Agro Food Parks in Kota, Jodhpur, Sriganganagar and Alwar for development of agriculture based industries with an investment of INR 614.1 million (US$ 13.6 million). RIICO has established EPIPs at Sitapura in Jaipur, Neemrana in Alwar and Boranada in Jodhpur.
The EPIP in Jaipur is the largest export park in northern India. RIICO has set up two Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in the State for: Gems and Jewelry in Jaipur, handicrafts in Jodhpur.
The Mahindra group in tandem with RIICO has established the Mahindra World City (MWC), a multi-product 3,000 acre SEZ in Jaipur. The IT zone in the Mahindra World City is spread over 750 acres and is the country’s largest IT SEZ with plug-and-play facilities. The State has also developed an industrial estate in Neemrana for Japanese companies.
Jaipur is likely to become a Mega City by 2025 with a population of 10 million people covering an area of about 800 sq km. The realty market of Jaipur has witnessed maximum activity in suburban micro-markets of southern and western Jaipur such as Jagatpura, Tonk Road, Vaishali Nagar, and Patrakar Colony among other locations. The maximum supply and absorption in the Jaipur market falls in the price bracket of between INR 2,000-4,000 psf.
Jantar Mantar (Observatory) - Built in the 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II.
Hawa Mahal - Built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, it is the most recognizable monument of Jaipur.
Jaigarh Fort - It stands tall on a hilltop, overlooking the palaces and city of Amer.
Jalmahal - Located about 6kms away on the route to Amer, this small palace is set in the middle of Mansagar Lake.
Amer - The former capital of the Kachhwahas, the fort is remarkable as much for the majestic grandeur of its surroundings as for its sturdy battlements.
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