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About Jaipur, India


Jaipur, the largest city and the capital of Rajasthan, is also referred to as Pink City of India. Built by Sawai Jai Singh, this place was India's first planned city. With spectacular hilltops and stunning fortresses, Jaipur has become a major tourist attraction among both national and international tourists. It captivates travelers known for its rich culture and tradition, magnificent art and artefacts, and brilliant past. The serene temples, the long standing forts and palaces, and beautiful havelis with royal touch to them; add on to the glory of Jaipur. Wonderful landscapes, marvelous flora and fauna, picturesque views; all together create a mesmerizing view of this place. The intricate handicraft items and exquisite jewelry also catch the eyes of tourists.

Climate


There are three main seasons – summer, monsoon and winter. The best time to visit Jaipur would be during winter, which occurs from October to March. Most of the festivals held in winter are planned as tourist attractions, with visitors coming in from different parts of the world.

Temperature

January to March
Temperature (degrees Celsius): 10°C - 27°C
Rainfall: 4MM - 7MM

Official language

The official language of Jaipur is Rajasthani, but Hindi and English are also widely used.

Religion

People in Jaipur have their own various religions and it consists of Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Jainism.


Transportation
 
Buses

Jaipur is well connected to almost every part of India and to travel within the city there are various means of transportation including buses. You can travel in any part of Jaipur through the bus and the fair of the bus is also nominal.

The city buses are functioned by Jaipur City Transport Services Limited of Rajasthan State Roadways Transport Corporation under JNNURM. It comprises of regular and low-floor buses. There are 3 main bus stands including Vaishali Nagar, Vidyadhar Nagar and Sanganer. In addition to this, there are AC and non-AC buses which connect Jaipur to the nearby cities and towns.


Taxi
Private taxis and cabs are also available to travel in and around the city. They can be hired or booked through approved travel agents. It is advisable to book taxis from pre-paid kiosks at railway stations, bus stands or wherever available.

Auto-rickshaw

It is easily available everywhere in the city including the bus terminal and the railway station. Fare is charged depending on the metre which maintains the record of total distance covered. It is advisable to take autorickshaws from pre-paid kiosks at railway stations, bus stands or wherever available.

Unmetred auto-rickshaws are also available in Jaipur, which carry people on a sharing basis and charge less. People also travel by cycle-rickshaws which are the cheapest means of transport in Jaipur and are also very easily available, another option to travel to the smaller distances.


Car Rental
It is very simple to rent a car or a motorbike, but it is best to check in advance what the requirements of the different agencies are. Age generally must be 23 or over (sometimes 25), but some agencies allow younger people to rent a vehicle. A credit card is generally necessary, plus a driving license. Non-EU nationals should also possess an International Driving Permit (IDP).

Currency

Currency of Jaipur is Indian rupee, which comes in denominations of Rs 1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 notes. There are 100 paise in a rupee. Coins come in denominations of Rs 5, 2 and 1.


Credit Cards

As well as in cash, purchases can be paid for using the most common credit cards. This payment system is available in Jaipur shops, which generally display the symbols of the credit cards they accept on the outside door. If you pay by credit card you will be asked to show an identity document.

Tipping

Tips are not compulsory and in Jaipur there are no generally established rules, although it is common practice to leave a sum amounting to around 10% of the bill if you are satisfied with the service you have received.

Please see website: http://www.fullstopindia.com/how-much-do-i-tip-in-india-a-guide-to-tipping/.


Safe Drinking Water

Visitors are advised to use packaged drinking water. When purchasing a bottle of water always ensure that the seal has not been tampered with.


Electricity


In India, electricity is between 240 Volts at 50 Hertz. It is advisable to bring along universal adapter.

Making Calls

The country code for India is +91 and the Jaipur area code (for landlines only) is 141. To call a landline in Jaipur, the country code and area code shall be entered first, followed by the 7-digits landline number. For instance, +91 141 1234567.

For calling a mobile number, please enter the country code followed by the 10-digits mobile number e.g +91 1234567890.


Internet and Email Usage

There are numerous free wifi access spots in Jaipur. Free wifi access is easily found in Jaipur.

It is known as the wifi city in Jaipur India.


Time in India

GMT +5:30; there is no daylight saving

Safety

Like other tourist places, one has to be careful with one’s belongings particularly in crowded areas. It is advised to beware of the touts who want to take you to the best jewelry shop, restaurant or hotel in the city are simply touts. It is best to ignore these men and carry on your way.

Avoid traveling alone on public transport, or in taxis or auto-rickshaws, especially at night. Try to avoid hailing taxis on the street. If you’re being collected at the airport by a hotel driver make sure they have properly identified themselves before you set off. If you book a taxi online, there’s a facility whereby you can let your friends/families know the details of your journey in case of an emergency. You can send your details to pre-selected contacts who can then pinpoint your exact location.


Emergency Numbers

100 – Police
102 – Ambulance
101 – Fire Service
108 – Emergency Services

Shops Opening Hours

The main bazaars are mostly closed during the day but will be operate in the evening, mostly markets are closed on Sunday and public holidays. Most shops operating hours starting from 11am till 7pm.

There are plenty of pharmacies in Jaipur and some pharmacies operate for 24 hours.