Jaipur, known as the "Pink City", is the capital of the state of Rajasthan, in the northwest of India. Founded about three centuries ago, it has an extraordinary cultural and historical heritage and is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. In fact, the Jantar Mantar in the city, an astronomical observatory dating back centuries, has been inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Alongside Delhi and Agra, this city makes up the Golden Triangle of India, three beautiful cities visited by millions of tourists. The city boasts various forts, temples and palaces; perhaps the best-known fort is the Amber Fort, a huge Hindu-Islamic styled military complex, alongside Jaigarh Fort, which was never conquered and has the world's largest cannon. The Jal Mahal (water palace) makes for a truly stunning view, as the palace is built in the middle of a lake. There are many temples in the city, such as the Govind Devji Temple (an important temple dedicated to Krishna), the Galtaji Hindu pilgrimage site, and the Monkey and Sun Temples. The city's airport is the only international one in the state, and has many domestic and international connections, including to: Mumbai, Delhi, Dubai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Chennai. If you're looking for a cheap flight from London or any other city, use our online flight comparison tool to find the option you prefer. There are no direct flights from London and so a good solution may be to find a cheap flight to Dubai and take a connection from there.
Once you arrive at the airport, you can take a taxi or a bus shuttle to the city centre. To make the most of your visit, you can plan your trip by using our travel guide for Indiawhich provides plenty of information on things to see, food, the culture and how to best plan your holiday to your destination. You can marvel at the impressive Hawa Mahal, a building from the early 19th century which has almost 1,000 windows! One of the most exciting and typical activities to do, while in the city, is to go to the bazaar in the city centre, with all the typical amenities and products from the state of Rajasthan. The Rajasthani cuisine is some of the finest in the country, with an incredibly wide selection of sweet dishes (i.e. Churma, Gujia and Imarti), and a very long list of curries and meat dishes. Rajasthan, the state Jaipur is the capital of, is one of the most spectacular in the country, with cities and historical locations such as Ranakpur, and is not far from the beauties of Agra and New Delhi.