|Agra jaipur: 236km 6hrs
Jaipur was planned in a grid system with wide straight avenues, roads, streets and lanes and uniform rows of shops on either side of the main roads, all arranged in nine rectangular city sectors (chokdis). The city is surrounded by a wall having seven gates and was built for protection from invading armies and wild animals that lurked just outside in the jungles that surrounded the city. But Jai Singh's planned city has withstood all the pressures and the changes.
Jaipur needed a fresh coat of paint to welcome its distinguished guest the Prince of Wales in 1905-6. The contractor inability to supply any other color in the required quantity compelled the choice of pink shade for its walls. Since then the PINK color is associated with hospitality in Rajput culture.
The 'Palace of Winds', built in 1799 A.D, by Maharaja Pratap Singh, is the most recognisable monument of Jaipur. The five storied semi-octagonal monument having 152 windows with overhanging latticed balconies is a fine piece of Rajput architecture. Originally designed for the royal ladies to catch the cool breeze on a hot day, and enjoy the processions and other activities, on the street below.
is the former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and mughal styles.The carved arches are supported by grey-white marble columns ornate with floral motifs in gold and colored stones. Two carved elephants in marble guard the entrance. The nmaharadja still lives in one part of the palace.