Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan state in India, was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, a Kachwaha Rajput, who ruled Jaipur State from 1699-1744. Initially, his capital was Amber, which lies at a distance of 11 km from Jaipur. He felt the need to shift to his capital city due to the increased population and growing water scarcity. Jaipur was the first planned city in India, and the King took great interest while designing this city of victory. He consulted several books on architecture and architects before making the layout of Jaipur.


Excursions From Jaipur

Place Names Distance From Hotel Shahar Palace
Abhaneri via NH21 - 95.3 km
Ajmer via NH 48 - 135 km
Alwar via NH21 and RJ SH 25 - 158 km, via NH 48 and NH248A - 159 km
Bharatpur via NH21 - 187 km
Bikaner via NH52 and NH 11 - 336 km, via NH 11 - 351 km
Brahma Temple, Pushkar via NH 48 - 146 km
Bundi via Tonk Rd, Jaipur - Kota Rd and NH52 - 214 km
Chittorgarh Fort via NH 48 and NH 48 - 314 km, via NH52 and NH 27 - 363 km
Chokhi Dhani via Tonk Rd - 19.7 km, via Jagatpura Rd - 22.6 km, via NH52 - 21.4 km
Sanganer via Shipra Path - 13.0 km, via Iskcon Rd - 13.9 km, via Arjun Nagar Phatak Rd - 12.9 km
Jaisalmer via Jaipur - Jobner - Kuchaman - Nagaur Rd and Nagaur Rd - 559 km, via Nagaur Rd - 574 km
Jodhpur via NH 48 and NH162 - 351 km
Kota via Jaipur - Kota Rd and NH52 - 251 km
Mandawa via NH52 - 170 km, via Jaipur - Jhunjhunu Bypass Rd/Loharu - Sikar Rd - 208 km
Mount Abu via NH62 - 494 km, via NH 48 - 541 km
Rajsamand via NH 48 and NH 48 - 337 km, via NH 48 and NH58 - 334 km
Ranakpur via NH 48 and NH58 - 358 km, via NH 48 - 419 km, via NH 758 - 448 km
Ranthambore National Park via Jaipur - Kota Rd, NH52 and NH552 - 189 km, via NH23 - 169 km
Samode Palace via Jaipur Rd/Sikar Rd - 43.1 km, via NH52 and NH 48 - 51.4 km, via Ajmer Rd, NH52 and NH 48 - 52.8 km
Shekhawati via NH52 - 116 km
Udaipur via NH 48 - 396 km
Festivals of Pink City Jaipur
Festivals of Jaipur

Holi (Festival of Colors)

Holi - the festival of colors - is undoubtedly the most fun-filled and boisterous Hindu festival. It's an occasion that brings in unadulterated joy and delight, fun and play, music and dance, and, of course, lots of bright colors!


Gangaur festival is celebrated in honor of Goddess Parvati (Gauri) in March-April. A manifestation of Parvati (Lord Shiva's wife), she represents purity and austerity.

Teej (Fasting Festival for Women)

The Hindu festival of Teej is marked by fasting of women who pray to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, seeking their blessings for marital bliss. It is a three-day festival that occurs on the third day of 'Shukla Paksha' or bright fortnight of the moon in the Hindu month of Shravana or Sawan, which falls during the Indian monsoon season, i.e., July - August.

Diwali (Festival of Lights)

Deepawali or Diwali is undoubtedly the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festivals. It's the festival of lights (deep = light and avail = a row, i.e., a row of lights) that's marked by four days of celebration, which illuminates the country with its brilliance, and dazzles all with its joy. Each of the four days in the festival of Diwali is separated by a different tradition, but what remains faithful and constant is the celebration of life, its enjoyment, and goodness.