The 12th International Conference of the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research will be held December 13-18, 2009 in the city of Jaipur, the capital of the Northwestern State of Rajasthan, India. Jaipur, also popularly known as the Pink City, was founded in 1727 by a Maharaja who once ruled over the area; the current day population of the city is approaching 3 million.
Built of pink stucco in imitation of sandstone, the city is remarkable among pre-modern Indian cities for its beautifully planned network of streets and urban quarters. The Palace quarter encloses a sprawling palace complex (the Hawa Mahal, or palace of winds), formal gardens, and a small lake. Nahargarh Fort crowns the hill in the northwest corner of the old city. Another noteworthy building is Sawai Jai Singh's observatory, Jantar Mantar. With its rich and colourful past, resplendent with tales of valour and bravery, Jaipur is now one of the most important heritage cities in India, and is a must-see for tourists coming to India.
The city is located at 26.92oN 75.82oE at a distance of about 250 km from Agra and New Delhi. It has an average elevation of 432 metres (1417 feet). Jaipur has a semi-arid climate due to its proximity to the Thar desert. In the month of December, the average high temperature is 22oC (72oF), the average low temperature is 10oC (50oF), and there is no precipitation.Listed below are some web links where further information about Jaipur is available :