We are nothing without our past, and in India it is the same. The golden yesteryears are a source of some incredible tourism moments in the country. Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, the royal Rajputana is one among the must-visit places in India. A point on the Golden Triangle circuit, the "Pink City" is a city that has preserved its past.
To learn more about the glorious history, culture, traditions and hospitality, here is a list of the must-try experiences in Jaipur.
City Palace Tour
The City Palace is still the dwelling of the former royalty H.H Bhawani Singh Ji of Jaipur. This Palace still has an extensive collection of art, carpets and old weapons.
Early Morning Visit to the Amer Fort
The Amber Fort is located 11 km away from Jaipur. Amber was once the ancient capital of Jaipur. The Fort is an excellent illustration of Rajput architecture, impressively situated on a hillside facing a lake, which reflects its walkways and walls.
Hawa Mahal (Palace of winds): Constructed by Maharaja Sawaj Pratap Singh in 1799, the Hawa Mahal is one of the Jaipur’s main landmarks, the front of the Mahal has pink windows and latticework screens. This mahal was initially constructed for the ladies of the imperial household to watch the ordinary life and parades of the city.
Heritage Walking tour of Jaipur
A walk through the colourful and vibrant bazaars of the Pink city of Jaipur. The walk starts at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) , which is one of Jaipur’s most famous and photographed landmarks, and ends at the Tripolia Gate, one of the entry points to the Jaipur City Palace. On this fascinating walk mingle and talk with the locals whilst sampling some of the regions culinary delights, like Pakoras, Aloo Tikki, Samosa and local sweets from some of the city’s most popular street food vendors. Observe local artisans in their workshops, Jewellers and Silversmiths, Gold painters and Bangle making experts.
Cooking Class at Ikaki Niwas Homestay
A journey to India can never be complete without a culinary experience with a local family. This is an opportunity to learn about the secret home recipes and the culture of Rajasthan, while cooking and eating either Lunch or Dinner at the Ikaki Niwas Homestay. The hostesses Mrs. Devika Rathore and Ms. Chandrika Rathore deliver the cooking sessions , where you learn about spices and participate in the preparation of the meal and then sit down to lunch or dinner with your hosts, learning about Indian lifestyle, as well as cuisines.
Jantar Mantar- UNESCO World Heritage Site
Built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1728. Jantar Mantar appears to be an inquisitive collection of sculptures but in fact each construction has a detailed purpose such as measuring the positions of stars, altitudes and azimuths, and calculating eclipses. The most striking instrument is the sundial which is 27 meter tall gnomon. The shadow this casts moves up to 4 meters an hour.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Experience Jaipur from a Hot Air Ballon on this unforgettable 1 hour Balloon flight. You will drift slowly over the historical forts and hidden palaces nestled amongst the countryside on Jaipur's outskirts, watch the sun rise and enjoy a unique view of traditional Rajasthani life. Don't forget to exchange smiles & waves with the friendly villagers below!
Evening at Chokhi Dhani
Taste Rajasthani Delicacy in Jaipur