Treasures of Jaipur
Jaipur may have grown to be the largest city in Rajasthan, but its historic centre has remained the size of a small town, much of it still enclosed by its 18th-century walls. Inside, you’ll find fascinating architecture, markets and streets teeming with people and traffic, including the odd cow or camel-cart. The entire city was painted a shade of terracotta pink, a colour representing hospitality, to honour of the visit of Prince Albert in 1876, and it has remained like that since. There are many colourful festivals of Jaipur too, depending on what time of year you visit, you might experience the vibrant Kites Festival or the Hindu celebration of light, Diwali. There will be chances to experience Jaipur from an amazing array of points of view, in all senses of the word, whether it be at the top of the incredible ITC Rajputana Hotel, from the impressive Astronomical Observatory or the unique, geometric ‘stepwells’ in the Dausa district. On one day, we journey north to the small traditional village of Samode, where we will experience the everyday community life and marvel at the talented craftspeople of the area. Fans of the big screen will be thrilled to take the trip to the grand Castle Kanota, the famed location of the Viceroy Club in the ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ film. Whilst the journey to the spectacular Amber Fort, showcases the history and architecture of the region, with its majestic sandstone and marble stature and captivating stories of days gone by. Tailor your holiday to be as busy or as relaxing as you wish, with our inspiring programme of included and optional visits. All, of course, with the invaluable advice of our tour manager and expert local guide to help you plan your stay. Staying in the heart of Jaipur means it couldn’t be easier to explore and enjoy the incredible Rajasthani food at your fingertips. Think dal baati churma (a platter of curry and pickles, with round dough accompaniments) mohan maas (a tender meat dish cooked in milk and cardamom) as well as fiery deep fried green chillies, known as mirchi bada. Plus, the central location of the city itself means that those who may have not already visited the Taj Mahal or experienced a tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park before, can easily add these trips to their stay. Embrace the authentic flavours of India, as well as the rich history, bustling atmosphere and incredible nature, right on your doorstep. Using Oman Air flights via Muscat means that we can fly straight into Jaipur airport, avoiding the long drive from Delhi. Plus, with a relaxing eight-night stay in one of the city’s top fivestar hotels, you’ll only need to unpack once.