For the avid traveler, India provides an authentic adventure - stimulating, absorbing, daunting, sometimes moving and shocking. Here is one of the world's great dramas; an ancient, vast and crowded land committed to the most formidably challenging exercise in mass democracy. It is a spectacle in which hope, pride, paradox and uncertainty mingle and struggle. It is conducted on the whole, and to India's credit in the open. The lasting memories of the land are hospitality, kindness, good humor and generosity. Here is a society of over a 1000 million people, growing by a million a month, divided and united by language, caste, religion and regional loyalties. It has often been described as a functioning anarchy; and it is in many ways an amiable one, of marvelous fluidity and tolerance. Indeed, the true Indian motif is not the Taj Mahal, the elephant or the patient peasant behind the ox drawn plough. It is the crowd, the ocean of faces in the land of multitudes, endlessly stirring, pushing and moving. It is in this human circulation that one sees India's colour, variety, busyness, and, senses also its power, vitality and grandeur !!
Arrival at Jaipur airport - Meet and Assist on arrival and transfer to Hotel with necessary assistance.
Morning : Visit Amber Fort, ascent to the fort on Elephant / Jeep ride the former capital of the royal Rajputs. Few fail to be moved by the dramatic Rajput grandeur of this
hill top fortress-palace 11-km north of Jaipur. Set on the
dry wrinkled Aravali Hills, and surrounded by fortified battlements, the palace straddles two sepia-hued tundra hills overlooking Maota Lake, and its sprawling walls lattice the surrounding hills. We will ride up to this hilltop palace on a caparisoned, painted elephant, passing through the ancient main gate where Maharajas of Jaipur have entered for four hundred years. Our guide will elaborate on the history of this architectural masterpiece with its mirror-
studded alcoves, dazzling mosaics and water-cooled swings that delight today’s visitors as they did their former royal residents
Later, free to visit Jaipur Bazaar : Walk through Jaipur’s shady animated streets. The city is best explored on foot and only the inquisitive visitor willing to go into the rastaas (streets) and galis (lanes) will feel the spirit of the city. Jaipur’s colorful bazaars tantalize the eye with enameled blue pottery, exquisite gem-studded jewelry, engraved brass work, traditional block-printed fabrics and brightly patterned dhurrie rugs together with traditional crafts and miniature painting.
To discover the excellent and engraved brass products are also produced in Jaipur. Intricate designs and patterns can be seen on the surface of brass items like, vases, bowls, trays etc. Jaipur is also known for bronze sculptures, depicting various gods and goddesses. Craftsmen from jaipur are also known for metal damascening work or Koftgiri, which involves engraving wires made out of gold or silver into other metals. This work can be seen on swords, shields and daggers, created as decorative items.
Overnight at hotel
Morning visit Jaipur City: Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds, a five-storied structure of pink sandstone with semi- octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. It was built in 1799 so that veiled royal woman could peer down unseen by the world through its 593 stone screens. We proceed for a guided tour of the City Palace & Observatory. The City Palace in the heart of the old city is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The center of the palace is a seven storied building called Chandra Palace, with fine views over the gardens and the city. Next top the City Palace is the Solar Observatory - an astronomical treasure house, with solar device that gives accurate predictions till date.
Later, free to visit Jaipur Bazaar by your own.
Overnight at the hotel.
Full Day at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel.
Transfer to Jaipur airport to connect onward flight.