Hemmed in by the Aravalli mountains in the sun-bleached heart of Rajasthan, Jaipur captures the glories of the Rajput era to perfection. The walled city that Jai Singh laid out in 1727, and which a later Maharaja had painted in a rosy hue to mark the visit of the Prince of Wales, is a magical place of ornate palaces and atmospheric bazaars filled with treasures. Here you can stroll through a royal garden complete with its own observatory, look down on teeming streets from where the ladies of the court once did the same and haggle for handicrafts still made in the traditional way.
As well as the Pink City’s most flamboyant sights, there are more easily missed masterpieces to be discovered and enjoyed. There’s the early-morning wholesale flower market that’s a riot of scent and colour. There are fabulously decorated doorways that conceal grand Rajput havelis, some reimagined as luxurious boutique hotels and homestays. And, on a hilltop eight miles away, is the majestic, sprawling Amber Fort, once the local seat of power.
Our Rajasthan experts are ready to help you uncover the rich culture of the state’s regal capital with its most immersive tours and accommodation with an authentic local charm.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Malcolm, who's travelled extensively in India. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember.
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