Join Jaipur locals for early morning temple visits and have tea with families in their historic havelis…
On this Jaipur walking tour, you’ll join locals for early-morning temple visits and have tea with families in their historic havelis. The trip is led by one of our trained explorers and is up to three hours long but we can organise a rickshaw if you’d prefer not to walk. As we wander the streets of the walled city we sample street food to keep you fuelled up, from samosas to katori chaat and sweets. Jaipur is unique because it was the first planned city in India and many artists and craftsmen were invited to settle here; so, every street is named after a particular handicraft.
Jaipur is known as a city of temples, it has over 2,000 in just a four-by-seven-kilometre area. Most lie within private houses but the public will come to worship in the morning. We’ve picked some beautiful temples to see. One is Gopinath, which is a very lively place with lots of singing and dancing that guests like to join in with. At the temples you’ll see ladies singing hymns, gossiping about their daughters-in-law and the soaps on TV – it’s a real insight into daily Jaipur life.
We have the privilege of visiting around six havelis in the city too, thanks to the families we have connections with. You’ll be invited in for tea and a chat about life in Jaipur. Every house has a long history behind it, with a courtyard at its centre for meals and celebrations. Architecture-wise, the houses are a mix of Bengali, Mughal and Hindu design and usually have their own temples with intricate frescoes. Often, guests make connections with family and stay in touch, it’s a great opportunity to build a relationship with locals.