After breakfast at the hotel we will start our drive to Jaipur. We will cover the 245 km distance in about 5 hours.On arrival in Jaipur, we will head out to the city to explore the local attractions.
But first about our accommodation for 2 nights in Jaipur - it is one of the highlights of this trip. The Raj Palace, a heritage hotel was built in the 18th century and was once the abode for the Royal family. The rooms are restored and furnished with rich furniture with special fabrics and colors to add a princely charm. You will find art collections and artefacts of the Royal family throughout the hotel. It is fascinating that Royal guests of yesteryears and the junior members of the Royal family had lived in these rooms a couple of centuries ago.
Early in the afternoon we will go on a sight-seeing tour of Jaipur. The city that once had been the capital of the royalty, now serves as the capital city of Rajasthan. It is the first planned city of India, located in the desert state of Rajasthan. It is the major business hub for the natives of Rajasthan and has all requisites of a bustling metropolitan city in India.
Jaipur has several beautiful palaces which are now converted into 5 star luxury hotels frequented by the rich and famous. The city has a rich culture and heritage which dates back hundreds of years. There are some wonderful stories about this place which the locals are proud to share.
En-route to Amber Palace we will stop at ‘Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It was built in 1799 and designed in the form of the crown of Lord Krishna. It is a 5 storey structure with 953 small windows. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the street below without being noticed. Built in red and pink coloured sand stone, the structure is situated on the main street in the heart of Jaipur’s business center. Its colour is a testimony to the epithet of “Pink City” given to Jaipur.
Maharaja Mansingh, who was Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. We will ascend the fort riding on an Elephant which are decorated, wearing red silk overcoats and painted with beautiful Indian floral designs in vibrant colours.. Once on top, you can stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Read more about the fort here.
If time permits, we will visit the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens, courtyards and a fascinating museum. From the palace is a short walk to Jantar Mantar, an Astronomical Observatory built by the Maharaja of Jaipur in 1726. It is one of the five such astronomical wonders and makes accurate predictions even to this day.
Our dinner tonight is authentic Rajasthani cuisine at the restaurant Swapna Mahal in our hotel. The Food is served in Royal style. Read about this experience here.
Culinary experience for the day – Royal Thali at Swapna Mahal.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner