October to April
Culture, History & Architecture and Arts & Crafts
Popularly known as the ‘Pink City’ for the signature colour of its old city edifices, Jaipur offers a perfect break from the din of the nation’s capital. A few hours out of Delhi, it presents you with a palate of experiences unlike any other place. With its history, culture and its sheer royal legacy, Jaipur lends itself to the whims of the adventure seeker just as much as to the leisure seeker.
The whims of time have caused the city’s glorious art and culture to bloom under the magnificent backdrop of grand sandstone forts and vibrant palaces. A central repository for the region’s wonderful crafts, Jaipur is famous for its gems and jewelry, enamel – and brassware, blue pottery, embroidered leather footwear, rugs, tie-and-dye cotton fabrics, hand-blocked prints, fine Kota doria saris, and ready-made linens and home furnishings. See the pink city at its rosiest from Nahargarh Fort (or “Tiger Fort”) when the sun sinks behind the Aravalli Hills. Then – as night falls – watch the city skyline turn into the twinkling jewels for which it is famed. Purpose built to protect Amber, the view from here is always a winner, especially during the festival of Diwali in November, when firecrackers explode above the city, it’s one you will never forget.
Commence the day with beautiful views of Amer Fort early in the morning while making a photo-stop at the Hawa Mahal. The fresh morning air provides breath-taking views of red sandstone and marble fort, Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace) inside and Maota Lake.
In the second half, explore the pink city with an expert guide and cover famous sites such as the City Palace, Jantar Mantar Observatory and the Hawa Mahal. At dusk, have an experiential walk through the vibrant-lit local market.
Embark on a guided culinary walk through Jaipur in the morning. Indulge your taste buds with delectable local food such as lassi, kulfi, ghewar and much more. Shop for sabzi, or vegetables, in the local Jaipur evening market and head over to an expert chef’s home to prepare, cook and eat your new-learned Indian delicacies with the family.
Have a cultural immersion by starting off the day with an interaction with craft workers of the famous lac bangles, block printers and copper and brass ornament makers. Follow it up with a visit to the Artchill gallery, to witness modern and contemporary art exhibits. The immersion comes full circle as you experience a block printing workshop at the Anokhi Museum.