Jaipur is the eternal rose pink city and gateway to North India’s most colorful state, Rajasthan. Surrounded by the arid Aravalli Hills, Jaipur was founded in the early 18th century by Maharajah (King) Jai Singh II, and is steeped in legends and regal grandeur. Amidst the buzz of bazaars and shops, there are many historical architectural delights. The pink hue of this lively and inviting city is testimony to Jaipur’s last ruler Man Singh II, who ordered every home to be painted pink for the British royal visit of Prince of Wales and Edward V11 in 1876. The law still exists today within the old quarter.

Interests

  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Wine & Food

Highlights

  • Amber Fort
  • City Palace
  • The Palace of Winds
  • Jantar Mantar

Places to Stay

Jas Vilas

Style: Guest house

Jas Vilas is an intimate homestay that gives guests a bonafide taste of warm Rajasthani hospitality.

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Raj Mahal

Style: Heritage

Sujan Rajmahal Palace is a glowing example of royal Rajasthani heritage and culture, located in the heart of Jaipur city.

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Samode Haveli

Style: Heritage

The Samode Haveli is a grand old intimate mansion that has become one of India's best heritage hotels with its romantic history and simple style.

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Shahpura House

Style: Heritage

Shahpura House, designed in typical traditional Rajasthani style, is a charming accommodation named after one of the oldest families in the region.

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Taj Jai Mahal Palace

Style: Heritage

Charming and opulent, the Taj Jai Mahal Palace is a beautifully refurbished 18th-century edifice.

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Taj Rambagh Palace

Style: Heritage

Located close to the walled 'Pink City', spectacular forts and all the unique shopping bazaars of Jaipur, the Rambagh Palace unveils the rich culture and history of the erstwhile rulers of Rajasthan.

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The Oberoi Rajvilas

Style: Resort

Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur is set in the manner of princely forts, amid 32 acres of gardens and with water fountains…

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Activities in Jaipur

Elephant Safari to Naila Fort (If your stay at Rajvilas)

The Maharajahs and Maharanis of Rajasthan travelled in exuberant style. This is your opportunity to follow in their tracks. Take a leisurely elephant ride through the Jaipur countryside until you reached the magnificently restored yet rarely visited Naila Fort where you can enjoy a sumptuous gourmet picnic. This special experience lasts four hours and you can avoid the heat by setting out early in the morning or in the late afternoon.

4-5h-Dera Amer Sunset ride with Dinner (If your stay at Samode Haveli)

At sunset, make your way amid natural, serene environs engulfing the camp on elephant-back, through a private jungle at the foothills of the Aravali Range, surrounded by wilderness and a few hamlets housing local villagers. Pass a medival fortress lit with mashals. Dine al-fresco beneath stars with a live barbecue, mashals (flame torches), bonfires and cocktail snacks.

SHAHPURA HOUSE-Holi Festival

Celebrate the vibrant festival of colors at Shahpura House and engage in elaborate plans to color your friends, family or complete strangers.

City Highlights of Jaipur

Explore the Amber Fort, the Albert Hall, City Palace, the Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal) and the world’s largest stone observatory – the Jantar Mantar. See the Govind Devji Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, the Lakshmi Narayan and Ganesh Temples; visit the amazing Jaigarh and Nahargarh Forts and Raj Mandir Cinema.

Hot Air Ballooning (Sept-Apr)

Learn the art of and science behind Hot Air Ballooning from an expert pilot. Experience the sheer magic of weightlessly floating over castles and palaces or gliding past mountains, lakes and villages in Rajasthan. On landing, the giant balloon attracts hoards of villagers giving you a kaleidoscopic feel of rural Indian culture and colors. Witness the hot air balloon being deflated and packed into a bag by a team of enthusiastic and highly trained crew members.

Visit Chand Baori Step Well from Jaipur

Stop to visit the famous Chand Baori Step Well in Abhaneri Village, just off the main highway. Built in the 9th Cent, see its 13 levels with 3500 steps and about 100ft (30m) deep, be awed by the geometric maze of architecture and possibly the deepest step-well in the world, and well maintained too. The movie ‘The Fall’ was filmed here due to its nice architecture and history. Local legend claim the well was built in 1 night by ghosts to keep thieves who wanted to steal water, out.

Excursion to Samode Palace from Jaipur

Enjoy an excursion to the painstakingly restored 475yr old Samode Palace. Sitting on a lovely setting in the peaceful rocky hills above a small village, visit the hall of mirrors, the frescoes, and the courtyard/lounge with silver furniture. Relax and get a taste of Maharaja Royalty and lifestyle in the countryside.

Trip to Bharatpur

Take an interesting excursion to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary a.k.a. Keoladeo National Park, ideal for nature lovers and bird watchers. Venture on a bicycle rickshaw with a naturalist! Enjoy this lovely national park with its many trees, swamp areas, fields, etc; See a variety of butterflies, local birds and migratory birds (mainly from October-March with October-November-December as prime time), deer, hyenas, etc. Relax riding in a rikshaw or enjoying bird sounds.

Visit to Seva Yatra social work from Jaipur

Seva Yatra, meaning ‘Journey of Services’, offers Enchanting India travelers to work half/full day in a Mumbai associate, implementing best educational practices for under-privileged kids to overcome the digital and linguistic divide between poor and middle classes. This NGO creates a platform for children to learn Mathematics, Sciences, English and Computers in good classrooms. You can engage kids to learn PowerPoint or create a forum for them to practice conversational English.

FD-Pushkar day trip

Amidst the opulent grandeur of Rajasthan, discover a unique gem – Pushkar, one of the most sacred Hindu towns. Rows of sacred ghaats front a mysteriously bewitching lake, where over 500 milky-coloured temples and weathered domes sit proffering a legacy of enduring architectural heritage. This tiny Hindu pilgrimage town is an enchanting desert-edged place, with one of the world’s few Brahma temples.

4h-JDA Golf Club

For the avid Golfer, the Rambagh Golf Club, located next to the Rambagh Palace and the Polo Club, provide premium leisure locations for a stimulating couple of rounds of Golf. Enjoy playing at this picturesque 18-hole golf course facing the Aravali range, which allows for a relaxing recreational activity between 0900 & 1700hrs with no time limit per game – affordding equal challenges to a pro and an amateur.

Dera Amer Sunset Ride with Dinner from Jaipur

At sunset, make your way amid natural, serene environs engulfing the camp on elephant-back, through a private jungle at the foothills of the Aravali Range, surrounded by wilderness and a few hamlets housing local villagers. Pass a medival fortress lit with mashals. Dine al-fresco beneath stars with a live barbecue, mashals (flame torches), bonfires and cocktail snacks.

Dera Amer Safari with Forest visit and Dinner from Jaipur

At sunset, make your way amid natural, serene environs engulfing the camp on elephant-back, through a private jungle at the foothills of the Aravali Range, surrounded by wilderness and a few hamlets housing local villagers. Pass a medival fortress lit with mashals. Be regaled by your mahout’s tales of yore. Dine al-fresco beneath the stars with a live barbecue, mashals (flame torches), bonfires and cocktail snacks.

3 hr School visit at Jaipur

Tour Government and Public schools, interact with students and observe different teaching methods.

Dera Amer Ride with Lunch from Jaipur

A ‘welcome drink’ gets you en route on an elephant-back ride lead by a tribal guide, through a scenic private jungle at the foothills of the Aravali Range, surrounded by the wilderness, a few hamlets housing the local villagers and past a 400yr old temple…away from madding crowds, followed by a lunch of Indian and Continental fare.

Dera Amer Elephant Safari-Bath-Feed from Jaipur

Spend some time with the friendly resident elephants…splash about bathing them, food is the best time…feed them their favorite bananas, or simply color paint them. Enjoy an elephant-back safari lead by a tribal guide through scenic private jungles in the Aravali Range, be engulfed by natural wilderness, see local village life, hamlets and a medival fortress. Lunch is Indian and Continental fare.

30Min-Blessing Ceremony at Rajvilas

Away from the hotel you will find a stone bridge that leads to a small island engulged by lush greenery and scented fragrant exotic water lillies. It is here where a 280 year old templre dedicated to Lord Shiva sits. In-house guests can experience a traditional Hindu ‘aarti’ ceremony, a ritual offering of prayers at dawn or dusk. This blessing ceremony lasts approximately 25 minutes and is a colorful, mystical ritual ideal for honeymooners and couples wishing to renew their vows. Performed under the auspices of the temple ‘pundit’/priest who prays for health, happiness and well-being, couples exchange garlands. A Hindu ceremony is never complete without delicious Indian sweets being distributed of course!

Cookery Demonstration with Chef in Shahpura House

For the gourmand, delight in the aromas of Jaipur while engaging in a culinary experience with a presentation by the Hotels’ very own chef. Enjoy observing a cooking class demo conducted on the terrace (same level as the restaurant) of Shahpura House in the evening. Don a chef’s hat, take notes during the demo, and watch the preparation of three dishes – two mains and one dessert. After the presentation, you will get to have dinner and sample the creations. Printed copies of the recipes are presented to you.

2-3 hr Visit to Neemrana fort

En route Delhi to Jaipur, visit India’s oldest Heritage Fort cum Hotel – Neemrana Fort, built 1464 A.D. Experience the uniqueness of ‘seeing and living’ history. The Fort sits on a majestic hillock commanding scenic views, hidden in a horseshoe shape of the near billion year old Aravalli range. Getting its name from a valiant local chieftain – Nimola Meo, it is one of the few existing heritage hotels in Neemrana, famed for traditional hallmarks like rustic Rajputani hospitality and ethnic charm.

20Min-Elephant Ride to Amber Fort

Ascend the paved road to the magnificent Amber Fort on elephant back and enjoy the old stories with your mahout!

1h-Visit to a carpet factory

A visit to a carpet factory can shed light on the patient artistic skills invested in making the colorful ‘second skin’ of your living room floor. See accomplished artisans doing complicated work & intricate designing.

1h-Visit Galta Ji

Enjoy an interesting off-the-beaten path stop at Galta Ji, an ancient Hindu pilgrimage site, with scenic drives of hills and thick vegetation. Stroll by many beautiful and abandoned havelis. Climb the steps to the temple, with the area’s many little monkeys for company! Be amazed by picturesque views of the city from the Temple with pavilions, holy ‘kunds’ or tanks, and the main attraction…natural water springs. Of the 7 Holy tanks that accumulate spring water, the Galta Kund never goes dry.

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