One of the first planned cities of India, Jaipur still boasts of its past while coping up with some of the more modern charms. The capital of Rajasthan in colourwashed in Pink and it is still mandatory to have all the houses inside the walled city painting this way. Since it was planned to accommodate traders and artisans from other parts of the country, the city is quite rich in the colours and material that make up its textiles and pottery.
Although your trip would include visits to glamorous monuments like the Amer Fort, the City Palace, the Hawa Mahal and the Jantar Mantar, we will try to get you into the bylanes of Jaipur. You will be surprised by the pink shops and the amazing intricacy in the clothing and footwear that they sell. If time permits, we will try to take you to the art deco Raj Mandir or the Lassiwala near it.
While your senses of vision and feel are distinctly appealed to by what has been mentioned before, you still have 3 more that need to be satisfied. For some exciting aromas and flavours try out the local food. Mostly comprising of dry fare, Rajasthani cuisine is known for being rich in flavours where every spice can be distinctly felt. Indian breads, dal and vegetables beckon for those who are interested. The lal maas or junglee maas is reserved for the brave.
Try getting in during one of the local festivals for a sample of what you get to hear. Jaipur boasts of both ancient temple festivals and modern literature festivals (and those of Hindi comic poetry) and by luck, you would land during one of these. While some of the bigger festivals have now become a bit touristy, festivals at the local temples are still what they were centuries back.
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- “My wife and I just returned from a fantastic trip to India arranged by a tour company that we found through Zicasso. This agency is based in Delhi and provided a flawless trip for us. We didn’t make it easy for them. We spent a week in North India and a week in the South. Our first week was disrupted by terrible weather in the USA but the travel company rescued our entire itinerary with a couple of compressions and some early morning departures. And they did this in 45 minutes!
- We visited Delhi, the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Jaipur and Agra in the north. Then we flew to Chennai (Madras) and spent 2 days in Tiruvannamalai to visit the Ramanashramam there. Then we went to Pondicherry and returned to Chennai stopping in at Mamallapuram for the 7th century temples. We enjoy ‘boot camp’ touring so we stuffed in as many temples, churches, towns etc as we could.
- All of this in 9 days, 6 hotels, 2 drivers and myriad of guides all of whom were excellent. The level of service and hospitality was astonishing throughout. We were careful to eat at the hotels or at restaurants recommended by the guides so we had no trouble with upset stomachs etc. Not a single connection, reservation etc went wrong so we were mightily impressed.
“ – John Balm, USA
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