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Named for Maharaja Jai Singh II, an astute leader, fierce fighter and insightful astronomer, Jaipur has long been called the "Pink City" due to the color of its fine buildings. Today, Jaipur is home to some 3.6 million residents and is one of India's top tourist destinations - and for good reason. With commanding hilltop forts, chaotic bazaars and grand palaces, all of which have changed little in the intervening centuries, Jaipur evokes both the splendor of its Maharajas as well as the bygone days of the British Raj. Steeped in a potent mix of history and culture, Jaipur offers a multi-faceted, insightful glimpse into the complex civilization that is India.
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Embark on an early-morning hot-air balloon flight over Jaipur and Amber’s remarkable landscape of forts and palaces.
At an exclusive recreational camp not far from Amber Fort, receive a private lesson in the fundamentals of elephant polo, a classic sport of the maharajas, followed by an elephant ride through the nearby forest.
Go on a bespoke shopping tour of Jaipur’s diverse workshops, boutiques and markets. Jaipur's shops are known for, among other things, silks, fabrics, gems, Alwari suits (unisex outfits comprised of baggy pants that taper at the ankles and loose-fitting tops), and many more.
Adjacent to the City Palace is the very impressive Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in the early 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II. The complex of 20 massive astronomical instruments and structures was a wonder of science when originally built; even today the Samrat Yantra, a huge sundial, can be used to tell local time within a margin of two seconds. Jantar Mantar received UNESCO World Heritage designation in 2010.
Visit the City Palace museum, home to the ruling families of Jaipur since the mid-18th century. The palace’s many courtyards and sprawling grounds occupied one-seventh of the old walled city of Jaipur, and its ornate architecture perfectly blends Rajput and Mughal styles. Highlights of the museum are the miniature paintings, royal costumes, musical instruments and Mughal-style carpets.
Stop by the Hawa Mahal, or "Palace of the Winds," which dates from 1799 and is one of the most commonly photographed buildings in Rajasthan. Although the building appears to be five solid stories tall, it is in reality only one or two rooms deep, surrounding two interior courtyards. The side of the building facing the street is a highly ornate sandstone screen of several hundred windows that catch the breeze, or hawa, and cool the palace.
Stop at Chittorgarh Fort, the largest fort in India and the grandest in Rajasthan. Once the capital of Mewar, this massive hilltop fort contains a number of historical palaces, gates, temples and two prominent commemoration towers. The fort was abandoned in 1568 when Emperor Akbar, the third Mughal Emperor, defeated Chittor’s ruling Maharana, Udai Sing II.
Narain Niwas Palace
Visit Narain Niwas Palace, previously the country retreat of a noble family, and now one of the most atmospheric of India's heritage hotels. The Palace is decorated with original Rajasthani antiques and artifacts, as well as vividly colored frescoes.
Step inside an age-old culture and explore its beauty on this 14-day journey that takes you through bustling New Delhi’s Chandni Chowk Market, to the steps of the iconic Taj Mahal, and over to the banks of the Ganges to observe the sunset Aarti, all while staying at some of the country’s most luxurious hotels.
Travel through India like royalty aboard your private jet, whisking you with ease and comfort to each of your exciting Indian destinations on this 10-day luxury journey. You’ll marvel at the iconic Taj Mahal, spot tigers in Ranthambhore National Park, shop in Jaipur, and spend nights in luxury India hotels.
Let your private jet whisk you away on this exclusive 14-day journey through North India. You’ll take in Mumbai’s world-famous Bollywood scene, catch sunset at one of India’s holiest sites, marvel at the incredible Taj Mahal, and visit an elephant polo camp, all while staying in some of India’s most luxury hotels.
Experience the rich flavors, tastes, smells, sights and sounds of beautiful India. From architectural wonders to cultural treasures and natural beauties, you’ll revel in them all over eleven shining days and ten unforgettable nights spent in utter luxury at Oberoi hotels
Set in 32 acres of landscaped grounds, the Oberoi Rajvilas faithfully recreates the majesty of the Rajasthani royals. Each of the property’s rooms, tents and villas features the following amenities: LCD TV, DVD player, satellite television,wired and wireless broadband Internet access and 24-hour butler service. All accommodations are set in private courtyards, giving one the impression of being inside a fort. The fully air-conditioned, luxury tents in particular are unique to this property. Each tent has a private patio and a garden which is enclosed by a mud wall. Inside, the tents are spacious and airy, featuring colonial design such as a free-standing, claw footed bathtub and separate shower. There is a spa with a full suite of massage and spa treatment offerings, in addition to a state-of-the-art fitness center, flood-lit tennis courts, and outdoor pool in a lovely garden setting. There are two restaurants that serve Indian and international cuisine, in addition to the library bar. Room service is available 24 hours a day.
Until recently, the spectacular Rambagh Palace was the home of Jaipur royalty. The almost 200-year-old hotel is considered one of the great palace hotels of India, and is world-renowned for its beautiful architecture, its vast gardens and its 79 magnificent rooms and historical suites. The Survana Mahal is the hotel's grand dining room and serves delicious Indian cuisine and international fare is available in the Rajput Room. The hotel's famous Polo Bar, the lounge of choice for local society, is decorated with the trophies and polo memorabilia of the late Maharaja of Jaipur. Rambagh Palace offers guests indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis, croquet and a fitness center. The business center has broadband Internet access, wi-fi access and secretarial services. Ayurvedic therapy and massages can be arranged in the Palace Salon or in the privacy of your room. Taj Rambagh is approximately 20 minutes from the airport (JAI).
Alila Fort Bishangarh
Opening in 2017, Alila Fort Bishangarh, located at Bishangarh Village in the Jaipur District, is just three hours’ drive from Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. Surveying the Rajasthani landscape from its hilltop vantage-point, this striking and romantic 59-suite resort - a fine example of Jaipur Gharana architecture influenced by the Mughals and the British - has been lovingly restored and adapted from the ancient defenses of the old fort to become the very apex of luxury living. Each of the custom-designed accommodations comes with indulgent bathrooms - featuring inbuilt bathtubs - and simple, elegant and stylish interiors all finished with tall, openable windows, carefully designed to make the most of the incomparable views of the surrounding area. Guests can take advantage of up to four different bars and restaurants - including the Kachhawa Lounge dedicated to Champagne, coffee, chai and cakes - while experiencing the very best in discrete and attentive service from the hotel staff, all in the regal surroundings once home to the Shahpura royalty. Alila Fort Bishangarh is due to open later this year, and may be tentatively included in Remote Lands itineraries scheduled for late 2017.