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Jaipur

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.
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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Balloon Flight

Embark on an early-morning hot-air balloon flight over Jaipur and Amber’s remarkable landscape of forts and palaces.

Chittorgarh Fort

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.

City Palace

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.

Elephant Polo

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.

Hawa Mahal

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.

Jantar Mantar

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.

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.

Shopping Tour

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.

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