Get an in-depth look at the rich architectural history and cultural heritage of Jaipur on this 3-day tour of the vibrant and dynamic capital of Rajasthan in India. With your private guide, discover the advanced nature of early Indian architecture with visits to remarkable structures, from a museum to a palace to even a UNESCO World Heritage-listed solar observatory ... More info ›
Get an in-depth look at the rich architectural history and cultural heritage of Jaipur on this 3-day tour of the vibrant and dynamic capital of Rajasthan in India. With your private guide, discover the advanced nature of early Indian architecture with visits to remarkable structures, from a museum to a palace to even a UNESCO World Heritage-listed solar observatory. Enjoy an authentic cultural experience as you participate in traditional practices at a Rajhasthani village. Your tour includes meals, entrance fees, private transportation and commentary from your guide.
Day 1: Day 1: Delhi—Jaipur (L,D)
Stop At: Jal Mahal, Amer Road, Jaipur 302002 India
Your driver will collect you from your Delhi hotel and take you in the air-conditioned comfort of your private vehicle to the colorful city of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Notice the bright pink terra-cotta buildings that give this place known as the ‘Pink City’ its name. Your first stop will be Jal Mahal. Located in the middle of Man Sagar Lake, this historical structure is an architectural masterpiece that showcases India’s early advancements in construction. Take in the beauty of the Aravalli Range and revel in the beauty of this massive structure’s reflection cast on calm waters. Check into your hotel and enjoy lunch and relaxation before meeting your guide in the evening in your hotel lobby.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Lakshmi Narayan Temple, B-64, Anita Colony, Bajaj Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302015, India
Drive to Lakshmi Narayan Temple (also known as Birla Temple), which is dedicated to the god Vishnu (Marayan) and the goddess Lakshmi. Take an up close look at the intricate carvings on the temple’s exterior and listen as your guide explains how the impressive marble domes represent the three major religions of India. Once inside, experience the wonder of the colorful panels that showcase mythological stories and end your evening with a traditional meal at your hotel or at a nearby restaurant.
Duration: 40 minutes
Accommodation included: Overnight at 3 star Hotels
Day 2: Day 2: Jaipur (Breakfast and Dinner)
Stop At: Amer Fort, Devisinghpura, Amer, Rajasthan 302028, India
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before heading to the Amber Fort overlooking beautiful Maota Lake. Follow your guide through the fortress, which is divided into four sections. Learn about the paintings, carvings, murals and mirror work that decorate this site.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, Hawa Mahal Tripolia Bazaar Road Badi Choupad, Jaipur 302002 India
Drive to the red-sandstone structure of Hawa Mahal, which resembles the crown of the Hindu god Krishna. Some 953 jharokhas (small window) adorn the exterior. Your guide will explain the fusion of Hindu-Rajput architecture along the domed canopies and the Islamic-Mughal architecture evident in the stunning archways.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: City Palace of Jaipur, Tripolia Bazar Near Jantar Mantar, Jaipur 3023002 India
Next, head to the City Palace by car for a picture-perfect example of India’s architecture and art. Wander through the well-kept gardens, through historical building like Chandra Mahal, and marvel at the royal costumes and Rajput weapons that are proudly displayed. Between sites, enjoy a typical Indian meal at a local restaurant of your guide’s choice.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Stop At: Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, Tripoliya Bazaar near entrance to City Palace, Jaipur 302020 India
Continue to one of the best-preserved solar observatories in India, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jantar Mantar. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the 1700s, this unique site is home to a vast collection of astronomical instruments used to predict eclipses and chart the stars.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Albert Hall Museum, Agrasen Hospital Marg Adarsh Nagar, Jaipur 302004 India
From there, make your way to Rajasthan’s oldest museum — Albert Hall Museum. Learn about the Indo-Saracenic-style architecture that was introduced by the British in the 19th century. Wander the galleries and exhibit halls where carpet-weaving, cultural artifacts and bits of history are on display.
Duration: 50 minutes
Stop At: Chokhi Dhani, Sukhdeopura Nohara, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
An evening visit to Chokhi Dhani, a popular resort, offers a unique taste of the local lifestyle of villagers in Rajasthan. Your guide will take you through the authentic pastoral village, where you’ll see traditional dance performances and handmade crafts. Your day ends with truly authentic Indian hospitality. Enjoy a traditional dinner at one of the local village restaurants, where you will sit on low stools and savor lovingly prepared dishes before returning to your hotel.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Accommodation included: Overnight: 3-star hotel in Jaipur
Day 3: Day 3: Jaipur—Delhi (B)
Stop At: New Delhi, New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi
Enjoy a typical breakfast before checking out of your hotel. Return to Delhi in the air-conditioned comfort of your private vehicle and listen to your guide share more information and insight into the cultures and traditions of this vast region.
Duration: 6 hours
No accommodation included on this day.