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Arrive Delhi: On arrival at the Delhi International Airport you will be welcomed byour Tour Representative and Transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel in Delhi.
DAY O2: DELHI – JAIPUR
Morning breakfast in hotel & proceed to city tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi visiting Raj Ghat and Shanti Van – the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Jama Masjid and drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. Afternoon visit Qutub Minar built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate (War Memorial Arch ), Lakshminarayan Temple – a modern Hindu Temple. Also drive past President’s House, Parliament House, Akshardham Temple. Overnight stay at the hotel in Delhi.
After drive to Jaipur. Jaipur- established by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743) and painted pink by Maharaja Man Singh II when Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, visited Jaipur in 1876. The Royal heritage of Jaipur lies in its architecture and culture. The city in pink is symbolic of the hospitality that reigned in the Rajput culture. It a bustling capital city and a business center with all the trapping of a modern metropolis but yet flavored strongly with an age-old charm that never fails to surprise a traveler. stay at the hotel in Jaipur.
DAY O3: JAIPUR
After breakfast visit Amber Fort. Amber Fort is situated on the crest of a hill seven miles north of Jaipur is Amber, capital of the KuchwahaRajputs from 1037 to 1728. Man Singh I built it in a style to rival Mughal grandeur and opulence. The city-palace is protected by towering outer walls, a further wall runs for miles along the hills surrounding the palace. Make a photo stop at the Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal). Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh of Jaipur constructed the Hawa Mahal in the year 1799. Hawa Mahal is a sample of the perfection of the architecture. It was built for women in the royal family to view the ceremonial processions on the street while seated behind the small windows. Also visit Jantar Mantar, built between 1716. It is located within the city palace. Jantar Mantar contains a collection of instruments for observing the movements of sun, moon, planets, and stars. It was built to develop the interest of the people in Astronomy. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Jaipur.
DAY O4: JAIPUR – AGRA
After morning breakfast drive to Agra en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri is 40 km from Agra and built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to the scarcity of water. Upon arrival in Agra. Check in at the hotel. In the afternoon visit Agra Fort, built by Emperor Akbar on the west bank of the river Yamuna and beautified with palaces and gardens by Jehangir, Agra Fort today dominates the center of the city. The crescent-shaped fort with its 20-meter high, 2.4-km outer walls contains a maze of buildings that form a small city within a city. Later visit the stunning tomb of ItmadudDaulah or the `Baby Taj’ a marble memorial with exquisite inlay work built in 1628 by Nur Jahan, queen of Jehangir, for her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg. Overnight stay at the hotel in Agra.
DAY O5: AGRA – DELHI (Taj Mahal remains closed on Friday)
After morning breakfast proceeds the visit of Taj Mahal a poem of love in white marble, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal. It took twenty-two years and hard toil of more than twenty thousand workers to construct Taj Mahal. The beauty of the Taj Mahal is enchanting and it reflects the marvelous beauty of architecture. Taj Mahal symbolizes the richness of art and architecture of the Mughal period. After Drive back to Delhi.Upon arrival in Delhi. And transfer to Delhi International Airport to board the flight for onward destination. Goa/Kerala/Mumbai.
Above Tour Cost Include:
Accommodation twin & double sharing Basis as per program. Daily breakfast & dinner at the hotel. All transportation by AC Deluxe Car Latest Model vehicle throughout the Tour. Services of our Assistance Representative for Airport Transfer as per the program. Services of English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Japanese, Chinese speaking Guides as per the itinerary. Mineral Water. Quote inclusive of presently applicable Government service taxes.
Above Tour Cost Does Not Include International flight.
Medical and insurance of any kind, Monument entrance fee. Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation/hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities.Personal nature Expenses i.e. Telephone Calls, laundry, Soft/hard drink, Meals, Tipping etc.
Rajasthan's beautiful Pink City Jaipur, was the stronghold of a clan of rulers whose three hill forts and series of palaces in the city areimportant attractions. Known as the Pink City because of the colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city, Jaipur's bazaars sell embroidered leather shoes, blue pottery, tie and dye scarves and other exotic wares. Western Rajasthan itself forms a convenient circuit, in the heart of the Thar desert which has shaped its history, lifestyles and architecture.
Founded in AD 1727 by Sawai Jaisingh II, Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the Pink City with broad avenues and spacious gardens. The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is steeped in history and culture. Here the past comes alive in magnificent forts and palaces, blushed pink, where once lived the maharajas. The bustling bazaars of Jaipur, famous for Rajasthani jewellery, fabric and shoes, possess a timeless quality and are surely a treasure-trove for the shoppers. This fascinating city with its romantic charm takes you to an epoch of royalty and tradition.
Jaipur architectural planning may have been ancient, but its execution was definitely modern. Best represented by the City Palace complex, it brought together all that was excellent in Rajput and Mughal architecture, creating a new tradition that found wide currency over much of north India. As in the Mughal tradition, the durbar or court areas became much more open, characterised by a series of arched pavilions held on delicately crafted pillars. Ornamentation had always been a part of the state architectural heritage, now it became much more opulent. The private wings of the family also extended their entertainment areas. Since defence was no longer a primary concern, larger, more ornamental windows were built to over look the streets or courtyards outside these wings. Gardens were no longer planned within the internal courtyards only, but were added to the external vistas, and water, a basic feature of Mughal palaces and gardens, was utilised in a similar fashion, in canals and fountains.
Hindi, Rajasthani and English to a small degree are commonly spoken in hotels and restaurants, staff speak English as well as Hindi. One can easily communicate with a minimum knowledge of Hindi or English
Tipping is common for porters in hotels as also the stewards and bearers and tourist guides, though it is not the practice with taxi and auto drivers. The standard amount in hotels and restaurants is 10% of the total bill.
The traditional dress like the skirt and top are woven by women with traditional taste while the saree and shalwar kameez is also common with women. Men wear trousers and shirts. Skimply dressed women are bound to be stared at. Wear informal, loose clothes during the day and you won't feel uncomfortable. Smart, casual clothes will do for eating out in the evening or visiting friends.
Jaipur observes dry days on national Holidays. Liquor outlets are there in all markets run by private owners. All big hotels serve liquor and so do several restaurants and pubs. Dry days are not applicable to hotels and restaurants.
Public sector banks are open from 1000 hrs to 14000 hrs. from Monday to Friday and up to 12 noon on Saturdays. Some private indian banks are also open 8.00 pm and many have the ATM facilities around the city. There are several foreign banks located in and around commercial areas.
Moving Around Transport
Jaipur has three major modes of transport buses, tempos, minibuses, three wheeler taxi and auto rickshaws. There are also unmetred tourist taxis whose stands are situalted mainly at all the gates on M.I. Road. Hotels and travel agents can also arrange for taxis.
The buses ply on set routes and charge a standard fare. One should insist on paying the autorickshaw driver through meter only. For luggage one has to pay an additional rupee for one piece of luggage. The three-wheelers can also be hired for a day on an agreed fare of 550 to 600 for 8 hours.
Air : Indian Airlines connect Jaipur with Delhi, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Aurangabad, Bombay, Varanasi, Calcutta, Ahmedabad.
Rail: Jaipur is connected by rail with Delhi, Agra, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Abu Road (Mount Abu), Udaipur, Bombay and Sawai Madhopur.
Road: Good motorable roads connect Jaipur with Delhi 258 km, Agra 236 km, Bikaner 321 km, Udaipur 405 km, Ajmer 131 km, Jodhpur 316 km, Bharatpur 176 km, Jaisalmer 638 km and Mumbai 1202 km
Bus : Regular buses ply from Jaipur to the above places and Alwar, Kota, Sariska, Mathura, Indore, Chittorgarh and Barmer.
JAIPUR GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE
Jaipur has a semi-arid climate. Temperatures vary here in different seasons. In the summer months of April to June, average daily temperature remains around 35 degree Calcius in Jaipur. May and June are the hottest months in Jaipur. Temperature reaches up to 40-45 degree Calcius in these months.
Annually the rainfall is concentrated in the monsoon months between June (Last of June) and September. It receives over 500 mm (approx 20 inch) of rainfall an average.
Jaipur is known as Heritage City because of its rich heritage culture, customs, traditions, fairs and festivals, civilization, and hundreds years old forts and monuments. The glorious architecture of Jaipur the Pink City is renowned across the world. Wonderful Forts and Monuments garland the entire city in a planned manner.
Where to Eat and Drink
Relax with a cocktail or gin and tonic at chic Bar Palladio at the Narain Niwas Palace Hotel, with interiors by Dutch designer Marie-Anne Oudejans. Italian cuisine is served there too.
Tapri the Tea House, one of the best places to drink tea in India, is where roadside chaimeets hipster hangout. You'll be able to drink India's iconic drink in a cool, clean environment.
To sample some local street food, head to Masala Chowk -- the first-of-its-kind open-air food court with an assortment of street food stalls in Jaipur. It's situated in Ram Niwas Garden, close to Albert Hall Museum, and is open daily from around 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. There's an entry fee of 10 rupees per person.
If your budget can manage it, have a meal at the Taj Rambag Palace's stunning Indian restaurant Suvarna Mahal (the original palace dining room). It serves up authentic royal cuisine from Rajasthan, Awadh, Punjab and Hyderabad.
Where to Stay
Jaipur has an outstanding range of accommodations for all budgets, ranging from luxurious authentic palace hotels to sociable backpacker hostels. In terms of location, the peaceful Bani Park and Hathroi Fort residential neighborhoods are conveniently central to Jaipur's railway station and the Old City. Choose from this pick of top hotels, guesthouses and hostels in Jaipur.
For longer-term stays of a month or more, Om Niwas in Bani Park has one-bedroom apartments with kitchens.
Health and Safety Information
Jaipur is a much visited tourist destination, and where there are tourists, there are scams. You're guaranteed to be approached on numerous occasions. However, the most common scam which all visitors should be aware of is the gem scam. It comes in various guises but the important thing to remember is under no circumstances should you purchase gemstones from someone who approaches you to do so, or enter into a business deal, no matter how much you think it may be in your favor to do so.
Scams involving auto rickshaw drivers are also common in Jaipur. If you arrive by train, be prepared to be surrounded by them, all vying to take you to a hotel of their choice where they will get a commission. You can avoid this by going to the prepaid auto rickshaw counter at the station.
The constant summer heat is very draining, so it's important to take measures to avoid getting dehydrated if you visit during the hottest months. Make sure you drink plenty of water and avoid staying out in the direct sun for too long.
As always in India, it's important not to drink the water in Jaipur. Instead buy readily available and inexpensive bottled water to stay healthy. In addition, it's a good idea to visit your doctor or travel clinic well in advance of your departure date to ensure that you receive all the necessary immunizations and medications, especially in relation to illnesses such as malaria and hepatitis.