You already know India is more than the Taj Mahal and butter chicken. But you may not be sure where to experience India at it’s finest. Our recommendation? Jaipur!
To this day, Jaipur is known as The Pink City, thanks to a fresh coat of paint the whole metropolis received before King Edward VII visited in 1876. Over 100 years later, the city still retains its rosy glow.
Where to stay
Our top recommendation is Trident, a lux resort near Jaipur railway station. While the interior is impeccable, the staff helpful, and the beds plush…it’s the pool we can’t get enough of. Take a dip before enjoying the resorts surprisingly authentic Rajasthani restaurant.
Bani Park is a quiet neighbourhood (by Indian standards) in the heart of the city. Book a room at Shahpura House, and devour the Indian and Mughal interiors. Expect domes, frescoes and galleries of family photos (the owners are of royal descent and still live in the hotel).
Where to eat
If you’re in India, you must try a curry, and there’s no better place than Niros to sop some up with fresh-baked roti.
If you’re craving some western, head to Little Italy (the restaurant, not neighbourhood). The wood-fired pizzas are
molte bene बहुत अच्छा!
What to do
Amer Fort is a given. The famed fortress demonstrates the power and importance of the Rajput. Give yourself at least four hours to explore this unique site overlooking beautiful Maoto Lake.
Back inside the Pink City, rickshaw your way to City Palace for a guided tour. If you’re visiting Jaipur with Out Adventures, we’ve negotiated a tour of the royal family’s personal chambers!
From here, make your way to Jantar Mantar (the observatory) and honeycombed Hawa Mahal. Afterwards, haggle with artisans at nearby Sireh Deori Bazaar.
Finally, snag the perfect panorama from the roof of Iswari Minar Swarga Sal.
Where to shop
While aforementioned Sireh Deori Bazaar is conveniently close to Hawa Mahal, it’s not the most buzz-worthy bazaar in the capital.
Johari Bazaar is a lively jeweller’s market. It’s well-known for Meenakari, the region’s famed jewellery involving intricate glazed enamel.
The best place to try on Rajasthan’s camel leather shoes (Mojari) is Bapu Bazaar. The market is especially beautiful, as its nestled between historic pink buildings on either side.
Finally, Nehru Bazaar is a one-stop-shop featuring myriad stands and stalls selling all sorts of wares and knick-knacks. Keep your eyes peeled for the beautiful blue pottery.
That’s all we’ve got!
If you have any questions about Jaipur — or India more generally — never hesitate to get in contact!
Interested in India? Join Out Adventures’ India Holi Festival Foray departing March 2019.
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