Take to the streets of the fascinating city of Jaipur as you immerse yourself in the local way of life. The gateway to Rajasthan and part of India’s famed Golden Triangle, Jaipur is a fascinating mix of ancient forts, royal palaces and vibrant bazaars with modern, shiny shopping malls and busy commercial centres. Surrounded on three sides by the jagged Aravalli Hills, this remarkable city was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jal Singh and was carefully laid out along ancient architectural ideals. At the heart of Jaipur is the historical old city, surrounded by huge fortification walls and entered through eight towering gates. Wide avenues packed with camel carts, cycle-rickshaws and wandering cows divide the old city into neat rectangles, each one specialising in a different type of Rajasthan’s renowned handicrafts. Timeless bazaars are crammed with colourful textiles, beautiful pottery and the region’s famed jewellery.
Craftsmen and artisans continue many of the city’s age-old traditions to this day and you will enjoy the opportunity to walk through a craft market and shop for some of the exquisite goods that they produce. Step back in time as you visit a 150-year-old private residence and enjoy a cup of tea with a local family. Accompanied by your guide, sample some of the delicious regional street snacks and explore local markets where you can browse for colourful dresses and turban or purchase perfume and flowers. Admire an abandoned mansion, or haveli, and marvel at the beautiful frescoes that decorate its walls.