Take to the streets of the fascinating city of Jaipur and 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 neighbouring 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. Visit timeless bazaars crammed with colourful textiles, beautiful pottery, perfume, flowers and the region’s spectacular jewellery, shaped and created by craftsmen and artisans who continue many of the city’s age-old traditions. Sample some of the delicious regional street snacks and step back with a visit a 150-year-old private residence and enjoy a cup of tea with a local family.