Discover the Romance of Rajasthan’s Fabled Capital
Surrounded by rugged hills, crowned with forts and enclosed by embattled walls, the legendary “Pink City” of Jaipur is a visual delight. Its buildings, originally light gray, were painted a rich rose—the color of welcome—for the 1876 visit of the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII. Today every shop owner within the historic boundary is required to maintain the pink façade. Jaipur’s sprawling bazaars draw throngs of people, arriving in rickshaws and camel-drawn carts to shop for a dazzling array of goods, from carpets and camel leather bags to precious stones and textiles. Spices perfume the air, and huge metal pots simmer with pungent curries. Jaipur is a feast for the senses, a fitting finale to the itinerary of any avid India adventurer.
- Explore Jaipur’s historic lanes, palaces and bazaars on a fully guided tour of the city and its environs
- Tour the famous Amber Fort, a 16th-century citadel whose lavish interiors gleam with marble, precious stones and intricate woodcarvings
- Ride on an elephant through the bucolic countryside of the Amber Forest Valley, followed by a dinner feast on a private farm