Following breakfast, embark on a scenic 5-hour drive to JAIPUR
(The Pink City). Jaipur was designed by royalty and has delighted visitors for centuries with its pink-hued buildings, wonderful bazaars, and rainbow of bright colours dancing along hectic streets.
Jaipur, like Delhi, has both old and new parts, although you’ll concentrate on the old. The streets are busy with camels and bullock-carts, monkeys climb overhead, and you’ll pass traditionally dressed Rajput men wearing colourful turbans and sporting magnificent moustaches.
After the freshening up, it is time for a visit to the famous Hawa Mahal
(Palace of Winds). Front of Hawa Mahal consists of 953 small windows decorated with intricate lattice work. Here royal maidens once watched the streets below through the fabulous jali (lattice screens) which hid them from prying male eyes. Today snake charmers and fortune-tellers ply their trade below the same hideaway.
After that, stop at a local tea shop to enjoy masala chai
, and cool down with a delicious kulfi
(ice cream dessert). Visit the local markets
with abundance of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, pickles, tea and spices on display. Check in the hotel then free at own leisure.
: In the evening, you may wish to check out a the extravagance of a Bollywood blockbuster, with all the Hollywood-style elements of action, romance, drama and music, at the spectacular Raj Mandir Cinema.
Overnight in Jaipur.