Jewels of Northern India Tour 2014
February 19th - March 3rd, 2014
DELHI – AGRA – BHARATPUR - JAIPUR – JODHPUR – UDAIPUR – DELHI
 


 

Feb 25th

BHARATPUR– JAIPUR

Settled in the rugged hills of the Aravalis, Jaipur is the pristine jewel in the desert sands of Rajasthan. Jaipur is as remarkable for its marvelous architecture and town planning as it is for the lively spirit of the people who inhabit it. The city presents a unique synthesis of culture that has to be experienced in order to be appreciated.

With its origin buried deep into the pages of history, the city still exudes a magical old world charm; an aroma of chivalry and romance is evident, despite having evolved into a city that is the hub of modern commercial activity in the region. Tell-tale signs of the glorious past and regal splendour of the city lie strewn across with gay abandon.

Widely known as the 'Pink City', Jaipur was colour washed pink to welcome the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert who visited in 1883. He was known as ‘Bertie’ by the Royal Family. (Did you know that that on British world maps all countries that were part of the British Empire were painted pink and it was said that the Empire was large enough that the sun never set on it?) The city was founded in 1727 by one of the greatest rulers, Jai Singh II. Jaipur is surrounded by hills on three sides, crowned by formidable forts and majestic palaces, mansions and gardens. Jaipur is the only city in the world, which is sub-divided in to nine rectangular sectors symbolizing nine divisions of the universe. Jaipur is the first planned city designed in accordance with 'Shilpa Shastra'- epochal treatise of Hindu architecture.

The lively spirit of fanfare, festivity and celebration of the people adequately match the colourful and intricately carved monuments. Even today, one can find weather beaten faces with huge colourful turbans, fierce moustaches and lips that spontaneously crease into a heart-warming smile. A city like Jaipur, where modernity and tradition live hand-in-hand, is truly rare. Perhaps this is what makes it an attractive destination for tourists who flock to Jaipur, year after year.

Hawa Mahal - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. This 5 story pink building has 953 niches and windows built into it by Pratap Singh and was built for the palace. It was built so the royal ladies could look out and the plebes would not see them. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

Today special treats of a visit to Abhaneri Chand Baori Step Wells and Afternoon Tea at Rambagh Palace Gardens!

Dinner in a home this evening

Designed to echo the traditional havelis of the region, ITC Rajputana has a red brick exterior rising to different levels around a central area. Long corridors, secluded courtyards and simplified lattice work recall Rajasthani architecture in a modern uncluttered and contemporary idiom and bring alive the spirit of Rajasthan and makes it distinguished amongst the luxury hotels of Jaipur. Regal-influenced design and gardens echo the city’s history.

 


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