Come and experienced a few eureka moments of life! This tour starts off with shopping ancient ways of Delhi. We have included a visit to the most precious jewel of India, the Taj Mahal in Agra , we get to enjoy Holi Festival in Jaipur. We also have included a visit to the famous Lake City Udaipur.
Tour starts and ends in Delhi 26 February – 7 March’18
Some shopping tips..
The city is beautiful year-round, but October to mid-April is when to visit: the light is especially beautiful and there are many festivals and celebrations. In January, I love the Kite Festival because everyone becomes a child again, the skies are full of incredible, colourful kites during the day and the night sky is full of fireworks. Diwali, the Festival of Light, is a celebration of good over evil and there are candles and fireworks everywhere.
There are so many beautiful sites here it’s difficult to choose, but Amber Fort on the hill on the outskirts of Jaipur is where to start, with the light and sound shows that happen every night illuminating the entire palace and grounds. The Tiger Fort above the city has a maze of bedrooms – originally built to accommodate the Maharajah’s many queens – and it has an incredible collection of old murals. The City Palace has art and textile museums, as well as the Govind Dev Ji temple. And you must stop at Jantar Mantar, an observatory that dates from the 18th century but has contemporary, pure lines.
Totally worth a get-a-bit-lost wander are Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Wind, and the Gaitore Cenotaphs, the burial place of a maharajah. The Gem Palace is a must-see too: the showroom is full of heirloom pieces from the royal family and precious stones. In general, if you aren’t in the business, it’s difficult to buy rare stones, so stick to reputable experts. And go for classic Indian jewellery: flat-cut diamonds set in Jaipur enamel and 24ct gold, or Navaratna, the “nine gems”. These can be anything from a simple bracelet to an opulent, incredibly expensive necklace.
Some of the best things to buy here are textiles – shawls, block-printed fabrics, and made-to-measure clothing. Kashmir Loom, in the Suján Rajmahal Palace, a boutique hotel, does excellent Kani work – an amazing weave pattern.
Jaipur markets are especially vibrant, with the Johari Bazaar in the old city a must. You’ll find a little lane devoted just to weddings, while just opposite, the kitchen bazaar has all things stainless steel: art, doorknobs, tiffin boxes – it’s a very fun atmosphere. The main market is also a great place to see traditional chikan work – white-on-white embroidery. And the Tripolia Bazaar is a wonderful sight in the early morning, where women sit out and make the ritual marigold necklaces.
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