Jaipur City Extension
Rajasthan Cycle Challenge
Day 10 - Day 12
Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan, it is popularly known as the “pink city”. Jaipur is surrounded by barren hills surmounted by forts. This buzzing metropolis is certainly a place of wild contrasts and a feast for the eyes. Vegetable laden camel carts thread their way through the streets jam-packed with rickshaws, bicycles, tempos, motorcycles and pedestrians dodging the crazy traffic. Traditionally dressed Rajput men sporting bright turbans and swash-buckling moustaches discuss village politics outside restaurants and roadside stalls.
Day 10: Amber Fort, optional elephant ride, Polo Bar and Raj Mandir Cinema.
This morning after breakfast you will head North of Jaipur to Amber, the ancient capital. The fort is a superb example of Rajput architecture, built in 1592, stunningly situated 0n a hillside and overlooking a lake which reflects its terraces and ramparts. You can choose to walk the 15 min walk to the fort or go in luxury, by elephant. We’ll stop for refreshments at the Polo Bar of the opulent Rambagh Palace. The royal sport of Polo is synonymous with Jaipur, we’ll catch a game if our timing is right.
The Raj Mandir cinema is one of the most opulent and famous in all India, a great place to take in a Hindi film, the audience being a major feature themselves! The evening will follow with a Rajasthani Banquet and overnight stay at Diggi Palace.(B,L,D)
Day 11: Explore The Observatory, City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Johri Bazaar. Afternoon train to Delhi.
Today you will visit the great warrior-astronomer, Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743) observatory (Jantar Mantar) which is still one of Jaipur’s main attractions. At first the Jantar Mantar appears to be just a curious collection of sculptures but in fact each construction has a specific purpose, such as measuring the positions of stars, altitudes and calculating eclipses. The most striking instrument is the sundial, and is incredibly accurate.
The Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds, constructed in 1799, is one of Jaipur’s major landmarks. It was originally built to enable the ladies of the royal household to watch the every day life and processions of the city. You can climb to the top of the Hawa Mahal for a fine view over the city.
In the heart of the old city, is the City Palace, an incredibly well preserved and interesting palace to view with museums and artefacts. The enormous 5’ high solid-silver urns that another maharaja had got made to carry the sacred Ganges water with him on his trip to England, are listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest silver objects in the world.
Jaipur is the place to shop until you drop. So many handicrafts ranging from papier-mache puppets to exquisitely carved furniture. Jaipur is well known for precious and semi-precious gems, marble statues, costume jewellery and textile prints are other Jaipur specialities. We shop in the Johri Bazaar with local handicrafts, jewellery and local sweets before catching the evening train to Delhi. Overnight in Jyoti Mahal Hotel.(B,L,D).
Day 12: Return to UK.
This morning you will relax over Breakfast at the rooftop restaurant catching glimpses of Delhi before your transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK, arriving the same day. (B)
- Entrance Fees including Amber Fort, The Observatory, City palace and Hawa Mahal
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Water and soft drinks.
- One way Train ticket Jaipur - Delhi
- 2 nights accommodation on a twin share basis; 1 night at Jyoti Mahal (the superior room), 1 night at Diggi Palace (superior room) on full board.
- Services of qualified English-speaking driver/guide
- Personal expenses (i.e.: gifts, extra soft drinks or alcohol, laundry etc)
- Tips for local team (we recommend you allow $6 per person for tipping your guide)
Please note that this extension is subject to a minimum of 4 and flight availability and should be booked no later than 10 weeks prior to departure. In some cases, a surcharge may need to be applied in which case we will inform you prior to confirming your booking. Full payment must be received no later than 8 weeks prior to departure or your place on the extension may be cancelled. All bookings will be confirmed no later than 6 weeks prior to departure.
The advertised costs for this extension are per person on twin sharing basis. If you are a solo passenger, We will accommodate you in a room with someone of the same sex.
*= Please note that we reserve the right to change accommodation. Where this is necessary, alternative accommodation will be of an equal or better standard.