What this tour is about: This is a walking tour which covers the major must-see attractions inside the Walled City (The Pink City) of Jaipur. We will also use a cycle rickshaw for some part of the tour.
Background: In 1727, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II built a new fortified city. It was enclosed by walls and could be entered through a group of seven manned gates. The walled city was unique, because it was a planned city built on traditional Indian shastric principles. It was logically divided into nine blocks. The largest block contained the palace and emperor’s royal buildings, while the other blocks were for the public, with residential areas, bazaars and temples.
About the walk: This tour takes you on a walking exploration of the walled city. We will start outside the city, at the Albert Hall Museum, and take a rickshaw ride from there to enter the city through one of its pink gates. Once inside the city, we will walk along Chaura Rasta, seeing the various buildings, shops, residences, side-streets and temples along the road. We will see the famous Hawa Mahal and the arched Tripolia Gate. We will visit the Observatory (Jantar Mantar) and the City Palace Museum in the royal block. The tour ends at the City Palace (there is a pretty café here, serving snacks and refreshments, if you would like to rest a bit).
Route: Albert Hall – Sawai Man Singh Statue – Entry through Walled City New Gate – Streets, Bazaars and Buildings on and off Chaura Rasta – Potters – Tarkeshwar Mandir – Tripolia – Hawa Mahal – Observatory – City Palace Museum
Duration: 4hrs in the mornings, from Albert Hall to City Palace. Not offered in summer and monsoon season (Apr-Sep).
Costs and Inclusions:
Rs 850 per person for 6-8 persons
Rs 1050 per person for 4-5 persons
Rs 1250 per person for 3 persons
Rs 1550 per person for 2 persons
Rs 2550 for a solo traveller
Includes trained guide, illustrated handouts, bottled water, rickshaw ride and all taxes
Excludes entrances, meals and tips.
What to wear: It is advisable to dress modestly. Ask us for guidelines if you’re not sure what that entails. Please ensure you have adequate sun protection. You have to take off your shoes if you want to enter places of worship.