Old Fort & Neighbourhood
This area plays a major part in the rich mix of the capitals history: it’s associated with the legendary capital of Indraprastha, prehistoric settlements have been found, 2 medieval dynasties had their capitals here and of course its links with Partition in 1947. Other unusual places to see are a Hindu temple where liquor is the holy offering, a 13th C. Sufi shrine where pots are offered to make a wish and a Mughal madrassa built by a lady. The Old Fort or Purana Quila rests quietly amidst wild greenery and was built on the site of the most ancient of the numerous cities of Delhi, Indraprastha. It’s roughly rectangular in shape and was once surrounded by a moat, connected to the River Yamuna. The Northern Gateway - the Talaqui Darwaza (Forbidden Gateway) and Southern Gateway (HumayanDarwaza) combine Islamic pointed arches with Hindu Chhatris and brackets. Each evening at Purana Quila there’s a spectacular sound and light show. Visitors need to allow around 2-3 hours for a visit.
This walk explores the area behind the famous Qutb complex. A historic village, Mehrauli is built around the Sufi shrine of Bakhtiyar Kaki. Each monument in the neighbourhood has a story to tell: step wells where water smells of sulphur, a tank where the Prophet Muhammad left a mark, martyrdom site of the Sikh hero Banda Bahadur, a palace of the Mughals and a still empty grave for the last Mughal Emperor. A good 2 hours is need for this walk of exploration.
Landmarks Of 1857: Northern Ridge
This walk highlights the landmarks of the revolt of 1857 scattered on the northern ridge - called the ‘Indian Mutiny’ by the British and the ‘Indian Uprising’ by the Indians - taken by the Indians, defended by the Indians and finally taken by the British. There are numerous sites to visit where heavy fighting took place. The painful scars can still be seen. Places covered in the walk include the 14th C. observatory named after a mysterious Pir, a Mosque which suffered heavy shelling, the British Vice Regal Lodge and memorials built by the British. The walk takes roughly 3 hours.
Jaipur is a fascinating city filled with a veritable treasury of culture on these walks, and ballooning experience, see Jaipur from a different angle - off the main tourist track but filled with delightful vignettes of an age gone by and to interact with local people.
Hot Air Ballooning
Take to the air serenely floating above the Pink City, watching the myriads of people go about their daily lives, and then glide silently over the majesty of the Aravali Hills and the superb Amber Fort, see ancient forts hidden in the folds of the hills and tiny villages dotted across the land whilst ‘flying ‘through wonderful scenery. This must be one of the most scenic and outstanding Balloon flights in India - and beyond!
Amber Heritage Trail – Beyond The Fort
Older than the famous Amber Fort and Palace complex the now sleepy town of Amber is rarely visited by travelers. However a delightful 2 hours guided walk explores the rich heritage. See Historic Temples, havelis, and ancient water harvesting structures, framed by the lovely Aravali range of hills. An extension to the tour (or standalone tour) takes a trek through the hills visiting a ruined fort, shrines and interaction with the local villagers.
Bazaars, Crafts & Cuisine Walk
Under the patronage of the Royal family and local nobles Jaipur has developed a profusion of traditional arts and crafts. Today, Jaipur is considered one of the main destinations to explore the richness and diversity of traditional production methods. On this walking tour see silversmiths, bangle makers and painters at work, meet a local family and sample some of the regions culinary delights - do try Samosa Kachorii.
Temples & Havelis Walking Tour
This fascinating 2 ½ hour walking tour uniquely explores the religious life of local communities. Not only does it visit vibrant local Temples and witness the Hindu prayer ceremony, but walkers interact with residents over tea and snacks in their homes. The tour leaders have a warm relationship with the resident artisans, Temple priests and local citizens making the walk truly engaging.
The Art & Antiquities of Old Jaipur
This 1 ½ - 2 hours of walk provides an interactive, innovative encounter with the trading communities of the old city. With anecdotal stories from the resident guide on the walk, it reveals the life style, craft activities and historic buildings to walkers. See the Havelis, Temples, public buildings, and craft areas associated with the traders.
1135 AD Restaurant in Amber Fort
1135 AD derived its name from King Ambrish, founder of the Kachhwaha dynasty, and is located at one of the highest levels of the fort. It’s a part of the ancient palace next to the shrine of the Goddess Durga. The restaurant, opulent, lavish and utterly romantic echoes the glorious Royal heritage of Amber where guests, treated like Royalty, dine on mouth-watering Rajasthani food or a Continental selection. The atmosphere takes you back to the days of brave warrior Princes and the sheer luxury they lived in.
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