Wonders of Walled City Of Jaipur

The pink city of Jaipur is a well established tourist destination of north India . Thousands of Indian as well as foreign tourist visit my city annually . The customary  things to do in  Jaipur  for tourist ,  is visiting Amber Fort , City Palace and Observatory. Of course I take pride in these majestic monuments but Jaipur has so much more to offer than popular monuments .

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To me its the walled city of Jaipur , which fascinates me the most . Nowhere in India i  have witnessed  such profound example of town planning , with dead straight roads , symmetrical pink coloured buildings, wonderful chatris and intricate screen work , its truly a architectural marvel.

 Jaipur has  recently celebrated its 286th birth day on November 18th. Thankfully inspite very little attention from the concerned  authorities , the original city’s  fortification wall, gateways , historic temples and Havelis of Jaipur are still standing tall , sounds as if even the God has too fallen in love with the Pink City and is showering  its blessing  of “ Long Life” on these weary  structures. 

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Its spell bounding to know about  the town panning of  Jaipur. Its hard to believe that even 286 years back the width of the main roads was  108 feet,  so that the city road can cop up with maddening tariff of today . There were proper shaded verandas  in the main markets , so people  can do shopping in shade, gradients of streets were carefully calculated so city can be saved from disgrace of flooding .   There were Gas lamps in front of all important building , which were imported  from Birmingham ( U.K.) in those times .   Its a shame that our new  cities , though having  modern  look of glass facade buildings and far less visionary in other civic amenities and town  planning. 

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Traders , priests , artisans were called from various  regions on India and well as outside to come and reside in Jaipur . Different communities were allotted in specific areas of the walled city . Hence the streets of the old city is marked by the trade , community and occupation of its inhabitants  . For example “ Johari Bazaar” ,since the early day till today , its a major center for jewellery trade and manufacturing. 

 My passion to discover  and share the hidden wonders of our  Jaipur city resulted in the birth of  www.virasatexperiences.com , three years back , where we  specialize  in Walking Tours and offering other unique  travel activities in Jaipur and other cities of Rajasthan .  If you have interest to know about our captivating cities beyond its tourist monuments , we welcome to you take part  on our tours.

 

Top 5 things to do in Jaipur

The walled city of Jaipur often referred as Pink City as its distant charm . With original city wall still integral, Pink Stucco building and shops , straight wide roads and numerous gateway. The city of Jaipur is a fine representation on how magnificent   our historic town planning was; a rare example in India where most of our cities are in such a chaotic state .

The Pink City was commissioned in 1727 AD with the  vision of late  Sawai Jai Singh II. A Bengali architect Vidya­dhar Bhattacharya formalised the new city’s plans according to a grid system. After dividing the city into nine blocks, or chowkries.

So here is my recommendations on Top 5 things to do while you are visiting Jaipur

1)      Guided Heritage walking tour  – Virasat Experiences conducts theme based Walking Tours in the old quarters of Jaipur . Their aim to bring alive all the diverse elements of city’s heritage. Whether  traditional  temples, monuments and building , or living craft and culture , or tradition cuisines like  sweets making . The entire heritage of people, culture and architecture becomes interesting through the process of walking leisurely and engaging along our carefully designed city walks.

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2)      Jaipur Cycle Tours – Undertake a early morning Cycle Tour .Its a great way to unwind and get breakaway from noise , pollution ,crowd and usual site seeing of forts and palaces . Paddling trough  walled city in early hours when it’s still serene and to venture out to explore nearby mountains and lesser known places around Jaipur .

 

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Cooking Lesson and Dinner with local family – Contact us ( info@virasatexperiences.com)  for this unique experiences . Where cooking is taught by welcoming  local host family . This is a 2-3 hour lesson in the kitchen whereby the family  shares some of their  favorite dishes , is a great way to submerge into the local culture and make new friends.

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4)      Jaipur Social Tour –  If you are keen to explore the city beyond tourit attractions . Visiting NGO’s can be a rewarding experience . VE takes pride in partnering with JKSMS , a grass route NGO working tirelessly in creating  better opportunities for the for the street children . During this tour , visit shelter homes and Slums where we are running heath care and education programmes. 20% of the tour cost is contribute by Virasat Experiences for  supporting their work.     

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5)      Trekking in Amber – Amber Fort is the most popular tourist place in Jaipur . But very few visitors are able to realize that there is much more to this place than a historic fort . For those with a love of the outdoors, beautiful scenery and fresh air,  Virasat Experiences can offer gentle trekking in the surrounding Aravali hills. Dotted with  ancient ruins , hidden shines , water harvesting structures , its a entirely unknown world .

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Look beyond guidebooks and customary site seeing to make your travels more fun and engaging .

HAPPY TRAVELS

 

Happy Dewali !!!!

Of all the festivals celebrated in India, Dewali is by far the most glamorous and important. it is also celebrated as New Year amongst Hindus. Although Dewali is celebrated across all over India, the enthusiasm with which Jaipur celebrates Dewali – the Festival of Lights – has to be seen and experienced to be believed!! For tourist being in Jaipur during Dewali is indeed a rare opportunity and an unforgettable moments.

The Bazaars bustle with people buying new cloths , electronic, automobiles , and other festival items . Indeed this is one time of the year when  Indians  become real shopaholic and gets into shopping frenzy  .

Prior to Dewali all sorts of make-shift stalls suddenly spring out on the pavements  of the local Markets . With everyone needing for the Dewali puja, and to  decorate their houses, potters offering diyas (clay lamps) , flower-sellers selling  garlands by the dozens, Mithaiwala ( Sweet shop) and of course fire-crackers. Children and adults alike buy the latest fire-crackers hoping  do roaring business.

All over Jaipur , you will find people decorating their homes and offices with colourful lights  and clay lamps  .  During Dewali in Jaipur, entire bazaars are illuminated for five consecutive days. All the markets  are lighted up vividly  and put  up a grand spectacle. All important Government and private building are also brightly lighted to raise the festive atmosphere . There are prizes for the best decorated markets, commercial complexes, private buildings, gates….to  boost the  festival sprits.  This  unique collective effort, it is prime  reason to be in Jaipur during Dewali festival 

On the eve of Dewali , Hindu traditional puja  of Laxmi (goddess for wealth & Prosperity)   is held at every household   and solemn family affair . Rright after the puja, the real fun begins , it’s time for Fire crackers , Children and adults both are equally excited about this afair and one may get you see a various varieties of crackers like Anar , Chakri, Rocket, (  Twinkling anaars, rockets whizzing past, dazzling fireworks exploding in the skies above, and YES  Bombs  to make the biggest bang in their mohalla, it’s sheer pleasure to be a part of this amazing of all this. Final touches to their homes, which would soon see a flurry of friends and relatives dropping by to wish a “Happy Dewali”

Jaipur walking tour

Bazaars, crafts and cuisine of old Jaipur walking tour

From its creation in 1727 the royal families and nobles of Jaipur patronised the craftsmen and artisans of the city. These traditions continue to this day and as a result modern day Jaipur is considered by many as the craft capital of India. Using skills passed down through generations the jewellers, silversmiths, gold painters, meenakari and kundan artists in the areas of Ghat Darwaza and Vishveshwar ji can be seen producing many valuable and highly prized items. This fascinating two hour evening walk through the bazaars allows clients to meet these artists in their workshops whilst discovering the region’s culinary delights.

Significant highlights include:

  • Hanuman Ka Rasta is a bustling alley and craft lover’s delight. From silversmiths to book binders this lane is a hive of activity.
  • Visit a fifth generation meenakari craftsman.
  • Observe the animated gemstone traders on Gopalji ka Rasta.
  • Ghee Walon ka Rasta is an entire street dedicated to eating which is a foodie heaven for the locals! See the
  • theatre of Indian street food preparation.
  • Visit Nayala Haveli, a beautiful frescoed building hidden behind large gates which is now owned and managed bythe local Jain community.
  • See the perfume and flower sellers in front of Laksmi Narayan Baiji.
  • Tea & Snacks with a local family at their residence

Meeting point

Badi Chaupar – In front of HAWA MAHAL ( Palace Of Winds )

Validity

Walks Departs Daily   5:00 PM (4:30 PM in Dec/Jan/Feb) except SUNDAYS

Experiential Journeys across Rajasthan

Experiential Journeys across Rajasthan.

Experiential Journeys across Rajasthan

Virasat Experiences”, is a boutique travel company based out of Jaipur ( Rajasthan , India)  .  We are committed to promote rural tourism and responsible tourism initiatives in Northern India in alliance with NGO’s grass-root development agencies and organisations whose visions are the same as ours. To promote and encourage the preservation of heritage, culture and the architectural wonders of India, to empower local communities and provide employment though small scale tourism initiatives. The primarily focus of “Virasat Experiences ”, is to provide special interest responsible holidays encompassing city heritage walks, village experience, fairs & festivals and skill based cultural exchange workshops.

Through “ Heritage walking Tours ” we aim to bring alive all the diverse elements of city’s heritage. Whether  traditional  temples, monuments and building , or living craft and culture , or tradition cuisines like  sweets making . The entire heritage of people, culture and architecture becomes interesting through the process of walking leisurely and engaging along our carefully designed city walks. Our unique walking tours will give your clients  a rare glance in to the rich history and culture of these  fascinating cities , that only walking can give.

Welcome!

 “Virasat Experiences”, is a boutique travel company based out of Jaipur ( Rajasthan , India)  .  We are committed to promote rural tourism and responsible tourism initiatives in Northern India in alliance with NGO’s grass-root development agencies and organisations whose visions are the same as ours. To promote and encourage the preservation of heritage, culture and the architectural wonders of India, to empower local communities and provide employment though small scale tourism initiatives. The primarily focus of “Virasat Experiences ”, is to provide special interest responsible holidays encompassing city heritage walks, village experience, fairs & festivals and skill based cultural exchange workshops.

Through “ Heritage walking Tours ” we aim to bring alive all the diverse elements of city’s heritage. Whether  traditional  temples, monuments and building , or living craft and culture , or tradition cuisines like  sweets making . The entire heritage of people, culture and architecture becomes interesting through the process of walking leisurely and engaging along our carefully designed city walks. Our unique walking tours will give your clients  a rare glance in to the rich history and culture of these  fascinating cities , that only walking can give.

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