My jaipur must-sees and do's
India is one place where I would highly recommend using a travel agent, a guide and a driver. It was great to work with Jen Boyd at Asia Transpacific Journeys who helped me put my itinerary together and organized all the logistics.
We loved the Samode Haveli in Jaipur and the Samode Palace (samode.com/palace-in-jaipur/palace-hotels-in-rajasthan.html). The spectacular palace is situated about 47 kilometres north-west from Jaipur and sits next to a small village where handicrafts and tools are still made on the street (a great place to buy lac bangles). Even if you don’t plan to stay, book in here for breakfast or lunch.
Soma Textiles, Indigo Carpets and Textiles, Anokhi Home, Ratan Textiles, Ridhi Sidhi Textiles, Royal Kite Centre, The Silver Market (Chameliwala market), Silver & Art Palace, the utensil market.
Temple of Krishna, Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar (18th-century astronomical observation site), Palace of Winds, City Palace, the flower market, the spice market. A series of city walks – cuisine, bazaar and craft – is offered by Jaipur Walks (email@example.com) or ask your tour guide.
The major hotels and many of the homestays offer good-quality Indian food. Especially good: Samode Haveli, Samode Palace, Anokhi Cafe and Hotel Diggi Palace, plus street eats recommended by the guide.
Reading: Love Jaipur, Rajasthan by Fiona Caulfield, Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, Nine Lives and City of Djinns by William Dalrymple.