Fly to Jaipur, called the "pink city" for its rose-hued facades, but equally famous for its palaces and style. The gem-cutting center of the world, Jaipur is a renowned shopping haven, whether you’re seeking jewelry, housewares, shoes or cashmere. Some must-shop spots for gems include the Gem Palace, Shanu Ram Jewellers, Royal Gems and Arts, Fanny Dominique Boucher, Emerald House, and Bhuramal Rajmal Surana. Jaipur is also home to some of India's most beautiful wood block print textiles, which can be purchased at Anantaya by AKFD, Brigitte Singh, Hot Pink and Anokhi. To keep up energy, veteran visitors stop for a chai, the favored flavorful hot tea drink.
More active pursuits such a hot-air ballooning over the city, or polo (on horse or elephant) can be arranged. Visitors will be amazed at the City Palace and its museums, the 11th-century Amber Fort, (a city older than present-day Jaipur) and its hall of mirrors, maze of corridors and magnificent gardens. Walk from Hawa Mahal to Goverdhan Nathji Temple to Jantar Mantar (a complex of observatories built by Jaipur's founding maharaja) and Govind Dev Ji Temple. Set just outside the city, Galtaji is a magnificent site filled with temples and natural springs. The favorite dinner spot is the grande dame Suvarna Mahal, in the Rambagh Palace, topped off by a viewing of the Amber Fort's evening sound and light show.
Return to Delhi.