Jaipur weather in January
Temperature: 22 C daytime (Max) 8 C at night (Min)
Recommended clothing: Light woollens, shirts and linen trousers for the day, with a shawl and jacket for the evening. Dress code: casual for the workshops. Something dressy for the gala and receptions. NB. If you are attending the Mud Resist, Paper or Taste of India workshops, we advise you to bring some old clothes and waterproof shoes or flip flops
• The cost of meals in Jaipur is approximately £5 to £10 per meal (breakfast is included in the hotel rate). Lunch and dinner are availible daily at Diggi, and there is also a wealth of good restaurants around Jaipur to explore
• The Kite festival lunch and Gala dinner are both included in your fee but alcoholic drinks at these events will be at your own cost
• Tipping is expected but not required in India. We recommend you tip no more than 5% should you wish to do so
•Basic materials will be provided for the workshops but if you wish to buy additional items in the bazaars, these will be at your own cost (but very inexpensive)
• The evening concerts are included in your fee, but you will be asked for a customary donation towards the musicians at the entrance of approximately £1 per head
• Transport for optional expeditions are included in your fee. However, there may be the occasional entry fee or donation to museums of approximately £1 to £5
• ATMs are readily available throughout the city. Bring US dollars, sterling or travellers cheques, or take cash out as and when needed. Most stalls and small shops do not take cards, but the boutiques, hotels and more formal restaurants usually do
• In the city you can travel by auto-rickshaws or metred taxis, but do negotiate a good price first! As a general rule, most journeys around Jaipur should cost between R50-R150 (up to £2) in a rickshaw. You can easily pick up rickshaws from Diggi or in the street
• If you require transport for further distances or reliable car-hire around Jaipur we recommend using V Care Tours & Travel - contact Deepak on +91-141-4001853 or email@example.com
Sightseeing and Shopping
Jaipur was founded by Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727 A.D. and named after him. He was not only a great builder, but also a poet and an astronomer. The old city of Jaipur is enclosed within seven gates and is rectangular in shape and built on the pattern of a grid. The city has wide avenues and lanes and uniform rows of shops on either side at the main bazaar, all arranged in nine rectangular city sectors (Chokris).
The principal monuments of Jaipur are concentrated in the walled city around the City Palace and out in the original palace at Amber Fort. Jaipur is as remarkable for its marvellous architecture and town planning as it is for the lively spirit of the people who inhabit it. The city still exudes a magical old world charm despite having evolved into a city that is the hub of modern commercial activity in the region. It is very rare to find a city like Jaipur, where modernity and tradition live hand-in-hand.
Shopping in Jaipur
Jaipur is the place to shop until you drop. You'll have to bargain hard in the tourist areas around the City Palace and Hawa Mahal, but there are wonderful treasures to be found in some of the specailist shops recommended below.
Jaipur is especially well known for precious and semiprecious stones. The gem dealing area is centred around the area of PaharGanj and Johari Bazaar. Here you can find a concentration of jewellery shops and see stones being cut and polished in workshops tucked off narrow backstreets. Bapu Bazaar is lined with saris and fabrics. Kisanpol Bazaar is famous for textiles, particularly bandhani (tie-dye).
There lots of emporiums on Amber road, selling textiles, clothes, blue pottery and paintings. MI Road is also excellent for shopping and restaurants.
A few favourites are:
Artist's View of The Walled City of Jaipur, by Ajay Sharma - Master Miniature Painter