Packed with attractions, the Pink City of Jaipur is an important stop on a luxury train tour of India. If you’re planning luxury train travel in India then it’s time you checked out what you can experience in the city of palaces, forts, temples and museums.
Jaipur is a splendid mix of luxury and heritage and this is most evident in its Amber Fort (Amer Fort). When on a luxury train tour of India you will journey to this bastion on a jeep and find that this imposing structure contains several palaces. Amidst the marble and sandstone of the fort you will find the Sheesh Mahal with its tapestry of mirrors and glass, and also Sukh Mahal which once functioned as a pleasure palace. The halls of public and private audience, Shila Devi Temple and the impressive Ganesh Pol (Elephant Gate) are just some of the many attractions at this fort which is perched on a hill and also offers visitors the chance to ride an elephant.
Any visit to the city of Jaipur is incomplete without a tour of the City Palace. Located in the heart of the Pink City, this palace is synonymous with the life of Maharajas of the city and it encompasses two different palaces- Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal. Within the City Palace is a museum, Maharani Palace, which focuses on the weapons that were used by the royals of the city over the centuries. This museum is a must see if you are on a luxury train tour in India.
Intrinsically associated with Jaipur, the Hawa Mahal with its honeycombed structure is a favorite haunt of those visiting the Pink City. You will find yourself spell bound by this incredible structure that is known by many as the “Palace of Winds”. Here the 953 windows and the pink sandstone combine to create a visual spectacle that was once used by the ladies of the royal house to spy on the activity in the street. As you walk through the Hawa Mahal you will find how steps are not present but instead slanted passageways get people through the top stories of the building. With a maze of windows festooned with intricate lattice work, the Hawa Mahal is one of the prettiest buildings in the city.
Albert Hall Museum
Visiting the Albert Hall Museum gives you a glimpse of the history of the state when you are indulging in luxury train travel in India. Within this museum you can explore Rajasthani art, and here you will notice how much of it is replicated on board the carriages used for luxury train tours in India. There is even an Egyptian mummy within the Albert Hall Museum and you will find that its collection of art and artifacts keeps growing.
Affording a stunning view of the city of Jaipur, Nahargarh Fort is often included as an optional offering when you are on luxury train tours in India. This fort is where you can learn more about the history of this former princely state. Also here you will also find out how the fort provided protection to the wives of British officers during the Sepoy Mutiny which took place in 1857. Here you can also see murals and the remnants of tiger hunts that were once conducted in its vicinity.
Situated in the midst of Man Sagar Lake, Jal Mahal palace is a splendid place to witness the beauty of Indian architecture. During luxury train tours in India you will make your way to this palace by boat and discover how it has several stories submerged underwater. At this palace that floats among the waters of the lake, you can spend time checking out the variety of birds that frequent the area and see a number of migratory species including Flamingo and the Great Crested Grebe.
The Pink City of Jaipur holds many wonders. Contact Palace Tours to create a once in a lifetime experience on a luxury train tour in India.