See traditional farming methods used in Jaipur
Early this morning, your guide will meet you at the lobby of the hotel for a walk through a local spice market where you have the opportunity to learn about India's many spices such as cardamom, ginger, mint, cinnamon and cloves. In addition to adding flavor and aroma to foods, Indian spices are also thought to contain magical healing powers.
There are several options to choose from for the day.
1. Spend the afternoon exploring the city and visiting the City Palace, a dazzling display of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The palace contains a museum with items on display including queen's carriages, weapons, artwork, and huge water flasks made entirely from silver. Before returning to your hotel, visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory, built between 1728 and 1734 by Maharaja Jai Singh. This is the largest observatory of the five Maharaja Singh had built.
2. An elephant safari to Naila Bagh followed by a cooking demonstration and dinner ($250 additional cost per person). Naila Bagh Palace dates back to 1872 and is currently the home of the Royal Rajput family of Naila. During your elephant ride through the countryside, you'll enjoy photo stops along the way and enjoy the sunset over the Aravali Hills. At Naila, you say good-bye to your elephant by feeding them bananas and jiggery and begin your cooking demonstration. Your instructor will explain the ingredients to you and show you how to whip up a scrumptious meal. After feasting on your creation, you'll return to your hotel in Jaipur (approx. 1 hr).
3. Excursion to Samode with a school visit and lunch (additional $100 per person). You'll drive out to Samode, a large, princely town with a history that dates back 450 years. The palace here combines some of the best of Indian and Mughal styles. Along the way, you'll take a jeep ride to a nearby village and interact with the local people as well as visit the village school. You'll enjoy lunch before returning to your hotel in Jaipur for the night.
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