February 11th - 15th, 2023

After spending two weeks with India’s wildlife, it’s now time to explore their rich cultural heritage! And what better place to do so than in the city of Jaipur? Jaipur is the capital city of the state of Rajasthan and is often referred to the Paris of India. In 1876, it was painted pink to welcome Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, and is now known as the “Pink City” due to its dusty romantic pink hues. The city’s foundation and planning are attributed to the great astronomer Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, and today you will encounter many royal palaces, bustling bazaars, and ancient forts. Don’t miss this opportunity to photograph the historic and cultural wonderland of Jaipur!

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  • 2023 India Jaipur “Pink City” Extension Travel Plans

    Saturday, February 11 (B, L, D)

    Continue on from the 2023 India Tiger Photo Safari. When we arrive back in Delhi, we’ll get ready to board a flight and head to Jaipur, dubbed the “Pink City of India” by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

    Get settled in at the Samode Haveli, our hotel for the next three nights. Tonight we’ll experience private fine dining and a real welcome to Jaipur at the 1135 AD Restaurant at Amber Fort.

    Sunday, February 12 (B, L, D)

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. We’ll start the day with a return to Amber Fort to further explore and photograph this extensive complex clad in white marble and colorful sandstone.

    Amber Fort, also known as Amer Fort, is arguably the most eye-catching of the six majestic forts included in the Hill Forts of Rajasthan UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cradled high in the hills, this majestic fort with its maze-like cobbled passages and meandering staircases is an architectural masterpiece, a beautiful blend of Mughal and Rajput styles. Construction began in 1592 under the auspice of Maharaja Man Singh I with modifications added several years following.

    The opulent palace within the fort was the primary residence of the Rajput Maharajas (kings) and their families. Each of its four sections has a marvelous gate and courtyard of its own. Within you’ll find many attractions suited for a royal family including the King’s quarters, zenana (the women’s/King’s wives’ quarters), lush gardens, underground tunnels, and sacred temples. Pay special attention to the walls and ceilings comprised of exquisite ornamented mirrors, colorful mosaics, and intricately decorated marble.

    After a fascinating historical visit to Amber Fort, we’ll make our way to a more intimate historical setting, the Anokhi Museum of Hand Painting. Located in a magnificently restored haveli (mansion), the museum displays a variety of block printed textiles alongside images, tools, and related objects, all chosen to provide an in-depth look into the complexity of this ancient tradition. Like most crafts worldwide, the block printing industry faces serious challenges trying to keep pace with modern manufacturing. The museum addresses this fragile situation primarily through education, hopeful that all who visit become more sensitive to the need of protecting this enduring heritage craft for future generations.

    Following our visit to the museum, we’ll take a break and have lunch at Baradari Restaurant located in Jaipur’s Royal City Palace and then take a private tour of the palace itself. The palace is home to the royal family of Jaipur, and we will have access to exclusive rooms in this private residence.

    We’ll take some time to go back to the hotel and relax before we head to Bar Palladio for drinks and dinner. Bring your camera, as this vibrant peacock-blue restaurant is extremely photogenic!

    Overnight Samode Haveli

    Monday, February 13 (B, L)

    Rise and shine! Very early this morning, there is an optional hot air balloon safari (350 additional fee applies). This is a special opportunity to see India’s spectacular forts, hidden palaces, breathtaking terrain, and traditional local villages from a very unique perspective. We’ll return to the hotel for a proper breakfast.

    In the afternoon, we’ll take a walk to explore Jaipur’s bazaars, crafts, and cuisine. Since its foundation in 1727, royal families and nobles of Jaipur have patronized various craftsmen and artisans in the Pink City. Observe local silversmiths and bangle makers at work. Traditional methods are still used to produce these valuable and highly prized items.

    On our walk, be sure to mingle and talk with the locals while sampling some of the region’s culinary delights. Try samosas and kachoris, Indian fried or baked pastry doughs filled with spices and ingredients such as vegetables, lentils, and noodles. Kulfi, a popular Indian ice cream dessert, is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. You’ll also likely find lassi, a simple yogurt-based beverage with spices and fruit. Sample even more sweets from the city’s most popular Mithai Walas, or ancient Indian sweet shops.

    People and personalities make for a special journey, so today a local Rajput guide will join us for a portion of the day. In the afternoon, he will take us to his home for a cooking demonstration and lunch.

    For our final evening together, we’ll travel outside of Jaipur to enjoy a special farm-fresh, homemade dinner and have an opportunity to interact with the resident elephants of Dera Amer Wilderness Camp.

    Overnight at Samode Haveli

    Tuesday, February 14 (B, D)

    Our time in Jaipur has come to an end, so today we’ll board our flights and head back to Delhi. All guests have their own dayrooms to freshen up or stay overnight. Group farewell dinner this evening. Depart on a late evening flight out tonight or overnight at the JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity.

    Wednesday, February 15 (B)

    Transfer to Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) for your flight home today.

    • Tour Extensions Available

    • Guest Limits

      12 Guests Maximum

    • Trip Cost

      2,660 pp, DBL occupancy

      Single sup: 750

      Pricing in USD

    • Deposit

      $500 Per person due at time of booking
      Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, Discover, or check accepted

      Deposits are non-refundable. If cancellations are necessary, we require this request in writing. We will do our best to resell your space. Only if we can resell your space, we will refund (minus deposit and discounts given to sell your space). No partial refunds are possible for unused services.

    • Installments

      April 1, 2022: $1,000 per person first installment
      October 15, 2022: Final payment

      Check only for first and final installments. Please make checks payable to Natural Exposures and mail to:

      Natural Exposures

      810 N. Wallace, Suite E

      Bozeman, MT 59715

    • Included

      • Meals where indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner) in itinerary
      • Accommodations as noted in itinerary
      • All transfers as noted in itinerary
      • Internal flights Delhi-Jaipur-Delhi
      • All entrance and monument fees
      • Private City Palace Tour in Jaipur
      • Local experienced guide during walking and sightseeing tours in Jaipur
      • Bottled water during all transfers, drives, and sightseeing
      • Government service tax
      • Airport transfer on scheduled departure day
    • Not Included

      • International flights / departure taxes
      • Visa fees
      • Travel/emergency medical evacuation insurance
      • Miscellaneous personal expenses – laundry, phone calls, etc.
      • Excess luggage fees
      • Gratuities for local guides
      • Any changes to itinerary out of our control
      • Airport transfers on non-itinerary days
      • Ball0on safari (optional)
    • Flights to Book

      February 11, 2023
      Continue on from the 2023 India Tiger Photo Safari.

      February 14 or 15, 2023
      Depart Delhi (DEL) late evening February 14 or any time of day on February 15. Checkout time from the hotel is at noon on February 15.

    • Travel Insurance

      Travel/emergency evacuation insurance is not required for this photo tour, but we always recommend purchasing it for any trip. We recommend one or more of the following, depending on your needs:

      Global Rescue
      (use code natexp)

      Allianz Global Assistance 
      (use travel agency ID F203564)

      Insure My Trip

    • Terms & Conditions

      Natural Exposures cannot control nor is responsible for abnormal weather, natural disasters, or any other disaster that might affect the trip. Travel insurance should be purchased to cover any missed flights or medical problems that may affect/delay your travel. National Parks have the right to change our itinerary.

      By booking a trip with Natural Exposures, you agree to the following CANCELLATION AND LIABILITY POLICY

  • Accommodations for 2023 India Jaipur “Pink City” Extension

    February 11-13, 3 nights
    Samode Haveli
    Samode Haveli is an urban oasis in the historic walled city of Jaipur, a traditional Indian mansion set in a verdant garden. Deluxe rooms are arranged around a series of intimate courtyards. Built 175 years ago as a residence of the rulers of Samode, it is still occupied by their descendants, who have converted their home into a luxury hotel. The Haveli is a quintessential Indo-Saracenic regal residence seeped in history and age-old traditions of impeccable hospitality, an intimately luxurious heritage hotel hidden deep in the folds of old Jaipur.

    February 14, 1 night
    JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity
    An unforgettable experience awaits you at JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity. Their 5-star hotel offers stylish accommodations, personalized service and an ideal location. Recharge in luxury rooms and suites with indulgent bedding, mini-bars, marble bathrooms, ample workstations, free Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service. Indulge at any of their remarkable restaurants and bars and enjoy their upscale day spa, heated outdoor pool and modern fitness center. Stay in style and sophistication at the award-winning JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity.

  • Helpful Information for 2023 India Jaipur “Pink City” Extension

    Weather

    February in Jaipur is typically pleasant and relatively dry. Mornings/evenings could be chilly, and it will warm up during the afternoon.

    High temp: 81 F°
    Low temp: 54 F°
    Mean temp: 68 F°

    Passport and Visa (US citizens)

    Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the date of your India visa application. Two blank pages are required for the entry stamp.

    A tourist visa is required for this trip. Please visit the Indian government’s website for electronic travel authorization for additional information regarding the eligibilities and requirements for this type of visa. Visa requirements may change prior to trip time. Please visit the US Bureau of Consular Affairs for the most up-to-date entry requirements. Once you have received your visa, check it carefully to ensure that the type of visa and number of entries is appropriate for your travel plans.

    It is advisable to carry photocopies of the bio-data page of your passport and the pages containing the Indian visa and Indian immigration stamps.

    Please Note: Satellite phones are prohibited in India.

    Vaccinations

    Make sure you’re up to date on routine vaccines. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), and polio. Also recommended, but not required are:

    • Hepatitis A and B (combo shot series)
    • Typhoid

    Some travelers may also consider vaccinations for cholera, Japanese encephalitis, and rabies, along with malaria prevention. Please consult with your doctor/medical professional.

    There is no risk of yellow fever in India. However, if you are arriving in India from Sub-Saharan Africa or other yellow-fever areas, Indian health regulations require that you present evidence of vaccination against yellow fever. If you do not have such proof, you could be subjected to immediate deportation or a six-day detention in the yellow-fever quarantine center. If you transit through any part of sub-Saharan Africa, even for one day, you are advised to carry proof of yellow fever immunization.

    Visit the CDC for the latest requirements/recommendations for India health information.

    Camera Gear

    Dan will phone each guest prior to trip time to discuss camera gear and make suggestions for what to bring. Please feel free to email at any time if you have questions regarding camera gear for the trip.

    Electricity

    In India, the standard voltage is 230 volts, and the frequency is 50 hertz. Power plug types and sockets used are C (also works with plugs E and F), D, and M.

    You will need a voltage converter to use US appliances such as hair dryers and electric shavers. Since the US uses a different frequency (60 hertz), a voltage converter that also converts frequency is recommended. However, these can be hard to find.

    Typically laptop, camera, toothbrush, and cell phone chargers only require a plug adapter and not a converter. Check the label if you’re unsure.

    Currency

    The Indian rupee is the official currency of India.

    Good to Know

    The left hand is considered unclean (being associated with matters in the bathroom) and is never used for eating, passing/receiving objects, shaking hands, etc.

    Cows are considered sacred in India.

    India is a conservative society. It’s best to keep affectionate gestures private. Keep clothing looser versus tight/revealing. Cover your legs and shoulders, especially when visiting temples/shrines/mosques. Ladies will want to cover their heads in these places also.

    Pay attention to your body language. Don’t point your feet/finger. A “Namaste” with both palms together is a safe alternative (especially for women) rather than a handshake.

    It’s good manners to take off your shoes before entering someone’s home, and it’s required if entering a temple/mosque/shrine. If you see shoes at an entrance, it’s a good idea to take yours off as well. Feet are typically considered unclean, so don’t touch anyone with your feet/shoes.

    Arranged marriages are commonplace. Family values are fundamental in daily life. Patriarchal families are the norm.

    Additional information will be sent closer to trip time.

    Have a question?

    Have a question about this tour? We're happy to answer any queries you may have.

  • Testimonials from Natural Exposures' Explorers

    • "If you ever want to travel to another country and you want to go first class, travel with Natural Exposures. They are number one in showing their guests the best time ever in the classiest way. I would recommend Natural Exposures Tours to everyone. If you want to go in style, go with NE!"

      Michelle Duggan, Massachusetts

    • "Tanya/Dan are a dynamic duo! There are not enough adjectives in the dictionary to cover the entire breath of their combined strengths. Fair, attention to detail, supportive of everyone’s needs, ability to get things done, did I mention down right good people, and on and on. We hope there will be a trip in the future that we could take advantage of."

      Corbett Alley, Arizona

    • "I just wanted to again thank you for a wonderful week of photography and relaxation away from the office. It was a really a good group."

      Sue Wolfe, Texas

    • "Tanya and Dan’s logistic skills provide a seamless photo tour where one can truly enjoy the experience. With unlimited photographic opportunities Dan’s instruction has taken my photography to a higher level."

      Linda Henry, Oregon

For additional information please contact Tanya at info@naturalexposures.com or by telephone at (406) 556-8212

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