City Tour by E-rickshaw

Highlights

  • A comfortable, in-depth tour of authentic Jaipur
  • Hawa Mahal
  • Amber Fort
  • City Palace
  • Jantar Mantarrt
£59 pp
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What you'll do

Cruise Jaipur's hectic, fascinating streets and get a unique perspective on the 'Pink City', as a local guide takes you to stunning fortresses, mysterious temples and through saded alleyways rich with the smells of street food. And do it all in complete comfort, in a mode that is kind to the environment.

On this comprehensive private tour of Jaipur and all its fascinating culture, rich heritage and awe-inspiring landmarks, you’ll be picked up from your centrally located hotel to begin your adventure through the tumbledown lanes heaving with busy crowds, snoozing monkeys and dawdling camels.

After viewing the incredibly striking honeycomb palace of the Hawa Mahal, as its pink, high walls climb into the hot dusty air, we’ll glide through the chaos in complete comfort, through the old city to the surreal, floating Jal Mahal. A picturesque gem of a temple poised elegantly above a clear blue lake, we’ll stop here for a photo opportunity, then you’ll be whisked through yet more buzzing, colourful streets to the incredible beauty of the Amber Fort.

This iconic hilltop fortress looms down over the city, and here you’ll have a chance to uncover the fascinating history woven throughout the many gardens, courtyards, palaces and passageways on our signature Amber Heritage Walking Tour.

Then it’s a unique experience as you meander across towards the majestic City Palace and The Observatory, known as Jantar Mantar. You’ll get up close to admire the architectural charm of this surprising complex of astronomical objects, including a literal stairway to heaven.

The E-Rickshaw tour is an unrivaled way to explore Jaipur, as your local guide will provide the insight, the stories and the histories that have shaped all that is going on around you. From ancient emperors to contemporary culture, you’ll have gotten under the skin of Jaipur and seen what makes it tick, whilst taking in some of the most impressive and jaw-dropping sights in India.

What's included

Included

  • 4-seater private E-rickshaw
  • Amber Fort, City Palace & Observatory visits
  • Amber Heritage Walking Tour
  • English speaking local guide
  • Water
  • Souvenir
Your local host

Shailendra Singh

I’ve been in the travel industry for 18 years, and although I’m an economics graduate I was bitten by the travel bug and have led tour groups in many different parts of the world, from many different nationalities.

I’ve led tours across India and many different parts of the subcontinent, and in doing so have learned so much about India as a country and a destination. It also taught me a huge amount about how other nationalities feel about other countries, and all of this together has helped me in my current role in curating experiences that are truly memorable.

What inspired you to work in the travel industry?

My family used to take us on big vacations, exploring new areas almost every month and thi... Read All

I’ve been in the travel industry for 18 years, and although I’m an economics graduate I was bitten by the travel bug and have led tour groups in many different parts of the world, from many different nationalities.

I’ve led tours across India and many different parts of the subcontinent, and in doing so have learned so much about India as a country and a destination. It also taught me a huge amount about how other nationalities feel about other countries, and all of this together has helped me in my current role in curating experiences that are truly memorable.

What inspired you to work in the travel industry?

My family used to take us on big vacations, exploring new areas almost every month and this is what really got me bitten by the bug.

When seeing India you realise the diversity in culture, in cuisine and in people is just so huge, and the people are still very emotive and really value human emotions and human connections. It is this sense we endeavour to get across in our tours.

If you had to choose one, what would be your favourite place in India?

Of all the places I have been to if I had to choose a favourite place it would be Uttarakhand. A hill state in the Himalayas, there aren’t too many tourists and it has such a well-preserved culture, it is a piece of real India. Of course in the Himalayas, there are so many hikes and the scenery is so beautiful.

What makes HI Tours different?

Our tours are made different by the very fact that we have a real emphasis on experiencing a destination, rather than just seeing it, to the extent that we actually have a separate experience division.

We are very keen on sustainability and all our experiences have a focus on the right practices and social sustainability. Our ticket sizes aren’t huge, we’re more about bringing value to customers and communities rather than just about making money.

All our experiences are more about people rather than places, as this helps customers really connect and understand the place they’re visiting.

All this is reflected in Hi Tours as a company. We are medium-sized and family-run, and we focus on giving our business to smaller places, which not only gives our customers more authentic experiences but helps to give back to communities.

What do you love most about Delhi?

Delhi is a place with an amazing history, it’s the only city that has been established and raised to the ground seven times, so the version of Delhi you see today is actually in its 8th state! It is the gateway to all cultures in India, Hinduism, Islam, and this results in amazing vibrancy and amazing stories.

In many ways, it is a ‘mini-India’. It keeps evolving, it keeps bouncing back, it’s chaotic, but makes it through everything and just seems to work.

What are the ‘must-sees’? Where would you take a first-time visitor?

You have to see the obvious places, the Taj Mahal, Parliament Street, but the best ways to introduce a newcomer to India is by taking them on an experience where they really learn about the people and the culture of Delhi.

Having someone that can connect what you are seeing to the history of Delhi and how it has come about is so important. Seeing the other side to what normal tourists see really helps you get an idea of what a place its really like.

When you cycle round the back of the Taj, you see the people who live there and what they experience day-to-day. The inside view is so important to really experience a place.

What makes sustainable travel important to you?

It’s high time we make travel more sustainable. If people are going to travel, it has to be as sustainable as possible now. The idea of sustainable travel is not only for ecology but for communities also. Money can seep down to the lowest level, it’s a cycle and tourism can be used as a great tool for getting benefits to the poorest communities.

It’s also an opportunity for us as a business. We have been working with our partners for more than two decades now, so there is an understanding of mutual trust between us and the communities. People recognise the efforts we make to give back to the community, and that has helped us carve out a niche in Delhi of really authentic experiences.

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Location

Pick up and drop off will occur from your centrally located Jaipur hotel.

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