While many of you know, I volunteered with the International Volunteer Headquarters group, I also booked a 2 Day Tour with the Travel as Volunteer Tours for my spontaneous trip to Jaipur. The person behind the tour, Push Pendra, was extremely helpful in getting the tour set up within a few days notice and made sure to include everything my friend and I wanted to do.
We were picked up from our homestay early Tuesday morning for the four hour drive, in an air conditioned vehicle with a very friendly and informative driver, to Jaipur; we stopped about half way through the drive for a classic Indian lunch before making the final trek. The drive from Faridabad, Delhi to Jaipur, Rajasthan is fascinating in itself, as you watch the landscape change from slums and city, to the grassy region of Haryana, and finally through the rolling hills of Rajasthan. I couldn’t tear my eyes away!
Upon arrival, you get beautiful views of the Amber Fort, which may be my favorite place in India, and drive through the city center to the 3 Star hotel, pre-booked through the company. The hotel was lovely, and we were given an hour to clean up and relax before heading out for some sightseeing!
We visited the Water Palace for photos, the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, and the Birla Temple the first day, then the Amber Fort, the Monkey Temple, rode a camel, and wandered through a market with a very knowledgable tour guide. My biggest goal in India was to be able to ride an elephant, which got fulfilled through this tour.
The ride was so cool and takes you up to the Amber Fort to see the palace. The view was beautiful along the way, and the fort itself was lovely. The elephant ride and feeding the monkeys are tied when it comes to my favorite experiences in India.
Thank you to Travel as Volunteer for an affordable, informative, and fun time in Jaipur!
xoxo The Wanderess
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