Explore India: Jaipur

where to stay:

Lebua Lodge at Amer Jaipur: Right on the outskirts of Jaipur lies the dreamy escape of the Lebua Lodge, where guests are housed in modern canvas tents adjacent to the Amer Fort and valley entrance.  Unlike any place you’ve stayed at before during your travels, the Lebua Lodge has all the amenities of a modern, luxury resort while also offering various activities from elephant rides to hot air ballooning .  We recommend driving the 15 km into the city to eat your meals in lieu of the on site buffet at Lebua.  Prices for a bungalow with king sized bed and private bath begin at $115 USD/night.  http://www.lebua.com/lebua-lodge-amer  

where to eat:

Anokhi Cafe: This local cafe is credited with filling a large gap in the food scene in Jaipur by offering international dishes and organic selections from the nearby Anokhi farm.  French press organic coffee, fresh pomegranate juice, masalas, Thai bean curry, and carrot cake are just a few of the items you’ll find on their menu. Dishes range from $3-$8 USD.http://anokhicafe.com/

Peacock Rooftop Restaurant: A unique rooftop ambience with roaring fires and consistently delicious Indian cuisine, the Peacock Rooftop Restaurant at Hotel Pearl Palace is a sure win for dinner in Jaipur.  Good service is sure to be found as well.  We recommend trying the Laal Maas or the Chicken Tikka Masala.  Dishes ranging from $5-11 USD.  http://hotelpearlpalace.com/site/?page_id=143 

who to tour with:

Ibex Expeditions: Started in the year 1979 by Mandip and Anita Singh Soin, Ibex Expeditions has been offering customized, luxury tours throughout India for decades.  Ibex offers every adventure sport under the sun from trekking to rafting to jeep safaris, as well as offering eco tours through national parks in India.  Virtually any wild dream you can conjure up in your mind, Ibex can make it happen for you.  Not only are tours with Ibex a unique and one of a kind adventure, but also offers intimate, cultural experiences for the worldly traveler. Their pledge to responsible travel and environmental consciousness make them unlike any other tour agency you'll ever encounter.  Recipient of National Geographic's Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth in 2009.  Check them out at  http://www.ibexexpeditions.com/ to plan your next incredible adventure.

Posted on March 6, 2015 .