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Cuisine Tours of India - Jaipur Special
The ancient princely state of Rajasthan gave rise to a royal cuisine. The Kings who went on hunting expeditions, ate the meat or the fowl that they brought back, with great relish. Even today, Rajasthani princely feasts flaunt culinary meat preparations to satiate the palate of the most fastidious gourmand.

In direct contrast to the spicy non-vegetarian cuisine, is the vegetarian fare of the Rajasthanis, prepared in pure ghee (clarified butter). Dry fruits, spices and yoghurt are used in many delicacies and lend themselves to delectable sweet and savory preparations.

Sweet dishes are never referred to as 'dessert' in Rajasthan, because unlike desserts which are had after the meal, Rajasthani sweets are had before the meal, with the meal, and after the meal. And typically, there is no rationing!

Gram flour is a major ingredient here and it is used to make a number of delicacies, including the ever-popular Rajasthani dish of Dal-Bati-Churma; dal is lentils, bati is baked wheat balls and churma is powdered sweetened cereal.

However, before we savor the many unique flavors of Rajasthani cuisine in the capital city of Jaipur, let us first explore its rich cultural heritage.

Of all the erstwhile princely states in India, Jaipur and the region around (earlier known as Rajputana), is undoubtedly the one with the most impressive martial record. It was a state of warring factions, locked in deadly warfare. In this land, towering forts were built not only for ostentation but also to intimidate the enemy.

To evoke the grandeur and majesty of a bygone royal era, perhaps it would be best to begin our explorations from Amber Fort . Feel the might of the great kings as a brilliantly caparisoned elephant carries you up to the colossal ramparts of this fort. As you exclaim in wonder at the gigantic 40 feet long Jaiban canon, maybe you can hear the distant echoes of its thunder!

As you move from the impregnable Amber Fort, built by Raja Mansingh, to the superbly designed City Palace in the heart of the Pink City, perhaps it is time for a break.

Time to savor a typically Jaipuri Swadbhara Naashta or delicious breakfast. This would consist of a variety of crisp Kachoris ( wheat preparations stuffed with onions, peas etc & deep fried), and delicious Dahi Vadas – a preparation made with fermented rice and lentils & deep fried, then soaked in yoghurt; savories and refreshing concoctions to drink, complete the repast.

Suitably refreshed, resume your journey and arrive at the City Palace. The distance you would have traversed upto now, would be a mere dozen kilometres or so. But the 'journey'you undertake as you view the impressive memorabilia of costumes, armory and miniature paintings in its many museums, goes back much further in time. It reflects an era of chivalry, romance and art, inextricably interwoven into a colorful tapestry of Jaipur's chequered past.

Maybe to the time of Raja Jai Singh – the astronomer king of Jaipur who built the magnificent stone Observatory Jantar Mantar in 1728 A.D. Or to the era of another royal personality – Maharaja Sawai Partap Singh – who built the intriguing façade of the Hawa Mahal in 1799 A.D. This innovative construction allowed royal ladies to view the city and bazaar from its windows, without being seen.

As a myriad hues and images merge in your mind, giving you a kaleidoscopic glimpse into Jaipur's colorful and magnificent past, perhaps you would like to take home some tangible reminders. Lose yourself in the rainbow hued bales of assorted fabrics or choose from a resplendent array of glittering gems, fashioned into royal designs. Or, if it is the more rustic which appeals to you, indulge yourself and purchase any number of beautiful artefacts of Jaipur's famous Blue Pottery.

Admire your memorabilia at leisure as you sit down to a mouthwatering, typically Rajasthani, nay Jaipuri, lunch. Tuck into and savor the many unique flavours of a 'Thali' – a round platter in which a cross-section of delicious culinary favourites are there for you to sample and enjoy.

As you depart this beautiful capital city of Rajasthan, we hope the impressions that you carry back will reflect the roseate glow of this Pink City, as it is popularly known.
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