Terminal Drop-Off Charge

A £5 charge now applies to vehicles dropping off passengers at the designated drop-off zones, located directly outside the terminals. Discounts and exemptions will apply. Free drop-off will be available at the Long Stay car parks.

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No rail services to Heathrow - 4 & 5 December

Due to engineering works at Heathrow, there will be no mainline rail services to or from Heathrow Airport on 4 & 5 December.

 

London Underground services between the terminals and London will continue to operate, passengers looking to travel to central London, or connecting between terminals 5 and 2/3, will be required to use the London Underground services.

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Coronavirus update

Face coverings are mandatory at the airport and we encourage everyone to wear one at all times, unless they’re exempt. Passengers can purchase face coverings at several retailers at the airport including Boots and WHSmith. 

 

The safety of both passengers and colleagues has always been Heathrow’s number one priority. The airport has several COVID-secure measures in place to make sure everyone has a safe journey including: 

 

- Enhance cleaning regimes including Hygiene Technicians, UV robots and other anti-viral technologies to ensure continuous disinfection across terminals

- Dedicated COVID marshals to enforce social distancing

- 600 hand sanitiser stations 

 

Due to the emergence of a new Coronavirus variant, the UK Government have advised that fully vaccinated passengers arriving into England must:

 

Take a PCR test no later than 2 days after their arrival.

- Self isolate until they receive their result.

- If a passenger tests positive, they must isolate for 10 days.

- If a passenger tests negative, they can leave self isolation.

 

Passengers arriving from a country on the red list must book a managed quarantine hotel.

 

Passengers who are not fully vaccinated must continue to follow separate guidance.

 

As countries may change their entry requirements, we advise customers to check the UK Government website for up to date information.

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  • Overview

    Situated 190 miles (300km) southwest of Delhi, Jaipur is an essential stop on any tour of Rajasthan. The old, walled section of the city is known as the Pink City: it was painted red (a lucky colour in Hindu culture) to welcome England's Prince Alfred in 1853, and the fading old buildings still retain traces of this hue. Jaipur is one of India's newer cities, founded in 1727, and was the creation of Jai Singh II, the Maharaja of the Kuchwaha Rajputs, who decided when Mogul power was on the decline to move from his outmoded hillside fortress at Amber to establish a new capital on the plains further south.

    The Pink City was built in only eight years. Much of it was designed by Jai himself, including the City Palace and the Jantar Mantar, a fascinating astronomical observatory with massive instruments used to predict the monsoon and to identify the movements of the stars. Most impressive is a 27 metre-high sundial that is accurate to within two minutes. All seven gates into the old city remain, one of which leads into Johari Bazaar, the famously frenetic jewellers' market, boasting the best selection of precious stones in India.

    Jaipur is now a thriving commercial city, home to about two million people. Although some visitors are put off by the over-zealous traders and the insane traffic, most are enthralled and enchanted by this welcoming, exciting city. There is no better place in India to shop than in Rajasthan's capital; it is possible to find anything and everything in its shop-lined streets, from jewellery and silks to perfumes and stationery. Travellers should just be prepared to bargain hard for a good deal.

    Amber Palace

    Situated on the crest of a hill seven miles (11km) north of Jaipur is Amber: capital of the Kuchwaha Rajputs from 1037 to 1728. The city-palace is protected by towering outer walls, and a further wall runs for miles along the hills surrounding the palace. For many, the most memorable part of a trip to Jaipur is the journey up the palace ramparts, through a succession of vast gates, on the back of a painted elephant, Maharaja-style. Inside are the ruins of a once-great palace: a wonderful example of Rajput architecture, with Mogul influences.

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    Jaipur City Palace

    The magnificent City Palace is in the centre of the Pink City of Jaipur, enclosed by high walls and set amid fine gardens and courtyards. Since Jai Singh built it in 1728, it has been the principal residence for the Maharajas of Jaipur and successive rulers have each added to it. The palace was built during the glory days and the exhibits and interior have lost none of their splendour: the doors and gateways preserve their flamboyant decoration; and royal retainers, clothed in turbans and full livery, still guard the principal halls and entrances. Travellers can visit a number of museums displaying old uniforms and mementos, and an armoury of fascinating weapons dating back to the Mogul era.

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    Palace of the Winds (Hawa Mahal)

    The Palace of the Winds is Jaipur's most acclaimed attraction. Built in 1799, it is situated on the edge of the City Palace complex overlooking one of the city's bustling main streets, and was constructed to offer the women of the court a vantage point, behind stone-carved screens, from which to watch the activity in the bazaars below. The five-storey building is shaped like a crown adorning Lord Krishna's head, and contains over five hundred finely screened windows and balconies. Although the palace's primary appeal is its ornate and finely carved pink façade, visitors can also go inside and see the intricate, honeycombed stonework of the original screens close up.

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    Galta Monkey Temple (Galta Ji)

    Situated between two granite cliffs, this temple is part of a much larger temple complex. The complex has three sacred pools that locals, and the monkeys, enjoy swimming in. This Hindi temple is slightly dilapidated but definitely still worth the trip out of the city to enjoy the views of Jaipur. The best time to see the temple is at sunset, when the monkeys appear for their evening swim and when the light is stunning for photographs. The complex is covered in monkeys and some other animals and it is not a polished, elegant place, but it is interesting and in its own way very beautiful.

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    The Pink City, Jaipur, is known for its palaces: it was once the home of the richest royal family in India. The City Palace, Palace of the Winds and Amber Palace are all ornately decorated and popular attractions in Jaipur, and they are usually the first stops on sightseeing tours of the city.

    Other places of interest in Jaipur include the Galta Monkey Temple, a ruinous but alluring Hindi temple lodged between two granite cliffs; Nahargarh Fort, the best site to enjoy sunset views of the city, perched on a high hill above Jaipur; Jaigarh Fort, a perfectly preserved medieval fortress with impressive military artefacts; and Jantar Mantar Observatory, an intriguing collection of structures to measure weather and astronomical phenomena, built in the early 18th century.

    Jaipur is also celebrated as a great shopping city, and its many markets and bazaars are considered some of its top attractions. The vendors and market sellers in the city offer a great variety of goods and visitors will be expected to bargain for a good price. Gemstones, clothes, jewellery, and distinctive blue pottery are all readily available. The best places to shop are the Gem Palace, Chameliwala Market and Amrapali.

    There are a variety of fun ways to explore this city: walking tours are popular and a good start, but there are also more exciting options for the adventurous, such as an elephant ride, or a tour of the city from above in a hot air balloon. Jaipur, like most Indian cities, has a problem with traffic and getting around can be stressful but there are many tours on offer, and locals are always willing to give directions.

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