In Rajasthan, one of the northern states of India, the city of Jaipur is one corner of the legendary Golden Triangle. Known as the pink city, Jaipur’s chaotic streets are a fascinating juxtaposition of new and ancient. You can find plenty of modern amenities here, but you won’t find a new, imported car being driven without first being blessed with a traditional ceremony.
The characteristic colouring of many buildings has earned Jaipur the title of “Pink City”. At its heart, the City Palace features sprawling gardens, courtyards, and grand buildings, still used by the former royal family today. Other architectural wonders include the beautiful Hawa Mahal, Govind Dev Ji Temple, the imposing Rajpur forts, Vidhan Sabha, and the Palace of Winds. The evening bazaar weaves through a labyrinth of hectic streets, a brilliant sensory experience with countless spices, sweets, sounds, and colours.
Perhaps the most popular attraction in the area just north of the city, the spectacular 16th century Amber Fort sits on a rocky hill. A prime example of the grand Indian architecture, blending Rajput and Hindu styles, the yellow-red sandstone and white marble building is a must-see when in the area. Please note that we do not advise riding elephants up to and from the fort due to animal abuse issues and injuries.
But there is even more on offer in the backstreets – workers polishing stones in cosy workshops, tiny public temples in private houses, textile shops and street foods. Other less-visited treasures are just a short drive away: the haunted town of Bhangarh, and Abhaneri’s stepwell, Chand Baori. Udajit Singh is a tranquil country estate, perfect for relaxation and an elephant walk before you tuck into an alfresco dinner. If time permits, make sure you allow three nights for this fascinating city and its surroundings - don’t just rush through in 2 nights and take time to take everything in.