Jaipur

The capital of Rajasthan, famously known as ‘Pink City’ due to the predominance if rose coloured buildings in the city. Jaipur is a planned city constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. He also built the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is the largest in the country. It has huge sundial along with other geometric and astronomical devices. Amber Fort and Place has been beautifully made with red sandstone and adorned with paintings. Sheesh Mahal as the name suggests is a stunning hall with glistening mirrors on its walls. It Jaipur’s core is the City Palace comprising of Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal. The chambers of Diwan-i-khas and Diwan-i-aam of Mubarak Mahal have exquisite crystal chandeliers. A section of the palace has a museum with ammunition and royal artefacts.

Palace of the Winds or the Hawa Mahal is known for its many tiny ‘jharokhas’ (windows) each one decorated with delicately detailed grids. Jal Mahal is in the centre of the Man Sagar lake, waters of which fill the lower floors of the palace. Hills around the city provide a host of recreational activities like trekking at Chour Ghati and Water Valley. At night, tourists can see the magnificent view of the city lighting up from the Nahargarh Fort. Market streets in the city sell fine stone jewellery and quality leather goods like ‘Morji’ shoes.