Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and makes for a good place to start your Rajasthan adventures. It’s a good mix of modern and traditional, with it not uncommon to see elephants waltzing past large shopping malls.
Whilst the new city is relatively ‘normal’ looking, the old city (the infamous pink city) is full of gorgeous architecture such as the Hawa Mahal and City Palace, with crazy, colourful streets. Everything is relatively easy to get to by either walking or taking an autorickshaw, with the Amber palace/Amer fort being the only slightly out of the way attraction.
The City Palace is located in the centre of the old city and is where the Maharaja reigned from. A section of the palace, the ‘Chandra Mahal’ has been turned into a museum with artefacts relating to the Palace’s royal heritage.
Hawa Mahal, the wind palace, was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh so that royal ladies could watch the life and events of the city.
Amber/Amer fort is located a short way from the old city, but there are several local buses going there – they’re modern and should cost around 11INR per person. We went just after Eid ended so there were lots of people there celebrating and it was packed. It’s a 30 minute walk up to the fort, however it unfortunately started raining as we were halfway up and we didn’t feel like braving the rain as well as the crowds….so we ended up taking shelter in a tiny Hindu temple somewhere along the path up to the fort where we were soon joined by a rabid, but friendly dog.