Known as the ‘Pink City’ due to its wide array of candy-coloured architecture, Jaipur’s eye-catching architecture, energetic markets and tasty food options make it one of India’s most visited cities.
Jaipur is home to many architectural masterpieces, but its most famous is the honeycomb-shaped sandstone facade of the Hawa Mahal palace. Made up of over 950 windows, it makes for an impressive sight from the outside, but head to the top of its five storeys for an incredible view over the city. It’s also worth venturing a few miles out of Jaipur to Amber to observe the 17th-century Amer Fort. Highlights include its multi-mirrored ceiling and the beautifully intricate carvings which are found throughout the complex.
One of the best things to do in Jaipur is indulge in some shopping at the city’s assortment of bazaars, each specialising in a variety of handmade products. Many markets offer a dazzling collection of jewellery made from precious metals, stones and gems, as well as a range of cotton clothing, traditional jutti footwear and Jaipur’s famous blue pottery.
You can sample plenty of regional Rajasthani dishes at Jaipur’s street food vendors and welcoming restaurants. The must-try street food is a spicy deep-fried snack called kachori – these crunchy puff pastries filled with onions or lentils make for a great on-the-go bite. The region’s signature dish is dal baati churma, composed of boiled lentils with spices, fried or baked dough balls, and crushed wheat with clarified butter and sugar.