If you love a bit of extravagance, then come and explore India’s most flamboyant state. It oozes an enthralling mix of colourful landmarks, majestic architecture and the best bustling bazaars.  Jaipur is also known as the ‘Pink City’ due to the distinct colour of its buildings. So, if you love to post holiday selfies on your social media, then you will find that this Rajasthani capital is full of photo opportunities. Everything from its market stalls, stunning palaces and higgledy-piggledy lanes radiate beauty.  Be sure to put down your camera and  take time to stroll the city’s colourful, yet chaotic streets and enjoy the ebb and flow of everyday life. You are bound to spot careering buses dodge dawdling camels, leisurely cycle-rickshaws frustrate swarms of motorbikes and local women dressed in colourful saris barter with market holders to get the best price for their fruit and vegetables. And if you love to shop, then you will be in for a treat as its markets are known for selling gorgeous handloom garments. This is definitely a place to see and be seen.

But in the midst of this mayhem, the splendours of Jaipur’s majestic past shines bright. At the city’s heart you will find the stunning City Palace, which continues to house the former royal family, while the honeycomb Hawa Mahal gazes on the bazaar below. Just out of sight, in the arid hill country surrounding the city, you will spot the fairy-tale grandeur of Amber Fort, which is Jaipur’s star attraction. There is so much to see and do here, but a trip to the royal observatory, Jantar Mantar, is a must for anyone interested in astrology.

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