A bustling city, brimming with life, and alive with a world of splendour and spectacle in India’s largest and most romantic state.
The first thing you’ll notice is the colour: lots of it, and all made marvellous by the sun. The capital of Rajasthan – variously known as the Pink City or the City of Victory – is awash with pink (by law, all buildings in the old city must be painted a deep saffron-pink), so it glistens like candy floss. Grand hilltop forts and graceful palaces are stamped here and there: with a million vibrant saris, camel carts, cows, rickshaws, jewellery shops and bazaars providing the chaos in between.
The people are friendly and full of character, so it's a great city to walk around, and the traffic comes in all shapes and sizes here: from cars, to camels... even the odd elephant. But once inside the palace area, it's amazing how quiet it gets (and the same can be said for the time spent at your chosen hotel).