Jaipur, Udaipur & surrounds
Rajasthan is India's largest state and home to the fascinating cities of Jaipur and Udaipur, on the edge of the great Thar Desert.
Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and is home to the impressive 16th Century Amber Fort, the former fortress of the Rajput Kings, the stunning Hawa Mahal,
or Palace of the Winds, with its unique honeycomb facade designed so that female members of the royal family could look onto the street without being
seen, and Jantar Mantar an astronomical observatory built in the 18th century. It is known as the 'Pink City' as the exterior of the old city buildings
were all painted to imitate the red sandstone buildings of the historic Mughal Cities, a mandate that still stands following the initial decoration
in 1876 to honour a visit by the Prince of Wales.
To the southwest of Jaipur lies the 'Lake City' of Udaipur. Surrounded by the Aravali Mountains, the oldest mountain range in India, it was formerly
a Mewar Kingdom having retained its own dynasties for 1400 years. Lake Pichola lies at the centre of the city and is fringed by luxury hotels
with its crown jewel being the floating palace, now a luxury Taj Hotel, at its centre.
Why we like it
- Rajasthan - the Land of the Kings
- Architectural splendours
- The vast Thar Desert
- The Pink City & The Lake City
- Rich royal history