As you would expect from the capital of Rajasthan, some of the sights in and around Jaipur are magnificent – after all, we are in the land of Maharajahs.
About 11km outside of Jaipur is the grand Amber Fort which is well worth a day trip, after you’ve haggled with the rickshaw driver to take you there. (Actually one of the trickier parts of the day is trying to find your designated rickshaw (from the hundreds parked up) at the end of your visit to the Fort).
Inside of the Old City (apparently painted pink just to hide the poor quality of the materials used?), one of the key sites is the City Palace with its Peacock Gates. Also housed here are reputedly the largest silver objects in the world – in the form of 1.6m tall silver vessels which allegedly Maharajah Madho Singh II used to transport Ganges holy water to England for Edward VII’s coronation in 1902.
The Hawa Mahal is probably Jaipur’s most distinctive landmark (built to enable the royal ladies to watch the life and processions of the city.
And probably the most curious sight is the Jantar Mantar, the observatory containing a number of pretty accurate sun dials.