Translating literally to 'land of the kings' Rajahstan is the largest state in north west India, with an ancient history spanning more than 5000 years. Its capital Jaipur is the jewel in the royal crown, sprinkled with stunningly preserved temples, palaces and fortresses, as well as exquisite handcrafts and jewellery. 

There are truly so many spectacular sights to see in Jaipur, but, as is so often with travel, allow yourself the time to get a little lost as well. The places that you will most likely fall in love with are not always ones you will find in the guide book and the best way to soak it up is to explore with no specific intention. That way you won't miss the cheeky glances of women donning brightly coloured saris and the men playing cards by the side of the road, drinking endless cups of chai. Those moments are where the real magic lies.

 

Where to eat

1. Samode Haveli Restaurant 

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A tall, chandelier-lit space with crisp tablecloths and mural paintings lining the walls, the Samode Haveli plates a beguiling mix of Rajasthani, Asian and European cuisine.
Gangapole, Jaipur 302002, samode.com/samodehaveli

 

2. Café and Bar Palladio 

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Inspired by café Florian and Harry's Bar in Venice, this swish spot blends Italian cuisine and style with Mughal sensibility, in a lovely outdoor space that pitches tented canopies amid mango trees and peacocks.
100 JLN Marg, Santha Bagh, Jaipur 302004, bar-palladio.com

 

3. Cinnamon

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Located at the exquisite Jai Mahal PalaceCinnamon takes its visitors on a regal culinary journey as the Chef presents a repertoire of delicacies once prepared in the royal kitchens of Rajasthan.taj.tajhotels.com

 

Where to stay

1. Raj Palace

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The oldest mansion in Jaipur, the Raj Palace was built in 1727 and converted into a luxury heritage hotel. It was voted as 'The leading heritage hotel of the world' consecutively for seven times by World Travel Awards.
Jorawer Singh Gate, Amer Road, Jaipur 302002, rajpalace.com

 

2. The Royal Heritage Haveli

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Built in the 18th century by Madho Singh II of Jaipur, this boutique hotel of only 14 rooms is complete with rambling lawns, serene courtyards, plush interiors and stately living areas.
Khatipura Tiraya, Khatipura Road, Khatipura, Jaipur 302012, royalheritagehaveli.com

 

3. Rambagh Palace

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The former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the Rambagh Palace is a grand five-star hotel located 8km from Jaipur and evoking the royal grandeur and decadent architecture of days goneby.
Bhawani Singh Road, Jaipur 302005, taj.tajhotels.com

 

Things to see and do

1. Hawa Mahal

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Translating literally to 'Palace of Winds', the Hawa Mahal is the most iconic building in Jaipur, its five stories of red and pink sandstone loom over the city in a dazzling display of ancient Indian architecture.
Hawa Mahal Rd, Badi Choupad, Pink City, Jaipur 302002, hawa-mahal.com

 

2. Amer Palace

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Located in Amer, approximately 11km from central Jaipur, the Amer Palace was originally the residence of the Rajput Maharajas and their families. With its large ramparts and series of gates and cobbled paths, the palace overlooks Maota Lake and is known for its artistic Hindu style elements.
Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur 302001

 

3. Jal Mahal

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Possibly the most serene sight amidst the chaos of Jaipur is the beautiful Jal Mahal Jaipur, the Water Palace. This low-rise symmetrical palace, that once was a shooting lodge for the Maharajah, appears to float in the centre of Sagar Lake.
Amer Road, Jaipur 302002

 

4. Soar over the city

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One thing no one gets sick of in Jaipur is the view. Float over the pink city in a hot air balloon and observe life from a bird's eye view.
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5. Shop for Jewellery

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Jaipur is considered to be one of the world's leading gemstone hubs and if you only visit one shop, make it the Gem Palace - jeweller to royals since 1852.
Shop No.348, MI Road, Jaipur 302001, gempalace.com

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