Jaipur is one of those magical places, and when you think of India, with all its colour and history, this is the place you’ve probably got in mind. Luckily enough, it has managed to escape the gloss-ification of many other cities in India (now fast heading into a globalised era of generic high-streets and tall shiny buildings). Instead, Jaipur retains much of its old-world charm, with higgledy-piggledy streets, utter chaos (be brave and take a cycle rickshaw ride), colourful inhabitants, and historic buildings.
We stayed in a palace – as you do when you are in the Imperial city – and were treated like royalty (which of course is what one would expect for Maharani Tipsy Cat). It all adds to the experience of Imperial wonder, and we’d definitely recommend it if you can.
The city itself has many delights. Top of the list, has to be the City Palace – part of which is still residence to the Royal Family. It has a wonderful museum and beautiful artwork, as well as guards who will welcome you with open paws.
Then, there’s the Jantar Mantar, which, if you are a fan of astomomy (that’s how cats say, “astronomy”), like Tipsy, you’ll love. Full of historic marvels to view the stars and tell the time, it makes for a really interesting wander round – don’t forget to check out the sundial so that you know exactly what the time is. We got a combination ticket, which was good value, and also included entrance into the Hawa Mahal and the Amer Fort (valid for two days).
We popped into the Albert Museum – beautifully built – which has a slightly forgotten air about it. It is worth a visit, though, and houses many interesting collections.
Our absolute favourite place was the Hawa Mahal – the Palace of Winds. Go towards the end of the day and you’ll be treated to dazzlingly displays as the sunlight hits the beautiful stained glass windows.
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