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Referred to as the ‘Pink City’ for the pink sandstone architecture that fills it up, Rajasthan’s capital city, Jaipur, is a brilliant potpourri of culture, history, architecture, cuisine and folklore. Each of these aspects of Jaipur make it unique and bring it tourists in hordes from around the world. While commercialization is fast catching up in this bustling city, a few paces in the interiors and you are faced with elaborate jharokhas, sprawling gardens with fountains, rambling palaces, ornate courtyards, museums and pulsing bazaars. The streets of Jaipur are a maze of buses, auto-rickshaws, hand-pulled carts, stray camels and a dizzying array of motorbikes. But this very much forms a part of the city’s charm.

Set out on a sightseeing tour of Jaipur and visit the City Palace - still home to the royal family, the royal observatory of Jantar Mantar, the husk of a structure - Hawa Mahal with its sea of windows and then the thriving local markets, a wonderful place to walk about and bargain-hunt souvenirs. Jaipur is a shopper’s hub, you can pick up colourful quilts with thread-work called Jaipuri razai, intricate silver jewelry, pieces of silk, block print skirts and dresses, tie-and-dye stoles, wooden toys and handicraft, and a host of other attractive souvenirs.

Among activities to do in Jaipur, plan a day trip to the city’s most stunning attraction, the Amber Fort. Get a peep into the lifestyle of the royal family, gape at their collectibles, and take back photographs of the minute architectural details on its balconies, windows, roofs, and also the murals splashed with colors. Further on, visit the opulent City Palace complex complete with beautifully manicured gardens, fountains, rambling courtyards and museums. A part of the city palace is still occupied by the royal family. If nothing else, go to a traditional Rajasthani restaurant and order their star dish, the Laal Maas with paranthas. You can even indulge yourself with a massive Rajasthani thali that comprises a veritable mix of lentils, roti bread, a veggie dish, a savory, some yoghurt, an extremely spicy pickle, loaded with dollops of desi ghee. You can’t get enough of Jaipur in one visit.