The Pink City of Jaipur is one of the highlights of any trip to India. The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur was swathed in pink paint in 1876 to welcome the then Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII. One of the Old City’s best known landmarks is Hawa Mahal – the Palace of the Winds is a stunning example of Rajput architecture with its pink, delicately honeycombed sandstone windows. Near to Jaipur is the breathtaking Amber fort, which can usually be approached by elephant back for a novel experience. Other highlights include the City Palace and Jantar Mantar, an observatory of astronomy built in 1728.
My mum and older sister spent a month travelling around India when I was eight, and my lasting memory is of meeting them at the airport and them being covered in mosquito bites from head to toe. Whilst they relayed … Continue reading