Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan in India’s north-west, is also known as the Pink City, due to the terracotta-pink old walled-city buildings repainted to impress Prince Albert during his 1876 tour of India. Founded in 1727 by the ruler Jai Singh, it was laid out in a strict grid pattern with wide arcaded main streets, quite unusual in India. Jaipur was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 2019. It’s a colourful city with great food.
We stayed at Pratap Bhawan Homestay. Owner, Himanshu Rathore is a trained naturalist and keen photographer. The rooms are decorated with his tiger photos.
With wife Deepti they produce delicious traditional home cooked Rajasthani cuisine using their special family recipes. You won’t get food like this in any restaurant.
In the 16th century, Amber Fort was built on a hill 11 kilometres from what is now Jaipur by a trusted general of Emperor Akbar, Maan Singh. It became the main residence of the Rajput Maharajas who lived a life of unbelievable luxury within the walls. The World Heritage fort presents a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture over an area of 4 square kilometers.