highlights and main attractions of rajasthan
Rajasthan is truly the highlight of any trip to India. One of the largest of India’s states, Rajasthan is home to holy cities, a parched desert, fortresses, national parks and some of the country’s most magnificent and awe-inspiring palaces.
The capital of Rajasthan and the largest city in the state, Jaipur is evocatively also known as the Pink City, thanks to the dusky pink colour of many of her buildings and monuments. A well-planned, bustling city, where the proud Rajput people will give you a warm welcome, Jaipur has a wealth of stunning architecture. The Hawa Mahal with its impressively ornate façade is also known as the Palace of Winds thanks to the hundreds of small windows, the purpose of which was to allow the ladies in purdah to watch the street below, without being seen themselves. Amber Fort, near to Jaipur and on the Aravalli Hills, is an impressive example of Rajput architecture – with its courtyards and ornately decorated arches and cupolas, the mirrored chambers inside the palace, the intricate patterns on the outer walls, the attention to detail is simply breathtaking.
Jaipur also provides the opportunity to stay in one of India’s finest palaces – Rambagh Palace. Now a luxury hotel, the palace was formerly home of the Maharajah and Maharani of Jaipur.