The city’s colorful, chaotic streets ebb and flow with a heady brew of old and new. Careering buses dodge dawdling camels, leisurely cycle-rickshaws frustrate swarms of motorbikes, and everywhere buzzing autorickshaws watch for easy prey. In the midst of this cacophony and mayhem, the splendors of Jaipur’s majestic past are islands of comparative calm evoking another pace and yet another planet.

At the city’s heart, the City Palace has been house the former royal household; the Jantar Mantar, the royal observatory, keeps a heavenly facet; along with the honeycomb Hawa Mahal gazes on the bazaar below. And just out of sight, in the arctic hill country surrounding town, is your fairy-tale grandeur of Amber Fort, Jaipur’s star attraction.

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