Jaipur, along with Agra and Delhi, forms the glorious and historic ‘Golden Triangle’ route in India; the majestic city also acts as a gateway into the desert and historic state of Rajasthan. In 1876 Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the entire city pink to welcome Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, granting the city its nickname ‘The Pink City’. To this day many of the buildings bright pink exteriors are maintained, giving the city a fruitful and fanciful glow. Jaipur is teeming with traditional life that compliments its elegant hilltop forts, glimmering palaces, and vivacious bazaars, ideal for bargainous shoppers. The city is also well known for textiles. Although the city is mostly famed for the magnificent Amber Fort and Palace along with the City Palace and its museum, UNESCO has recognised its Jantar Mantar as something particularly extraordinary. This astronomical observatory, which was built in the 18th century, is on the UNESCO World Heritage list, and includes some 20 incredible fixed instruments. Jaipur easily combines with Delhi, Agra and Ranthambore National Park, along with a more comprehensive route of Rajasthan. We love it.