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Jaipur is often described as chaotic and congested, but you’ll find peace and quiet outside the city walls.
We stayed at Hotel Anuraag Villa, in the quiet (and leafy) suburb of Bani Park. The weather was nice enough to have our meals in the garden at the rear. The last night we were there a couple of young boys put on a traditional puppet show for the guests.
Our first day we spent wandering around the old city area. Known as the Pink City, there is plenty to see. Bazaars, palaces and minarets are all there. The most famous building perhaps is the five storied Hawa Mahal, built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawaj Pratap Singh to allow the ladies of his court to view the passing parade in the street below. The building is a lovely pink sandstone.
There’s a couple of must sees outside the city. One is the Nahargarh fort that sits on the ridge above the city. We walked along the raparts for about 2km – there’s some great views of the valley and Jaipur.
The other place we enjoyed was the Royal Gaitor, which are the royal cenotaphs. Just outside the city, on the day we were there, the place was quiet and deserted.
And maybe we shouldn’t forget the Temple of the Sun God, about 2.5kms away from Jaipur. But beware of the monkeys – they gather here at dusk and can get very aggressive if you withhold the peanuts.
You can read more about the Temple of the Sun.