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The erstwhile royal city of Jaipur is one of India’s most popular tourism destinations, Capital of the desert state of Rajasthan, a state home to many forts and palaces, it offers a glimpse into India’s royal lifestyle. Known as ‘pink city’ this relatively peaceful city is increasingly also becoming a modern hub of services and industry.

Why should I visit? Jaipur is part of the ‘Golden triangle’, the most visited for most foreign tourists. Jaipur is considered the shopping leg of the circuit, though it abounds in history and culture as well.

What should I know about Jaipur? Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, India’s largest state, located to the west of the country. It is a relatively safe city, and the tourism infrastructure here is better than in most Indian cities. Roads are wide, traffic jams outside the old city rare, and people largely helpful. However Rajasthan is also one of the most conservative states in India, and near the bottom among Indians states in parameters like education and gender equality.

Jaipur is a fairly friendly city, and most people value tourists and the fillip it gives to the local economy. Most shopkeepers in local markets are quite friendly and offer you tea / soft drinks as you look through their wares.

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Where is it? Jaipur is about 250 kilometres south west of Delhi and at the edge of the Thar desert.

What languages should I know? Hindi would be best, though most places associated with tourism can speak good to a smattering of English.

What is the best time to visit? December and January are the best months weather wise, though the high season for tourism extends from October to March. Summer is extremely hot, with temperatures in the high 40s C. It is advisable to carry a hat, a sun shade and sun block while visiting the city. It does get cool in the evenings in winter, carry a shawl if visiting in winter.

A view of an inner courtyard in Rambagh Palace.
A view of an inner courtyard in Rambagh Palace.

Where should I stay? Jaipur has hotels catering to every budget. From some of the top ranked palace hotels to budget hotels, they are all in the city.

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