Known as the “Pink City,” Jaipur in Rajasthan, India, glows with energy and hustle so thick you can practically see it buzzing in the warm air over the city’s pink-hued streets. Bazaars, palaces, temples, gardens and historical forts charm visitors, while the chaos of rickshaws, camel carts and children running through the streets cast a vibrant hum over the city.
Jaipur earned its Pink City nickname as a result of its distinctly coloured buildings, which were painted pink to imitate the red sandstone architecture of the Mughal Empire. The buildings were later repainted in their current hue of earthy red to honour a visit by the Prince of Wales in 1876.
Jaipur is most commonly visited for educational and historical tourism, but it’s also an attraction for those seeking the ultimate in luxury; some of the world’s best—and most expensive—hotels are located in Jaipur. For just a taste of the luxury to be found here, consider that one night in the presidential suite at the Raj Palace Hotel costs US$45,000!