Places in Rajasthan
Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital, is an enthralling historical city and the gateway to India’s most flamboyant state. The city’s colourful, 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.
Beside shimmering Lake Pichola, with the ochre and purple ridges of the wooded Aravalli Hills stretching away in every direction, Udaipur has a romance of setting unmatched in Rajasthan and arguably in all India. Fantastical palaces, temples, havelis and countless narrow, crooked, colourful streets add the human counterpoint to the city’s natural charms.
Udaipur & Southern Rajasthan
Udaipur is one of India’s most magical cities, a bastion of Rajasthani tradition, with its creamy-white palaces beside a shimmering lake, rambling old havelis (traditional mansions) and romantic luxury hotels that pull in honeymooners and more than a few wedding parties.
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Tips and articles
India's Golden Triangle: the remix
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Bikaner Camel Festival: a guide to Rajasthan's camel pageantry
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Travel literature review: Dreaming in Hindi
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Photo competition winner: glamorous girls on parade in India
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