Top Choice Fort in Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer’s unique fort is a living urban centre, with about 3000 people residing within its walls. It’s honeycombed with narrow, winding lanes, lined with houses and temples – along with a large number of handicraf…
Top Choice Fort in Jodhpur


Rising perpendicular and impregnable from a rocky hill that itself stands 120m above Jodhpur’s skyline, Mehrangarh is one of the most magnificent forts in India. The battlements are 6m to 36m high, and as the buildi…
Top Choice Park in Jodhpur

Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park

This 72-hectare park – and model of intelligent ecotourism – sits in the lee of Mehrangarh. It has been lovingly restored and planted with native species to show the natural diversity of the region. The park is cris…
Historic Site in Jaipur

Cenotaphs of the Maharanis of Jaipur

Located between Jaipur and Amber, 5km from the centre, the cenotaphs of the maharanis of Jaipur are worth a visit for a stroll.
Palace in Jaipur

City Palace

A complex of courtyards, gardens and buildings, the impressive City Palace is right in the centre of the Old City. The outer wall was built by Jai Singh, but within it the palace has been enlarged and adapted over t…
Historic Building in Jaipur

Hawa Mahal

Jaipur’s most distinctive landmark, the Hawa Mahal is an extraordinary, fairy-tale, pink sandstone, delicately honeycombed hive that rises a dizzying five storeys. It was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap…
Notable Building in Jaipur

Iswari Minar Swarga Sal

Piercing the skyline near the City Palace is the unusual Iswari Minar Swarga Sal. The minaret was erected in the 1740s by Jai Singh’s son and successor Iswari, who later ignominiously killed himself by snakebite (i…
Historic Site in Jaipur

Jantar Mantar

Adjacent to the City Palace is Jantar Mantar, an observatory begun by Jai Singh in 1728 that resembles a collection of giant bizarre sculptures. Built for measuring the heavens, the name is derived from the Sanskrit…
Fort in Jaipur


Built in 1734 and extended in 1868, this sturdy fort overlooks the city from a sheer ridge to the north. The story goes that the fort was named after Nahar Singh, a dead prince whose restless spirit was disrupting c…
Palace in Udaipur

City Palace

Surmounted by balconies, towers and cupolas towering over the lake, the imposing City Palace is Rajasthan’s largest palace, with a facade 244m long and 30.4m high. Construction was begun in 1599 by Maharana Udai Sin…