Jaipur, the bustling state capital of Rajasthan, perhaps more famously known as the Pink City. Within a half days journey from Delhi, Jaipur is top of the hit parade for tours of Northern India.
You may be surprised to learn that this beautiful but seemingly chaotic city was actually designed by astrologers and is the first planned city in India. Planned according to the Indian Vastu Shashtra (Vedic literature on astrology), Jaipur is a breathtaking blend of astrology and architecture.
Although the present city has bulged and expanded, it is still possible to discover the eight part Mandala around which the city is laid out. Nine signifies the nine planes of the ancient astrological zodiac. Designed for the comfort of it's citizens and strategically aligned, the idea of the city was that people would be prosperous and happy.
Wander through the twisting lanes of the old city, shop for bling and silver, amble up to Amber Fort on the back of an elephant or try the best chai in the world at a street stand. Rajasthan people are the friendliest about and make the best chai too!