The last time I was in India, my brothers and I went on a road trip across Rajasthan with my Dad. We hit up Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Jodhpur. Visiting Jaipur was on the itinerary, but we got quite annoyed with each other and decided to skip Rajasthan’s capital and headed home after a week.
Luckily, I got a chance to visit Jaipur this time around when Cat and I were doing our classic Golden Triangle tour (Delhi-Agra-Jaipur).
Let’s just say I really like Jaipur. It’s historic, relatively well-maintained and blessed with good weather in winter. My favourite part of Jaipur was not something that’s in the Pink City, but a place just on the outskirts: The Amer Fort (often written and pronounced as Amber Fort). Since this was also the home of the Rajput Maharajas, it’s also sometimes known as the Amer Palace.
Built by Jaipur’s Raja Man Singh I, it showcases many aspects of the traditional Rajput architecture of the time.
After all the walking around, one certainly wonders how it would feel to just hang out in the courtyards of these palaces like the Maharajas back in the day. Luckily, there is a Cafe Coffee Day (think of it as India’s Tim Hortons but WORST coffee) in the middle of the fort.
Not a bad view, eh?