Jaipur, the Pink City, is the capital of Rajasthan, with a population of nearly two million. (The 'pink' bit is actually only colour wash , which is a disappointment in one way, but rather fun in another.) The city is an exciting lively place to visit, though it is very polluted. We stayed at the Bissau Palace Hotel ,which was a quiet and comfortable oasis. To our surpise we saw a whitebreasted kingfisher in the garden.

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Street scenes near the Old City

note the pink buildings


Pigs walking in shit not far from our hotel


Breakfast in the garden


Hawa Mahal, which is just a facade, but fascinating nonetheless

Inside the City Palace complex

One of two silver urns that a former Maharajah used to carry Ganges water to England .

Jantar Mantar - The Oservatory built by Jai Singh in 1728

John and Anu, our splendid guide.


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