Rajasthan is the state that packs the biggest punch in terms of history, maharajas, palaces, forts and other regal bling. We just dipped our toe into the state by visiting Jaipur and Bundi, but feel like we got a pretty good taster.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE EYES
Jal Mahal (Water Palace)
Also in Jaipur this palace sits in the middle of a lake. The surreal positioning makes it look like a mirage.
Propped up high on the outskirts of town the palace has a particular charm due to being neglected and in a state of decay. The colourful painted murals of the Raj and British Army are offset by crumbling surrounds and the smell of bat poo.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE HEART
Our guide at the Amber Fort was selected by us on the basis of his magnificent moustache. It turned out we couldn’t understand most of what he told us. However he had oodles of charisma and gravitas and was keen on taking photos of us in ridiculous positions whilst anywhere from 50 to 100 bemused tourists looked on.
At Jaipur’s City Palace the most notable part of our visit was seeing TV’s Clare Balding and her wife, also on a tour. We spent most of our time watching her and debating whether to speak to her or leave her alone. Given that we couldn’t think of anything original to say we opted for just taking a sly photo.
Our eyes and hearts were filled with lots of memories in our short time there. I reckon we will be back one day to top them up with more.