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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

Amber Fort

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The Amber Fort in Jaipur is huge, majestic and beautiful. The view of the Fort from the outside is matched in awe by the inside decoration, such as the mirrored walls and ceilings.

 

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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.

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Bundi Palace

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.

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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.

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Jaipur has a temple high up on a hill, known as the Monkey Temple. Upon arrival a gang of boys tried harassing us into buying protection for the walk up the hill like some sort of monkey Mafia Racket. We resisted and braved the troupe of aggressive monkeys by ourselves. To counter balance the aggressive monkeys with huge cahoonas was a smaller one dressing itself up in a sari and a baby monkey riding a pig.

 

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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.

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SUMMARY

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.

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