Jaipur, known as the Pink City, is the largest and one of the most famous cities in the state of Rajasthan, India.
On my first day in the city, I climbed the small mountain leading to the Nahargarh Fort to get an overall view of the city. The scenery was fantastic.
The most famous landmark and easily one of the most recognizable structures in Jaipur is the Hawa Mahal. 953 small windows make this building an impressive sight to see.
In the center of Jaipur is the City Palace, a luxurious compound that was formerly the capital of Rajasthan.
There's a lot to see and admire in this series of buildings that's set up as a museum.
The courtyards and doorway entrances at the City Palace are spectacular.
The Raj Mandir Cinema is one of the most famous places in all of India to watch Bollywood Hindi movies.
Built by Sawai Jai Singh in the mid 1700's, Jantar Mantar is an impressive astronomical observatory with a number of instruments used to tell the time and trace celestial objects.
Heading out of town is the water palace known as Jal Mahal.
11 kilometers outside of central Jaipur is the Amber Fort (or Amer Fort).
The light yellow colored fort occupies the entire face of the mountain.
There are always plenty of tourists at the Amber Fort, but luckily it's huge, so there are many sections and chambers to explore.
One of the things I loved doing in Jaipur was just wandering around and looking at the interesting buildings and decorations – there's so much to see.
Walking around Jaipur, you'll often be followed by some animals, goats, monkeys, or cows being widely spread throughout the city.
With its history, forts, temples, and palaces, Jaipur is a must visit city in India.
Mark was raised in central Africa before migrating back to the U.S. for University. After graduating, he decided to continue traveling the world. On Migrationology, he shares the cultural side of travel from a slow-paced local perspective that often revolves around his love for eating all forms of food. Join him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter @migrationology.