Known as the 'the Pink City' because of the reddish colourwash applied to many of the buildings, Jaipur is Rajasthan's vibrant state capital. For most, it's also the starting point for touring Rajasthan: it's the nearest of the big cities to Delhi (5 hours 30 minutes by car) and has good air and rail connections. It's also a paradise for shoppers, with a range of crafts and fabrics from around Rajasthan.
Stay at Samode Haveli, a tranquil oasis with an exquisite swimming pool, or savour Mughal luxury away from the hustle and bustle at Samode Palace, an hour's drive outside the city. Aslo nearby is The Farm, an imaginative and funky art-filled hotel just 25 minutes away.