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Rajasthan: India's Rainbow State

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With its Golden Triangle, Pink Jaipur, Blue Jodhpur and Golden Jaiselmer, Rajasthan could be India's most flamboyant, as well as its largest state. Peppered with palatial forts and marble mosques that testify to a turbulent past, it's been the hub of Rajput power since the 6th century. Today it's a montage of brilliant saris, chaotic cities, sacred pilgrimage sites and rural villages where you can still enjoy a homestay with a local family sans Internet and other modern distractions.
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Hawa Mahal Rd, Badi Choupad, J.D.A. Market, Kanwar Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India
One can only imagine the royal gossip exchanged behind the pink sandstone screen of Jaipur's Hawa Mahal when women of the royal household gathered on the upper floors of the five-story palace to watch street festivals below while they remained...
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Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Many mysteries surround the Jal Mahal or “Water Palace,” one of Rajasthan's most ethereal palaces. Constructed in the 18th century by Jai Singh ll, the pale sandstone pavilion stands in stark contrast to the deep blue waters of Mansagar Lake,...
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Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001, India
Rising from a rocky hillside 11 kilometers (almost 7 miles) northeast of Jaipur, Amber's formidable fortress was financed with war booty when it was built by Maharaja Man Singh in 1592. More palace than fort, the magnificent edifice testifies to...
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Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Known as The Blue City for its many homes painted to denote them as Brahmin residences, Jodhpur is a chaotic hodgepodge of blue blocks at the foot of mighty Mehrangarh Fort. Interspersed with the sacred color associated with Lord Shiva, the city...
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Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
So grateful was Mughal Emperor Akbar to the saint he believed blessed him with three sons that he built a City of Victory 40km west of Agra with Salim Chishti's tomb as its centerpiece. Constructed in the mid-16th century, Fatehpur Sikri was the...