Jaipur is a strangely unsettling place
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Don't get me wrong - we had a really great time in Jaipur. Just something about the place felt a bit dangerous.
Let me start with the good bits. We visited the Jantar Mantar, which is an ancient observatory consisting of huge stone astronomical instruments. It's quite impressive just for its sheer scale. We also visited the City Palace, which contains one of those obscure world's largest/smallest/oldest type objects that you get everywhere: here it's the world's largest silver vessel. It was quite big, in fairness.
Amber (pronounced am-air) fort, on the outskirts of Jaipur is fantastic; a huge imposing fort atop a rocky hill, and very atmospheric. There's another fortress called Jaigarh on an even higher hill, adjacent to and overlooking Amber fort.
And the climb to the top of the minaret in the centre of Jaipur is also well worth doing, and affords magnificent views over the city.
Having said all of that, Jaipur's one of only two places in a year of travelling where we caught people trying to pickpocket us (the other was Moscow), and even before that happened the place just felt a little bit unsafe to walk around at night (much more than other cities in India that we visited).
I'd still recommend that people go there, because the sights are fantastic, but I'd also recommed the other cities of Rajasthan, where we found it easier to relax a little bit.