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Jaipur is a strangely unsettling place

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Elephant at Amber fort

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.

Jaigarh's really ruined and run down in comparison, but you get great views down over Amber fort and the surrounding area.

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.

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Elephant at Amber fort
Elephant at Amber fort
Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar
Huge sundial
Huge sundial
Zoe at the Jantar Mantar
Zoe at the Jantar Mantar
Zoe at Jantar Mantar (Angel of the…
Zoe at Jantar Mantar (Angel of th…
Jaipur street scene
Jaipur street scene
View of City Palace
View of City Palace
Inside the City Palace
Inside the City Palace
In the City Palace
In the City Palace
Detail fro mthe City Palace
Detail fro mthe City Palace
Worlds largest silver vessel!
World's largest silver vessel!
In the City Palace
In the City Palace
Zoe at the top of the minaret
Zoe at the top of the minaret
View from the minaret
View from the minaret
Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal
View from an autorickshaw
View from an autorickshaw
Zoe in front of Amber fort
Zoe in front of Amber fort
Elephants on the way up to Amber f…
Elephants on the way up to Amber …
Me at Amber fort
Me at Amber fort
Inside Amber fort
Inside Amber fort
In Amber fort
In Amber fort
The peacock gate
The peacock gate
Dancers at Amber fort
Dancers at Amber fort
Dancer at Amber fort
Dancer at Amber fort
In Amber fort
In Amber fort
Window in Amber fort
Window in Amber fort
Inside Amber fort
Inside Amber fort
The gardens in Jaigarh
The gardens in Jaigarh
View over Amber fort from Jaigarh
View over Amber fort from Jaigarh
View through a window in Jaigarh
View through a window in Jaigarh
Jaipur
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