Rajasthan is a northern Indian state bordering Pakistan. Its palaces and forts are reminders of the many kingdoms that historically vied for the region. In its capital, Jaipur (the “Pink City”), are the 18th-century City Palace and Hawa Mahal, a former cloister for royal women, fronted by a 5-story pink-sandstone screen. Amer Fort, atop a nearby hill, was built by a Rajput prince in the early 1600s.

Packed with forts, food, palaces and shopping, Rajasthan is one of the few states in India that has managed to retain its unique identity and soul, while at the same time it has evolved quickly to keep up with its modern contemporaries. Add to that, the exotic wildlife sanctuaries and colorful festivals, make this state one of the most vibrant states that you will ever encounter in your life. It’s like they say, once you’ve slept in a palace, entered a medieval fort or swayed on a camel, you will want to keep coming back for more.

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