I awoke in Jaipur in the nicest hotel yet, the bathroom had a separate shower, phone, high painted ceilings and a wardrobe with 2 wooden hangers – what more could I ask for?
We headed up the mountain to the Amber Fort, which surprisingly has no relation to the colour. The fort was built by Amber Singh. There were two more forts further up the mountain: Jaigrh fort and tiger fort with panoramic views over Jaipur and the Jal Mahal water palace below.
A quick “eyes too big for your belly” lunch, sharing a thali.
We then entered the city and meandered round cramped back streets shadowed by copious cables hanging above like vines. Lastly we visited Jaipur’s Jantar Mantar (the astronomical playground) and the striking Hawa Mahal palace.
It rained in the evening which was surreal in such a hot dry country, by the next morning there were no signs of the downpour.