Where to sleep, dine, shop and visit in the Pink City.

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STAY The Pink City has a ho­tel for ev­ery taste and bud­get, and the best se­lec­tion of bou­tique and es­tab­lish­ment prop­er­ties of any In­dian city. Hop­ping from one to the other is all part of the city’s fab­ric. 47 Job­ner Bagh The white­washed walls, sub­dued fur­nish­ings and min­i­mal decor of this ef­fort­lessly chic guest­house make it a favoured sanc­tu­ary from the chaos. It is pop­u­lar among stylists, buy­ers and de­sign­ers in Jaipur for a longer stay who are look­ing for a home away from home. job­nerbagh.com Ra­jma­hal Palace If movie direc­tor Wes An­der­son, fash­ion magazine edi­tor Diana Vree­land and the Gay­a­tri Devi (the fa­mously chic Ma­ha­rani of Jaipur) had col­lab­o­rated on a ho­tel, it would have turned out like this cot­ton-candy-hued palace-cum-play­house in the city cen­tre. Forty-plus bespoke wall­pa­pers adorn ev­ery wall and plush tex­tiles cover ev­ery fur­nish­ing. su­jan­lux­ury.com/raj-ma­hal Ram­bagh Palace Ev­ery­one should stay here once in their life, if only for a trans­portive throw­back to the Bri­tish Raj. One of the Taj group’s flag­ship palace ho­tels, it fea­tures re­gal rooms, a polo bar and pea­cocks strutting across man­i­cured lawns. taj.tajho­tels.com Samode Haveli Cen­tral, buzzy and glo­ri­ously ren­dered, the Samode Haveli ho­tel is a 19th-cen­tury man­sion and the epit­ome of ca­sual Jaipur cool. samode.com

EAT & DRINK 1135 AD This es­tab­lish­ment is in the Amer Fort and its decor is matched only by its food. Try the Ra­jasthanistyle Thai plat­ter. (+91) 98290 37170 Bar Pal­la­dio You’ve prob­a­bly seen it on In­sta­gram but noth­ing will quite pre­pare you for the ro­man­tic charm of this Ra­jasthani-meets-Vene­tianstyle mashup of a bar. In­spired by the blue-and-white wind room in the City Palace, Ital­ian owner Bar­bara Mi­olini and Dutch de­signer Marie-Anne Oude­jans have cre­ated an ex­pat haunt worthy of pil­grim­age. bar-pal­la­dio.com Caffé Pal­la­dio This apri­cot con­fec­tion of a lunch spot is the sweet lit­tle sis­ter of the iconic Bar Pal­la­dio, with the de­sign also done by Mi­olini and Oude­jans. bar-pal­la­dio.com/caffe Dera Amer Ele­phant Camp Din­ner among the pachy­derms? Yes, this is one of the great Jaipur ex­pe­ri­ences. Watch as the gen­tle staff care for the an­i­mals then fire up the tan­door for a twi­light feast in their com­pany. de­r­aamer.com

EX­PLORE Amer Fort Walk the ram­parts and sur­vey the Mughal Gar­dens in one of In­dia’s most fa­mous land­marks. City Palace The Ra­jasthan royal fam­ily are still in res­i­dence at this fore­bod­ing palace in the heart of the city. Check out their col­lec­tions of exquisite cos­tumes, tex­tiles, art and arte­facts. roy­al­jaipur.in Jain Mandir This beau­ti­ful tem­ple of the Jain sect south of the city is full of in­tri­cate carv­ings and worth a de­tour. tourism.ra­jasthan.gov.in/jaipur

SHOP An­draab Con­tem­po­rary de­sign with tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als. Think stun­ning cash­mere in today’s pal­ette. an­draab.com Brigitte Singh This French ex­pat queen of block printing bridges the East–West style gap with her range of baby clothes, napery and cloth­ing. brigittesingh.com Ridhi Sidhi Tex­tiles A huge se­lec­tion of an­tique and con­tem­po­rary tex­tiles. Ask to be taken to the ware­house — its bam­boo­zling but bril­liant finds are ready to be dis­cov­ered. @rid­hisid­hi­tex­tiles The Gem Palace Jaipur is ar­guably the world’s jew­ellery cap­i­tal. En­ter the flag­ship of this In­dian brand and exit drip­ping in di­a­monds and more. gem­palace.com

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