When Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II moved his court from Amber to Jaipur in 1727, he had the opulent City Palace built to serve as his new home and royal office. The palace is both historically and architecturally significant — it is a grand display of the Mughal-Rajput design amalgam that has come to define Jaipur’s heritage buildings. Inside the complex, a gorgeous layout of gardens, courtyards and buildings captivate the eye and warrants at least half a day of exploration. All the while, keep in mind that the complex is still home to the Royal family of Jaipur.
Pro tip: It’s best to arrive as soon as they open to hear the crowds. The Chandra Mahal, the official residence of the Royal family, is open to public by special permission. The fee to enter is quite steep but we’d say it’s worth a shot.