We got to Jaipur after six hours sitting in a bus and found a crappy hotel outside the walled city, which was the only cheap option that we could find arriving at night. Jaipur is Rajasthan’s capital and the state’s most polluted and hassle-loaded city. It’s also known as the pink city because the city walls and main buildings were painted in dusty pink to welcome Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria, on his visit in 1876 and remained pink since then.
There are several places to visit in Jaipur: the main bazaars in the old city (encircled by the wall), the City Palace, the Hawa Mahal (a pink sandstone five-storey building constructed to enable ladies of the royal household to watch the life and processions of the city through its pierced screen windows) or the Jantar Mantar (an observatory begun by the Maharaja Jai Singh II). We didn’t like much the city’s sightseeing but enjoyed the best lassi (typical indian yogurt drink) ever in a place called The Lassiwallah, on MI Road.