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India's Pink City is ridiculously pretty and needs to go on your bucket list right now

Mirror logo Mirror 21/09/2018 Julie Delahaye
a large white building: Audience hall in Jaipur's City Palace © REX/Shutterstock Audience hall in Jaipur's City Palace A city that's entirely pink may sound like something out of a story book but it's very much a real place. 

Jaipur in India has been nicknamed the 'Pink City' thanks to its countless buildings ranging from pastel rose to vibrant fuchsias.

Unsurprisingly, for decades the capital of Rajasthan has been drawing in crowds of tourists and photographers looking to explore this fairytale-esque setting; not to mention it boasts some pretty impressive landmarks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Located approximately five hours south west of Delhi (when travelling by car), there are plenty of day tours on offer if you're after a guide, or you can of course wander through the city and explore at your own leisure.

And while not every single building in the city is pink, you'll find colourful alternatives and beautiful intricate architecture that still makes for that picture-perfect setting.

Of course there are some particular highlights you won't want to miss off the itinerary - check out some of our top picks below... 

City Palace

a tall building © Credits: REX/Shutterstock If you only visit one thing during a trip to Jaipur, make it the impressive City Palace complex. 

From its iconic audience hall to the Pink Courtyard, you'll be wanting to take a picture everywhere you look as you wander through the impressive halls and take in the eye-catching architecture.

Hawa Mahal

a large building with Hawa Mahal in the background © Credits: The Image Bank This breathtaking palace sits a stone's throw from the City Palace. 

Made of red and pink sandstone it makes for a pretty spectacular sight, especially thanks to its unique architecture.

It can get pretty busy so if you can try and head out early - or enlist the help of a guide to talk you through the highlights and fascinating history.

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a large building in the background © Credits: REX/Shutterstock Jal Mahal

Also known as the Water Palace, the Jal Mahal makes for a pretty serene setting amidst the hustle and bustle of Jaipur thanks to its quirky location in the city's Man Sagar Lake. You won't be able to go inside but it's well worth a pit stop if only to take in the sights.

Monkey Temple

a person standing in front of a building © Credits: LightRocket Tucked away in the nearby mountains, the Hanuman Temple offers pretty spectacular views of the landscape, not to mention it's ridiculously pretty itself. 

As the name suggests, there are plenty of monkeys roaming around; so unsurprisingly this holy site can get quite busy as tourists flock to explore it.

Amer Fort

Located in the nearby town of Amer, approximately 11 kilometres from Jaipur, this impressive fort sits on a hilltop and overlooks Maota Lake.

It's hugely popular with tourists as it offers everything from historic artefacts and fascinating architecture, to breathtaking gardens and, of course, some pretty beautiful views.

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