The Pink City

The early risers view of the Pink City.

Jaipur, the capital of one of India's most colourful state, boasts the beautiful and thriving Pink City. Built in 1727, it was the first planned city in India and is a must see if you're in Rajasthan. In 1876, every wall was painted pink - the traditional colour of hospitality to welcome Queen Victoria - and so 'The Pink City' was born.

Today, the old city is a busy trading hub. Famous for its palaces and impressive array of goods, it's easy to spend hours wandering the streets and getting lost in the many bazaars. If shopping doesn't appeal to you, perhaps setting your alarm for a mildly early 3:30am does.

Reach Sanganeri Gate by 4am and it'll be just you, a couple of stray dogs and the odd cow for company. Stroll through the deserted streets of Johari Bazaar to Hawa Mahal (The Palace of the Winds), take a left towards Chandpol Bazaar and by 5am you'll be able to admire the first traders laying out their marigolds ready for the day ahead. Grab a chai from a chai wallah and enjoy the sunrise over the stunning skyline before heading off to start your day. 

Squeeze this into your morning and see the Pink City come alive.