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Apart from visiting Jaipur's famous forts and taking a trip to the Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary, you could also head to Ajmer to visit the Khwaja Moinudddin Chisti dargah, believed by Muslims to be second only to Mecca in its holiness. Legend has it that Mughal emperor Akbar once walked barefoot to the dargah to pray, after which he was blessed with a son. It is one of the biggest tourist attractions in India, and only two hours from Jaipur. Many cricketers and Bollywood stars seek blessings at Ajmer. Shamsher Singh

Hawa Mahal  

A woman walks past the Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, November 14, 2011 Hawa Mahal is an incredible piece of architecture too and is one of Jaipur's iconic monuments. Made of pink sandstone, this five-storey structure is in the heart of Jaipur's main bazaar area. Its main attractions are the 953 jharokkhas (windows), which stack up like a pyramid, and were built to allow the women of the royal family to take a peek at the streets below without being seen. The windows are designed to let the breeze be distributed uniformly throughout the structure. Shamsher Singh

Jantar Mantar  

Jaipur owes a lot to its founder, Raja Jai Singh II. He had varied interests but was especially passionate about science and astronomy. Jantar Mantar has an amazing collection of astronomical instruments, including a sun dial, that were used for weather forecasts back in the 18th century. Shamsher Singh


You could take day trips or overnight ones outside Jaipur to villages in Shekhawati, Pushkar, near Ajmer, Kota-Bundi, or the rural palaces - Tordi Garh, Sawarda, Samode, Chomu, Kanota, Pachewargarh - in the vicinity of Jaipur.

Sights to see  

The Amber Fort, Jaipur, January 8, 2008 Take an elephant ride to Amber Fort, or walk through the old part of Amer, visiting the Meera temple and intriguing abandoned streets. Also, take a tour of the Jantar Mantar, with an astrologer as your guide. An early morning visit to the Galtaji temple will be a memorable experience.

Explore the bazaars  

Shelves of traditional saris and clothes, Jaipur, October 17, 2010 Walk in the bazaars of Jaipur. Stroll through Moorti lane, the bangle street, Katla bazaar, the jewellers' market and the Hawa Mahal shopping area.

Naila Bagh

Naila Bagh (from Rs 3000), a beautiful heritage property more than 100 years old, is run by a family of art lovers.