My favourite place: Jaipur, India

For the latest in our historical holiday series, Shrabani explores the splendid capital of Rajasthan in northern India...

Amber Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. (Getty Images)

This article was first published in the November 2017 issue of BBC History Magazine

Though it is no longer a seat of power, royalty still defines Jaipur, a city known for its palaces, forts, slow-moving elephants, colourful puppets and vibrant bazaars. The Rambagh Palace, once the formal residence of the maharaja, is now a luxury hotel, but on a wall hangs a painting of the late Maharani Gayatri Devi, described by Vogue in 1940 as one of the 10 most beautiful women in the world. Born Princess Ayesha, her grandfather was one of Queen Victoria’s favourite maharajas.

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