Jaipur, capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan, and the third major city that we visited in India, is known as the “Pink City,” as much of the city center is painted a distinctive pink color (I thought it looked more peach, but no matter).
The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Crossing through the Main Gateway and approaching the Taj on foot (Jude in backpack), we gazed up at the magnificent palace—resplendent in the North-Indian sunshine, a shining white beacon visible from miles around, the crowning achievement of the Mughal Empire—and it was easy to see how it made the list.
Sitting on the roof-deck of the small Delhi hotel, fireworks exploded overhead as we devoured plate after plate of delectable curry. It was the end of our first day in India, and also the first day of the Diwali Festival (the country’s largest festival, which also marks the beginning of the Indian New Year).