The first stop of the Palace on Wheels is Jaipur,
one of the most well planned cities of the world of
its times. This capital city of Rajasthan, popularly
known as the Pink City, was founded by Maharaja Sawai
Jai Singh II, in 1727 A.D.
To explore the city, an air-conditioned coach takes
you to Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, which is
a remarkable five storied building along the main
street of the old city in pink splendor, with semioctagonal
and delicately honey combed sandstone windows. This
is followed by a visit to Amber Fort,
eight kms. away, where rides on caparisoned elephants
add to the ambiance.