Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan and home to the royal family, is known as the commercial epicenter of “the land of the kings” in India. But that’s ignoring all the queens. Strategically placed 150 miles from New Delhi and nearly equal distance from the Taj Mahal in Agra, Jaipur is the third city on what is known as the “golden triangle” tourist circuit in northern India. Jaipur offers the unique combination of metropolitan living set amongst 16th-century castles and fortresses reminiscent of The Great Wall of China.
According to the Times of India, Rajasthan ranks poorly among Indian states for its gender equality, with low female education rates and an average marrying age of about 19. Comparatively, Jaipur offers women more opportunities for study and work in a modernizing venue.
For a solo female traveler, Jaipur has a lot of appeal for its accessibility, rich history, and offerings of both a good cup of coffee and a palace. Least of all because it’s informally named “The Pink City” and has been coated in layers of terracotta since 1876, when the king ordered the city to be painted pink to signify hospitality for the visiting Prince and Queen of Wales. Later, a law was passed to keep buildings within the walled city pink at the request of the Queen of Jaipur.