Why go: Known as the Pink City thanks to its many rose-hued buildings, Jaipur is home to sprawling palaces and stunning hilltop forts. Like most Indian cities, it's also crowded and chaotic, but the bustle just enhances its sensory appeal.
Where to stay: A former fort, the Oberoi Rajvilas sits on 32 landscaped acres and has rooms, villas and well-appointed tents. Rooms from around $580; oberoihotels.com.
Where to eat: Located inside the Oberoi Rajvilas, Surya Mahal serves both Indian and Continental menus.