Jaipur among world’s 50 friendliest cities

Inside the City Palace of Jaipur.
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In a new international survey, Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur has been listed among the world’s top 50 friendliest cities.

The ‘pink city’ has been ranked 35th in the list of 50 cities from all over the world, for being welcoming, “student-friendly”, and “popular on the tourist trail”.

Jaipur’s massive palaces, buzzing markets and authentic food places, indeed, attract numerous tourists each year.

At the city’s heart, the City Palace continues to house the former royal family; the Jantar Mantar, the royal observatory, maintains a heavenly aspect; and the honeycomb Hawa Mahal gazes on the bazaar below. And just out of sight, in the arid hill country surrounding the city, is the fairy-tale grandeur of Amber Fort, Jaipur’s star attraction.

Vancouver has topped the list for being the world’s most friendly city.

With regards to the top five, Kuala Lumpur’s “friendliness towards visitors” drove the Malaysian capital into the second spot, while Bruges’s “charming atmosphere” and “locals who go the extra mile to welcome tourists” placed the Belgian city in third. Taipei, Taiwan was recognised as one of Asia’s most LGBTQ+ friendly cities in fourth place, while Hamburg, Germany’s “family-friendly feel” pushed it into the fifth spot.

The full top 50 list can be viewed here.

This article was first published on www.lonelyplanet.com.