The 50 Things You Must Do in Asia

By Hanya Yanagihara - 2013-07-23T16:27:10Z

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Visit the Palace of India's Last Maharaja: India

At the heart of Jaipur's old city is the City Palace, which is a complex of mini-palaces arranged as a series of unfolding boxes, so the deeper the realm, the more private and less accessible it was. The palace is today mostly under the control of the last maharaja’s daughter, Princess Diya Kumari. Despite the fact that the princess and her family still live there, the palace serves very much as a public living room—you’ll see locals chatting in its squares and relaxing in its open-air pavilions—and isn’t at all forbidding.

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