In this capital city our arrival was heralded by a ragtag “drum and bugle corps,” accompanied by a man dressed as a wooden horse. The drum was a version of the Persian dohol, introduced to India in the 15th century, and the bugle resembled another old Persian instrument, the sheypoor of the same era. Together with the musicians’ costumes, their purpose was to take the tourists back to when the Maharajas ruled.

Photo essay: The Maharajas’ Jaipur