The father showed us his sprawling house of several rooms full of furniture worthy of a respected burgher. His wife’s traditional status was affirmed in the pictures of their wedding on the walls: she was sitting on a chair and he stood regally behind her. Two elegant rifles also on the wall connected us to Jaipur’s Rajput past. A mounted stuffed head of a tiger in between them, however, signified that they were used more in hunting.

Photo essay: The Maharajas’ Jaipur