Jaipur, also known as the “Pink City“ and “Paris of India”, is the capital city of the colorful state of Rajasthan in India. It is famous for its unique and outstanding architecture worldwide. It was one of the best planned cities in the world and the first planned city in northern India.
It was founded in 1727 and the heritage of 1727 is still alive here. Jaipur was once the capital of the Royalty and now it is not only the traditional and historical city but one of the growing economies too.
It is located in the desert lands of Rajasthan and is one the most popular tourist places in India. Jaipur was planned according to the vedic planning for the comfort and prosperity of the citizens (Vastu Shastra). The streets, markets, forts, gardens, monuments and all other architecture is state of the art.
Some amazing facts about the pink city:
- Almost all of the buildings of Jaipur are pink in color.
- Each street and market of Jaipur is directed from East to West or North to South.
- The largest exporter of gold, stone and diamond jewelery in Asia.
- Jaipur has the honor to become the only city of the world for finishing blue diamond (Tanzanite).
Why it is called Pink city:
In 1876, Prince Albert of Wales and Queen Elizabeth II visited the India. So to welcome him the whole city was painted in pink color and after that pink marbles and paints are being used in the making of new buildings too.
Some Attractions in Jaipur:
Jantar Mantar or “Calculation Instrument“, as the name indicates, Jantar Mantar consists of many unique buildings with a specialized function for astronomical calculations and now it is opened as a museum.
Sheesh Mahel or Hall of Mirrors, its beauty cannot be explained in words and your visit to Jaipur is incomplete without Sheesh Mahel.
Hawa Mahel or the Palace of Winds and The Palace of the Breeze is a unique palace which was made for the royal ladies in 1799. Its 5-storey building with 953 small windows at front of the building makes it more attractive.
In 2008, Jaipur was ranked as the 7th best place to visit in Asia by the Conde Nast Traveller Readers Choice Survey.
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