known as the Pink City of India, was founded by Maharaja Jai
Singh II (1693-1743) and is the capital of Rajasthan. Jaipur is
surrounded by hills and dotted with forts, and is one of the
links to the famed Golden Triangle of North India along with
Delhi and Agra. Jaipur also serves as the most convenient entry
point to Rajasthan, India's most colorful and vibrant state.
An extremely well planned city, Jaipur was designed by an
engineer and scholar Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, in accordance with
ancient Hindu treatise on architecture, the Shilpa Shasta (Vastu).
It was planned in a grid system with wide straight avenues,
roads, streets and lanes and uniform rows of shops on either
side of the main roads. Jaipur remains the only place where the
nine sectors that sub-divide the city symbolize the nine
divisions of the universe.
The Old City, also known as the Pink City, is a wonderful place
to wander around. The whole city was painted pink by Maharaja
Man Singh II when Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, visited Jaipur in 1876. Today, every home within the city is obliged by
law to maintain this facade. Houses with pink latticed windows
line the streets, and look almost magical at sunset.
Jaipur's regal heritage is evident in its architecture and
culture. Beautifully laid out gardens and parks, attractive
monuments and marvellous heritage hotels, once the residence of
Maharajas are testaments to the Rajasthan of yesteryears.
The arts and crafts of the state are amazing. You'll find
elaborately fashioned jewellery, the multi-coloured 'bandhini'
fabrics, richly decorated handlooms, and other trinkets at the
colourful bazaars of Jaipur