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Jaipur: The Pink Jewel of Rajasthan reflects the History and Culture of India

Notably, Jaipur is a part of India’s ‘Golden Triangle’ of must-visit destinations, along with Delhi and Agra

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Pink City Jaipur. Image Source: experienceauthenticindia.wordpress.com
  • Established by the ruler of the Amber kingdom, Sawai Jai Singh, the city is interestingly nicknamed as the ‘Pink City’
  • The credit of designing this royal town goes to Vidyasagar Bhattacharya, a Brahmin scholar from Bengal
  • Apart from the architectural marvels, the city also accommodates a number of temples

Built in the late-1700s, Jaipur was India’s first planned city. Located in the eastern Rajasthan, the royal town is known for its architectural marvels and aesthetic beauty.

Established by the ruler of the Amber kingdom, Sawai Jai Singh, the city is interestingly nicknamed as the ‘Pink City.’ The tale behind its name is also a remarkable one. The city earned the name around 1905-1906 when the Prince of Wales visited Jaipur. In a desperate attempt to revamp the town it was decided that the city would be repainted. However, owing to lack of sufficient hues, the entire city was covered in pink shade, mentioned the scmp.com article.

Notably, Jaipur is a part of India’s ‘Golden Triangle’ of must-visit destinations, along with Delhi and Agra. With fantastic attractions spread across the city, its rich cultural heritage is reflected the best in its architecture and monuments.

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The credit of designing this royal town goes to Vidyasagar Bhattacharya, a Brahmin scholar from Bengal. Bhattacharya constructed these architectural charms in line with the science of Indian structural design ‘Shilpa Shastra.’

Apparently, the city was constructed in nine rectangular blocks. Seven out of these were built for civic purposes and the remaining two for palaces and state buildings. The city was protected by the city wall and the entrance was through seven burly gates.

Tourists visiting Jaipur. Image source: www.jaipuronline.in
Tourists visiting Jaipur. Image source: www.jaipuronline.in

According to the pinkcity.com report, it took almost four years to finish the major palaces, roads and squares of the city.

Some of the stellar monuments from the city are:

  • Built in 1592, Amber Fort displays a beautiful amalgamation of Rajput and Mughal style of architecture. Brimming with the greenery of the Aravalli Range Valley, the fort is at its best during the spring or summer season. Tourists generally enjoy the view from the hilltop complex on an elephant, from where they can see the structure’s four distinct areas.
  • The fort’s primary attractions include an impressive hall, the Sheesh Mahal that is covered with several tiny mirrors and Shila Devi Temple, which has magnificent silver doors.
  • Other two exquisite castles in the vicinity of the fort are –Jaigarh and Nahargarh.  Housing world-record-sized cannon called Jaivana, Jaigarh is a castle with fortified red walls.
  • Accounting for the waning splendour of the Madhavendra Bhawan palace, Nahargarh is one of the most visited edifices in Jaipur.
  • Other pieces of brilliant architecture in the town include multi-storeyed City Palace complex and the mirage-like Jal Mahal. Interestingly, the City Palace complex still serves as a royal residence.

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  • Unesco World Heritage-listed, Jantar Mantar, is another remarkable monument in the city. Constructed as an observatory in the 1720s, the stone fabrications designed as sophisticated instruments were used to quantify time, trail stars, and calculate the coming of eclipses in early days.
  • Apart from these monuments, the city also accommodates a number of temples. Govind Dev Ji, Moti Dungri or Galtaji are some of the most renowned temples in Jaipur.

-prepared by Bulbul Sharma, a staff-writer at NewsGram. Twitter handle: iBulbul_

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Ministry of Culture: Pink City Jaipur Enters into UNESCO World Heritage Site List

With this, India now has 38 World Heritage Sites, that include 30 cultural properties, 7 natural properties and one mixed site

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Hawa Mahal in Jaipur. Wikimedia Commons

The Ministry of Culture on Saturday lauded the inscription of Jaipur city in the Unesco World Heritage Site list, which is now the 38th Indian site to enter this list. Calling the move a landmark achievement, an official statement said that culture minister Prahlad Singh Patel has thanked the global community for recognizing the historic and cultural importance of the pink city.

The decision was taken in the 43rd Session of the World Heritage Committee held at Baku, Azerbaijan. With this, India now has 38 World Heritage Sites, that include 30 cultural properties, 7 natural properties and one mixed site.

“India’s nomination was initially recommended by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) as Deferral, but the World Heritage Committee debated it and decided to inscribe it on the list,” the Ministry said.

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With this, India now has 38 World Heritage Sites, that include 30 cultural properties, 7 natural properties and one mixed site. Wikimedia Commons

It also shared excerpts of the presented proposed statement of the outstanding universal value before the World Heritage Committee. “The City of Jaipur is an exceptional urban example in indigenous city planning and construction in South Asia.

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“Besides an exemplary planning, its iconic monuments such as the Govind Dev temple, City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal excel in artistic and architectural craftsmanship of the period,” the Ministry added.

The proposal also called the historic walled city and Rajasthan’s capital an “expression of the astronomical skills, living traditions, unique urban form and exemplary foresighted city planning of an 18th century city from India.” (IANS)