Wednesday, 23 March 2011


Jaipur or the "Pink City' as it is popularly called makes up one of the three points in the Golden Triangle of Indian tourism, the other two being Delhi and Agra. It is also the gateway to Rajasthan - and a visit to the city gives you a glimpse of the entire Rajasthan experience: forts, palaces, pink sandstone monuments, museums and colourful shopping. Built in 1727 AD by the famous astronomer king, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, Jaipur is a blend of princely heritage, feudal traditions and genuine Rajasthani hospitality. It took almost six years to complete the city of Jaipur, which was interestingly, the country's first modern city to be designed in a grid form over two centuries ago. The city is surrounded by a crenellated wall with seven gates meant for protection against the invading enemies. At the beginning of the city stands the imposing Amer Fort, as if guarding the entrance. Around its bye-lanes is the fascinating old township of Amer, which is recently being restored by archaeologists and conservationists.

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