Jaipur was founded by Maharaja
Jai Singh II (1693-1743), is the capital of Rajasthan.
It is a major attraction for the first-time visitor. Jaipur
is surrounded on all sides by rugged hills, crowned with forts
& enclosed by embattled walls.
The Old City (Known as the Pink City) is a great place to wander around.
The whole city was painted in Pink colour by Maharaja Man
Singh II when Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, visited Jaipur
in 1876 AD. Today, every home within the city is obliged by
law to maintain its facade. It is a very well planned city
laid out in a grid pattern and was designed by a young Bengali
engineer and scholar by the name "Vidyadhar Bhattacharya".
Jaipur was and remains the
only city in the world, symbolising the nine divisions of
the universe, through nine rectangular sectors sub-dividing
it. Jaipur is a royal city & this is its most noticeable
aspect, small buildings & festivals testify it.
Jaipur & its surroundings
are rather like an endless museum. The city also offers an
endless variety of crafts. Jewellers here still fashion the
beautiful enamel-on-gold pendants, studded on the reverse
with precious stones or pearls & turquoise that one sees
in miniature paintings. Jaipur's lacquer bangles are famous
all over the world.