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A historic city in India, Jaipur is famous for its two nicknames, “Paris of India” and the most popular one, “Pink City.” Looking at Jaipur City from a vantage point or walking through its historical buildings and streets will show you how uniformly it is clad in pink tinges. Jaipur tourism is no less than a muse for lay travelers, culture trippers, literary artists, history buffs, architecture lovers, and art and photography enthusiasts alike.
It’s a lovable pinkish city, which makes it a visceral and visual delight. Poets will have written inspired poems after Jaipur’s radiant beauty, and visitors worldwide have etched special odes to glory in their travelogues.
Origins of Jaipur:
Several theories exist in this context. The most famous one so far has its origin in the colonial era. In 1876, Prince Albert was to undertake a tour of India. Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II, the then ruler of Jaipur, in his infinite spirit of hospitality, had the whole city painted pink terracotta in honor of the royal guest.
Pink is considered the color of hospitality. Since then, it has become law to paint all buildings and homes pink. The law is being followed to date in some parts of the city. The historic accounts state the city was washed in white before turning pink.
Relation with the British:
The most popular belief states that painting Jaipur in pink is a welcoming gesture. It was part of Maharaja’s extreme strategy to impress Prince Albert upon his first visit to India. The reason was that he wanted the prince to visit Jaipur so that he could build strong relations with the Britishers.
The fact that the Maharaja also constructed a lavish concert hall and named it Albert Hall to honor the prince is what lends credence to this theory. It is modeled after Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
The name is a Royal Gift:
It makes sense, too, since during Prince Albert’s long visit to India, many Indian rulers gave him expensive gifts and were all trying to show their hospitality towards him, including rulers of Alwar, Benaras, Mysore, and Jodhpur. It is believed that when the prince visited the Jaipur sightseeing tour and saw its gorgeous pink avatar, he exclaimed, “Pink City,” and the nickname fell then.
The city has many architectural marvels built with red and pink sandstone. Therefore, it could be a coincidence that when the prince visits here, the Maharaja thinks it is a good opportunity to paint the town pink to give it a uniform, appealing look.
Current Pink Status:
Maharaja’s wife believed to have convinced him to pass a law that all buildings should be painted pink after their new and successful makeover. The law was passed in 1877. And remain applicable till today. Even today, if you google Jaipur’s residential areas, you will find that they are mostly painted in some or the other shade of pink. Jaipur takes its nickname seriously. And no doubt these are for good reasons too. It envelops the entire city in a romantic hue that intrigues explorers.
Most notable historical edifices of Jaipur that are pink:
Hawa Mahal – The opulent Hawa Mahal stands to intersect the Jaipur main road, Badi Chaupad. It is regarded as the signature attraction of Jaipur.
Amber Fort – Set atop the Aravalli Hills near Jaipur, Amber Fort is one of the most magnificent palaces in the country. It is a massive fort that can be explored in 2 to 3 hours.
City Palace – The main royal palace where Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh reigned. The palace includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal and various other buildings within the complex.
Jaigarh Fort – A grand structure perched on the top of the Cheel ka Teela hills was designed by a talented architect called Vidhyadhar.
Nahargarh Fort – Located on the outskirts of Jaipur, Nahargarh Fort is known for mesmerizing city views and has an extended wall that connects to Jaigarh Fort.
Rambagh Palace – One of the finest royal palaces of Jaipur, Rambagh Palace was once the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur.
Jantar Mantar – The largest stone astronomical observatory in the world, Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is just next to the City Palace.
Be it the majestic forts or royal palaces, streets to festivals, the unmatched charm of Jaipur Tour Packages in all the shades of pink are sure to spellbind you. Keep the city at the top of your travel wishlist for its heritage, beauty, and architecture.