Jaipur is a city in northwest India. It is also the capital of Rajasthan state. Jaipur, which means “joined city”, was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1727, with a plan to unite his kingdom’s three capitals: Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur.
Today it is an ancient city with many beautiful palaces and cultural attractions. The city was also considered to be the “Lake City” due to its many water reservoirs and has been awarded the ‘Best Destination’ by Gaon-Bhagya Awards for seven consecutive years from 2012 to 13. In 2007 it was ranked fourth among India’s most popular holiday destinations by Outlook Traveller.
The Pink City
During its time as a capital, it was known as the ‘Pink City‘ due to its distinctive buildings, which are painted with bright hues on all exterior walls. the city is one of the seven jewels of India, which has a historical background dating back over three centuries. This practice was begun by Jai Singh himself, after an auspicious dream that he dreamt in which the goddess of beauty, Chandi-Baan, came to him and said that pink is the most beautiful color in the world.
The Jaipur National Museum is well known for its collection of miniature paintings, marble sculptures, terracotta figurines, textiles, and wood carvings. The museum also has a breathtaking collection of Rajasthani art that can be viewed at a nominal price.