Jaipur - The Pink City
Jaipur is the most prominent city of the western Indian state of Rajasthan. There are multiple reasons which can individually identify the city of Jaipur as the topmost destination in Rajasthan. One reason is that it is the administrative capital of the state of Rajasthan. The city also has a huge recall value on tourist’s mind since this city is promoted in Golden Triangle tourism circuit of India. However, if there is a single reason that puts the recall value of the city in the epitome of a visitor’s mind is the unmistakable sight of the pink hue that encompasses the entire city.
The foundation of the city can be dated back during the eighteenth century AD, when the famous Rajput warrior and astronomer Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II set up his base in this city. Various forts and majestic palaces were established, playing hosts to royal clans and their families. Adding to this, magnificent havelis across the city were built my rich businessmen, putting up another line of brilliance to the architectural glory of the city. The city also became the the home of various beautiful temples and breath taking landscapes.
Bathed in pink, no wonder that Jaipur is recognized across the entire world as the Pink City. The colour pink has always been associated with youth and exuberance and that is the exact charm that this city exudes. Apart from being the capital of the state, Jaipur is also the largest city of Rajasthan. The city has continued to prosper from historical times and even during the present era of modernization, it has been able to hold on to its values and historical roots. The historical culture and traditions are still evident in the city’s perfectly preserved architecture, artifacts, textiles and jeweleries.
The moment one sets foot into Jaipur, a feeling of delight sets off into the mind and heart. The pink colour of the entire panorama plays up a feeling of romantic charm right away. Thinking about how this historic city adapted and transformed into the pink hue, the reason can be attributed to the stones that were used for the construction of the structures. The planning of the city is credited to a Bengali Brahmin architect named Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, who used the Vedic planning science called Vastu Shastra in the year 1727.
Due to its abundance in the proximity, pink and red sandstone was primarily used to construct the buildings. While this sandstone became the primary material of construction, another major event in the city’s history become the turning point into the city’s traditional acceptance of pink as the mainstay. History records that in 1876, the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria were touring India and they also visited Jaipur. It was Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur who though that pink denoting the colour of hospitality, it would be good to paint the entire city in its hues to welcome the royal guests. This practice of painting the structures pink became tradition gradually with the successive generations living in the city adopting the process enthusiastically. Today, this tradition has been become a law and has to be strictly followed by the residents of the city.
Not just the colour of the city, the pink and red hues are much visible in the colours of the textiles, potteries and artifacts available locally too. To sum it all up, Jaipur is a city pink by looks, pink in its hospitality and pink in the regular social life also. If traveling to Rajasthan, do pay a visit to bathe in the hues of The Pink City of Jaipur.