"Jaipur - The Pink City" Jaipur by MalenaN
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Jaipur, called both the City of Victory and the Pink City, is the capital of Rajasthan. Many tourists come here every year. Some are doing the Golden Triangle, travelling between Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Delhi and will not visit other parts of Rajasthan. For others this is the gateway to explore more of Rajasthan.
Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, who ruled between 1699 - 1744. He needed a new capital as the former capital, Amber, couldn’t take the growing population and there was a scarcity of water. The Maharaja, together with architects, planed the city in a grid system with nine rectangular city sectors, based on ancient Hindu architecture.
The whole city was painted pink by Sawai Ram Singh in 1853 to welcome the Prince of Wales who was coming on visit. Pink represents hospitality. And since then the buildings in the Old City has maintained the pink colour.
Originally I had not planed to visit Jaipur, but when I had a few days more to spend before flying home from Delhi I went there. I had not read very much about the city before coming but knew there were some interesting sights to see. Unfortunately I missed Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory next to the City Palace. The observatory is since 2010 a World Heritage Sight.
It was monsoon season when I visited Jaipur. There were some heavy downpours but between that the weather was quite nice. The rainy months are June - September and the annual rainfall is 650 millimetres. During the summer months (April - July) the average temperature is 30°C. The winter months are dry and colder with an average temperature of 15 - 18°C.
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