Jaipur is now a Unesco World Heritage site

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Jaipur, the fortified city in Rajasthan, is now a Unesco World Heritage site.

Known as ‘the pink city’, Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Sawai Jai Singh II. According to Unesco, “Jaipur was established on the plain and built according to a grid plan interpreted in the light of Vedic architecture”. The city is known for its large public squares, with markets, stalls and temples. The design of the city combines ideas from ancient Hindu, modern Mughal and Western cultures. It follows a grid system like many western cities, but the districts refer to “traditional Hindu concepts”.

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The view of Jaipur city from Nahargarh Fort at sunset.
The view of Jaipur city from Nahargarh Fort at sunset.
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The Hawa Mahal in Jaipur.
The Hawa Mahal in Jaipur.
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Close up of Peacock Gate in Pitam Niwas Chowk, Jaipur City Palace.
Close up of Peacock Gate in Pitam Niwas Chowk, Jaipur City Palace.
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Outside the Central Museum.
Outside the Central Museum.
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