Jaipur is the largest city of Rajasthan which gains importance in Indian history due to its clan of rulers, whose series of hill forts and palaces are famous all over. Here we bring to you some lesser-known facts about this colorful and chaotic city of India – Jaipur.
1. Jaipur was founded on 18th November 1727 by the king of Amer, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, after whom this city is named.
2. It is the tenth most populous city in the country with a population of 6.66 million according to the 2013 census.
3. Under guidance of Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, Jaipur came into existence on the classical principals of Indian vastu shastra and similar concepts.
4. Construction of this city started in 1947 and it took an average of four years to complete the major palaces, roads and squares in the city (including the royal palace).
5. After construction, the city was divided into nine blocks; two of them were allotted for major palaces and buildings and the rest seven given to the public.
6. To welcome Edward, Prince of Wales, the whole city was painted pink under the guidance of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II.
7. In 2008, Jaipur was ranked 31 among the 50 emerging global outsourcing cities in the world.
8. According to Conde Nast Traveller Readers Choice Survey, Jaipur was ranked 7th best city to visit in Asia.
9. The Presidential Suite at the Raj Palace Hotel, Jaipur charges Rs 45,000 per night and was listed among the 15 most expensive suites in the world by CNN.
10. One specialty of Jaipur is that every street and market aligns east to west and north to south, where eastern gate is called Suraj Pol and the western gate is called Chand Pol.
11. Jaipur Metro was inaugurated on 3rd June 2015, and became the sixth rapid transit system in India.
12. Jaipuri people have strong cultural roots and they have their own performing arts which include kathak and ghoomar.
13. People of Jaipur are very friendly, warm and are mostly dressed in colorful clothes and ethnic jewelry.
14. Apart from other local festivals, Jaipur has four fairs and festivals which include Elephant Festival, Ganguar, Kite Festival and Teej which is celebrated on a yearly basis.
15. Besides fairs, Jaipur Literature Festival is famous all over; authors, writers and literature lovers participate every year.
16. Lastly, Jantar Mantar, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Kanak Vrindavan, Govind Dev Ji temple, Shri Kali Temple are the major tourist attractions of this city. The city of Jaipur captivates every loving heart due to its extremely rich heritage, delightful atmosphere and warm-hearted people. We love this city, so do you?