Commonly known as the Pink City, Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, India's largest state.
The colorful nickname describes the shade of stone used exclusively for the buildings in the city. This peculiar aspect has historical origins: when the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria visited India on a tour in 1876, Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the whole city pink, the color of hospitality, to welcome the guests. The tradition has been maintained by the residents who are now, by law, required to maintain the pink color.
The romantic atmosphere that pervades Jaipur is enhanced by its wealth of heritage, culture, and architecture. Fairy-tale-like palaces, majestic fortresses, as well as peaceful temples show off a tradition of art and craftsmanship. The landscape of the Pink City has a magical vibe that shouldn't be missed.
Among the must-sees of Jaipur, the Hawa Mahal is certainly the most unique landmark. The "Palace of Wind", as its name translates, is located near the City Palace, in the center of the Old City. The massive five-story structure was designed to give women in the palace the possibility to see life in the outside world through stone screens.
But the list of fascinating monuments does not end here! The Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observation site, consisting of geometric devices for observing celestial objects with the naked eye. Another interesting structure is the Amber Palace, located in a town high on the hills close to Jaipur. The magnificent complex includes palaces, halls, pavilions, gardens, and temples.