Jaipur is the largest city in the state of Rajasthan founded in the 18th century by the astronomer and warrior Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. The city is beautifully decorated in palaces and forts that were once the homes of royal clans that made Jaipur their home.
The city is known as the pink city for many reasons one of which is that most of the buildings are pink in colour. This colour dates to 1876 when Maharaja Ram Singh had the city painted in pink as a welcome to the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria who were visiting. Pink is considered the colour of hospitality.
The tradition that began as a welcome of hospitality is now part of the law. The citizens are compelled to keep the city pink making it an iconic piece of India’s culture and history.
The city is full of charms wherever you look, and it would take quite a while to explore the majestic architecture. Now thanks to the tourist industry you can stay in a palace such as Alila Fort Bishangarh and enjoy the same lifestyle as the maharajas of years past. There are plenty of forts and palaces that have been converted into Jaipur heritage hotels.
Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+