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The Pink City

At the heart of Jaipur lies Jai Singh’s original city, popularly known as the Pink City, enclosed by walls and imposing gateways. One of the Pink City’s most striking features is its regular grid-plan, with wide, straight streets, broadening to spacious squares (choupads) at major intersections – a design created in accordance with the Vastu Shastra, a series of ancient Hindu architectural treatises. The city’s other striking feature is its uniform pink colour, intended to camouflage the poor-quality materials from which its buildings were originally constructed. A heritage walk audioguide (2.5km; around 2hr; Rs110), covering some of the most interesting sights in the Pink City, is available from the Hawa Mahal.

  • City Palace
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Hawa Mahal