Here’s why ‘Pink city’ Jaipur won UNESCO World Heritage status

UNESCO on Saturday announced that ‘Pink City’ Jaipur has made it to the list of World Heritage site.

“Just inscribed as @UNESCO #WorldHeritage Site: Jaipur City in Rajasthan, #India. Bravo,” UNESCO announced through its Twitter handle.

UNESCO put out a statement on their official website explaining why the city has been
added to their World Heritage list.

“The fortified city of Jaipur, in India’s northwestern state of Rajasthan was founded in 1727 by Sawai Jai Singh II. Unlike other cities in the region located in hilly terrain, Jaipur was established on the plain and built according to a grid plan interpreted in the light of Vedic architecture.

The streets feature continuous colonnaded businesses that intersect in the centre, creating large public squares called chaupars,” the statement on the UNESCO website read.

“Markets, stalls, residences and temples built along the main streets have uniform facades. The city’s urban planning shows an exchange of ideas from ancient Hindu and modern Mughal as well as Western cultures.

The grid plan is a model that prevails in the West, while the organization of the different districts refers to traditional Hindu concepts. Designed to be a commercial capital, the city has maintained its local commercial, artisanal and cooperative traditions to this day,” the statement added.

The historic city is the capital of Rajasthan and is a popular tourist destination. Some of the famous tourist places in the city include – Hawa Mahal, Amber Palace, Jantar Mantar amongst others.

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