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One of the charming and most frequented places, Jaipur adds generously to the splendour of India. It is a place where you can daily excavate through the layers of time and still be left with a lot on you plate to explore.

Also known as the Pink City, this captivating land of palaces, forts and ancient monuments is a history lover’s paradise. If you are a true-blue traveller, then you must have added Jaipur as a priority to your bucket list but the question is- how well do you really know about this city?

We’ve chalked out 5 interesting facts about Jaipur here which you should be aware of and we bet you didn’t know about all of them!

We all know Jaipur as the Pink City!

But why so?

Since traditionally pink is associated with hospitality, the entire city was washed in this colour in order to honour and welcome the visit of Edward, the Prince of Wales! This took place in the year 1876 under the rule of Maharaja Ram Singh and since then, Jaipur has been called the Pink City of India.

Jaipur is one of the first planned cities in India!

It was planned according to Indian Vastu Shastra and Shilpa Shastra by a Bengali architect named Vidyadhar Bhattacharya in 1727. The directions of each street and market are East to West and North to South and the whole city was built in 4 years!

Jantar Mantar and Amer Fort are two of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Jaipur!

Therefore, Jaipur is one of the leading touristy places of India. Jantar Mantar is a complex of 19 architectural astronomical instruments which were built in the year 1734 by the king of Jaipur. The motive was to observe the astronomical positions of the solar system with the naked eye. On the other hand, the Amer Fort is frequented by visitors everyday, from all over the world because of its picturesque beauty oozing from every crack and corner!

The world’s largest free literary festival happens here!

Commenced in 2006, the Jaipur Literature Festival is the world's largest free literary festival which is attended by prominent people from all over the globe. From writers to filmmakers, lyricists to novelists, this festival witnesses thousands of artists from various countries.

The Jawahar circle is claimed to be the biggest circular park in Asia!

Jawahar Circle is claimed to be the biggest circular park in Asia, developed on a highway traffic circle. A number of attractive features like musical fountains, modern play equipment, jogging tracks are being added to this locale and it is 13 km long!

A perfect blend of old world charm and contemporary vibrancy, Jaipur is a city with secrets and a plethora of trivia gets churned out of it, every day!

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Mumbai local trains to operate at 100% capacity from today!

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​Two Paralympics Gold medalists from Jaipur get nominated for Khel Ratna Award

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Railways launch special trains from Mumbai to UP & Bihar to manage the festive rush

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