Jaipur is the capital of India’s Rajasthan state. It evokes the royal family that once ruled the region and that, in 1727, founded what is now called the Old City, or “Pink City” for its trademark building color. At the center of its stately street grid (notable in India) stands the opulent, colonnaded City Palace complex. With gardens, courtyards and museums, part of it is still a royal residence. Govind dev ji Jaipur and Moti dungri Ganesh temple Jaipur are a few of the sacred places to visit in the city.
Jaipur, popularly known as the Pink City, was founded by the Maharja Sawai Jai Singh. It was designed by the brilliant architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya. Sawai Jai Singh came to the throne of Amer in 1699, at the tender age of 11 years and showed signs of his brilliance even at that early age. He faced many difficulties but overcame each, and thus proved a strong and able ruler who could establish peace and stability. By 1725, he decided to build a bigger city Jaipur – and moved his capital from Amer to Jaipur.
Designed in accordance with ancient Hindu treatises on architecture, the Shilpa Shastra, Jaipur follows a grid system and is encircled by a fortified wall. The palace lies in the heart of the city and occupies the space of the central grid. The rest of the grids were cut across neatly by wide lanes which divided the area into tidy, well laid out rectangles for commercial and residential use. The fortified wall has seven gates and was built for protection from invading armies and wild animals who lurked just outside in the thick jungles which surrounded the city. Currently Jaipur Metro and Jaipur Ring Road are steps towards Smart City Jaipur however growing demands of the population in the inner city remains a bigger challenge. Frequent traffic jams are causing inaccessibility to the many of the older cities areas of Jaipur.