Jaipur - not just for the Literature Festival
Though the Jaipur Literature Festival – always colorful, often controversial -- is the premier literary event in the country, it is not all that Jaipur has to offer. Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, a Kachwaha Rajput who ruled the state of Jaipur from 1699 to 1744, the city takes after his name. The Maharaja moved his capital from Amber Fort, 11 km from the city in the adjoining hills, owing to a scarcity of water and growing population. In 1853, when the Prince of Wales visited the city, the entire city was painted a shade of earthy pink to welcome him. The practice stayed, and Jaipur assumed the sobriquet of Pink City thereafter. The Nahargarh Fort, which overlooks the city from a hillock to the northwest, the Jaigarh Fort known for its enormous cannon are the other forts. The City Palace, the Prince Albert Museum, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and the Jal Mahal are some of the most-visited monuments.
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There is more to Jaipur than the literary luminaries who arrive for four days of immersion in words. The capital of and the largest city in Rajasthan, Jaipur’s origins stretch back into antiquity, ... more
There is more to Jaipur than the literary luminaries who arrive for four days of immersion in words. The capital of and the largest city in Rajasthan, Jaipur’s origins stretch back into antiquity, tracing the date of its founding by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II all the way back to November 1727. A feature of the Pink City – the sobriquet famously attached to it for the pink stone which is its architectural signature – is its wide, regularly spaced roads and streets, and the grid-like patterns that dictate its living quarters or sectors. The city is dominated by the palace in the center, four quarters wrapping it around in the four directions, and a sixth additional quarter off to the east. Jaipur forms part of the popular tourist circuit known as the Golden Triangle, and those who descend on the city for the annual literary fest will find exploring it a rich, rewarding experience. less
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