Jaipur, the “Pink City”, is characterized as the first planned city of India, which is in thanks to the city’s founder Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, a scholarly prince who was passionate about astronomy, mathematics and science. Globe Aware volunteers will be surprised to learn how every detail was considered before laying the foundation stone, from the orientation of gates to the manuscript scrawled above each shop.
Building Jaipur: An astronomer prince’s vision of perfection
By Kate Springer
March 12, 2019
The city of Jaipur, about an hour’s flight southwest of Delhi, is best known as the “Pink City” – so called for its salmon-hued buildings.
But a walk through the Old City will surprise travelers who might be expecting to find a labyrinth of roads and lanes like those in Old Delhi or Jodhpur.