Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan often referred to as the “Pink City” or “Paris of India.” It is one of the most fascinating cities in India and is a muse history buffs and architecture enthusiasts.
Jaipur’s splendid beauty and it’s lovable pink color makes it a visual delight for the visitors. But do you know why it is called the pink city of India? To find it out we have to travel back in history.
Who named it Pink city?
In Jaipur, the color of the stone of almost all of the buildings and monuments are Pink. There are several stories behind this but i will tell you the most popular one.
So the story dates back to the year 1876 during Prince Albert’s (Prince of Wales) tour to India. At that time the Maharaja of Jaipur was Sawai Ram Singh. The Maharaja of Jaipur was one of the richest and most powerful men in India and he wanted to impress the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria.
Since pink was considered the color of hospitality and welcoming, the Maharaja started beautifying the city and repainted the city.
Not only this, the Maharaja also constructed a lavish concert hall and named it in honor of the prince, the Albert Hall. This hall stands amid the grounds of Ram Niwas Public Gardens and is open to visitors.
So when the Prince visited Jaipur, he was impressed by the beauty of it and he exclaimed Jaipur to be a “Pink City.” But the question is, if the painting of city was just a plan to impress the Royal guests then why it remained pink after the visit? I will tell you.
Why it is still Pink?
The “favorite wife” of Maharaja Ram Singh got impressed by the color of Jaipur too and later a law was passed to making it illegal for buildings to be painted any other color than Jaipur Pink.
So the law was passed in the year 1877 and still remains in effect. Wow!
And the interesting fact is even today by the order of chief minister the city gets painted pink on every Diwali to the keep it up with its name.
So this Diwali if you are planning a short vacation then you can visit this tourist attraction and adore the rich heritage of Jaipur, the Pink city of India.