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Jaipur is now a Unesco World Heritage site

Jaipur, a fortified city in the northwestern India, is now a Unesco World Heritage site.

Known as ‘the pink city’, Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Sawai Jai Singh II. According to Unesco, “Jaipur was established on the plain and built according to a grid plan interpreted in the light of Vedic architecture”. The city is known for its large public squares, with markets, stalls and temples. The design of the city combines ideas from ancient Hindu, modern Mughal and Western cultures. It follows a grid system like many western cities, but the districts refer to “traditional Hindu concepts”.

The Pink Palace in Jaipur. Image by sutthinon sanyakup/Getty Images
The Pink Palace in Jaipur. Image by sutthinon sanyakup/Getty Images
Jaipur is known at the Pink City. Image by skaman306/Getty Images
Jaipur is known at the Pink City. Image by skaman306/Getty Images
Jaipur from Nahargarh Fort at sunset. Image by ©Sean3810/Getty Images
Jaipur from Nahargarh Fort at sunset. Image by ©Sean3810/Getty Images
Central Museum. Image by ©Matt Munro/Lonely Planet
Central Museum. Image by ©Matt Munro/Lonely Planet
Chandpole Gate in Jaipur. Image by ©Matt Munro/Lonely Planet
Chandpole Gate in Jaipur. Image by ©Matt Munro/Lonely Planet
Interior mughal architectural details of Amber Fort.  Image by ©Mikadun/Shutterstock
Interior mughal architectural details of Amber Fort. Image by ©Mikadun/Shutterstock
Indian women carrying pots to collect water from a stepwell near Jaipur. Image by ©hadynyah/Getty Images
Indian women carrying pots to collect water from a stepwell near Jaipur. Image by ©hadynyah/Getty Images