Rent Tempo Traveller for Jaipur
Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, was not always pink. The original city was in fact light grey, edged with white borders. It only acquired its characteristic salmon hue – the traditional colour of welcome – ahead of the visit in 1883 of the Prince of Wales. Comprising rectangular blocks divided by broad, tree-lined avenues, the regular grid plan at the heart of the old city was devised in 1728 by Majharaja Jai Singh.</p>
<p>The city was laid out in 1728 in a simple grid pattern by a young Bengali, Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, architect to Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II (of the royal lineage that had ruled from Amber, 11km/7 miles to the north, since the early 10th century). Seven blocks of buildings are divided by wide, tree-lined avenues; at the heart of the city is the palace, which covers a further two blocks.