When I landed in Jaipur, I was really amazed because of what I had heard since my childhood, Jaipur, ‘the pink city’, was not really pink. When I inquired the locals about the houses being pink, I came across an old tale wherein when in 1876, Prince of Wales visited India, Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the entire city pink to display his gesture of hospitality as the pink was the color associated with hospitality back then.
By now, you might have understood that hospitality and hues are in the blood of Jaipur. Not only this, Jaipur holds the distinction of being the first planned city of India. The city along with Delhi and Agra forms the India's Golden Triangle. This capital of Rajasthan is also a gateway to other tourist places like Ajmer, Pushkar, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Mount Abu in the state. Known for its umpteen palaces, this city is truly grandeur.
What better place to begin exploration Jaipur than City Palace? Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during the years 1729 to 1732, the magnificent City Palace in Jaipur is one of the most famous tourist attractions. The facade is designed with acute and detailed handiwork and showcases a blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture style. The palace costs Rs 200/person for Indian and 700/person for foreign tourists.