Jaipur the Pink City major travel destination

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Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan. It is the gateway to other tourist destinations in Rajasthan such as Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Ajmer and Udaipur.  The Golden Triangle is formed by Jaipur, Agra and New Delhi.  Maharaja Jai Singh II built the city in 1726. It is 260 km from New Delhi.

Jaipur is known as the Pink City. This is because each building within the walled historic centre is painted a terracotta pink colour. Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II had the city painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales in 1876. The Maharaja then passed a law in 1877 making it illegal for buildings to be of any other colour than Jaipur Pink. The law is enforced even today.

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