Jaipur Gets Unesco World Heritage Tag

Jaipur Gets Unesco World Heritage Tag
Hawa Mahal Jaipur , Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Jaipur or The Pink City is the second city after Ahmedabad to make the esteemed Unesco list of world heritage sites.

Simrran Gill
July 08 , 2019
05 Min Read

The Pink City of Jaipur became the second Indian city to be included on the Unesco World Heritage Site list on July 6, 2019. The city made it to the list at the 43rd session of the Unesco meeting, currently being held at Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.

Here are 4 reasons why you need to plan your next vacation at Jaipur:


“The fortified city of Jaipur, in India’s northwestern state of Rajasthan was founded in 1727 by Sawai Jai Singh II. Unlike other cities in the region located in hilly terrain, Jaipur was established on the plain and built according to a grid plan interpreted in the light of Vedic architecture. The streets feature continuous colonnaded businesses that intersect in the centre, creating large public squares called chaupars. Markets, stalls, residences and temples built along the main streets have uniform facades. The city's urban planning shows an exchange of ideas from ancient Hindu and modern Mughal as well as Western cultures. The grid plan is a model that prevails in the West, while the organization of the different districts refers to traditional Hindu concepts. Designed to be a commercial capital, the city has maintained its local commercial, artisanal and cooperative traditions to this day,” says the UNESCO website.

Jaipur was chosen after a careful examination by The World Heritage Committee, after examining 35 nominations for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

The city that is culturally, architecturally and historically rich never fails to disappoint those looking for a royal treatment on their visit. Also known for its various markets, Jaipur is a fulfilling experience for it’s shoppers.

We bring to you a complete guide of what not to miss while you are in Jaipur or planning a vacay there soon.  

For the shopaholics – Going to Jaipur and coming empty handed may be termed as sin by some. Ranging from handicrafts to jewellery to carpets, you can find all items reflecting the well preserved culture of the state. Whether you want them to take it as souvenirs or for personal use, you will get everything to make your trip worth remembering.

Johri Bazaar – For jewellery such as silver, Meenakari and Thewa

Bapu Bazaar – For bedspreads and suits with Batik and other prints and mojris

Chandpole Bazaar – For handicrafts made of wood, marble and stones and traditional Rajasthani paintings.

Toys are a coomon sight in the market

Go food tasting – While in Jaipur, one should not miss the lip smacking delicacies like pyaaz kachori and gate ki sabzi. Available at various places throughout the city, one with an inclination for spices will surely be a fan. Their cuisine is influenced by war like lifestyles, as the Rajputs were known for their valour. One must try the famous Rajasthani Thali to cater to all taste buds.

A scrumptious Rajasthani meal

For the love of architecture – Jaipur, famous for its architecture and royal building will not disappoint anybody who loves a taste of the ancient times. Standing proudly and depicting their guts and glory all palaces here speak for themselves.

  • Hawa Mahal - Consisting of 953 jharokas (windows), the palace is stands with glory and is made in red and pink sandstone. In ancient times, the windows of the palace were an outlet for Royal Rajput women to enjoy the everyday street scenes as well as Royal processions. The arched roof of the palace keeps it cool and airy during the summer months.
  • Jal Mahal  – Situated among the Nahargarh hills and on the Mansagar Lake, this palace is a sight to behold. A perfect blend of both Mughal and Rajput architecture, the Jal Mahal, is only 4kms away from Jaipur. The palace has 5 floors but only one of them is above water and can be seen.
    The visitors are not allowed inside the palace but can enjoy its magnificent beauty while boating in the lake.
  • City Palace – Located at the heart of the city, this palace too is built in pink and red sandstone, like Hawa Mahal. The palace is a home to courtyards, gardens and temples.
    However, only a section of the palace is open to the tourists.  

A view from Jalgarh, Jaipur

The wild side – A house to lions and tigers, Nahargarh offers a safari around the sanctuary for those looking to spot animals. The sanctuary has  tropical dry deciduous vegetation and the safari ride offers you a bird watching experience too, including migratory birds.

Don’t forget to miss out on these gems while you are in Jaipur or planning to head there soon.

Read about Ahmedabad, India's first Unesco Heritage city

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