India’s Pink City, Jaipur is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The capital city of Rajasthan and India’s Pink City, Jaipur has made its way to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Jaipur is a popular tourist destination in India and attracts thousands of travelers from all over the world every year. It is one of the most historically rich cities in the country and is know for Rajputana culture.

Jaipur was included in the UNESCO list on July 6 when the UNESCO World Heritage Committee held its 43rd meet at Baku, Azerbaijan. The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) had inspected the city in 2018 after it was nominated. The binational was then examined and approved.

Amber Fort, Jaipur
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Jaipur was founded by Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727 and is the second city of India to feature in this list. Jaipur is also home to several UNESCO Heritage sites like Jantar Mantar and Amer Fort. The city has several architectural styles showing the rich ancient culture of the state. Jaipur is also known as “Pink City” for its trademark building color. Ahmedabad was India’s first city to get the ‘heritage city’ tag.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his views about this inclusion on Twitter by saying “Jaipur is a city associated with culture and valour. Elegant and energetic, Jaipur’s hospitality draws people from all over.”

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also congratulated the residents of Jaipur.