Jaipur is known as Pink City i.e. Pink City. All of you must be thinking at some point of time that why this city is known as Pink City, so let us tell you through this article what is the story behind making this city pink and calling it Pink City. .
Origin of making Jaipur pink
Although you will find many theories related to it, but by far the most popular theory related to this city is the colonial rule here. Prince Albert was to visit India in the year 1876. During that time Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II, who was the then ruler of Jaipur, painted the entire city with pink terracotta in honor of the royal guest in his hospitality. Since then it has become a law to paint all the buildings and other houses here in pink color. In some parts, this law is being followed even today. According to historical information, the city was of white color before pink.
Political relations with the British
It is also said in popular belief that the Maharaja’s intention to paint Jaipur pink was a part of a strategy to impress Prince Albert. Not only this, the Maharaja really wanted the prince to visit Jaipur so that he could forge a strong relationship with the British. Also a grand concert hall was built in honor of the British prince, named Albert Hall. It was modeled after the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
This word came out of prince –
During the visit of Prince Albert, it is also seen that, at that time everyone wanted to do his royal hospitality during his visit to India. Many rulers of Alwar, Banaras, Mysore and Jodhpur tried to show him a great hospitality by giving him expensive gifts. It is believed that when the prince visited Jaipur, he was surprised to see the pink avatar there, after seeing the word ‘Pink City’ came out of his mouth and since then it has got the nickname.
Other reasons for getting the name Pink City –
Many of the city’s wonders are made of red sandstone. Therefore, it can only be a coincidence that when the prince came here, the Maharaja thought that the city should be given a pink color, so that the prince finds everything here very attractive.
Jaipur is still painted in the same pink color.
It is believed that after the successful makeover of the Pink City, the Maharaja’s wife asked him to pass a law to paint all the buildings in the city in pink colour. The law was passed in 1877, and is still being enforced by many today. If you have gone to visit here, then you must have noticed for yourself that every shop or house here is painted in some shade of pink. Jaipur takes its pink color quite seriously.
Some historical pink buildings of Jaipur –
- Hawa Mahal
- Amer Fort
- City Palace
- Jaigarh Fort
- Jai Mahal
- Nahargarh Fort
- Chandra Mahal
- Rambagh Palace
- Jantar Mantar