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Pink City Jaipur Inscribed as UNESCO’s World Heritage Site

Jaipur, the Pink City or the Old City, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In its 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced its decision that the city is now a world heritage site. Capital and largest city of Rajasthan, Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Rajput ruler Sawai Jai Singh II. The city is a major tourist destination and forms a west golden triangle tourist circuit that connects Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Describing the city, the UNESCO said, “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.” “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…Designed to be a commercial capital, the city has maintained its local commercial, artisanal and cooperative traditions to this day,” added the UNESCO. Now, India has 38 UNESCO World Heritage sites in its pocket. Seven cultural sites from seven countries – India, Japan, Australia, China, Indonesia, Bahrain and People’s Democratic Republic of Lao were added to the UNESCO’s World Heritage List on Saturday.

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