UNESCO World Heritage Community is observing their 43rd session at Baku in Azerbaijan from June 30 to July 10. The committee on July 6 declared the inclusion of Jaipur on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. By Kumar Shree

In the north-western state of India, Rajasthan lies the quaint-little charming Pink City of India, Jaipur. The walled-city was founded by the Rajput ruler Sawai Jai Singh II in the year 1727. Jaipur, which is known for its glorious architectural legacy with monuments like the City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Jantar Mantar and Amer Fort to its credit has now added one more feather in its cap—the honour of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jaipur city was planned by Vidyadhar Bhattacharya in 1727 adhering to the rules of Indian Vastu Shastra (ancient Indian science of buildings). The city’s planning and layout is a wonderful testament to the coexistence of ancient Hindu, medieval Mughal and the modern Western ideas of design. Though initially designed to be a commercial hub, Jaipur has maintained its status as a city that perfectly strikes that balance between being a paradise for local artisans and at the same time embracing the modern commercial advances.

It comes as a pleasant surprise that the city with two monuments—Jantar Mantar and Amer Fort already on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list is now itself a part of the list. Sharing the news through his twitter handle, India’s Prime Minister tweeted, “Jaipur is a city associated with culture and valour. Elegant and energetic, Jaipur’s hospitality draws people from all over. Glad that this city has been inscribed as a World Heritage Site by @UNESCO.”

Though Jaipur already has a plethora of reasons for attracting us to its ground, now that it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it just adds another reason on our list and we are packing our bags already. See you there!

Getting There

By Air: Almost all the popular carriers in India operate daily flights to Jaipur from all the major cities.

By Road: You can either drive to Jaipur, which is a six-hour drive from the National Capital Delhi, or you can opt for a Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation.

By Train: Shatabdi Express, Ajmer Shatabdi, Pune Jaipur Express and Jaipur Express are some of the popular trains that can take you to Jaipur.

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