UNESCO Welcomes The Pink City to its List of World Heritage Sites!
Founded in 1727 AD under the patronage of Sawai Jai Singh II who ruled the Kingdom of Amber, Jaipur which now serves as the capital of culture-rich Rajasthan has finally found its place among the World Heritage sites list on July 6. The announcement came after deliberation by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee during its 43rd session examining the nomination of the Pink City. Jaipur is now the second city in India after Ahmedabad that has a place in the World Heritage list. The city of Jaipur is known for its exquisite architectural prowess that has influences from Hindu, Mughal and Western designs and the vibrant culture it exudes with sites like the aesthetically pleasing Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Amer Fort and more. In addition to its architectural achievements, the city also serves as an excellent example for a medieval trade town which put forth new concepts in commercial trading and revolutionizing the market at the time while also making contributions to artistic crafts taking it to an international level.
The nomination for Jaipur came into consideration because of its cultural, architectural, traditional and artistic significance showing exemplary development in town planning and exchange of various ideas in the late medieval period. The UNESCO World Heritage status will help Jaipur in attracting even more tourists boosting the local economy and will be a benefit to the surrounding cities too.