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Architecture of Jaipur

The city of Jaipur continues to attract visitors from all over the world, who visit it for the handicrafts and art, museums, Rajasthani cuisine and, most of all, to experience the splendours of its history. The past is within easy grasp, what with the palaces (where members of the erstwhile royal family still live), traditions followed over centuries, and forts within easy driving distance. The city also charms its visitors with elements of its rituals, practices, customs and grandeur. A cursory examination of Jaipur illustrates themes of power and kingship being articulated through architecture and urban planning. This 18th-century city demarcated by thick walls and gateways carries the palimpsest of centuries, rulers and the changing needs of times. The images in this gallery provide a glimpse into the history and architecture of the city of Jaipur.