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ARAJASTHAN 2010 - Jaipur    
Photography by Rod Poxon LRPS

Jaipur - the City Palace

Jaipur - Man Sagar Lake & Jal Mahal

Jaipur - around the town

Jaipur is a city of over 2.3 million and is the state capital of Rajasthan. The central walled old city is known as the Pink City, partly because of the colour of the sandstone used in its main buildings, but also because, in 1876, Maharaja Ram Singh had the entire old city painted pink (the colour of hospitality) for the visit of the Prince of Wales.

In the City Palace complex lies the Jantar Mantar Observatory built by Jai Singh in 1728. It is an incredible mixture of astronomical measuring instruments which are still remarkably accurate.

Within the City Palace itself are two huge silver vessels., constructed to hold water from the Ganges so that the devout Maharaja could maintain his Hindu rituals when he attended the coronation of Edward VII. At 308 kg of solid silver each, they are the largest individual pieces of silver in the world.