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Jaipur, the Pink City, founded in 1727, is the capital of Rajasthan. By 1727 the Mughal power was on the wane and the Rajput Marharaja thought it might be a good time to reestablish his position.

Red sandstone is the building material here but in 1876 the then Maharaja had the entire city painted pink, the traditional color of hospitality, to welcome the Prince of Wales. The 'powers that be' have kept the original buildings pink ever since.

This facade is called Hawa Mahal or The Palace of the Winds and it was meant for the ladies of the royal household. They could sit within these windows and watch the life of the city without being seen.
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