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Cool facts about Rajasthan you didn’t know – Part 2

As we promised, here we are with another bunch of fun facts about Rajasthan.

Starting with the wide, mighty and mysterious Thar. The Thar Desert is the largest desert in India and the world’s 18th largest sub-tropical desert.

Dunes of Thar Desert, Rajasthan, India

Dunes of Thar Desert. Sam Sand dunes, Rajasthan, India

 

Present day Rajasthan is the largest state in India, we all know that. Did you know, was formed on 30th March, 1949 after the merger of 22 kingdoms and principalities into a single geographic entity?

 

Jaipur, the pink city was found by the king Sawai Jai Singh II on 18thNovember 1727 . It boasts of being India’s first planned city as per the ancient Hindu doctrines of architecture, Vastu Shastra and Shilpa Shastra. It was planned by a Bengali architect and scholar Purohit Vidhyadhar Bhattacharya. The cool part is that his descendants still live in the city.

Pink color was used to coat the buildings of the walled city, as a mark of respect for the visit of the Prince of Wales in 1876. That’s how Jaipur got its name as Pink city.

 

The second largest city of Rajasthan, Jodhpur  is known as the Blue City on account of the bright blue painted houses that surround the hill on which the formidable Mehrangarh fort is situated.

the blue city in the old town of Jodhpur in Rajasthan in India.

the blue city in the old town of Jodhpur in Rajasthan in India.

 

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