Jaipur, Rajasthan (India's "Pink City"): Background information when reading The Secret Keeper of Jaipur

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The Secret Keeper of Jaipur

The Jaipur Trilogy #2

by Alka Joshi

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Jaipur, Rajasthan (India's "Pink City")

This article relates to The Secret Keeper of Jaipur

Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) in Jaipur Alka Joshi's novel The Secret Keeper of Jaipur takes place in the city of Jaipur, the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan and home to over three million people.

Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II, Jaipur is said to be the first completely planned city in India. The Maharaja became aware that his current capital, Amber (now named Amer, about seven miles northwest of Jaipur) could no longer support the growing population, and so he decided to build a new city to serve as the seat of his government. Following the principles of Shilpa Shastras (ancient Indian sciences of design), he worked with renowned Bengali scholar Vidyadhar Bhattacharya to meticulously plan the city's layout, including parks, canals and market areas; construction took around four years. Jaipur was designed along a grid with nine designated blocks, two of which were for governmental buildings and palaces, with the other seven reserved for residential use. Huge walls (approximately 20 feet tall and 10...

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