May 15, 2008

History of Jaipur

Posted in Travel, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , at 11:58 am by saratrooper

Jaipur city was established in 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II as a new capital of Kachwaha dynasty (Dhundhar region). Then the capital was shifted from the historical capital Amber, India.

In the 19th century the city grew rapidly and became prosperous; by 1900 it had a population of 160,000. The city’s wide boulevards were paved and lit with gas. The city had several hospitals. Its chief industries were in metals and marble, fostered by a school of art founded in 1868. The city also had three colleges, including a Sanskrit college (1865) and a girls’ school (1867) initiated under the reign of the enigmatic Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II. There was also a wealthy and enterprising community of native bankers, particularly the Jains and the Marwaris.

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