Jaipur is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in all of India, especially at first glance. It is known as the Pink City because of the breathtaking pink stucco facades of its buildings. This color was chosen because the builders of the town wanted to emulate the famous red sandstone buildings associated with the Mughal Empire. Over time, of course, the colors began to fade, but much of the city was repainted in 1876 when the Prince of Wales visited. Today's tourists, both royals and commoners, are simply stunned by the colorful architecture that is the hallmark of this city.
The city itself is an exemplar of fine urban planning, and even to this day is considered one of the most well-planned cities in the world. Jaipur 'is laid out into six quarters, separated by broad streets 111 ft (34 m) wide. The urban quarters are further divided by networks of gridded streets. Five quarters wrap around the east, south, and west sides of a central palace quarter, with a sixth quarter immediately to the east.' The regularity of the streets and the gracefulness of the avenues are not only beautiful, but make touring around the city much easier for visitors.