India is a country which is very vibrant and colourful; some cities across the country are nicknamed by a colour. The first city which would come running to our minds when we hear of colour coded cities in the country would be Jaipur, which is well known as the Pink City. Well, India has a number of other cities, which are known by their vibrant colours.
There are many interesting stories behind how some of these cities are associated with these colours. For example, Jaipur is known as the Pink City, Jodhpur as the Blue City, Jaisalmer as the Golden City. Take a look at some of the cities which have been associated with various colours.
The Evergreen City, Thiruvananthapuram
Almost every place in the state of Kerala is wrapped in various hues of green; however, it was the city of Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum which was given the title of Evergreen City by Gandhi. Gandhi called the city so because of its lush green surroundings and an environment which does not age.
Located close to the shores of the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, the city is truly green in all aspects. The city is the administrative seat of Kerala and is home to a large number of attractions, which comprises of temples, beaches, hill stations and much more.
The White City, Udaipur
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Udaipur is named as the White City; the place is home to countless stunning lakes and structures with gorgeous marble architecture. Due to its innumerable lakes, the place also nicknamed as the Venice of the East and also the City of Lakes. Like most other cities in the state of Rajasthan, Udaipur to is home to a large number of palaces, which continue to be a major crowd-puller throughout the year. The city receives visitors from near and far alike, not only for its natural beauty but also for its historical beauty.
The Golden City, Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer, gets its names as the Golden City due to the Thar Desert, who appears in the hues of gold, brown and yellow. The Thar Desert wears the shades of gold, brown and yellow, especially, when sunrays fall on its sands. Jaisalmer has a very unique traditional charm within its multiple colours which attracts travellers from across the globe every single year.
The Golden City is well known for its Rajasthani folk music and dance forms which are highly looked upon with high regards for the same. Kalbeliya is a folk dance form which is performed by the indigenous tribes on special occasions, especially during the desert festival held at the Sam Sand Dunes.
The Blue City, Jodhpur
As one enters the city of Jodhpur and reaches the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, which coincidently is the highest point of the city, they would be mesmerised by the sea of houses covered in hues of blue which is simply brilliant. The colouring of blue on houses was a trend which was started by Brahmins of the city to give them a distinctive feature. With the passage of time, this practice became very common amongst all the residents and soon became a very distinct feature of the city and hence, was named the Blue City.
The Pink City, Jaipur
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Capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, is globally recognised as the Pink City. According to the popular story, in the year 1876, in order to welcome the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria, the entire city was painted in the shade of terracotta pink. The city was then ruled by Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh, who later passed a law stating that all the buildings and houses in the city must be painted in pink; ever since, the law has been followed.