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Things no one tells you about the marvellous doors of City Palace, Jaipur.

Apart from its magical architecture, the royal residence, and a museum, the city palace has lesser known but not less beautiful gates in its third courtyard. In the inner courtyard of City Palace, Pritam Niwas Chowk has four small gates known as Ridhi Sidhi Pol, which are elaborately decorated in brilliant colours. This courtyard is dominated by Chandra Mahal which is said to be the most charming courtyard in City Palace.

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Each door has a different role to play and a story to tell. These gates are adorned with themes symbolising four seasons and are dedicated to a specific Hindu God & Goddess.

  1. Lotus Gate– Beautified with lotus petals and stunning floral patterns representing summer season, Lotus gate is dedicated to Lord Shiv and his consort Parvati. Lotus gate surrounds the statue of God and a motif of sun. The beguiling colours and detailed lotus flower work all over the gate will leave you stunned.

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  1. Peacock gate-It is one of the most famous and admired gates of them all. This gate is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and symbolizes the autumn season. It is located on the North-East side of the courtyard. The carved peacocks surround the statue of God and are brilliantly decorated with colourful paintings.

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  1. Rose gate– The repeated petal pattern represents winter season and is dedicated to Goddess Devi. Rose gate, which is in the third number in the series of the four gates, is beautifully designed and painted with rose petals that also surround the statue of God and a motif of sun.

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  1. Lehariya Gate– The beautifully vivid green coloured gate or the green gate represents the green of spring season. This indicates the start of the spring and is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Lehariya means waves, which was how it got it’s name. It also has a statue of Lord Ganesha surrounded by the motifs of waves.

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The above-stated gates give us the spiritual connection and the essence of the life of the medieval period in India. The City Palace surely makes you fall in love with its art.

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A Day Through Jaipur’s Walled City Market

No matter what transport you choose to reach the walled city market, but once you step out of it, a gush of local air filters through you and gives you the major feels of the city. From the street vendors all around trying to sell you ethnic jewellery, clothes, toys, bed sheets, handkerchiefs, edibles and what not, to the truly colourful shops loaded with Jaipuri jootis, block print and leather handbags, wedding outfits, vibrant Jaipuri lehengas and much more- the markets of Jaipur are truly engaging.

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Stroll through with a heart full of patience and excitement and you’ll surely find yourself drooling over the local delicacies including the famous Kachoris, Samosas, Mirchi vadas retrieved from the piping hot oil and put on little paper serving plates.

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Moreover, after you have had a long day of discovering the lanes of the walled city market, you can finally binge on the Rajasthani delicacies for dinner like Dal Baati Churma, Gatte ki sabzi, Laal Maas, and Ker Sangri.

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Further, while you stand right in front of the Palace of Winds, the legendary Hawa Mahal, you’ll realise that there actually are 953 windows in it. Located in the midst of the market and surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the city, the place has an enchanting significance to it, which would surely lure you into seeing it inside out.

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You can further explore the local culture and the colours of Jaipur with the local market that offers Jaipuri leather items, junk jewellery, Jaipuri block print dresses and bedsheets, quilts, handicrafts including blue pottery items and traditional kathputlis, mirror work items, and much more.

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On the other hand, you may dive into Hindu spirituality with temples like the renowned Hanuman temple, the Govind Dev Ji temple and Garbh Griha.

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Next, when you have crossed through the booming traffic, the metro construction taking place at Badi Chaupad and the loud yet prismatic market, you are finally ready to enter the gates of the truly magnificent City Palace of Jaipur, which was once the abode of the royal Rajput rulers. For years and years, Jaipur has celebrated its legacy of having inherited this beautiful monument that presents itself as Jaipur’s crown.

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Witnessing the grandeur of living and lifestyle of Jaipur’s royals at the City Palace Museum, you’ll be taken back in time with the treasures of the bygone era. From the enticing Chandra Mahal to the mesmerizing Peacock Gate, Lotus Gate, Green Gate and Rose Gate; City Palace just never fail to bewitch you with its beauty.

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While you take away Jaipuri clothes, quilts, jooties and jewellery as souvenirs for your loved ones away with you, the most beautiful things you take along would still be the sights of the vivid liveliness of the city.

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46 Things Prove That You’re A True Jaipurite

Jaipur, also known as the Pink city, is a city of culture, festivals, shopping, food, heritage and countless other things including the most important – its people! You’re living in Jaipur or have ever lived here, we are sure there are still some things that you definitely love or you could always relate to those.

1. JLN MARG

JLN Marg is more like a car race video game. Only the smarter lot of Jaipurites is able to save itself from the all-new speed cameras installed there. The rest of them just keep losing the game to challans every now and then!

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  1. INDIAN COFFEE HOUSE

Even though the epic Sambhar Dosa and Coffee don’t taste the way they used to, the glossy yellow paint peeling out of the walls still reminds us of the good old days spent in the Indian Coffee House.

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  1. NAHARGARH FORT

Who can say no to the amazing bhutta on the way and RTDC Pakodis uphill, and of course the unmatched view of the city from this mesmerizing hangout spot!

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4. JHALANA SAFARI

With our Patricia, Cleopatra and Bigfoot filling up for Noor, Machli and Ustad of Ranhambore, Jhalana safari is no less than a Ranthambore trip itself for us!

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5. WEDDING SHOPPING

Be it lehangas, sherwanis or any kind of designer dresses and footwear, just pick a design from Pinterest and you have it readymade at Purohit Ji ka Katla and that too without burning a hole in your pocket.

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6. MASALA CHOWK

No more hopping for darling food shops, our favoruite chatpata khana and chatwalas are at Masala Chowk now.

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7. FALUDA AT LINK ROAD

With all the leading upclass icecream parlours mushrooming in the city with exotic flavours and presentation, we still cannot get over the taste of Faluda at Link road. We have stopped here umpteen times with our hands full of shopping bags and growling stomachs!

8. TEEJ PROCESSION

Despite all the metro work going on around the city, Jaipurites have found their way of conducting the Teej procession an get photographed around it.

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9. JAIPUR LITERATURE FESTIVAL                                                                     

Those 5 days of January when it is mandatory to check in to Jaipur Literature Festival at Diggi Palace and flood our Social Media with selfies and celebs pics.

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10. CANDLE MARCH AT STATUE CIRCLE

This coffee hangout point is our place for peaceful candle marches.

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11. THE WORLD TRADE PARK

This grand mall in our Pinkcity is literally treated like a park by Jaipurites.

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12. JAWAHAR KALA KENDRA- ART HI ART!

From a normal Art Exhibition centre to an upmarket café, JKK is the place for the connoisseurs of art. It in no way lags behind the “Kala Ghoda” of Mumbai or “Indian Habitat” of Delhi.

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13. AMAR JAWAN JYOTI

The memorial built for the martyrs makes our heart skip a beat.

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14. RAJ MANDIR

Lesser of a movie theatre and more of a tourist destination, this is the most beautiful theatre of Asia and we have all taken our relatives from far off cities to this place during vacations.

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15. SAMOSA/KACHORI

We Jaipurites are so fond of Samosa, kachori and mirchi bada that even the 44°C in summer cannot stop us from having our favourites.

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16. TAPRI

We believe that the tea, maggi and poha taste better when taken at Tapri with the on-looking Indian Flag.

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17. BIRLA MANDIR

For the proud Jaipur ke niwasi!

This is lesser of a holy worship place but more of a touristy destination.

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18. BIG FAT JAIPURI WEDDINGS

Every Indian girl dreams of getting married in royal palaces of Jaipur that have now been converted into 5-star heritage properties.

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19. LIGHTING AROUND THE CITY

With the night tourism having started in the city, the city has lost its sleep and it’s always drenched in the brightest lights through the nights.

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20. GAURAV TOWER

Our love for this first shopping mall is never going to be less. It still stays as the best saviour for the college bunkers and the shopaholics.

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21. METRO

Metro ride for us is not about travelling to places but for taking a better city view.

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22. ISAR LAT OR SARGASULI

Though known for giving a breathtaking view of the city, most of us have never climbed up to there to the top.

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23. PATRIKA GATE

Situated on a traffic signal at JLN road this is now amongst the top instagram worthy place.

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24. JAIPUR TRAFFIC POLICE

We avoid connecting with them on the roads but follow them for their Social media posts.

25. SARAS PARLOUR

From morning Doodh Jaelbi to late night coffee Saras Parlour for Jaipurites is never too far.

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26. JAIPUR STATION

With the beautiful wall paintings and hi class lounge facilities, Jaipur station has changed the way people travel to and from Jaipur.

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27. GATES OF THE CITY

Pink walls of Jaipur fortified with the seven gates. Only jaipurites can recognize the names of these unique Darwazas.

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28. LASSIWAALA AT MI ROAD

The Lassiwala is the place we do not miss taking our relatives to, because it serves the biggest and the most delicious glass of Lassi in the city. We challenge that even today no can can drink the largest glass of lassi that they serve.

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29. HAWA MAHAL

With the increasing traffic and metro work around the city area, it becomes difficult to get the picture postcard view of Hawa Mahal. The brand new cafés in front of Hawa Mahal have got us covered from where we can have a great view of the place.

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30. LAXMI MISHTAN BHANDAR

We all know, when our relatives visit us, the LMB is listed in their *Thingstodo

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Every  Jaipurite must have enjoyed Goths in some of its multiple kitchens. Especially in the Sawan month.

32. LEHERIYA: For Jaipur women, this vibrant leheriya pattern is a compulsory Saawan (Monsoon) purchase.

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33. ELEPHANT RIDE:

We have lived that perfect Maharaja moment taking on an elephant Ride from Maotha to the Amer Fort. We are not even surprised to see elephants in the city area. We’re just used to the grandeur.

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34. Ghat Ki Guni TUNNEL

Yes! We’re proud that Rajasthan’s first road tunnel is in JaipurThe 2.8 km long twin-tube tunnel has been grilled through the Aravalli hills on the Jaipur Agra road.

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35. 14TH JANUARY 

Koi doubt mat rakhna it’s a National Holiday for Jaipurites. Kite flying is not just a festival but also an experience of infectious energy here.

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36. MOTI DOONGRI: No auspicious ceremony, new purchase of vehicle or wedding in Jaipur is complete without taking the Aashirwaad of Ganesh Ji at Moti Doongri.

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37. LAC BANGLES: An intrinsic part of Jaipur woman’s Accessories is Lac or lacquer bangles. Jaipur women  love to stack them and tourists love to take them home as a souvenir.

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38. PANDIT PAO BHAJI

Only a true Jaipurite can figure it out who is the original Pandit pao Bhaji wala. Prove us wrong!

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39. AMER FORT

For Jaipurites Navratris starts and ends here after a visit to Shila Mata temple at Amer Fort

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40. SURYA VANSHI LAMPOSTS

‘United we stand’ when the urban development planned to replace these lampposts with new designs.

The spirit of a true Jaipurite. !!

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41. CAFES AND RESTAURANTS

There’s a myriad of shortlived restaurants opening around the city at every nook and corner. And we are always eager to try the food at all of them.

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42. FITNESS

Our city is becoming aware about fitness with all the gyms opening around the city. We first eat at the cafes and restaurants mushrooming around, then we rush to the gym for the love of fitness.

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43. CENTRAL PARK

We don’t just go to the gym for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, we also go to the central park to run the long track and finally gain back energy with the healthy Aloevera, Beetroot, Bottle Guord juices available right outside.

central park44. EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS

There isn’t a day that goes by in Jaipur when there isn’t an exhibition or social event. From our exclusive Jaipur Literature festival, to Talk Journalism, Hidden Treasures, Decor India, Jaipur Jewellery show, and the list goes on.

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45. FASHION SHOWS

Jaipur being the textile hub, is big on fashion too. Every now and then there is a fashion show conducted by renowned designers in up-class hotels of our city, and not just this, recently a fashion show was held in the metro too!

46. PAINTINGS AROUND THE CITY

From the metro station walls, to flyovers and government buildings, you can see the Rajasthani scriptures, paintings, mandala art and patterns all over the city, done by local artists.

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At last, Jaipur tere jaisa koi nahi 🙂

 

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Gates of Jaipur: The Reflection of Opulence and Grandeur

Jaipur, the capital city of the land of Maharajas: Rajasthan. A city with so much to narrate about the culture and traditions, a city that reflects the royalty of Rajputs; a city with a splendid history. The foundation of the city was laid in the 16th Century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. The Maharaja did everything to make it a spectacle for the entire world and to keep it safe from intruders. He built a city so grand and so beautiful that we can’t help but admire even today. Everything in Jaipur was built according to Vastu Shastra. With its magnificent forts and palaces, the unrivalled historic architecture of Jaipur narrates a story of grandeur and opulence.

When it comes to the architecture we often talk about palaces and forts and other monuments. But what we often forget is one of the most important parts of our city’s history, the Gates of Jaipur. The popular 7-8 gates of the city are said to be the original entrance into the walled city.

  1. Suraj Pol

Suraj Pol or the Sun Gate is situated at the east of the walled city, in the direction of the rising sun. The gate can easily be identified by the two sun painted on it.

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  1. Chand Pol

Chand Pol or the Moon Gate is situated at the western side of the city near Chand Pol Bazaar and Gangauri Bazar. It lies on the same axis as the Suraj Pole Gate.

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  1. Ram Pol

Popular as Ghat Gate, it leads its passersby to Ramganj.

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  1. Shiv Pol

Now known as the Sanganeri Gate, it leads to the Sanganer. Shiv Pol stands to guard the entry of Johari Bazaar.

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  1. Ajmeri Gate

Situated near Choti Chaupad, the gate was built to guard the southern entrance of the walled city and leads on the roads to Ajmer.

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  1. Ganga Pol

Situated at the north-east section of the walled city, it is not known to many.

  1. Dhruv Pol

Commonly known as the Zorawar Singh Gate, Dhruv Pol is the northernmost gate of the walled city. It is named after the Pole Star or the Dhruv Tara, a star that marks the North direction.  It is also the widest of all the gates.

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  1. Naya pol

Now known as the New Gate, it opens at the Chaura Rasta while you travel through the ever-bustling MI Road. The gate showcases a blend of European architecture with local style.

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After these 8 gates were built, every evening at dusk a cannon was fired to alarm the citizens of the closing time and the gates remained closed until dawn to keep the city clean of intruders crawling inside the city in dark. This practice continued till the 1940s, thereafter development outside these gates started and the gates remained open.

We went a little further and did some digging only to find that the list of gates is much greater than just 7 or 8.

  1. Sireh Deori Gate

The gate that leads you to the Jaleb Chowk and further to Govind Dev Ji temple and City Palace.

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  1. Tripolia Gate

The beautiful white gate near Govind Dev Ji Temple is one of its kinds. The gate is not open to the general public. It is still used only by the erstwhile Royal family, a tradition accepted by the locals without any opposition.

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  1. Naqqarkahne ka Darwaza

It might not be of much importance anymore, but the gate during the reign of Maharajas was used to announce their arrival by eulogizing their works.

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The magnificent City Palace is known to the world as the residence of the royal family also has a number of awe-striking gates.

  1. Rajendra Pol

Right outside the Mubarak Mahal is a gate that portrays the flamboyant Hindu gatehouse architecture. The Rajendra Pol is flanked by two elephants both of which are carved out of a single marble.

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  1. Ganesh Pol

The gate at the exit of the City Palace that leads you out to the Jaleb Chowk.

  1. Ridhisidhi pol

The gate that on exiting the Rajendra Pol, leads you to the Pritam Niwas Chowk.

The Pritam Niwas Chowk is known to have four gates each representing a different season:

  1. Peacock Gate

It is the most alluring gate with paintings of peacocks signifying autumn.

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  1. Lotus Gate

With continual flower and petal patterns, it stands as a symbol of summer.

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  1. Green Gate

Also called the Leheriya gatesignifies spring.

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  1. Rose Gate

With repeated flower patterns, the gate is seen as a symbol of winter.

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Today, these gates are merely symbolic; part of city’s history, nostalgia and built heritage. However, they are an important element of Jaipur’s rich architectural legacy for which the city is famous across the world.