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Gaitore in Jaipur

Gaitore Jaipur

Gaitore is one of the “must-see” tourist attractions in Jaipur. It is the royal cremation ground for Kachhwaha Rajput kings and the other members and relatives of Royal family: The name of the place perhaps is derived from a local form of the phrase, “Gaya Ki Thor” that means “sleeping place of the dead souls”. Located on the Jaipur-Ajmer road, this cremation ground is 15-km away from the main city of Jaipur. Like an Islamic cemetery there are cenotaphs in the burial ground and each of these cenotaphs is dedicated to each Kuchwada Raja. The local name of these cenotaphs is “chatri”, and in Gaitore Jaipur these were made of sandstone and marble. However, although these chattris are symmetrical but each of them are unique by their spectacular decor.

The Architectural Beauty of Gaitore Jaipur

The Gaitore, Jaipur architecture is a unique blend of Rajasthani Hindu art and Islamic architectural style. All these cenotaphs are built on an uplifted platform following the Islamic style of making a memento over the burial spot. It is believed that each cenotaph and its inscriptions embossed on it were selected by the king himself before his death.

For example, the cenotaph of Maharaja Jai Singh is embossed with beautiful peacock design and the entire cenotaph is decorated with wonderful patterns synchronized with peacock shape and style. Like Maharaja Jai Singh other eminent kings from Kuchwada dynasty like Sawai Ram Singh, Sawai Madho Singh and Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II were laid here for their last rituals. According to chronological record, the necropolis has been used by Kuchwada dynasty since 1733. However the cenotaphs of queens are mostly not found here.

Royal History of Gaitore Jaipur

The royal history of the Gaitore is as old as the city. This is the place where the last rites of the king and their royal family members were performed and the cenotaphs are the emblems of these royal members' last rites, respectively. However, almost all kings’ cenotaphs are found here except the burial place of Raja Sawai Ishwari Singh II, whose cremation was done in nearby Jai Niwas garden in City Palace premise due to some  royal reason. The cenotaphs of Jaipur Maharanis’ are not available here; those are housed near Ramgarh road crossing.

In queens' cenotaphs, there is a specialty; the queens who died before the death of their husbands had the cenotaph with roof and the queen who died after the death of their husband, had no roof at their cenotaphs.

Other tourist attractions near Gaitore

There are quite a number of tourist spots near Gaitore which includes the name of Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, Moti Dungri and Lakshmi Narayan Temple. There is no such period which is the best time to visit this place however the time between October and March is the best time for vising this place. There is a Ganesh temple at the close proximity of Gaitore.This temple is known Garh Ganesh temple. The roof of the temple is built in the shape of pyramidal plane and then followed by a squat Dome.

How to Reach at Gaitore

Gaitore has excellent  road connectivity as the this famous tourist spot is situated on the Jaipur-Amer road. It is is only 15 km  drive away from the city, therefore it is easy to reach the place even from the downtown. People can hire autos, taxis, or local buses which run at random often from the city to the lake the opposite of which this royal Necropolis is located.

Visit at Gaitore of Jaipur will take you back to the royal era as the place has hold till date the royal past of the city in its treasure chest: each of its monuments will whisper in your ear the story of Sawai kings, and that is the beauty of this royal necropolis.

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