Ghat Ki Guni….. In a class of it’s own!

“….The pass grew narrower, the path steeper & more rugged as we proceeded along with it & the little stream which we were ascending instead of dimpling amid the grass & stones now leapt & bounded from crag to crag like a Welsh rivulet. Still all was wild & dismal when on a turn of road we found ourselves in front of a high turreted & battlement wall, pierced with a tier of arched window & showing us beyond them the dark green shades of a large oriental garden……”

Reginald Herber, Bishop & traveler who reached Jaipur on 28 January 1825 described Ghat ki Guni in his memoir – Narrative of a Journey through the Upper Provinces of India from Calcutta to Bombay 1824–1825.

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The structures and Mughal style gardens at Ghat Ki Guni, Jaipur

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Traffic passing through Ghat Ki Guni area
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Ghat ki Guni, on Agra Road, Jaipur

Ghat ki Ghuni or Ghat ki Guni is a narrow alley between Aravali hill range dotting East direction in Jaipur. It provides access to the areas situated in the East of Jaipur & beyond. It is also starting point of the road that leads to the Agra – city of Taj Mahal, hence called Agra Road.

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Notice different style of Chhatris on both sides of the road at Ghat Ki Ghuni.

For a newbie, visiting Jaipur for the first time & entering the city from Ghat ki Guni, the architecture will surely enthrall him. It has a beautiful facade lining both sides of the road, adorned by the jharokhas and chhatris –which is typical of the Jaipur architecture.

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Symmetry in architecture was very important element! Chhatris at Ghat Ki Guni

Ghat ki Guni was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II,the founder of Jaipur city in 1739. Layout plan of Ghat ki Guni area envisaged Mughal style gardens like Sisodia Rani Garden, Vidhyadhar Garden and Raj Niwas Garden. These gardens were styled & inspired by the famous Mughal gardens of Delhi, Kashmir and elsewhere. Apart from these gardens, there are dwelling units, havelis and many temples lining both sides of the road. Over the period of time, many people  moved out of these buildings and NOW they are deserted.

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Bihari Ji Temple, Ghat Ki Guni, Jaipur

Jaipur was envisaged as a major trading city by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II (the founder of Jaipur) due its favorable location.The layout of Jaipur had incorporated this element.  Delhi road and Agra road were main entry points to the city. Entry to the city from Delhi road was from north direction while entry from Agra was from East direction.Both Agra & Delhi, had immense importance during Mughal rule as they were the center of Mughal power,ruling over vast tracts of northern India, spanning right from Afghanistan to Bangladesh.

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Ghat ki Guni is not a straight road, rather it has many bends which only adds to it’s beauty.

The entire area has now been renovated by Amer Development Authority (ADA) recently after years of neglect. In fact, before the renovation took place, all these heritage structures were in a dilapidated state. Ghat ki Guni served as access point of all traffic heading to Agra and beyond,for years, which caused further damage to these structures. Alternative route with a tunnel has now been thrown open and all heavy & commercial vehicular traffic has been diverted through it.

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Lovey facade adorn the  Ghat ki Guni passage

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Various shapes of entrances gates are quite striking!

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These doors are reminiscent of the bygone era!

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The facade of haveli cum temple in Ghat ki Guni area

One of the Havelis, with  a temple inside it’s premises!

Looking at the beauty of Ghat ki Guni, we can probably guess the political importance of Agra during its time; it was the capital of Mughal empire for more than a century!!

Ghat ki Guni  served as a recreational area for the Jaipur Royalty, which is evident from the gardens lined up in this area. Despite being situated away from the city, it used to provide a small glimpse of the beautiful city that lay ahead with it beautiful architecture! This is evident from  the description of Reginald Herber as detailed earlier.

Ghat ki Guni has many heritage structures that will continue to enthrall tourists & people! Do visit!..during your next trip to Jaipur!

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Expansive view of Ghat ki Guni area with Roop Niwas garden in the foreground
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38 thoughts on “Ghat Ki Guni….. In a class of it’s own!

    1. Ghat ki Guni does have some tourist oriented places few gardens, but they have not been popular. I guess the reason why this could not be developed into a tourist spot is lack of concerted efforts by the authorities. I’m yet to explore Ghat ki Guni completely!!

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  1. Adorable pictures! I’m sure people who are planning for a trip to Jaipur won’t return to their home without visiting Ghat Ki Kuni. The beautiful description with the help of photos gives me a clear idea about the beautiful city. Thanks for highlighting our historical place.

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    1. Thanks savar pandey for words of appreciation! I’ll be happy if they enjoy this piece of history… Unfortunately the tourist usually focuses on the Standard itinerary which is quite cliche and overdone! In this process they miss many other good options! Thanks for visiting this blog!

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  2. Lovely pictures . It is sad that you’ve not been able to narrate the real reason these chhatris were commissioned though. This valley was not meant to be a merely copies of the Nishat Bagh or the chashm-e-shahi at all though

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    1. Digvijay, This valley was an entry point to the city from those coming from Agra. Agra had immense importance to the Mughal empire, it being capital of its empire, though for short period. It was an attempt to show the architectural grandeur of newly formed city to the visitors. This area was developed as a recreational area for the influential and regal persons, which explains presence of 3-4 gardens styled on the lines of Mughal gardens in Ghat ki Guni. I haven’t been able to cover any of the gardens yet, hope to so in future. There is so much to write and cover, and it all takes time! 🙂

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  3. Ghat ki Guni is my favourite place in Jaipur. Have driven down that lane many times on my way to Galtaji and often just for the pleasure of seeing those palatial row houses. Thank you for this post. You brought back some very beautiful memories.

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    1. Svetlana it’s a visual treat. Not only that it’s rich in history too. Even though I don’t pass through this area very often, but when I do, I slow down and take a good look. I often wonder how current architecture trend has lost it’s connect with local climate, custom and sensibilities. It’s all same -Bangkok, Shanghai, Mumbai… in race for globalization. uniqueness is fading away. Makes me sad!
      There’s lots more that I’m yet to post! Time…. Always short on that! Thanks for sharing your views! 🙂

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      1. Yes true. This incredible new pace is giving way to a uniform standard in everything and it is no wonder that all our cities have started looking the same. Its not too far, when the beauty and glamour in timelessness will be gone. I so badly missed out on coming to Jaipur last time and having the pleasure of seeing it through your eyes. Your city is proud to have you.

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      2. I couldn’t agree more Svetlana. it’s happening to everything clothes, culture, customs. It’s always a let down when things don’t happen as per our plans. I trust you’ll be presented with better situations to plan trip to Jaipur again. you’re very kind with your words! Keep me posted with your plan, whenever it ‘s possible 🙂

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  4. What a inspiring set of photographs! I still haven’t been to India yet (although I have visited about 50 countries) but will be very soon. I will definitely look it up next time I travel to your region! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. 50 countries? wow! quite some travel. I’m sure you’ll like India. Let me know if you need any input from me. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here. 🙂

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  5. I love the way you described Ghat ki Kuni area and I can see the beauty of the Murghal architecture in your photos. I have visited Jaipur twice but I never got in by car, but by train. It’s great that the municipality is trying to protect the area and that they have opened a tunnel for heavy traffic. The heritage should always be protected.

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  6. I recall this as a lovely road enroute to Sisodia Rani Garden. I was quite enthralled by the architecture here, and remember wondering what these were. Glad your post tells me about it. Lovely captures.

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    1. That’s great Ami. I’m happy that you were able to witness these beautiful structures. There’s lots more to explore in this entire stretch. Thanks for sharing your views.

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  7. Your post brought back fresh memories of our trip to jaipur in last year September. We visited a lot of places and did shopping as well. I personally liked amer fort the most. Beautiful pictures!!

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    1. I’m happy that this post refreshed your memories. Jaipur is indeed very popular city because of it’s attractions and opportunities for shopping. Amer Fort is my personal favorite too. Did you check out my post on Amer Fort? I’m sure, you’ll like that too 🙂

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    1. Stacey, you are right…the narrow road has beautiful structures lined on both sides. I’m hoping you get to see and experience this in person..someday!

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  8. What a beautiful location and I just thoroughly enjoyed looking at your pictures. There is such a romantic and historic feeling to those old buildings. I just love it and would love to visit someday! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I have never been to this side of the world but have always been intrigued. Your pictures make me want to visit and explore the beauty there. The streets look so empty is it always like that? I like places that are not to crowded so this may be great for me

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    1. Well the roads are not really empty but I timed it so I could photograph. Its a busy road actually.
      I’m sure you’ll love this place Joella. Thanks for sharing your thoughts

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  10. I love the architecture of the old buildings. The ornate designs and painting are no longer affordable in today’s world. It’s such a shame, but it is wonderful to venture to “old” parts of the world to experience this craftmanship.

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  11. The architecture is STUNNING. It almost reminds me of some of the palaces I saw in Portugal in the hills. It’s always interesting for me to see temples / homes in other countries.

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    1. It surely is. There is a Portugal connection too. The King of Jaipur invited astronomer from Portugal to help him build solar observatory. Thanks for your comment and inputs. 🙂

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    1. I’m sure opportunity will present again for you to visit Jaipur again, Parnashree. Thanks for appreciation. Let me know if you any any further info. 🙂

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