Today is World Photo Day.
I was thinking of posting pictures shot by me to mark this day! After thinking it over, I decided to post some vintage pictures of Jaipur that were clicked from 1870’s onward. These images have been taken from different sites with a clear credit to the respective sites at end of this post. The intention is to show Jaipur in a different era. Most of these pictures were clicked by famous photographers of their respective time like Oodeyram Gobindram , Lala Deen Dayal, Bourne & Shepherd etc.
It was Maharajah Ram Singh II (1835-1880 AD) of Jaipur who was an ardent fan of photography. He was probably first one make hundreds of prints on Jaipur with subjects like architecture, street life, local people, visitors & special occasions along with his own pictures. Apart from him, many visiting photographers from England and famous Indian and International studios have captured Jaipur in their pictures. You can google for such pictures. I have taken liberty of posting it here as an exception to usual practice of posting picture clicked by me with a good intention.
I’ll start with Maharajah Ram Singh II‘s picture. As per available details this picture was shot in 1877 AD.
Here is a picture of Hawa Mahal or Palace of Wind as is known among the foreign tourists. This pictures dates to around 1880 AD; 80 years after it was completed.
Another shot of Hawa Mahal from 1895 AD
The below picture captures Badi Chaupar overlooking Hawa Mahal and markets in the surroundings. In background, one can see Nahargarh Fort towering over the city with WELCOME written over the hill. This picture dates back to 1926 AD.
Another picture that captures the street and Bazaar view of Jaipur from a similar time frame. The building in pink color on the left side used to be a Haveli (mansion) which was later converted into an art school. You can find the current pictures here in this write up. Click here.
Picture of Amer palace from 1910 AD. This palace was deserted in 1729 AD once the capital shifted from Amer to Jaipur.
Picture of visiting guests on a hunting game near Jaipur. The time is not indicated but I assume it’s from early 1900’s.
Finally, a picture of last Maharani (queen) of Jaipur Maharani Gayatri Devi. This picture was shot in 1940’s in her new palace Rambagh Palace, which is rated as one of the best heritage hotels in India. She was very popular among masses and considered one of the most beautiful queens, ever. She passed away in 2009.
I hope you liked these old pictures of Jaipur.
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The source of above pictures are reckontak.com, www.oldindianphotos.in, www.columbia.edu/, blog.chaukhat.com,.
In case, someone has objection in using any of pictures in this post, kindly contact me I will take it off.