jaipur street 1926

World Photography Day| Vintage Pictures Of Jaipur

I’m posting a few vintage photos of Jaipur clicked in late 19th century onwards on World Photography Day. These images were taken from a variety of websites; I have given credit to the respective sites at the end of this post. Most pictures were clicked by famous photographers of their respective time likeOodeyram Gobindram, Lala Deen Dayal, Bourne & Shepherdetc.

Maharajah Ram Singh II (1835-1880 AD) of Jaipur was an ardent fan of photography. He was probably the first one to make hundreds of prints of Jaipur clicking a variety of subjects like architecture, street life, local people, visitors & special occasions. There were many self-portraits too. Many international traveling photographers and famous photo studios captured the pink city in pictures. They are google searchable. I have taken the liberty of posting it here as an exception to the usual practice of posting pictures clicked by me with an intention of sharing with everyone.

I’ll start with Maharajah Ram Singh II‘s picture. As per available details this picture was shot in 1877 AD. You can also read a full post on photography by Maharajah Ram Singh II in this write-up Jaipur thru the king’s lens: Sawai Ram Singh II 

maharajah ram singh II

Here is a picture of Hawa Mahal or Palace of Wind as is known among the foreign tourists. This picture dates to around 1880 AD, 80 years after it was completed.

hawa mahal

Another shot of Hawa Mahal from 1895 AD


The below picture captures Badi Chaupar overlooking Hawa Mahal and markets in the surroundings. In the background, one can see Nahargarh Fort towering over the city with WELCOME written over the hill just below the fort. This picture dates to 1926 AD.

1905 hawa mahal

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. Do read the full post on Museum of Legacies, as it is known now.

jaipur street 1926

Picture of Amer Fort from 1910 AD. This palace was deserted in 1729 AD once the capital shifted from Amer to Jaipur.

Read the complete post- Amer Fort, The only guide you will ever need


Picture of visiting state guests most likely Britishers during the colonial rule on a hunting game near Jaipur. The time is not indicated but I assume it’s from the early 1900s. You can find more such pictures in Shikaar Bagh- Hunting and yore over food and drinks

hunting game jaipur

Finally, a picture of last Maharani (queen) of Jaipur Maharani Gayatri Devi. This picture was shot in the 1940s in her new palace Rambagh Palace, now a converted heritage hotel run by the Taj group.

Rambagh Palace is rated as one of the best heritage hotels in India. Maharani Gayatri Devi was incredibly popular among people. She is considered as one of the most beautiful queens, ever! She passed away in 2009.

gayatri devi


I hope you liked these old pictures of Jaipur.

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The source of the above pictures is reckontak.com, www.oldindianphotos.in, www.columbia.edu/, blog.chaukhat.com,.



40 thoughts on “World Photography Day| Vintage Pictures Of Jaipur

      1. :D:D:D your making me laugh again arv ……an interesting one tho you have to admit
        It all comes tumbling out as it is ….whatever is in my head comes tumbling out into the blogosphere:D:D:D

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  1. Beautiful pictures Arv! I have a few old photo’s of India in my family history, my Great Great Grandfather was in India (1860’s) in Kurrachee,Bombay & Maharashtra, India. A couple of my Great cousins were born there…..not a good time for India…..
    Sorry no photo’s at the river yet..I had emergency Appendectomy on Thursday..no swimming for at least a week or two! Late next week though! 🙂 T.

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    1. vintage pictures? wow that’s great…I would love to have a look at that! Sorry to hear about your emergency appendectomy! 😦
      Hope you’re better now! wish you a speedy recovery!

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  2. I really love old black and white photos. Not only do they have more atmosphere, but they are great historically. What a great collection. I am always looking out for old black and white pictures of India or Africa. Me and the whole world, sadly. The blog was such a good read. I am going to look at the 70th independent one next. Your photos are vey clear and sharp. It makes mine look very amateurish. Thank you

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    1. I’m happy you liked them.
      I was thinking of doing then and now series. Let’s see….
      I also love old vintage pictures Jackie!
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts here. Much appreciated! 🙂


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