Gaitore / Gaitor – गैटोर
Gaitor is one of the lesser explored tourist attractions in Jaipur.
If you were to search for the word Gaitore or Gaitor in Hindi dictionary, you are unlikely to find a listing. Inquiring around, I found that Gaitore in itself doesn’t have any meaning. Popular opinion assumes that this word might have originated from “Gaye ka Thor” (गये का ठौर) in Hindi, which when translated into English means resting place of the departed soul. Gaitore is a royal cremation site and mausoleums of Kacchawa rulers of Jaipur.
It’s at a foothill having Nahargarh Fort on the left side and Gad Ganesh temple on the right side. The premises of Gaitore contain several tombs and mausoleums of the entire Kacchhawa dynasty that ruled over Jaipur from 1727 AD to 1947 AD barring just one ruler – Maharajah Sawai Ishwari Singh. I found the mausoleum of Maharajah Sawai Madho Singh II and Maharajha Sawai Jai Singh II, most beautiful of all. Across Rajasthan, Rajput rulers used to build chhatris as a remembrance to the deceased rulers. Bada Bagh is another such monument in Jailselmer constructed using sandstone which has become an important tourist attraction.
Gaitore primarily has chhatris made of white marble. (Chhatris are dome-shaped structures or cupolas). Sandstone has also been used in Some Chhatris. These are one of the finest examples of fusion between Rajput & Mughal architecture spanning 220 years. White marble Chhatris features intricate carvings which are both exquisite and beautiful. I will not delve into history any further. Let me take you on a visual tour of Royal Gaitore in Jaipur.
I’m restricting this post to just 10 pictures.
Chhatris at Royal Gaitore, Jaipur with intricate detailing
Nahargarh Fort in the background seems to add to the charm of Gaitore.
Each structure is unique in terms of architecture. The one below stands out as it departs from the typical Chhatri structures.
The one below is the most ornate and elaborate of all.
Fine workmanship and “stone-craft” at Gaitore, Jaipur
In many ways, this particular structure reminds me of the Albert Hall museum because of similarity between architectural styles.
Now switching to few timeless, black & white pictures.
The entrance gate featured below is not the main entrance to Gaitore. It’s a secondary entrance. The main entrance is not as understated as this one.
By the way, are you aware that Jaipur (and Rajasthan state as a whole) is still one of the leading places for stone sculpting & carving? Especially the one which uses white marble and sandstone? Rajasthani stone sculptors are always in demand across the World for stone sculpting work in the temples. Jaipur and Sikandara village are popular places to hunt for Murtis, idols and sculptures made of white marble and sandstone.
Is it worth visiting Gaitore?
Only if you love history, art and architecture or you love spending time in quiet places; it’s an offbeat tourist attraction in Jaipur. Gaitore is a perfect place for those who hate regular and crowded tourist places. It’s unlikely that you’ll find many tourists here.
Best time to visit Gaitore?
I prefer morning because of the perfect sunlight conditions which are conducive for exploring the carvings and detailing on the marble surface. Some people advocate evening as well. Choose your pick.
Clubbing your visit to Gaitore with Garh Ganesh temple close-by is a good idea. If you’re visiting Gaitore during evenings, it makes sense to climb up to the Garh Ganesh temple and enjoy the lovely views of the city and the sunset. Click here to read all write ups on Garh Ganesh temple, Jaipur
In my opinion, Royal Gaitore is the finest masterpiece of royal architecture of Jaipur. The kind of detailing & workmanship one gets to see here is outstanding. Each structure is architecturally unique. It’s being said that one can experience the changes in architectural styles and patterns by closely observing the structures built over the years.