Royal Gaitor is one of the lesser explored tourist attractions in Jaipur & presents a spectacular architectural brilliance that a traveler should not miss. Gaitore has the reputation of being one of the most beautifully constructed and maintained cenotaphs in Rajasthan. Every structure has a distinct design and workmanship, which makes them unique. It is still owned by the erstwhile rulers of Jaipur. It’s a calm and peaceful place, away from the hustle and bustle of bazaars of Jaipur. Moreover, it’s a big change in contrast with the touristy Amer Fort.
If you were to search for the word Gaitor or Gaitore 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 the mausoleum of Kacchawa rulers of Jaipur. Gaitore / Gaitor – गैटोर
Where is Gaitor in Jaipur?
Gaitor is at a foothill having Nahargarh Fort on the left side and Garh 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 Maharaja 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 Jaisalmer 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.
It is apparent that with the efflux of time, the cenotaphs dedicated to the later rulers are not as intricate or big as the previous one. Probably, an indication of the wealth. Each structure is unique in terms of the architecture. The one below stands out as it departs from the typical Chhatri structures which dominate this site.
The one below is the most ornate and elaborate of all.
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?
Gaitor is worth visiting only if you love history, art, and architecture. It’s a great place if you love spending time in a quiet place; perfect for pulling out a book and finding a quiet corner. It’s an offbeat tourist attraction in Jaipur.
Gaitor is a perfect place for those who hate regular and crowded tourist places. It’s unlikely that you’ll find many tourists here.
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Tips for visiting Gaitore
Clubbing your visit to Royal 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
Royal Gaitor Timing
Gaitor is open from 10 AM to 5 PM. 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.
In my opinion, Royal Gaitor is the finest masterpiece of royal architecture of Jaipur. The kind of detailing & workmanship one get 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.