Derelict Jaipur Haveli | Street Photography

Sitting silently in one of the bylanes of old Jaipur city area is this old Haveli. So many people pass by hardly noticing its presence. In a lane full of houses, this is the only facade that retains its original look. The residents claim that locality is as old as Jaipur- 300 years! Presumably, the Haveli is 200 or 250 years old. Who knows?



The building is in a ruinous state nevertheless continues to provide shelter its residents. As I watched this building and clicked these pictures, I was puzzled with two contrasting thoughts. Should we celebrate the fact that this building retains its authentic architecture or piqued with the fact that it is suffering a lingering death?


At that moment there was another thought flashing my mind. Very likely, the residents don’t possess enough resources for the upkeep of the building. Money, a reason why conventional building structures in the vicinity were razed for new construction to provide the residents with modern facilities. It is an irony and reveals two sides of a coin. It is excellent old has survived but for how long? I fail to resolve this question.


On a first glance, the hand cart parked vertically in front of the entrance looks like an eye-sore. But on a different level, you realize that this “eye-sore” gives this building its character – Identity and also a kind of a prop adding to its architecture.

What do you think?

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72 thoughts on “Derelict Jaipur Haveli | Street Photography

  1. You’ve captured the ghosts of this haveli in your pics. That cart is definitely not an eyesore. It adds layers to the narrative of this building – perhaps a former profession of the residents. Its sad indeed that it lacks upkeep but everything comes to nothing eventually, even the grandest of mehals. Good thing you immortalized it before it vanishes

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    1. Pradita, I really have no clue about the former residents of this Haveli. It still provides shelter for many people. It does have a unique character and it stands out.

      Haven’t we heard – the beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder? While someone may find this building crumbling, I feel otherwise.

      Do you love old buildings? Do you look for them when you travel or explore your city, Pradita?

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      1. Its a shame that this beauty is crumbling to dust like this. I love old buildings and ruins. Especially those with traditional or colonial architecture. If you ever come to Pune, you’ll find plenty of fodder here because this city has fragments of both the Western as well as the Mughal/Peshwa architecture.

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      2. wow! Looks like you are throwing up some interesting stuff for me to visit Pune! It has been ages since I visited Pune (for the first and the last time). Then it seemed like another Bangalore!

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  2. When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
    — Ansel Adams

    “A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.”
    — Edward Steichen

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