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An Evening At Statue Circle

Statue Circle is one places to visit in the morning in Jaipur. Its prime location and open space remain a big draw among the walkers. Some people enjoy walking on a roundabout, despite it being a busy road. I got lucky to witness a stunning one evening. statue-circle-jaipur-sunset-coffee-place

Statue Circle is definitely not a sunset point in Jaipur. The winter setting sun is a visual treat. Here is a picture of the sunset from my visit.

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It remains an equally popular place during the evenings. Why so? It is frequented by the locals for coffee. A couple of coffee kiosks serve both hot and cold coffee. The coffee here is popular because it is milky, sugary and topped with lots of froth.

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Statue Circle coffee

It is called espresso! Across the world, espresso means strong coffee. However, in many parts of India, which includes popular hill stations like Shimla and Manali, it’s not the case. This has led to many cafes clarifying to their first-time visitors, espresso means strong coffee.

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Many people dislike strong coffee and prefer mild and milky coffee concoction. South India is an exception where strong filter coffee rules. Another reason which adds to its popularity is affordability. A cup of hot coffee costs Rs 50 for a cup which is one-third of the cost of coffee in most cafes in Jaipur.  Also worth mentioning, Statue Circle cold coffee is equally popular.

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Statue Circle History

Statue Circle was commissioned during the rule of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II, during the pre-independence period. The presiding minister, Mirza Ismail proposed placing Sawai Man Singh II’s statue as a memorial but it was turned down. In lieu, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II‘s life-size idol was placed as he is the founder of Jaipur. People started referring to this memorial as Statue Circle since it has a large roundabout.

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The statue possesses a few unique elements to honor Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II like his penchant for astronomy. He built five solar observatories in India out of which only the one in Jaipur- Jantar Mantar is fully functional and well-maintained. This beautiful memorial is built out of white marble and sandstone having many local motifs and architectural elements.

Read Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II | The founder of Jaipur

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I do love visiting Statue Circle though I don’t enjoy the coffee here; I prefer a strong coffee. Statue Circle coffee kiosks cause traffic snarls. The customers park their vehicles in a manner that disrupts traffic. Since it is a public place, one can find many street vendors selling a variety of things to eat like ice-creams and chaats.

Statue Circle is a well-recognized place for holding political rallies and demonstrations as is Amar Jawan Jyoti, closeby.

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Shahid Smarak At Amar Jawan Jyoti, Jaipur

The statueCircle is one of the well-decorated places during Diwali in Jaipur.

Read  Diwali in Jaipur

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Where is Statue Circle

Statue Circle is in C-Scheme, a popular locality in the heart of Jaipur city.

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Read Arjuna Statue in Jaipur

Directions to reach Statue Circle. The most familiar landmarks in the vicinity are The Birla Auditorium, Rajasthan Commercial Taxes office, and the Secretariat. Even the most popular park of Jaipur, the central park is in the vicinity.

Statue Circle Timings 

Statue Circle can be visited anytime; there are no fixed timings.

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59 thoughts on “An Evening At Statue Circle

    1. This memorial was built during the reign of last king of Jaipur- Sawai Man Singh II during the 1940s. It is not a tourist attraction rather a popular hangout place in the city. Very few residents know about its history.
      I’m glad you loved these pictures. 🙂

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  1. Beautiful post on the history of the circle. Looks maintained well. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II has given great monuments with strong connection to astronomy this also shows up in Delhi if I am not wrong.
    Well, nothing beats the coffee or tea what street vendors offer in India. BTW great set of photos!

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    1. Thanks, Raj. Yes, Sawai Jai Singh II was a visionary and he set the right path for the city to grow. There have been many successors who have carried forward his legacy. This memorial was built by last of his successors – Sawai Man Singh II.
      The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is the most well maintained. Delhi is next; the rest are kind of lost. I agree street vendors are best for tea and coffee. In north, it is safer to for tea than coffee. Traditionally, we are not coffee drinking region unlike south India.
      Happy to know you loved these pictures. 🙂

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  2. The sunset pictures are out of the world! You’ve taken the shots in a way that it doesn’t look like a busy place in Jaipur. Good to know about the coffee too. One more place that people can go visit in Jaipur.

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    1. The sunset picture was clicked with a mobile phone. Sometimes mobile phone captures picture better. If you look at another picture with the setting sun you will see a busy road. Not like Bangalore though, but it’s busy. I wish we had a few good places to enjoy filter coffee. This place is like cubbon park. People come here to unwind.

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  3. Jaipur brings back a lot of fond memories . my mother’s birth place is Jaipur and I did my engineering from Jaipur itself.statue circle is one of the favourite places for youngsters to hang around or just walk down the place . It is so serene but off late, the traffic create a cacophony. still it has a charm of itself and it’s been 10 years since I have been to Jaipur but your blog just brought back all the fond memories

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    1. I’m glad this post rekindled your memories, Supriti. tatue Circle is still a popular place for people to hang out. I agree the coffee kiosks and other eating vendors have resulted in a messy kind of situation. In my opinion, people don’t have a civic sense. I wish they could understand that they are causing traffic disruption by parking their cars on the road. Even the authorities don’t take any action. You know how the whole system works.
      So where are you based now, Supriti?

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  4. What a beautiful statue that is. Very regal and I must say, the area is well maintained. Gives me joy to see that at least somewhere in India we do respect for our heritage. But what is that thing next to the statue? The board with the numbers?

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    1. I believe you are referring to the numerals alongside the statue. This is a replica of an instrument in solar observatory built by Sawai Jai Singh II, almost 290 years ago. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site called Jantar Mantar.
      Pradita, Statue Circle is well maintained. It is not very old and was built in the 1940s in one of the poshest locations in the city.

      I’m sure Pune must be having something similar not in tems of memorial but such nice public spaces.

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      1. Jantar Mantar I do know and now that you mentioned it, I recall its also in Jaipur isn’t it? Wonder why it never occurred to me.

        Pune does have nice places but nothing as grand as this one. I’m talking about the statue here. Marvellous work!

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      2. Yes, it is in Jaipur. Sawai Jai Singh II built five of these but the one in Jaipur is the only well preserved and fully functional.

        A traveller recently mentioned that having been to many other states and cities he finds that nothing comes close to Rajasthan when it comes to tourist sites. The accessibility, infrastructure, and maintenace is the best.

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  5. I have always felt a connection to this Pink city whenever I have visited it. I really liked the post but more so my attention was captured by the photographs you took. I have always been a fan of your photography skills. As I observed the pics, I realised how hard it would have been for you to take clicks in such a busy place.
    You have presented a beautiful piece on Jaipur once again and I thank you for your hard work.

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    1. Thanks for appreciating, Preeti. The sunset picture of the statue was clicked with a mobile phone. I agree it is difficult to capture this place with so many people around and the traffic but sometime you are lucky. 🙂
      Have you ever been to Jaipur?

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      1. That sometimes must have come after many times and that is what makes me applaud your work because there is so much of hardwork behind it. You have a very special niche with so much depth. To keep on providing new content you have to observe things which others don’t. And that is not an easy task for sure. It makes me appreciate your blog more and more.

        I have been twice to this beautiful city and still I haven’t had enough of it. I am planning to visit it again with my kids. I am very much connected to the vibes of this city. Never understood why 🙂

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