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Patrika Gate Jaipur | A Snapshot of Rajasthan

Patrika Gate in Jaipur needs little introduction, it is the most Instagram worthy place in Jaipur. This magnificent building features high on the list of Instagrammers, travelers, and fashion bloggers. Consequently, it is one of the most popular places for photo-shoots in Jaipur.  The perfect symmetry of the building and an assortment of pastel-colored interiors are just right for a beautiful photographic opportunity. There is little doubt that people instantly fall in love with this building.

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History of Patrika Gate

Patrika Gate derives its name from newspaper and media company-Rajasthan Patrika. The gate is built on Jawahar Circle near Sanganer International Airport. It is on the southern end of JLN Marg which connects Ramniwas Garden on the north side and Jaipur International Airport on the Southern end. Here is a picture of Patrika Gate still under construction in 2016; it wasn’t open to the public then.

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The idea of building this gate is linked with old city gates of Jaipur walled city. When Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II founded the pink city in 1727 AD, he secured the perimeter with a wall and eight gates. The city was founded on the principles of Vaastu and Shilp Shastra. As per a distinctive feature of the layout, key buildings and temples were built on the same axis; namely Garh Ganesh Temple, Govind Dev Ji Temple, Jaipur City Palace, Triploia Gate, New Gate, and the Albert Hall Museum.

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New Gate, Jaipur

Both New Gate and Albert Hall were added much later, they were not part of the initial plan. Jaipur City Palace was the nucleus of the layout plan. This was the North-South axis while the East-West axis was defined by Chandpole Gate and Surajpol Gate with historic temples on both ends.

 

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Jaipur city from Garh Ganesh temple

It is being claimed like the walled city, numeral nine plays a critical part in the making of Patrika Gate. There is a total of nine pavilions. Each pavilion is 9 feet wide. The width of the gate is 81 feet and height 108 feet which coincides with the width of principal markets in the walled city. Some experts claim it to be 111 feet and not 108 feet. Patrika Gate is being touted as the ninth gate of Jaipur.

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Adopting this concept, Patrika Gate is inspired by the old architectural legacies. The facade is inspired by the traditional architecture and features Jharokhas, Pols, Pavilions, and Chhatris. Look closely, and you can clearly recall some of the prominent buildings of Jaipur like Hawa Mahal, Jaipur City Palace, and a few temples.

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Hand-painted Hawa Mahal in Patrika Gate

Each architectural element and design is unique and not repeated. It makes for a remarkable place for the architecture students and art lovers to visit for inspiration.

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The building facade is pink in color which is many shades lighter than the famous Jaipur pink- terracotta pink. The facade is flanked by figures of elephants, horses, and soldiers. These are important elements associated with the valor of the princely states of Rajasthan. Battles and wars comprise an integral part of the history of princely Rajput states.

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Looking at the architecture of the Patrika Gate, it is evident that architects have devoted a lot of time to arrive at the final design. It is hard for a layman to understand the painstaking efforts required to design this masterpiece.

Patrika Gate Architecture-Interiors

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The images and elements of Rajasthan are brought alive in Patrika Gate through its hand-painted walls and ceilings. Each pillar and column depict the scenes from various regions of Rajasthan. One gets a glimpse of the rich architectural and cultural legacy of the state. The wall panels and ceilings are beautifully painted with intricate motifs and colors.

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A panel dedicated to Jaipur depicting Late Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II, Maharani Gayatri Devi, the traditional handmade jewelry, and the famous blue pottery

There’s famous Bani Thani painting, Jal Mahal, Mehrangarh Fort, Srinathji, legendary rulers to name a few. It is impossible to enumerate everything here.

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Jodhpur with its Mehrangarh fort and Ajit Bhawan.
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Jaisalmer with its fort and palace

Apart from these, the artists have also depicted the scenes from daily lives that were popular subjects of ancient and medieval paintings. In sum, It is an impressive visual experience for the artistically inclined.

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The Patrika Gate leads to the Jawahar Circle garden. It’s a popular morning place in Jaipur among the walkers, joggers, and kids. The area around Jawahar Circle has been beautifully landscaped as the road leads to Sanganer International Airport of Jaipur. Jaipur Development Authority has claimed Jawahar Circle is Asia’s biggest roundabout, I’m unsure if that is true anymore!

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Since Patrika Gate is not painted in terracotta pink which is synonymous with Jaipur, every time I see this building, it nudges me of Gajner Palace in Bikaner. The pink color of Gajner Palace and its facade is similar to this gate. Here is a picture of Gajner Palace which is presently a heritage hotel.

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Gajner Palace, Bikaner

It was a hunting palace during the days of royalty. One of the most famed rulers of Bikaner, Maharaja Ganga Singh was fond of Gajner and would utilize every convenient opportunity to visit here. If you have never been to Gajner, someday you should.

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Even though Patrika Gate is being touted as the ninth gate of Jaipur as mentioned above, I find it a bit queer. In my opinion, it is just a marketing ploy. The last gate to be built by Jaipur royalty was New Gate. The old city gates of Jaipur served a specific purpose- restricting movement in & out of the city as well as providing security.

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One of the old Jaipur Gate in terracotta pink – New Gate
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Old Gate of Jaipur – Sanganeri Gate

There is no functional purpose of Patrika gate. Therefore, it cannot be clubbed with old Jaipur Gates.

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I find Patrika Gate an outstanding place to witness the rich & vibrant architectural and cultural legacies of Rajasthan. It is not merely a splendid place for photographic opportunities. One should expend adequate time to enjoy each of the painted panels. Do note panels have been covered with transparent plastic sheets to preserve the work of art.

Isn’t it super that a traveler flying in and out of Jaipur can spare a few moments to visit Patrika Gate and get an architectural and cultural glimpse of Rajasthan? A snapshot of Rajasthan! 

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Here’s a little trivia for you. Can you guess what this is and its significance?

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How to reach Patrika Gate?

It is effortless to club your visit to Patrika Gate if you are flying in or out of Jaipur since it is just a kilometer from the airport. If you are using Uber/Ola app, set your destination address as Jawahar Circle.

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Patrika Gate Timings

It is open 24*7 but best visited from morning to evening.

Patrika Gate Entry Fee

There is no entry fee to visit Patrika Gate.

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99 thoughts on “Patrika Gate Jaipur | A Snapshot of Rajasthan

  1. It is magnificent!!
    It might not be having any functional purpose, but definitely it is an added attraction for tourists in Jaipur.
    Idea of using transparent plastic sheets is excellent!! I wonder if this could be implemented in preserving all architectural buildings in India.

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    1. I agree that it offers value despite not being functional. As for plastic sheets, I noted that they have been used elsewhere in Jaipur – Hawa Mahal. I find it queer that our countrymen don’t understand the value of creations and end up damaging them.
      Have you been here Deeksha during your visit to Jaipur?

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  2. Arv, you have a knack of presenting historical sites of Jaipur in a most interesting combination of text and images giving me the impression as if I had been there myself. The story of Patrika Gate is no exception. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for the appreciation. I sometimes wonder if writing in a simple language is better or if I should write differently. But I guess unless what we write can benefit everyone it has no purpose unless we want it to be an electronic diary. I have refrained from editing it except color correction. After all I don’t favor digital manipulation or alteration.
      Well the site is certainly beautiful. 😊

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  3. What a lovely concoction of architecture and art! But I think I like the blue skies in the pictures just as much, if not more. 🙂 After witnessing months on end of rain at amchi Mumbai, your photographs are a breath of fresh air and colour.

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    1. I’m glad you liked it, Rama. I can understand how overcast skies impact our mood. I always wondered why people in west crave for the sun.; something we cannot understand since we have in plenty. It was only when I travelled, I experienced it first hand and realized. Out here we love rains but in Europe people hate rains because it’s an inconvenience in winters. well, we all have different climatic conditions. I’m glad this cheered you up, Rama. I’m sure you will love visiting this place, someday!

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  4. What is the significance of the number nine at Patrika Gate? I don’t think you have mentioned this or have I missed it? The photographs of the place are splendid, the richness of the place cannot be missed. And, what’s the significance of the fountain at the end, I don’t think i can guess….

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    1. Neel, 9 is a magic number as per our vaastu and shilpshastra. Remember 9 Graha? Jaipur was founded on this principle and the old city has 9 blocks. As for the fountain, the stones used are all from Rajasthan. A large number of these are sandstones.
      I’m glad you loved these pictures, Neel. Just look up on IG and you will find how popular this place is. 🙂

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  5. Wow! This is beautiful!! And it also tells me that I haven’t been to Jaipur at least since 2016, because I haven’t even heard about this gate! The next time I visit, though, I’ll be sure to spend some time taking in the art here.

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  6. Back on your blog after a while and I went through a couple of posts to see what you have been focusing on. The street photography is still stunning and the day I get back to writing fiction again, I will start requesting you for images befitting my story. This was a great post with a great historic background. Your pics, as always are a visual delight.

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    1. Thanks, Sonia. You are right there was a long disconnect. You are most welcome to ask for pictures. I have shared a few with other bloggers too who have used in their stories. I’ll be happy if they can be used. I do have a few street photos from Kolkatta but sadly I can’t use them here.
      Thanks for the visit, Sonia. Hope all is good at your end?

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  7. Again another superb post on Jaipur, it’s beauty never ends to introduce to us readers. I had admired the stunning architecture of Jaipur, four years ago, therefore I had missed out on Patrika Gate. By the way your style of writing is just perfect, you shouldn’t change a thing. And amazing photography too, as always.

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    1. I suppose this gate was in the making when you last visited Jaipur, Cornelia. So this is an added incentive to revisit. 🙂
      Thanks for reaffirming the writing style; appreciate your inputs. By the way, I don’t use much of DSLR since these pictures are mostly documentary in nature. I reserve DSLR where I need more creative controls.

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  8. Wow so beautiful pictures! I have been to Jaipur only once and I loved everything about Jaipur! The food, the dresses, the language, infrastructure, building everything! Happy to find your blog❤

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  9. Patrika gate is really an architectural marvel. I loved the way everything about it revolves around numeral 9. And the images on the wall also appear beautiful. You have captured the beauty of Patrika gate very well in the images you have included. Kudos.

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  10. I just searched the hashtag #PatrikaGate on Instagram. To my delight I saw such beautiful images of this grand gate. Rajasthan is brought alive in through its hand-painted walls and ceilings.

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