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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. Happy to know you love historical places, Archana. While this gate is not old and historical but it does have lots of historical things depicted on its walls and columns. I’m sure you will love your visit. 🙂

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  1. I didn’t know there was such a such a story behind the Patrika Gate, or that the numeral 9 had so much significance. Thank you for all those beautiful photos. For some of us who are not fortunate enough to see the monument, the photos are a godsend! Also, I’m curious as to what’s that photo about and to what end the place was being used for!

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed this post, Shweta. The photo that you mentioned is a fountain. It is built from the stones excavated from Rajasthan. So in a way, it is a showcase of the variety of stone colors found in Rajasthan.

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  2. Just visited this spectacular gate and I was spellbound seeing the wonderful paintings and panels. The symmetry, the colours, the motifs are all simply stunning! 🙂 I fully agree that one can get a glimpse of Jaipur by spending a few minutes while flying in and out of the city, hence the location is very very strategic!:)

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    1. I’m happy you finally got to visit Patrika Gate. It is certainly unique. It is not just Jaipur that you get a glimpse of rather the entire Rajasthan. Patrika Gate domeinates the IG feed.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed this post. I had no idea that you love architecture and culture. I only remember you writing about Mahablipuram either on your blog or SM. Thanks for sharing this, Sandhya.

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      1. Hi Arv, I am an architect by education and a foodie by passion 🙂 We studied history of art , architecture and culture in college.
        I enjoy your photos immensely! Thanks to you we get to see the intricacies of architecture, art and life in Jaipur!

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  3. It was wonderful reading your blog. As if I was in Jaipur only. Wonderful pictures and such detailed research of our history and facts of Jaipur. It happens to be my nanihal but haven’t spent enough time clearly. Will surely do next time. Probably will ask you to be kind enough to show around and catch up on a coffee.

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      1. Great. Yeah . All my relatives are I Jaipur and it’s my way to Bikaner which is my sasural.. So it’s done whenever next I am in town I will be dependent on you to show me around. In return I will treat you with a gift from Dubai😁

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    1. Great to hear that you love Jaipur. Dolls museum is quite old and most travelers are unaware of its existence. Even most Jaipur residents have never heard or visited this museum. When did you visit Jaipur?

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  4. I like your blog precisely on the city Jaipur. And this detailed post about Patrika gate is actually so aptly covered. I see Jaiour through your posts. It is a great guide for all the travelers looking for the info about Jaipur

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  5. I don’t think anyone’s jaipur trip will be successful if they haven’t referred your blog for places to visit. I have visited Jaipur but I regret that why I haven’t checked your blog before my visit. This place is one of those which I missed. With such posts, I am making the list for my next visit.

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