The word Central Park conjures up the images of the one in New York. That’s because it is one of the most prominent parks in the world. However, there are a few more parks with an identical name. In India, there is one in Gurgaon and Jaipur. Central Park is the foremost park in Jaipur. It was the first park comprising a dedicated jogging track in the heart of the city. Even though the city is blessed with many parks but there aren’t many that can claim to be so big. My last post on parks in Jaipur was Dravyawati Bird Park, check it out, if you haven’t, until now.
Jaipur Central Park was inaugurated on 21st January 2006. It was developed by Jaipur Development Authority with the aim of providing a vast green space in the heart of the city for the public.
It was formerly possessed by the family of the erstwhile rulers of Jaipur. A substantial area of the park was part of the Rambagh Palace a residence of the previous queen of Jaipur, Maharani Gayatri Devi.
This palace is presently a hotel managed by the Taj group. A significant part of the jogging track runs along with the perimeter of the Rambagh Palace.
One of the most distinguished features of Central Park is an enormous Indian flag. The flag post is 206 ft tall. This flag has a dimension of 72 feet by 28 feet & was inaugurated on 24 October 2011. Until 2011, this was the tallest flag post in India. However, over a period of time, there are even taller ones in other places in India.
The flag post is installed on the raised area. There are benches at the base of the flag post where one can sit and soak in the atmosphere.
Stone Statue Installations
The most iconic picture of Central Park, in my opinion, consists of these statutes.
They were installed 12 years ago and the credit goes to the artist Sameer Wheaton, a furniture exporter from Jaipur. These are local stones of Rajasthan and represents a constellation. Here is a picture of the same.
The jogging track in the Jaipur Central Park is 4 KM long. Initially, there was only one jogging track but as the park became extremely popular among the joggers and runners, another one was added. The new one runs parallel to the original one.
This jogging track is unique as it passes through the Jaipur Golf Club and Rambagh Polo Club. One never gets weary during the walk or jog as the visual element keeps changing. Witnessing the golfers play or a polo match in progress is a frequent occurrence.
It is also one of the reasons why runners and joggers prefer Central Park over the parks in their locality. The walking track in the park is approximately 3 Km long.
Considering a massive number of walkers & joggers visit the park in the morning, having two parallel jogging tracks doesn’t help. A short time ago, a recent extension to the park was added. The secondary area of approx. 6 acre was developed after JDA won the same in a court case. This area was under dispute for a long time in a case with the princely family of Jaipur.
The musical fountain at Central Park was the first in Jaipur. It was funded by the Shree Cement group. Over the last few years, it is out of use.
JDA organizes a free yoga camp every day in the morning for the city residents near the flag pole. In summers the timing of Central Park Yoga is 6 AM to 7 AM. Apart from this yoga camp, a couple of individuals also organize free yoga for the public. One such class is near gate no 2.
This park remains a preferred choice of individuals who practice yoga on their own. One can find many people practicing yoga and Pranayam during morning hours.
Open-air Gym was inaugurated in June 2016. Another first in the city. Considering the fact that open-air gyms are popular all across the world, the Jaipur Development Authority introduced one in the park. Since this was a runaway hit among the locals, such gyms were installed in many other parks in the city.
Music in The Park
JDA frequently organizes music concerts in the park. These are usually classical Indian, jazz, and Indo-western fusion music.
It is not just the joggers and walkers who visit this park. It attracts all kinds of people. Kids who love to play, elderly people who want to sit and relax, families out for some fun-filled moments, friends who want to catch-up are a few examples.
During the work hours, the park is popular among the love birds and a preferred meeting spot for sales professionals in direct marketing. Not many city parks can claim to offer diverse use options.
Among the variety of trees in this park, the Chilbil or Bandar Ki Roti Ka Ped dominates the landscape. It is better known as Holoptelea Integrifolia
There are hundreds of these trees in the park. It is infamous for causing pollen allergy during the spring season. Among other trees commonly found are Peepal Tree, Gulmohar, and Neem. One also finds Bougainvillea all along on the fence of Jaipur Golf Course running parallel to the jogging track.
Jaipur Central Park is in the C-Scheme area & constitutes a part of a large square land with roads on all four sides. It is surrounded by Birla Auditorium, Rambagh Golf Club, Jaipur Polo Club, Hotel Rambagh Palace, and Ashok Club. Here is a picture of the Golf Club.
The Polo Club is known as Rajasthan Polo Club and hosts many international Polo matches every year. It is one of the top polo places in India. Below is a picture of the Polo Club.
Entry Gates and Fee
Jaipur Central Park is completely free for visitors. There are five entry gates to the park. They are as follows:
- Gate No 2- Opposite Secretariat on Bhagwan Das Road.
- Gate No 3- Opposite Royal Ensign Apartments on Prithviraj Road
- Gate No 4- Opposite Tapri Central on Prithviraj Road
- Gate No 5- On Tonk Road
An additional entrance and parking option is through the gate of the Rambagh Polo Club/ Jaipur Golf Club. Although it is Gate no 1 people prefer to call this Golf Club entry gate.
Parking & Facilities
There are four parking lots at each of the above four gates. Despite this, it is challenging to find parking space during the morning hours 6-8 AM. Parking is free of charge till 9 AM and after 6 PM.
Among the facilities, toilets and drinking water are available near gate number 1. There are no storage or locker facilities in the park. Pets are prohibited in the park. Games like cricket or football are unallowed, but one can play with a small tennis ball and frisbee. Riding a cycle in the park or jogging track is prohibited too.
Jaipur Central Park is open from 5 AM to 9 PM all through the week.
Places to visit near Central Park
Did I forget to mention that I have witnessed some amazing sunsets in Jaipur Central Park? This is definitely the best place in the urban jungle to witness a lovely sunset. Here is a picture from the summer season of a sunset from Central Park overlooking the Jaipur Golf Course.
Here is a picture of sunset at Central Park during the winter season
During the morning hours, vendors selling vegetable juice and other healthy food lines up near the gate no 2. This is the best place for them to make some good money.
So what sets Jaipur Central Park different from all other parks is the unique vibe of the place. It is a melting pot of people from different walks of life and age groups. Usually, one tends to see parks in Jaipur filled with the older generation but Central Park is different. This is a preferred park among the young runners and joggers.