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Maharaja Ki Chhatri / Gaitor

Historical

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Distance (From Jaipur Junction Railway Station): 7 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour

Transportation Options: Cab / Auto

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 7 km from Jaipur Junction Railway Station and 7 km from Amer Fort, Maharaja ki Chhatri, also known as Gaitor Tombs are located in the walled city area named Brahmpuri at the foothills of Nahargarh Fort on Jaipur-Amer road. Gaitor is the cremation ground of the Royal Maharajas of Rajasthan.

It is believed that the word Gaitor is the mispronunciation form of Gaye ka Thor that means the resting place of the departed souls. Royal cenotaphs are built over the cremation site. The carving on each cenotaph is a reflection of the taste of the respective Maharajas.

These cenotaphs are a perfect collaboration of Islamic and Hindu architecture. The cenotaphs at Gaitor are in the form of open pavilions along with ornate domes that are supported by intricately sculpted pillars. The decor and profusion of each Chattri shows the stature and mastery of a particular king. Maharajas Pratap Singh, Madho Singh II and Jai Singh II, among others, are honoured here. The cenotaph of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II is considered the most impressive one as it is made of white marble with a dome supported by 20 carved pillars.

This place also offers a stunning panorama of the whole of Jaipur town including views of the Man Sarovar Lake and Jal Mahal from here. Unlike the other tourist destinations in Jaipur, Royal Gaitor Tombs is not crowded and is the best place to relax with friends and family.

The best time to visit Royal Gaitor is during the death anniversary of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in September. Garh Ganesh and Nahar Ke Ganesh Temples are located nearby and can be visited.

Entry Fee: Rs.30 for Adults.

Timing: 10 AM to 5.30 PM.