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Patrika Gate

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Jaipur, India | C.2016

Photo Credit: Haryadi Yansyah

Often referred to as “the most colorful door in India”, Patrika Gate greets both passing cars and passersby from Jawahar Circle in Jaipur. Built in 2016, the Gate contains a colorful cacophony of hues depicting the history of Jaipur, India’s famed Pink City.

Considered by locals to be Asia’s largest circular park developed on a highway traffic circle, Jawahar Circle is located near Sanganer Airport. Developed by the Jaipur Development Authority, the park encompasses a circumference of 4,658 feet (1,420 m) and includes pathways, a fountain, rose gardens in addition to its towering gate.

Through its vibrant hand paintings, Patrika Gate gives visitors a look into the culture of Rajasthan, the northern state of India where Jaipur is capital. Along its columns and pillars, depictions of temples, forts, palaces, and Jaipur rulers are offered to give a glimpse into the city’s history. Scenes of weddings, wars, and daily life are portrayed.
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Gates in Jaipur are an architectural tradition. When Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II founded Jaipur in 1727, he built a wall around the city with eight gates in all four directions. Now centuries later, Patrika Gate continues the architectural legacy, and is sometimes touted as the ninth gate of the city. The number nine does play a prominent role in the design — there are nine total pavilions, each 9 feet wide.

Not only a symbolic structure, Patrika Gate has also emerged as a popular stop for relaxation and photo shoots. A slightly different shade of pink than the traditional Jaipur terracotta pink, Patrika Gate provides a place for the city to honor its past while it thrives in the modern era.

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