Rajasthan tourism guide provides with an extensive information related to Jaipur,India tourism. Travel to Gaitor, a small town known for its exquisite chhattris (cenotaphs) of the rulers of Jaipur. Each cenotaph is embedded with different designs according to the majesty and power of the king during his lifetime.

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Gaitor Monument fast facts

A Site of Royal Cenotaphs- Just opposite the Man Sagar Lake, Gaitor lies in a narrow valley with its marble and sandstone chhattris (cenotaphs) of the rulers of Jaipur. This is the final resting place of Kachhwaha royal family. It has been the royal cremation ground (final resting place) of the kings and princes of the ruling clan of Jaipur from Sawai Jai Singh II onwards. It has cenotaphs of all rulers of Jaipur rulers except Sawai Ishwari Singh who was cremated outside the Jai Niwas garden. The marble memorials mark the places where the Kachhwaha kings were cremated and the smaller ones standing with them are those of the princes who passed away young.

A Royal Cremation Site- After the capital was shifted to Jaipur Sawai Jai Singh chose Gaitor as the cremation ground for the royal family. Then from 1733 onwards the final rites of every Kachhwaha king was conducted here. These chhattris are open domed pavilions set on a raised podium. Lean pillars hold up the roof and the platform has smaller chhattris at its corners.

The Architectural Brilliance of Cenotaphs- Each Chhatri or cenotaph has a different design and is styled according to the majesty and power of the king during his lifetime. The most beautiful one is that of Jai Singh II. The cenotaphs boats of intricate carvings and is graceful shaped in marble, built by his son Ishwari Singh. It is a white marble dome built on 20 carved pillars that rise from a square platform lavishly engraved with scenes from Hindu mythology. The Chhatri of Madho Singh I, second son of Jai Singh II, is a pillared two storeyed structure with a smaller pavilion on the roof. The Chhatri of Pratap Singh is also of marble along with a dome and square pillars to give company. The Chhatri of Madho Singh II is in white and pink stone. A lamp is lit everyday at the cenotaph of Sawai Man Singh since his death. Another familiar spot here is that of the miniature shrine of the two sons of Madho Singh II from his mistresses. The whole scene set between the gardens presents a picture perfect shot.

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