"Planned City" Jaipur Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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There's me thinking that Chandigarh in Punjab was India's only planned city when all along, Jaipur was indeed a planned city itself. This well-planned city was designed by a young Bengali engineer and scholar named Vidyadhar Chakravarty. Jai Singh II wanted a new capital to be built south of Amber and named it Jaipur ("City of Victory"). Work began in 1727 and took just six years to complete. Jaipur was planned in a grid system with wide straight avenues, roads, streets and lanes and uniform rows of shops on either side of the main roads, all arranged in nine rectangular city sectors (chokdis), representing the ancient Hindu map of the universe. The city was surrounded by a crenellated masonry wall, measuring 20 feet in height and 9 feet thick with seven imposing gateways - Dhruvapol (Zorawar Singh Gate) on the north, Gangapol and Surajpol on the east, Rampol (Ghat Gate), Shivpol (Sanganeri Gate) and Kishanpol (Ajmeri Gate) on the south, and Chandpol on the west. The walls were built for protection from invading armies and wild animals that lurked just outside in the jungles that surrounded the city.

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  • Written Oct 20, 2007
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