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10 things you’ll want to know before visiting Patrika Gate in Jaipur

If you’re travelling to Jaipur, the Patrika Gate may already be on your list of things to see while you’re there. It was certainly on mine. I first saw the Patrika Gate on Instagram years ago when I was planning my trip to India, which was originally scheduled for March 2020 and, for obvious reasons 🦠, was cancelled. Since then, it’s been high on my list of must-see places in Jaipur and, finally, in 2024, I got to see the Patrika Gate in person.

Patrika Gate is located in the vibrant pink city of Jaipur in Rajasthan. While the gate is relatively new instalment in Jaipur, having been built and opened to the public in 2016, it’s incredibly popular with tourists. Despite being a young addition to the city, the gate captures the essence of Rajasthan’s rich culture and history on the paintings on its arches. The incredibly intricate and vibrant paintwork makes it well worth the visiting my opinion. But if you want to make the most of your visit, you’ll want to know a few things before you go to the Patrika Gate in Jaipur!

The interior of the Patrika Gate. Rows of archways all painted very intricately and with vibrant colours.

It’s a free attraction

You read that right, It’s free to visit! Visiting Patrika Gate won’t cost you a dime (aside from transport to and from). It’s an open public space, so you can visit without worrying about entry fees, lines or buying tickets. 

Arrive early for the best experience

We arrived around 7:20 AM after reading that it gets busy in the morning. No kidding, within five minutes, photographers began to show up, and by 8:00 AM, the crowds had arrived. Like many popular tourist spots, it gets crowded quickly – I just didn’t expect it to happen so fast! If I were to go again, I’d actually try and get there before 7am to have enough time to leisurely look at the artwork and take photos.

It’s open 24/7 so you can stop by whenever you like

While I visited in the early morning, the gate is actually open 24/7, allowing you the flexibility to visit at any time you wish. However, to avoid the crowds and the harsh midday heat, plan your visit during the early morning hours. If you’re travelling solo, I’d recommend visiting the Patrika Gate during daylight hours.

It’s located outside the centre of Jaipur

Patrika Gate is located approximately 20-30 minutes from the center of Jaipur.

Stop by on the way to or from the airport

While it’s not super central, it is very close to the Jaipur airport, approximately 5 minutes away if you go by Google Maps. This makes it an ideal spot to visit either on your way to or from the airport.

Ways to get there

There are a few options for transport. You can easily – and affordably – get a rickshaw, taxi or use ride-sharing apps to reach Patrika Gate. Public transport is also an option depending on where you’re coming from, with several buses stopping near Jawahar Circle. 

What to wear

While you can visit the gate without having to adhere to any specific dressing rules – it’s always recommended to dress with modesty with your shoulders and knees covered.

Be prepared for heat

Jaipur can get quite hot, especially in the summer months, and the gate is not enclosed which means you won’t be escaping into aircon while you marvel at the paintings. Be sure to bring water with you.

Be mindful of your belongings

While I didn’t have any issues while I was there, don’t become complacent with your belongings – keep them close. Be especially mindful of your camera or phone if you’re taking photos as a solo traveller and you’re using a tripod or resting your device a distance away from yourself.

Checkout the Jawahar Circle Garden

While there isn’t too much to see in the area, you might want to consider wandering through the Jawahar Circle Garden. It’s located directly behind the gate.

Is there something I missed and you’d like to know?

Please leave any questions about the Patrika Gate or travelling to India in the comments below and I will do my best to answer your queries. Or send me a message via my contact page.

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