The 7 gates of Jaipur
Every lane and every street of Jaipur has a story to tell. The city which is so rich in history was the first planned city in the country and was planned in a way that no one can get lost inside the walled city.
One more notable thing about the city is its gates. Raja Sawai Jai Singh II with his architect planned the city in 3 X 3 squares based on the Indian Vastu-Purush-Mandala. These squares, and thus all the roads are aligned North-South or East-West. These 9 +1 squares constitute Jaipur’s walled city. The city is guarded by 7 primary gates or pols which formed the entry-exit points into the walled city. They are a part of the city ramparts; each gate is unique, and its name carries a clue to its location and reason for its name.
The centermost square of the Old City is the City Palace and Govind Dev Ji Temple and the 7 gates are:
Dhruv Pol was named after the pole star or Dhruv Tara. It is the northernmost gate of the walled city which is now known as the Zorawar Singh Gate/ Darwaza. It is the widest among all other Darwaza.