Kr. Jai Singh
1927 - 2014
Recognized as one of Jaipur’s landmark heritage restaurants, Indiana provides an unforgettable culinary experience. Scrumptious food, warm hospitality, and Rajasthani folk entertainment have made Indiana a top choice amongst tourists and locals in Jaipur.
Kr. Jai Singh, the founder of Indiana, was a member of the Ajairajpura family, a well-known thikana of Rajasthan. His father, Major Ram Singh, built the 3,000 square yard estate in 1952. Today, the restaurant sits between the prestigious Jai Club and Maharani Gayatri Devi School.
In an effort to maintain the old world charm, Kr. Jai Singh, converted part of the Ajairajpura lawn estate into the garden restaurant now known as Indiana. Offering a unique home away from home experience, guests can enjoy vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies along with Rajasthani folk dancing.
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Born in Jaipur, India, Kr. Jai Singh was sent to the United States by Maharaja Man Singh of Jaipur to pursue further education in 1945. After a long journey aboard the USS General Haze, Kr. Jai Singh reached Lafayette, Indiana where he earned his degree in Engineering from Purdue University and later, his MBA from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA).
After returning to India, Kr. Jai Singh worked as an executive at Esso and Indian Oil for over 40 years. However, the state of Indiana and Purdue University held a soft spot in his heart, so much so that he visited the state every year till his demise in 2014. In honor of his alma mater’s home state, Kr. Jai Singh named the restaurant Indiana.
Now, Kr. Jai Singh’s sons, Hari and Arjun Singh, split their time between America and India in order to keep the restaurant running and their father’s legacy alive.
Founder Kr. Jai Singh’s Sons