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The City Palace - Jaipur
Magic of Architecture
City Palace is a monolith construction that blends beautifully Hindu and
Mughal architecture. Different in design from most of the other
traditional palaces the City Palace is not confined within the walls of a
fortress. It stands majestic and independent. This labyrinthian structure
takes up one seventh of the walled city and is exactly similar in layout
to that of the town. A high wall or sarhad surrounds it on all sides
lending it that aura of mystery always associated with things unseen.
Redolent with Treasures
The City palace encloses within its complex a series of courtyards,
sprawling gardens and buildings. The main attractions include -
The main entrance to the palace, The Atish Pol (stable gate) opens onto a
large courtyard in the middle of which stands the imperial Mubarak Mahal
(The Palace of Welcome). Made of white marble this mahal lives upto its
name and truly is a welcoming sight for any visitor.
The Diwan-i-Aam or the hall of public audience was the Maharajas' chosen
durabar for public rendezvous. Step into this room of red and gold and be
dazzled by its rich interiors. The floor lined with Persian rugs, the
ceiling ornately painted and decorated with floral motifs in gilt, green
and red. It also houses a picture gallery replete with miniature paintings
of Indian and Persian artists and an extensive collection of priceless
ancient manuscripts written in Sanskrit. Keep a few moments aside to
admire the massive chandelier that descends from the ceiling, one of the
biggest in all of India. Initially designed for durbars and banquets this
hall also has latticed screens through which ladies in purdah would watch
the proceedings. The Diwan-i-Aam also houses a carriage museum.
The Diwan-i-khas is the durbar where the king would conduct his private
audience. It is an open hall with double rows of columns and scalloped
arches. The most striking display in this durbar are two of the world's
largest silver vessels, custom made for the king so he could take enough
holy water from the sacred Ganges to last him a trip to England and back.
Pritam Niwas or the house of the beloved has a history as romantic as its
name suggests. This palace once housed a harem of 1150 pretty ladies,
every one of them devoted to Raja Jagat Singh. This palace has since been
restyled to incorporate Italian decor, which lends it a charming European
Chandra Mahal or the Moon Palace is a graceful seven storeyed building
and home to the present Maharaja of Jaipur, Bhavani Singh . Each story of
this building has a different name and a distinct decor. Each competeting
in opulence, luxury and sheer beauty. The first two floors of this
residence have been converted into the The Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II
museum. The museum houses a vast collection of artefacts, exquisite
miniature paintings belonging to the Mughal school of art, weapons from as
far back as the 15th century, enamelware, blue pottery, toys, tapestries,
and even the royal robes of rich silks and Muslins that belonged to the
The sprawling palace has many more attractions, walk on and explore the
Sukh Niwas or the Hall of Rest. This was once the drawing and dining room
of the Maharaja and still contains tables made of silver and glass. Next
lies the Shobha Niwas or the Hall of Beauty, decorated with mirror
encrusted walls and exquisite blue tiled dadoes and glittering gold and
mica artwork. The Govind Deo Temple, was once a palace which the King
later bequeathed to his patron goddess and converted to a temple. The
royal Raj Niwas garden artfully inlaid with watrer spouts and fountains.
City Palace Museum
A portion of the City Palace of Jaipur has a majestic museum inside it
with an enthralling collection of medieval Rajasthani costumes and the
equipment of Mughals and Rajputs used in a war, including swords and other
weapons. Here, you can also be almost a witness to those medieval times by
having a chance to view spellbinding collection of costumes and dresses
worn by the royal family members at various ceremonies, a rare collection
of arms and giant silver urns.
: Jaipur is connected to Delhi (300 Km), Mumbai, udaipur, Jodhpur,
Aurangabad, Calcutta and Varanasi domestic flights.
Rail : The train service to Jaipur is available from
all the major parts of the country.
Road : Jaipur can be accessed from all the major places
in rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi and Mumbai by bus.
Jaipur has an extreme climate , with hot and humid summers and chilly
winters. The summer months (April to July) can see temperatures crossing
45 degree C. The winter months (October to March) are the best time to
visit. The sunny days lend themselves beautifully to all the wandering and
exploring a traveler may want to do.
Soak in the Surroundings
The palatial City Palace with its gardens, courtyards and museums housing
a treasure trove of precious artifacts will definitely make you want to
linger on but there are many enchanting sights to witness and places to
explore in the pink city. Some of its other attractions include The Amer
Palace and Fort, Rambhag palace, The City palace, Bissau Palace, Samode,
Sanganer, Gaitor, Jaigarh Fort, Jaimahal Palace, the hawa Mahal, Jantar
Mantar, Nahargarh Fort, Narain Niwas, Rajmahal palace and the Birla
When in Jaipur do not forget to pick up the exquisite jewelry that it is
famous for. Be it silver trinkets, intricate Meenakari work on gold or the
precious and semi precious stones sold here by the dozen. A big hub of
handicrafts the city has earmarked several sectors exclusively for
artisans and traders. Some of the coveted items include the famous bhandej
(tie and dye) and block print fabrics, lacquered brass work, blue pottery,
skillfully carved wooden ornaments, beautifully embroidered jutis (hand
crafted foot wear) made of camel skin and of course the famous Jaipuri
quilts. The main markets are along Jauhari Bazar, Bapu bazaar, Nehru
bazaar, Chaura Rasta, Tripolia bazaar and M.I. Road.