Things to Know About the City Palace of Jaipur, Rajasthan
Jaipur is the first planed city of medieval India. During the time of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh the walls of the city of Jaipur was built based on the principles of Indian science of architecture, Vastu. City Palace is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Jaipur, Rajasthan. The best time to visit Jaipur is between October and March.
History of City Palace
The palace was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. The design is inspired by both Mughal and Rajput architecture.
About the City Palace
City Palace includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces and other buildings, is a palace complex. The Chandra Mahal palace but it also houses a museum is basically the royal residence now houses a museum.
Inside the Palace complex there are these most prominent and visited structures Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Mukut Mahal, Maharani’s Palace, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
The entrance gates to the Palace are Virendra Pol, Udai Pol and the Tripolia Gate.The Tripolia gate is for entry of the royal family. Virendra Pol and the Udai Pol or the Atish Pol (Stable Gate) are the entrance way for Commom people and visitors.
At Mubarak Mahal you can see both Islamic, Rajput and European architectural styles. It is a museum where you can see collections of variety of textiles such as the royal formal costumes, sanganeri block prints, embroidered shawls, Kashmiri pashminas and silk saris. You get to see are markable display of the voluminous clothes worn by Sawai Madho singh I, who was 1.2 meters (3.9 ft) wide and weighed 250 kilograms (550 lb).
Chandra Mahal or Chandra Niwas is a seven-storeyed building and each floor has been named like the Sukh-Niwas, Ranga-Mandir, Pitam-Niwas, Chabi-Niwas, Shri-Niwas and Mukut-Mandir or Mukut Mahal. It contains of paintings, mirror work and floral decorations. There is beautiful peacock gate at the entry of the Mahal. At the top of the Chandra Mahal is the flag of the royal family, spread out when the Maharaja is in the palace.
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Pritam Niwas Chowk
It provides access to the Chandra Mahal. It has four small gates (known as Ridhi Sidhi Pol) representing the four seasons and Hindu gods. The gates are the Northeast Peacock Gate, the Southeast Lotus Gate, the Northwest Green Gate and the Rose Gate.
Diwan-i-Aam the Hall of Public Audience is located between the armory and the art gallery. It has a huge collection of magnificent silver vessels, crystal chandeliers 14,000 melted silver coins without soldering. They hold the Guinness World Record as the world’s largest sterling silver vessels.
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‘Diwan-E-Khas’ (Sabha Niwas)
The ‘Diwan-E-Khas’ (Sabha Niwas) or the ‘Hall of Private Audience’ has it is ceiling painted in rich red and gold colours. It is a museum with wide variety of display of art gallery, miniature paintings, ancient texts, embroidered rugs, Kashmir shawls and carpets.
Maharani’s Palace was the residence of the queens. It is now a museum displaying weapons. The museum ceiling has frescoes adorned by jewel dust of semiprecious stones. You can see swords with pistols attached to it, the sword presented by Queen Victoria to Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh, guns serving as walking sticks and a small canon.
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Baggi Khana is a museum displaying collection of old carriages, palanquins and European cabs adopted as baggies. You will be awed to see the mahadol, a palanquin with a single bamboo bar and a chariot used during festive occasions.
Govind Dev Ji temple
At the Govind Dev Ji temple of Lord Krishna, built in 18th century you can see the European chandeliers and Indian paintings. The temple has a gold ceiling. The aarti (prayer offering) is offered seven times in a day.
City Palace Entry and Timings
The City Palace is open from 9:30 AM and it will take around two hours for a complete visit. You can either take a guide or an audio guide.
So, why wait? Pack your bags today and head towards City Palace to check out the royal grandeur.
How to Reach City Palace
Jaipur is connected to all other cities and towns of India through Jaipur International Airport, Jaipur Junction Railway Station.
It is located in the middle of the old city wall of Jaipur. You can reach Jaipur by train or flight and can either hire a cab for local site-seeing or take rickshaws (if you want to travel the Indian way). Palace on Wheels train is well connected to the Jaipur through which you can explore the various attractions.
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