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INSIDE THE ROYAL CITY PALACE OF JAIPUR

A structured whole of royal courtyards, manicured grounds and esthetically built mahals, the City Palace is one of the most celebrated attractions amongst the city. Standing tall amidst the hustle bustle of the old walled city, the magnificent City Palace of Jaipur narrates the tales of Jaipur’s glorious history. This stunning gem with all its royalty travels you back in time, making you swoon over the beauty of 18th century. Just one look at the stunning complex makes you drown yourself in the charm of its aura and be hitched forever. The private section of the palace is still resided by the royal family of Jaipur.

 

HISTORY INFUSED WITH STUNNING ARCHITECTURE

No trip to Jaipur is complete without a visit to the marvelous City Palace. The history of City Palace dates back to the year 1727 when its foundation stone was laid by Sawai Jai Singh II, the then ruler of Jaipur. The layout of the premises was designed by Sawai Jai Singh II himself, along with the aid of two chief architects Vidyadhar Bhattacharya and Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob.  The design of the palace is inspired from Mughal and Rajput architectures with a certain hint of the European style. This palace is the perfect mélange of art, culture, style and royalty with gorgeously decorated gateways welcoming you aboard into another world.

The palace houses buildings from different eras, each one having its own story. Some of them date back to the late 19th and early 20th century.

  • Mubarak Mahal
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Mubarak Mahal City Palace

Built by Maharaja Madho Singh II as a greeting hall, Mubarak Mahal takes pride in its glorious interiors and now houses a textile museum, displaying some of the finest pashmina shawls and royal attires. The main attraction of this mahal is Sawai Madho Singh I’s 2m long and 1.2m wide clothing which weighed around 250 kgs.

  • Pritam Niwas Chowk & Chandra Mahal
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Chandra Mahal City Palace Jaipur

Pritam Niwas Chowk is the royal courtyard from where one finds their way into the Chandra Mahal. Let’s have a look to the most stunning part of City Palace i.e. for beautiful gates which are always the attraction point for photography among the visitors. The four magnificent gates here stand for four different gods & seasons –

The Peacock Gate devoted to Lord Vishnu represents autumn,

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The Peacock Gate City Palace Jaipur

The Lotus Gate devoted to Lord Shiva, depicts summer,

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The Lotus Gate City Palace Jaipur

 

The Green Gate devoted to Lord Ganesha, depicts spring,

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The Green Gate City Palace Jaipur

and lastly Rose Gate devoted to Devi Maa depicts winter.

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The Rose Gate City Palace Jaipur

Ahead of this chowk lies the magnificent Chandra Mahal, which is a beautiful seven-storied building. The mahal is a home to the last ruling royal family of Jaipur.

  • Diwan-i-Khas & Diwan-i-aam
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Diwan-i-Khas City Palace Jaipur

Placed between the Maharani Mahal and the Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas was a plush hall for intimate meetings of royals. It is known for its gorgeous chandeliers, intricate wall paintings and two large pure silver vessels known to have been carried at the time of war.

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Diwan-i-Aam Photo Source helmutvoss.de

Also known as hall of public audience, Diwan-i-aam is now the art gallery of City Palace of Jaipur, housing some of the ancient scripts, beautiful miniature paintings, the entire Bhagwad Gita, Kashmiri shawls and embroidered carpets.

  • Maharani’s Palace
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Sileh Khana – Maharani Mahal City Palace Jaipur

The Anand Mahal Sileg Khana also known as Maharani’s Palace, is home to the weaponry and displays some of the greatest weapons of the country, the weapons that have stood the wriggles of war & trials of time. Many of the traditional arms and armaments lay there in pride, with graceful carvings on them

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Baggi Khana City Palace Jaipur

Entry fee:

Indian visitors- Rs.10

International tourists- Rs.50

Camera fee:

(Indian travelers)

Still photography- Rs.50

Videography- Rs.100

 (International travelers)

Still photography- Rs.70

Videography- Rs.150

 Location:

Jalebi Chowk, Near Jantar Mantar, Tripolia Bazar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002

   

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