City Palace is a tingling fusion of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal architecture built by Maharaja Jai Singh II. He moved from Amber to the Jaipur city due to overpopulation and water scarcity issues. It is spread in one-seventh of the old city of Jaipur. The construction of the magnificent City Palace Jaipur also involves a Bengali architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya who designed it according to Vastu shastra. To add more charm to the palace new additions were made by his successors. It was once the seat of kings as it was from here that they ruled the region. It houses a series of courtyards, buildings, palaces, gardens etc.
There are three main gates to the palace which are Tripolia Gate, Virendra Pol, and Udai Pol. There are also four smaller gates in the third courtyard, each one is associated with a particular season of India. The Mor(peacock) Gate represents the autumn season, there are 3D models of peacocks at the gate. The Lotus Gate symbolizes the summer season while the Leheriya Gate for the spring season and the Rose Gate is for the winter gate. All these gates are decorated as their names that capture the heart of onlookers.
This palace boasts of its major attractions. City Palace is one of the best places to visit in jaipur.There are a number of impressive structures such as Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, and the City Place Museums are worth exploring and speak volumes about the royal families who once lived here.
1. Mubarak Mahal
Built by Maharaja Madho Singh in the 19th century, this Mahal is very captivating. Its arrestingly carved marble gate with heavy brass doors and interiors decorated majestically draw attention. City Palace is known as one of the finest examples of European architecture. It also showcases the textile section of Maharaja Sawai Maan Singh II museum. You can see here the rich collection of Pashmina Shawls, royal costumes, Sanganeri prints, folk embroidery, and Banarasi silk sarees. It also offers tourists an opportunity to see the bulky clothes worn by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I.
2. Chandra Mahal
A main attraction of the palace, Chandra Mahal overlooks the beautiful picturesque gardens.
This seven-storied building will leave you simply mesmerized. The lower two levels have Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum that showcases a unique collection of 15th-century weapons, rarities, and carpets. The other floors like Sukh Niwas, Chavi Nivas, Shobha Nivas, and Mukut Mahal look simply wonderful as they have still retained the age-old royal charm of the Rajputs. Shobha Niwas also was known as Hall of Beauty is a magnificent structure decorated with mica and blue tiled walls and studded with mirrors.
One of the famous items in this Palace is two silver jars which have found a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest silver vessels in the world. Other most preferred attractions include Pritam Niwas Chowk, Badal Mahal, Baggi Khana, Silehkhana, Maharani Palace, Shri Govind Dev Temple, and Sarvatobhadra Art Gallery. All the monuments inside the City Palace complex have beautiful arches, pillars, grills and inlay work.
Situated in the core of Pink city, City Palace is a boast of sheer beauty. It is located in Jalebi Chowk in the old city opposite to Jantar Mantar and surrounded by shopping bazaars and local markets.
For Indians are charged Rs. 100 for exterior and Rs. 130 for the museum and for foreigners, it is 500 and Rs. 900. You may also buy a composite ticket.Rs. 75 and for foreigners: Rs. 300.
- 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
How to Reach
It is Near to Merta Road Junction Railway station. You can either walk or hire a cab from the station to reach this palace. Cabs and local buses are available to reach the City Palace from anywhere in the city. However, auto-rickshaw would be the ideal medium to explore the local ways of the old city.
From Airport: Hawa Mahal is 13 km far from the airport and the easiest way is by a cab which takes about 30 minutes to reach.
From the Railway station: You can either take an OLA or UBER cab or catch a minibus to Badi Chaupar for Hawa Mahal. It will take a 12-minute ride to reach the destination.
Best time to visit
Stay away from the heat and choose between October and March time for your trip to Jaipur.
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