In the heart of the Jaipur City dwells a rich palace complex called the City Palace, with its marvellous art and architecture, showcasing the glory of the rulers of Rajasthan. Built between 1729 and 1732, this palace owes its construction to Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber, who initiated its formation and two chief architects namely Vidyadar Bhattacharya and Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob. Virendra Pol, Udai Pol near Jaleb Chowk and the Tripolia Gate are the entry gates to this palace, a larger portion of which is now turned into a museum, apart from the residence of the descendents of the former royal family. The palace comprises of courtyards, gardens, temples and buildings with a remarkable fusion of Shilpa Shastra of Indian Architecture with Mughal and European styles of architecture.
The City Palace comprises of the auspicious palace named the Mubarak Mahal, which was built by Maharaja Madho Singh II as a reception centre. It is now a centre of attraction of the tourist because of the display of variety of textiles, especially the royal costumes. Chandra Niwas or Chandra Mahal in the west end of City Palace is a seven storeyed building, which has some very unique paintings. It also consist the residence of the royal family. On top of Chandra Mahal flutters the flag of the royal family which is unfurled when the maharaja is in the palace. But when he is away, the queen’s flag is hoisted.
The other sections include Diwan-I-Khas which is the private audience hall of the king, and at present has put to display the famous Ganges-water-urns which is two huge sterling vessels of the former Maharajas. Diwan-I-Aam is the hall of public audience, in Mubarak Mahal courtyard, which is now an art gallery with immaculate ceiling murals. City Palace also comprises the Pitam Niwas Chowk , the inner courtyard, which has four small gates representing four seasons and four Hindu gods Vishnu, Shiv-Parvati, Ganesha, and Goddess Devi. In the Maharani Palace, the erstwhile residence of royal queens, various weapons of war are exhibited. The Baggi Khana in the palace still has the old carriages, palanquins, and European cabs preserved. There is also a temple in the palace, dedicated to Krishna, which was built in the 18th century.
Opened from Monday to Sunday, 10 Am to 5 Pm (closed on Holi/Diwali and selected holidays), the City Palace unwraps to its visitors an inspiration of interior designing and exquisite and deft artwork. It is time to explore. The heritage site awaits you. Bring home an experience of royalty!
When to visit : Jaipur City Palace
Best time to visit: August - February
Opening hours:9:30 AM - 5:00 PM