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Home :: India Destination :: Rajasthan :: City Palace, Jaipur
City Palace, Jaipur

Introduction
City Palace, JaipurThe architectural legacy of Jaipur makes it one of most sought after destinations in the northern part of the Indian subcontinent. Numerous forts and palaces, a testimony to its glorious medieval past, dot the city's landscape from one point to the other. The City Palace of Jaipur is an assemblage of numerous palatial structures that serve as a brilliant example of the Rajput-Mughal architecture. Take out time to explore its courtyards, gardens and buildings and have an insightful view of the city's history.

History
The history of the palace is not older than the city's. The palace was constructed by Sawai Maharaja Jai Singh during the 18th century. The city, at the time of its establishment, was segregated into nine parts; two of which were reserved for the construction of the City Palace. Today, the palace also encompasses a museum which was founded by Sawai Mansingh II in 1959. Previously famous as the Maharaja of Jaipur Museum, the museum was renamed Maharaja Sawai Mansigh II Museum in 1970.

Architecture
A wonderful blend of the traditional Rajasthani and Mughal styles of architecture, the palace complex comprises numerous courtyards, gardens and palatial structures. Jaleb Chowk and the Tripolia Gate serve as the two main entrances to the palace.

Entering through the Tripolia Gate, you lead yourself into the first courtyard. Here, you will come to see the Mubarak Mahal or the Auspicious Palace, built by Maharaja Madho Singh II in the late 19th century. The ground floor of the palace has a library while the first floor has a textile museum. Passing through an imposing brass door from here, you come into the Diwan-i-Khas or the Hall of Private Audience. The hall has two urns, considered to be the largest in the world. There's another door here that leads you to the Diwan-i-Am, the Hall of Public Audience. The art gallery lies in this very section of the palace complex.

In the northwestern part of the palace complex lies the Chandra Mahal or the Moon Palace. The palace has seven storeys, each of which is known by a different name. The ground floor and the first floor of the very palace house the Sawai Mansingh II Museum. The Sukh Niwas or the Palace of Pleasure lies on the third floor. Shobha Niwas, Chhavi Niwas and Mukut Mahal are the other must-see structures here. Other buildings that you'll come across with inside are the Bada Mahal, Jai Niwas Garden and Shri Govindji Temple.

Nearby Attractions
Jal Mahal, JaipurThe pink city of Jaipur boasts a lot of history and myths for you to explore and discover. During your trip to the city, you have a number of attraction on your visit-list, apart from the City Palace. On the one hand, you have to experience such an unusual structure as the Hawa Mahal. On the other, you have the imposing Amer Fort and the Jantar Mantar Observatory to see. The Sawai Mansingh II Museum exhibits countless royal antiquities.

Reaching There
The Sanganer Airport of Jaipur has regular connecting flights to Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Aurangabad and Varanasi. Jaipur, through rail routes too, is well connected to different parts of the state and the country. Road journey is also one of the options to reach Jaipur. There are regular buses connecting to different parts of the state along with Gujarat, Delhi and Mumbai.



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