City Palace, Jaipur
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.