Sprawling complex located in the heart of the Pink City, Jaipur attracts millions of visitors across the country by its gorgeous buildings and marvelous collection of art and artifacts. In Rajasthan, City Palace is a major part, located towards the northeast side of central Jaipur, which is a complex of many courtyards and buildings, among all Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum is famous. City Palace is a residence of the Jaipur Royal Family.
In your City Palace trip’s bucket list include Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal and other buildings, are integrated part of the palace complex. Why this palace got pinnacle of fame among all? Key reason behind this is architectural styles, an amalgamation of Rajput, Mughal and European styles form a gorgeous City Palace. Though it reflects Rajput, Mughal and European architectural styles, it was designed to Vaastushastra treatise. Today, the great Chandra Mahal has been turned into a museum and also serves as a home of unique handcrafted products, various attributes of the rulers and things which pertaining to the royal heritage of the City Palace.(image by lapidim)
The City Palace protected by some of the famous gates are Udai Pol, Jaleb Chowk, Tripolia Gate and Virendra Pol, never think it as ordinary gates because each one is richly decorated. Udail Pol is a main entrance and grand gateway with rich decorations also termed as Atish Pol. Tripolia Gate only reserved for royal family and the third entrance is Virendra Pol, located close to the Mubarak Mahal.
Enter in to the Virendra Pol, which leads to a central courtyard called Mubarak Mahal, which is an auspicious palace serves as a museum displaying textiles and costumes used by the royalty such as fine Pashmina shawls, Benaras silk sarees, sanganeri prints and folk embroidery.
Then Chandra Mahal, a seven-storied palace used as the residence by the royal family, which compounded with Sukh Niwas, the living room, Sri Niwas the Mirror Palace, Chavvi Niwas, the Blue Palace and Shobha Niwas, the Ceremonial Hall. The City Palace has been designed according to a grid style and houses with various structures such as Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Diwan-I-Khas and the Govind Dev Ji Temple.
The walls and gates of the City palace express the glory of the Mughal style with various murals, lattice and mirrors. If you visit the City palace you must also visit the nearby tourist attractions such as Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Government Central Museum, Jantar Mantar and Vidhyadhar’s Garden.
The City Palace is an important landmark in Jaipur and also serves as a best masterstroke among all. Apart from regal architecture, this hotspot offers a stunning view of the Pink City, where you can find an art gallery, displaying rare handwritten manuscripts, paintings, Kashmiri shawls and carpets in Sabha Niwas or Diwan-i-Am or The Hall of Public Audiences.
Next visit the Pritam Niwas Chowk by walking through a four-storied grand gateway Ridhi Sidhi Pol. The Pritam Niwas Chowk is a rectangular courtyard between Sarvato Bhadra and Chandra Mahal, which has four beautiful doorways representing the four seasons. Peacock Gate, representing autumn, Lotus Gate representing summer, Green gate representing spring and the Rose Gate representing the winter season. Last but not the least you must also visit the Clock Tower; an iconic tower can be seen from any part of the city.
Have fun in Pink City’s City Palace!
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