Luxury Trains of India
Rajasthan Travel Guide
A Jewel in the Crown of 'The Pink City'
Lies in the heart of the Jaipur city, the City Palace is a perfect fusion of Rajasthani and Mughal style of architecture. It is one amongst the major landmarks of the city. Covering a vast area, the fort is divided into a series of buildings, gardens and courtyards. The City Palace, a symbol of courtly splendour, reminds one of the royal past of Jaipur, Rajasthan. A tourist to Jaipur cannot miss the fascination of seeing this monument of great historic importance.
Originally, it was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II and later on several changes were made by his followers. Primarily, it served as a residence of the royal family.
Inside the Fort
The fort houses several spectacular palaces and imposing halls, such as the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal and Badal Mahal. Inside the palace, there is a famous temple of Shri Govind Temple and a Museum.
A visitor comes across the place as soon he steps in the first courtyard. It was constructed by Maharaja Madho Singh II in the 19th century. It is used as a reception lounge for foreign celebrity.
From Mubarak Mahal a splendid gateway leads the visitor to the Diwan-I-Khas, also called The Hall of Private Audience. It displays two vessels in silver, mentioned in the Guinness book of World Records.
The visitors can also see the Diwan-I-Aam, also called The Hall of Public Audience. This area of the palace complex is the Art Gallery that preserves the manuscripts in Sanskrit and Persian Languages.
The major highlight of the City Palace is Chandra Mahal, which is also known as Moon Palace. The paintings and the floral decorations make it truly magnificent. The drawing and the dining place are present in the Sukh Nivas (The Hall of Rest). The Shobha Nivas (The Hall of Beauty) is decorated with mirrors and mica.
The fifth floor is the Chavi Nivas (Hall of Images) and the sixth floor offers a beautiful view of the surrounding area. The seventh and uppermost floor is known as the Mukut Mahal (Crown building).
Govind Devji Temple
When the visitor moves to Badal Mahal, he comes across the Govind Devji Temple, a must-see. The temple stands in the Jag Niwas Garden.