City Palace is a sprawling complex situated in the heart of the Jaipur or Pink City, which draws attention of millions of visitors across the world by its gorgeous show off and marvelous collection of art and artifacts. City Palace is an important landmark in Rajasthan as well as Jaipur city too, which is located towards the northeast side of central Jaipur, where you can find a complex of many courtyards and buildings and so on. Inside the city palace you can find many attractions but among all Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum is famous. During ancient days the City Palace is a residence of the Jaipur Royal Family.
Interior of the City Palace includes Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal and other buildings are the integrated part of the palace. Which induces many tourist people to visit this Palace what is there in it? Key reason behind this is, architectural styles, an amalgamation of Rajput, Mughal and European styles form this gorgeous City Palace. Though it reflects Rajput, Mughal and European architectural styles, it was perfectly designed based on each and every Vaastushastra treatise. While visiting this spot you can enter in to a museum which is a complex of unique handcrafted products, various attributes of the rulers and things which pertaining to the royal heritage, this museum was a famous Mahal during ancient days.(image by Arian Zwegers)
The City Palace enhanced with most beautiful four famous gates such as Udai Pol, Jaleb Chowk, Tripolia Gate and Virendra Pol, never think it as ordinary gates because each one is uniquely and 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. This 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.
Next is Chandra Mahal, a seven-storied palace served as the residence of royal family, which compounded with Sukh Niwas (living room), Sri Niwas (Mirror Palace), Chavvi Niwas (Blue Palace) and Shobha Niwas (Ceremonial Hall). The City Palace has been designed in a grid style 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 show off the glory of Mughal Reign by various murals, lattice and mirrors. Proximity of city palace you must also visit tourist attractions such as Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Government Central Museum, Jantar Mantar and Vidhyadhar’s Garden.(image by AnthonyGurr)
The City Palace is an important landmark as well as a best masterstroke in Jaipur, 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.
Have fun and explore the attractions of Pink City’s City Palace!
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