Jaipur City Palace – Your Window to Royal Extravagance
Jaipur City Palace is your window to royal extravagance of ancient India. The complex is a maze of courtyards, palaces and architectural beauty, ready to blow your mind away. And oh, it’s super pink, too, like the rest of the city. This Palace was used as a royal residence of the Singh family who ruled the city for a long time. This isn’t just huge but it’s also a marvellous place to learn history and admire its architectural designs.
Jaipur City Palace is a must to visit when you’re in Rajasthan.
It’s right in the heart of the old city surrounded by pink buildings. Thus, it got its monicker, “The Pink City.”
The Palace is right at the back of Hawa Mahal, an imposing structure that looks marvellous when the sun touches it.
The City Palace in Jaipur is a mix of Mughal, Rajput and European architectural influences.
As soon as you enter the courtyard, Mubarak Mahal greets you in all its splendour. In Urdu, Mubarak can be translated into auspicious. Today, it’s a textile museum with great collections of royal clothes.
On your right, you’ll find this gate. Enter it and you’re in another courtyard with an amazing palace (see next photo).
This is the Diwan-i-Khas Mahal where the Maharaja would meet important people – from ministers to other royalties.
Chandra Mahal or Chandra Niwas is a seven-storey building inside Jaipur City Palace. This building is closed to regular visitors. If you’re willing to pay for almost 3,000 rupees, you’ll be on a Royal Tour which would take you here.
The doors inside are symbolic and intricately decorated. This is the Peacock Door / Peacock Gate. This door represents autumn and it’s dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
And this is the Green Door (Green Gate) or Leheriya Gate which represents spring.
If some of the courtyards here look familiar to you, that’s because it has been in many Bollywood films.
Like any other royal palace in the world, this one has its own tragic story to tell.
Ishawri Singh, son of the Maharaja, committed suicide by letting the snake bit him. He was scared of the advancing army of the Marathas, a group of caste in India.
Before you exit, don’t forget to visit the courtyard where you’ll find the transport used by the maharajas in ancient times. They’re all pretty interesting toggle at.
If you decide to exit on the same gate where you entered, walk across the street and find the ticket booth for Jantar Mantar.