Jaipur is popularly known as the pink city and home for many Royal families. Popularly known for its palaces, food and culture which makes it one of the best tourist destinations. Known for its eccentricity, City Palace Jaipur is one of the important places within the city. It symbolizes the richness and royalty of Indian history.
The city Palace stills hold its residence as Royals with some area for the tourists. It is a fusion of Mughal, Rajasthani and European architecture. The stone walls of the palace carved with some amazing arts and statues havetheir aura to look at it.
The City Palace in Jaipur is India’s second-largest Palace.
Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh built it between 1729 to 1732. It holds wide courtyards, gardens, museums and different Mahal for different members of the Royal Family.
Before visiting the palace, you will be welcomed by one of the three gates. Udai pol and Virendra Pol are for the tourist and Tripolia is reserved for the Royal family. Look out for marble carvings on the entrance that’s the first thing that will catch your eye.
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Entering through Udai pol you will enter the Sabha Niwas, used as a meeting hall for the people from the city. The arches and the ceiling painted on the hall are to look out for. There is also a separate place from where the Maharanis would attend the meeting.
When you enterSarvato Bhadra (Diwan-e-Khas) meant for the audience more private, making it the most intimate hall in the Palace. Diwan-e-Khas has the ceiling painted into shades of red. The hall houses miniature paintings, ancient texts and Kashmiri rugs. Here, more personal rituals like the coronation ceremony would happen. Now it is converted into a museum with paintings and you will find a Royal throne Takht-e-Rawal making it more popular among visitors.
Before you enter Chandra Mahal, you will be welcomed by a large peacock gate. This is a seven-story Mahal.The ground floor is now a museum and the rest was used as a residential area for the royals. The Mahal is filled with floral and mirror decorative art. This will be good for your eyes as the art pieces are made from Belgium glass without any colour usage.All the seven floors are named differently and that is a speciality of it.
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Mubarak Mahal was built much later to resident foreign guests. Its main element is the hanging balconies which are on all four sides. Now it has turned into a palace office and a museum for textile artefacts worn by Kings and Queens.
Maharani Mahal is the next place to visit in The City Palace. As the name suggests that it used to be the residential area for the Queens in the palace. The palace has a lot of similar Mahal like this for various purposes. While strolling around the palace, you will find a variety of artefacts, weaponry, royal costumes, paintings and jewellery preserved on showcase.
There is also a BhaggiKhana in the palace which is now a museum showcasing the old carriages,chariots and Palanquines. Different palanquins belonging to different members of the family are kept on display.
The City palace stands out by its art and architecture. It also tells a lot about its history as we progress through the Mahals and Diwan-e-Khas. When you are out of the palace it’s the history that will stay with you. Historical rethinking and the palace do justice to the fact that it holds so much history.
When you are done touring, a shop situated inside the premises called Palace Atelierselling the handicrafts made by famous artisans of Jaipur. These crafts are inspired by the rich craft skills and culture of Rajasthan. Buying anything from here would make a good souvenir or a memory of the place.
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On the premises there is a restaurant called Bardari Restaurant, it serves both Indian as well as the international cuisines if you feel like munching anything. It takes about 2 to 3 hours to visit the whole palace, it is better to start in the morning to avoid the crowd much needed now. The palace itself will give you the feeling of being royal once you are out of the palace.
Post is written by Amey Mohite: Content Writer, MyTravaly
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