City Palace Jaipur
The City Palace
is located in Pink City, Jaipur which is the capital of Rajasthan. The City Palace
has an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthan and Mughal architecture. The vast
palace complex occupies one seventh of the walled city of Jaipur. The City Palace
was originally built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of the Kachhwaha clan of Rajputs.
Later several additions were made to the palace complex by many of his successors.
The City Palace is the core of the royal residences in Jaipur.
of the palace, is the Chandra Mahal, or the Moon Palace, which provides a fine
view of the gardens and the city. The ground and first floor of the Chandra Mahal,
form the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh Museum. The museum has an extensive collection
of art, carpets, enamelware and old weapons. The paintings include miniatures
of Rajasthani, Persian and Mughal schools. The Mubarak Mahal, or the Auspicious
Palace, contains the textile section of the museum.
The palace also houses
the Diwan-i-Am, or the hall of public audience, and Diwan-i-Khas, or the hall
of private audience. In the Diwan-i-Am, ornate pillars support the high ceilings.
The walls, intricately painted with touches of deep red and gold, provide perfect
mounts for immense medieval Afghan and Persian carpets. Miniatures from the Mughal
and Jaipur schools, and Jai Singh's translations in Arabic and Sanskrit of the
astronomical treatises of ancient scientists, are displayed in glass cases.
grand seven storeyed Chandra Mahal lies to the north-west. This present day residence
of the Maharaja of Jaipur; Bhavani Singh, provides stunning views of the gardens
and the city. The palace is adorned with exquisite traditional style paintings,
floral decorations, mirror walls and ceilings. The different floors of this splendid
structure serve a variety of purposes. While the ground and the first floor form
the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, the fourth floor serve as the tastefully
decorated Shobha Nivas or Hall of Beauty. The fifth floor is the Chhavi Nivas
or Hall of Images, the sixth floor with its mirrored ceiling and stucco floor
has rows of double columns through which one can have a magnificent view of the
rugged hills. The uppermost storey is called the Mukut Mahal or the Crown Building.
Opposite to this splendid building lies the Badal Mahal. The Govind Devji Temple
is between the Chandra Mahal and the Badal Mahal. The awesome Hawa Mahal is another
integral part of the City Palace.
"Sukh Nivas" or the "Hall
of Rest" holds the drawing and dining room of the Maharaja, furnished with
Mughal miniatures, European silver and glass dining tables and peep holes decorated
with gold leafs, for ventilation. Sukh Niwas has been painted in Wedgewood blue,
ornamented with white lining. On the fourth floor of the Chandra Mahal lies the
"Shobha Nivas" or "Hall of Beauty". This palace has mirror
encrusted walls with exquisite blue tiled dadoes and glittering gold leaf and
mica decoration. When the room was lit after dark the Maharajas could enjoy a
breathtaking spectacle of the room bursting into a thousand flickering images.
Through the glass panes you may view the Sri Govind Devji Temple, the first structure
built by Sawai Jai Singh in Jaipur. The Shobha Nivas and the Sukh Nivas are still
occupied by the present Maharaja. On the fifth floor lies the "Chhavi Nivas"
or Hall of Images. This palace was the Maharajas retreat in the rainy season and
still has a polished floor of eggshell stucco and blue and white painted walls.
the Chandra Mahal lies the 'Badal Mahal'. The Govind Devji Temple stands in the
middle of the Chandra Mahal and the Badal Mahal. A delightful system of fountains
is placed in the middle of the paved path between the Chandra Mahal and the Badal
Mahal. Another integral part of the palace complex is the Hawa Mahal.How
Jaipur is connected to Delhi (300Km), Mumbai, Udaipur,
Jodhpur, Aurangabad, Calcutta and Varanasi by domestic flights.
train service to Jaipur is available from all the major parts of the country.
Jaipur can be accessed from all the major places in Rajasthan, Gujarat,
Delhi and Mumbai by bus.