The City Palace, a blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture, is a favourite tourist destination in the city of Jaipur. It was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. Among the various forts and palaces of Jaipur, the City Palace stands out because of its extraordinary beauty. It occupies a huge area inside a wall built by Maharaja Jai Singh. The buildings of the City Palace were built by succeeding rulers. The Palace comprises of several gardens, buildings and courtyards.
The various buildings in the palace are Mubarak Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Maharani’s Palace, Mukut Mahal, City Palace Museum and Shri Govind Dev temple. One of the first buildings that you will come across as you enter the Palace complex is the Mubarak Mahal. It was built by Sawai Madho Singh in the 19th century. Today, the Mubarak Mahal is a beautiful costume gallery, consisting of various royal attires.
After crossing the first square a gorgeous gateway will welcome you to the Diwan-I-Khas, meant for private audience. It has 2 silver vessels, acclaimed to be the largest silver vessels in the world. These vessels were carried by Sawai Madho Singh II to England. He carried the water of the river Ganga in them, so that he could drink it during his trip. The courtyard also has the Diwan-I-Aam, meant for public audience. Today, it is an art gallery consisting of rare handwritten Hindu scriptures and wonderful painted ceilings.
Another building in the complex of the City Place is the Maharani’s Palace, a residence of the queens. Presently, it is a museum showcasing weapons from the 15th century. One of the most attractive buildings of the City Palace is the Chandra Mahal. It has seven storeys and each storey is known by a different name. The top-most storey is known as the Mukut Mahal. This Mahal is a ‘must-see’ for every visitor because of its mirror work on walls, delicate paintings, floral decorations and wonderful architecture. In the present day, the Mukut Mahal serves as the residence of the former ruler.
The Badal Mahal and the Chandra Mahal are located opposite each other, in the City Palace complex. Between these 2 Mahals is the Govind Devji temple. The Palace also offers a multi-cuisine restaurant, serving lovely delicacies.
The City Palace is a historical monument depicting the regal past of Rajasthan. As you walk inside the premises of this palace, you will be enchanted by the beauty of it and you will not remember how many times you have awed in surprise.