City Palace of Jaipur is located in the heart of the old city of
Jaipur in Rajasthan, India. It is spread over a large area,
split into a series of courtyards, gardens, and buildings. The
outer wall was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II, but other
additions are much more recent, some dating back to the
beginning of the 20th century. The palace is a wonderful blend
of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural style. The City Place of
Jaipur is a major tourist attraction in Rajasthan.
The city palace was built by Raja Sawai Jai Singh and the royal
family still uses a section of the palace. The exquisite 19th
century Mubarak Mahal or The Palace of Reception which used to
serve as the reception area of royal guests was built by Madho
Singh and is now converted into museum which show cases a
bewildering array of royal costumes of the charismatic prince
Sawai Madho Singh. Apart from the royal costumes, on display at
the museum are some intriguing 15th century royal armory that
have been very well preserved.
There is also the Dewan-I-Aam which has now been converted into
an art gallery and has unusual ancient Hindu manuscripts,
exquisite work of art belonging to Persion, Mughal and
Rajasthani school of art. The Dewan-I-Khas is conspicuous by its
two large exquisite silver vessels, which were exclusively made
for Maharaja Madho Singh. These vessels served the purpose of
storing the holy Ganga water during the erstwhile ruler's much
talked about trip to England.
The magnificent Chandra Mahal which is all of seven storied is
now the residence of the present Maharaja of Jaipur. Needless to
say, the palace with its exquisite paintings, flower - patterned
décor, parapets that dazzle with mirrors and intricately carved
ceilings makes this palace an enchanting abode. Each of the
seven stories serves a distinctive purpose and are appropriately
named. For instance, the Sukh Niwas or the hall of pleasure
serves as the drawing cum dining room of the Maharaja while the
Shova Niwas or the hall of beauty is conspicuous by its mirror
coated parapets which dazzle with a million rays when lit up.
Sky Way : Jaipur is connected to Delhi (260Km), Mumbai,
Udaipur, Jodhpur, Aurangabad, Calcutta and Varanasi by domestic
Trackway : The train service to Jaipur is available from
all the major parts of the country.
Expressway : Jaipur can be accessed from all the major
places in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi and Mumbai by bus.
The centre of the palace, is the Chandra Mahal, or the Moon
Palace, which provides a fine view of the gardens and the city.
Chandra Mahal JaipurMaharaja Sawai Man Singh Museum
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.
Diwan-i-Am & Diwan-i-Khas
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.