The City Palace is located in the heart of Old Jaipur City. The palace was built between 1729 and 1732, and has architectural styles varying from Mughul to Rajput to European styles, with a touch of Indian architecture too.
Entrance to the city palace
As you enter the city palace, you will be lead to Mubarak Mahal. Mubarak Mahal was built by Maharaja Madho Singh II in the late 19th century. The palace was originally built to serve as a reception to the palace. Today, this palace is a museum that displays royal textiles. You can get a glimpse of the dresses worn by the royal family over a period of several years.
There are three entry gates to the city palace. Tripolia Gate is the gate that is used by the royal family who still live in this palace. Visitors to the city palace can enter through Virendra Pol or Udai Pol. Most part of the palace that is open to public is now converted into a museum and displays different kind of artifacts in different buildings!
Entry to the interior of City Palace
When you enter the inner buildings of the city palace, you can observe a change in the architecture. The walls are painted pink/red, with designs of various types on the walls that are painted in white. The contrast of red/pink and white is very appealing to the eyes!
Entry to inner City Palace
One of the things that will catch your eye inside the City Palace is a huge Silver Jar that is designed to carry the pure water of Ganga to serve the purpose of drinking. Each jar is about 345 kg and took about two years to build it! The craftsman also shaped the lid and the handle accordingly and also had wheels at the circular base for the ease of movement of the jar! The jars have also served the real purpose when Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II took the jars filled with the water of River Ganga on his voyage to England in the year 1905! The jar is named Gangajali, and a miniature replica of this jar is also available to the public to buy.
Gangajali (The Silver Jar)
Diwan-i-Aam, is the Central Durbar hall or hall of public audience. The hall is made of marble flooring, and has the ceiling resting on decorated pillars and has intricate art work all over the ceiling. There are a number of crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling which extends the beauty of the hall.
As you walk along the city palace, you will realize the vastness of the city palace. The intricacy of the art work on the walls, windows would leave you stunned and speechless.
As you enter inside you will see Chandra Mahal. This palace has four gates each one representing a different season of the year. The peacock gate represents autumn, the lotus gate represents summer, Leheriya gate represents spring, and rose gate represents winter. Each of the gates are decorated with art and craft work depending on the theme.
Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, who ruled Amer from 1699 to 1744, initiated the construction of the city palace. He first ordered to erect the outer wall of the palace complex that spreads over several acres. It took three years to completely build the palace.
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