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
The centre 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.
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
The 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.
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".
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.
Opposite 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 to Reach
Jaipur is connected to Delhi (300Km), Mumbai,
Udaipur, Jodhpur, Aurangabad, Calcutta and Varanasi by domestic
The 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.