The City Palace, Jaipur is one of the most popular tourist destinations, especially for first timers in Jaipur. Me – being a first timer in Jaipur and of course, a sucker for palaces, obviously could not wait to tour it myself. Bang opposite the Jantar Mantar, my heart pushed me to just cross over and explore it before the ancient observatory (Jantar Mantar) but the rational part of my brain asked me to wait a bit so that we could seek some shade at noon by exploring it later.
1) Mubarak Mahal at City Palace, Jaipur
2) The Royal Clothes
Spot the lovely arches with intricate designs that remind you of the Mughal palaces while at the same time, check out the Rajput Hindu temple designs atop the doors. The seamless blend of these cultures enhanced the beauty of this “Auspicious Palace” – Mubarak in Urdu meaning Auspicious. The 2- storied palace indeed added to the charm of City Palace, Jaipur.
3) Pritam Niwas Chowk
Once you make your way out of the Mubarak Mahal , you need to pass through the gate called Virendra Pol. One impressive feature that I remember here are the monolithic marble elephants kept on either side of the gate. The elephant with its Mahout is a stunning gate decor – one that you cannot miss as you pass through these gates.
The Pritam Niwas Chowk is one of the most unique Royal courtyards that I have come across. Pritam Niwas Chowk means “courtyard of the beloved” and was extensively used by the Royal family for festive occasions and ceremonies. The women observed the proceedings from the jharokhas on the first floor. The most beautiful feature of it are the four gates that have been designed based on the 4 Indian Seasons . Let’s start with my favorite – The Mor or Peacock gate, that represents the Autumn season.
- The next one is the Lotus gate representative of the Summer season. The repetitive pattern of the Lotus petals is suggestive of the same.
The green gate or the Leheriya gate was done to showcase the greens of the Spring season.
- The winter gate or the Rose gate was a soft pastel shade with delicate blooms to indicate this season. This gate appealed to my feminine nature. Loved the soft pastel shades on it.
4) Gangajelies & Chandeliers of Diwan-I Khas
- Right opposite the Chandra Mahal, is a huge hall that is full of impressive crystal Chandeliers. This is the hall of Private audience with the king.
In the earlier days, it was covered with lovely curtains, but today, it stands open on all sides. This was the actual court of the king, the stronghold of his power.
The most interesting artifact here are the Gangajelies or the water urns that carry Ganga water. 2 huge silver urns that are 5 feet high and weigh around 340 kgs are on display. Our guide told us that they are officially the biggest sterling silver urns in the world. as per the Guinness Book of Records. These urns were made for Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II for his visit to London. The Maharaja would only drink Ganga Water and hence, 2 large silver urns with 4000 l of water were packed for his visit to Britain. 🙂 The large size and the story is what had me go WOW.
5) The Golden Throne at Diwan-I Aam
Diwan-I Aam or the Hall for Public Audience is another place within the palace, where photography is not permitted. Hence, devoid of pictures, I am hoping you can visualize this. Imagine a huge hall of red and gold, with painted ceiling and an ornate carpet, ending at a golden throne.
It is this Golden throne or the Takhat E Rawal that had me going WOW. Ornate as a throne should be, this was used not just as a seating in the Public hall but also, doubled up as a howdah on an elephant. Well, multi-purpose utility existed back then too, and that too, in the most royal manner as possible!
Besides these highlights, you are bound to spot several other interesting things within the palace like these gorgeous hallways
Or the cannon outside the Diwan-I Aam – as you see the boys did have fun around it 😀
Or the Baggi Khana with its various chariots and buggies. There is also, a special tour (Royal Grandeur tour) that allows you to see the interiors of the Chandra Mahal – however, I have left the same for my next visit to the City Palace. From what I have seen, for me, these 5 aspects represent the highlights of the City Palace, Jaipur. If you have been here, let me know what are your favorite parts of the palace. If not, well, what do you think of my highlights of the Jaipur City Palace 🙂
So go on – and leave a comment for me 😀
- The City Palace is right in the middle of Jaipur city and one can visit it using any of the local transport options – Autos, Electric Autos, Buses or Private Taxis.
- Jaipur City is the capital city of Rajasthan and has a well connected airport, railway station as well as bus station. There are daily flights and trains from all the major cities of India to this city.
- This is the official website of the City Palace, Jaipur. All information on the ticket charges, the audio guides and visiting hours are documented on it. Remember to check it before heading here to ensure that your visit is not timed with a Palace holiday or special event.
- The tickets to the City Palace, Jaipur is also, a part of the composite ticket option that allows you to visit several other attractions within a span of 3 days. Remember to check this option out before buying an individual ticket.
- The audio guides are available in 4 languages – English, Hindi, French and German. The regular guides here are well trained and can speak other languages as well. Hence, do inquire about the same at the entrance of the palace.
- Flat shoes are recommended for the sheer amount of walking to be done.
- Food is available at the Palace Cafe. There are restroom facilities as well.
- As you exit the palace, there are plenty of handloom and handicrafts shops. The prices at the same are fairly competitive and the articles seem genuine. You can choose to browse through and buy some of them for yourself and friends. Check out the Jaipur bedsheets and bedspreads, Pashmina shawls and the Jaipuri home decor while here.