Built in: 1729-1732
Built by: Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh
Address & Location: Kanwar Nagar, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 302002, India
Timings & Visiting Hours: 10:00am to 5:00pm everyday (except on Holi, Diwali and National Holidays)
Contact Number: + 91-141-4088888, + 91-141-4088855
The City Palace is the exact spot from where the Maharajas used to rein the subordinates. The centrally located palace includes the famous ‘Chandra Mahal’ and ‘Mubarak Mahal’ and some other buildings. They once formed a part of the palace complex in the past. With many courtyards and buildings, the palace is located towards the northeast side of central Jaipur. It was built between 1729 and 1732 AD by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. He ruled in Amer and had a plan to build the outer walls of the palace. His successors later added to the architecture of this palace till the late 20th century. However, the urban layout of the city was laid by the able architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya and Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob. We see a superb amalgamation of Rajputana, Mughal and European styles in the structure of Jaipur. The ‘Chandra Mahal’ has been converted into a museum. It houses unique handcrafted products, various uniforms of the rulers and other valuable stuffs of the bygone era belonging to the royal heritage of the City Palace.
Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II initiated and custom built the outer wall of the city’s complex. He then shifted from Amer to Jaipur due to water problems and population explosion in 1727. He appointed Vidyadhar Bhattacharya as the chief architect to craft out the city’s architectural design. He had wonderfully designed the present Jaipur in accordance with the Vaastushastra.
As you enter through the Birendra Pole from Tripolia Gate, the first chamber is the Mubarak Mahal (Auspicious Palace). It was built in the 19th century by Maharaja Madho Singh II and today is a part of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. It is a storehouse of a wide variety of textiles like the royal formal costumes, sanganeri block prints, embroidered shawls, Kashmiri pashminas and silk saris of the past. The Mubarak Mahal is used as a reception lounge for foreign dignitaries today.
As you proceed further through the magnificent brass gateway of the Mubarak Mahal, you reach the courtyard that houses Diwan-I-Khas or ‘Hall of Private Audience’. It has two enormous silver vessels that are considered as the largest vessels in the world.
‘Diwan-E-Aam’ or the ‘Hall of Public Audience’ stores a variety of embroidered rugs and carpets, miniature paintings and ancient texts. The Ridhi Sidhi Pol is the four small gates that are decorated with themes representing the four seasons.
As you pass through the courtyard of Pitam Niwas, you find the Ananda Mandir. It holds arms and weapons of the Rajput kings. Just nearby lays the Sarvatobhadra or the Sarvata and the Art Gallery which was known as the Sabha-Niwas.
The Chandra Niwas is an imposing seven-storied palace on the west side. Each part has different names known as Sukh-Niwas, Ranga-Mandir, Pitam-Niwas, Chabi-Niwas, Shri-Niwas and Mukut-Mandir respectively.
The Palace Cafe is a wondrous foodie hub where you can grab a Quick Bite or have proper Lunch as you relax and take time off the sightseeing session. It is situated on the inside of the inner courtyard of the City Palace. There are accommodations for you both on the inside and outside. Choose wherever you would like to sit. The only drawback is that it is bit too expensive. But your appetite is sure to get an awesome treat against your money.
For Indian: Rs. 75
For Foreigner: Rs. 300
City Palace that once used to be the place from where the Raja used to reign has also become an ideal accommodation venue for conducting marriage parties & other function at an affordable cost today.