City Palace Overview

The City Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan, is a splendid architectural marvel that showcases a blend of Rajput, Mughal, and European styles. Constructed in the 18th century, it encompasses courtyards, gardens, and exquisite palaces like Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal. The museum within exhibits royal artifacts and art. The intricate detailing, vibrant colors, and the iconic Hawa Mahal view make it a captivating symbol of Jaipur's regal history and cultural richness.

City Palace is situated right in the middle of Old Jaipur which covers one-seventh of that area. The construction of the palace dates back to 1732, but it still looks fresh and crisp as it always would have been. Visit City Palace Jaipur on exclusive Jaipur travel packages for royal indulgence.

The entire palace is divided into distinct parts which includes courtyards, gardens, palaces and more. 

A portion of the palace has also been turned into a museum where you can witness all the antiques and belongings of the royal family.

This beautiful palace represents the rich culture Jaipur still holds on to. You will find a perfect blend of the Rajputana with Mughal and European style of architecture. The vast property represents the grandeur and heritage of the royal families of the bygone era. 

The walls are beautifully sculpted and decorated with mirrors and hand paintings. You will also witness how detailed the carvings are done on the roofs of the palace

The entire palace becomes a window which gives you the privilege to peek into the stories of the past and the true sense of the authentic culture adopted by Jaipur.

You can buy some souvenirs from the market just outside the palace to take a part of the richness of the local culture along with you and cherish the journey from present to 1732 and so on.

History of City Palace - 

Jaipur is considered to be the first-ever city from medieval times, which was planned well. The City Palace is the one-seventh part of the entire old Jaipur. 

The idea of constructing this beautiful palace erupted in the mind of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. He called the Bengali architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya and Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob to design the Jaipur city. 

They infused Mughal and European style of architecture with the traditional Rajputi architecture. The construction began in the year 1729 and lasted till 1732. 

The entire palace has small palaces, well-maintained gardens, beautifully carved courtyards, open terraces and more.

Further Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar were added in the premises along with the outer walls of the palace. The complete structure represented the rich culture and heritage of the ancient state. 

Though this palace was completed, the process of making it more beautiful lasted until the early 20th century. It is still preserved carefully along with all the belongings inside the palace put on display.

Architecture of City Palace - 

The City Palace is a marvellous blend of Rajputi, Mughal and European style of architecture. The design of the property follows the ‘Vastu Shastra’ which is said to be facilitating the art of living and the atmosphere inside the house. 

The entire palace is structured in ‘Grid Style’ having four gates to enter and exit, namely ‘Tripolia Gate’, ‘Udai Pol’, ‘Virendra Pol’, and ‘Jaleb Chowk’. 

It also consists of various palaces, gardens, courtyards, temples, terraces, balconies and patios which are beautified by latticework, jali work, carved marbles and inlaid ornamentations. The walls reflect the authentic Mughal style which features distinct murals, mirrors and latticework. 

A unique feature found in Pritam Niwas Chowk is that it has four gates, which depicts all the four seasons. 

First one is Mor Gate which portrays Autumn Season, then it is Leheriya Gate which represents spring season followed by Rose gate drawing winters and Lotus gate painting a picture of the summer season. 

All this makes the entire palace a remarkable structure left behind by history.

How To Reach

From Airport- 

Jaipur Airport is 13.1 KM away from the City Palace. It is suggested to hire a cab either online or offline to cover this distance.

Or you can catch a local bus which will be a cheaper option to travel. You need to get down at Tripolia Bazar or the next best alternative, which is Badi Chopar and walk the rest of the distance till the City Palace.

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit the City Palace is from late October to early March. You need a soothing temperature to travel outdoors, but Jaipur is a hot and dry city and winter months of the year are not extremely hot, letting you roam around the city easily.

Other Essential Information

Tulsi Marg, Gangori Bazaar, J.D.A. Market, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002

-Timings: 9:30 am–5:00 pm

-Fee: Indian Adults: INR 130

- Indian Students: INR 70

- Senior Citizens: INR 110

- Foreign Adults: INR 500

- Photography: INR 50

- Videography: INR 150

Facts about City Palace -

There are numerous facts of the palace you would be fascinated after knowing. Here goes the list of some of the best ones.

1. Some part of the City Palace is converted into a museum, and the other part is still used as the residential area of the former ruler of Jaipur.

2. The palace used by the royal family as their resident is called Chandra Mahal.

3. There are numerous gates to enter the palace, and there are four main ones. However, you can access all the gates but not the Tripolia gate, which is reserved only for the use of the royal family.

4. There are four small gates in the Pritam Niwas Chowk which depicts four different seasons of the year, namely: Autumn, Spring, Winter and Summer.

5. There are two sterling silver jars in the palace which holds the world record of being the world’s largest sterling silver vessels in the Guinness Book of World Record.

Tips for Visiting City Palace - 

1. Include other monuments while planning for the City Palace of Jaipur.

2. Bring your valid student ID to get a discount on the entrance fee.

3. Have 2-3 hours in hand to cover the entire city palace.

4. The moment you exit the palace, Jantar Mantar will be in your right, and it is suggested to enter it directly.

5. You should plan shopping in the old Jaipur market and buy the local and traditional items to take along with you.

6. The old Jaipur market house the very famous Hawa Mahal and you shouldn’t miss this marvellous monument while visiting the city Palace.

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City Palace FAQs

Is the camera allowed in City Palace Jaipur?

Yes. Camera is allowed inside the City Palace of Jaipur. However, you will have to pay some nominal charges to take your camera inside. INR 50 will be charged for a photography camera whereas INR 150 will be charged for a videography camera.

Who built the City Palace?

Vidyadhar Bhattacharya was the one who built the City Palace of Jaipur. Its construction ended in 1732. The structure is a blend of Rajput, Mughal and European style of architecture. The entire building includes several palaces, gardens, courtyards, temples and rooms.

Who is the king of City Palace?

Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh is the present king of Jaipur. Though he is not ruling Jaipur in the current time as now the country is ruled by the elected government.

What else does the City Palace include?

The City Palace includes various complexes like several magnificent palaces, beautiful courtyards, manicured gardens, serene temples, Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khas and more. You will witness beautifully engraved walls, elegant doors, exquisite carvings, antique furniture and a lot more from the bygone era.

Who is the owner of City Palace Jaipur?

Present Royal family of Jaipur is the owner of the City Palace. Although they live in a different part of the palace and the rest of the palace is open to the public. It is converted to a museum having numerous items related to the ancient time.

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