About City Palace
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.
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 City Palace
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 City Palace
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.
What Not to Miss at City Palace
Places to visit near City Palace -
There are several historical monuments near the City Palace.
1. Jantar Mantar: It is the closest monument to the City Palace. You will find the ticket counter right in front of the gate you used for exit, and the monument is across the road on your right-hand side.
It is a must-see place which houses various examples of traditional techniques of watching the time, measuring objects in the air, etc.
2. Hawa Mahal: The palace is settled right in the middle of the road spreading the vibes of Rajputana elegance through its structure.
However, initially the Hawa Mahal was a part of the City Palace and hence you will not find any gate going inside the palace from the main road.
You must enter the palace from behind, to know how the royal ladies from the bygone era used to witness the everyday life and celebrations of the festivals.
3. Albert Hall Museum: The museum is appreciated not only for its variety of antique collection but even for its architecture. You should click a picture from the outside and then enter the museum to witness an array of artefacts kept inside it.
Make sure to consume all of your evening and wait till dusk to finish the inside tour, only to be rewarded by the picturesque beauty of the colourfully lit monument.
4. Nahargarh Fort: This is the best place to witness the entire city of Jaipur. This ancient ruin of a beautiful fort creates the best aura to spend some time in silence. You must go here early in the morning and wait for the sunrise.
5. Jal Mahal: Jal Mahal is an elegant palace constructed half-submerged inside the man-made lake called Man Sagar Lake. It is beautiful in its real sense and the sight of a nicely lit palace in the middle of the lake is delightful and divine.
Tourist Attractions in City Palace -
This place was used by the ruling kings to listen to the problems of the general public. The hall is divided into various segments including durbars, banquets and an area covered with Jalis which was used by the royal ladies to witness the proceedings while being covered.
Now it has been turned into a museum which has a collection of various howdahs, carriages, carpets and portraits of the royal family.
It is the gateway to the City palace, which has an open courtyard for a private audience. The gate is made from brass and wood following the Rajasthani and Mughal style of architecture.
This is the part which houses the two sterling silver vessels which hold the record for being the largest in the world. They were used to keep the holy water of river Ganga.
3. Mubarak Mahal:
As the name suggests, this palace was used to welcome the guests of the royal family. All the guests were taken into this part of the palace and greeter with traditional Rajputana style.
It has enormous rooms and a reception hall which is beautified with frescos and mural paintings.
4. Pritam Niwas Chowk:
This palace means the ‘Courtyard of the Beloved’. The centre of attraction is the fact that it has four small gates. All the gates represent different seasons like autumn, spring, winter and summer.
5. Chandra Mahal:
It is the present residence of the royal family of Jaipur. It is a seven-storeyed monument which is famous for its floral decoration, mural paintings, carved ceilings and mirrored walls. The first two floors are known as the Sukh Niwas Hall followed by Rang Mandir and then Shobha Niwas.
Shobha Niwas means the ‘House of Beauty’ whereas the topmost section is known as Chhavi Niwas, which means the ‘House of Mirrors’.
Other Essential Information About City Palace
-Location: 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.