Among all the palaces included in Jaipur Travel Guide, the City Palace has served the most important role in Rajasthan’s history. Since Maharaja Sawai Man Singh moved into this palace, City Palace is serving as the residence to the royal families of Jaipur. Over the last few centuries, it has seen many majestic celebrations, which include royal marriages and festivals of the royal family.
Built during 1729-1732, City Palace is a remarkable example of the combination of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture. Remnants of European architecture can also be found. Mubarak Mahal and the Chandra Mahal comprise the main palace complex. Mukut Mahal, Maharani’s Palace, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum also lie within the premises of this palace.
The Pitam Niwas Chowk, also known as ‘Peacock Gate’ is the gateway to Chandra Mahal. It is a finely decorated place with motifs of peacock, which represents autumn. Several other paintings and artefacts are engraved on this gate. Some of them depict the replicas of Hindu Gods and all the four seasons in India.
Diwan-i-Khas and Diwan-i-Aam, which served as the royal and public meeting venues for the kings are ornamented with crystal chandeliers. Marble floors and minutely painted designs and shapes on the ceiling of both these chambers offer the most captivating view. Diwan-i-Khas possesses two massive urns, crafted out of pure silver. These urns were used by the Maharaja to carry holy water of the Ganges, while he was on his trip to England.
Entrance of Diwan-i-Aam is fringed by two replicas of elephants, which were carved out of a single piece of marble. This extremely decorated chamber has been converted to a museum, displaying miniature paintings of the Mughal and Rajput eras, and handwritten scriptures of Bhagavad Gita. ‘Takth-e-Rawal’ or the ‘Golden Throne’ has been installed in this gallery.
Jantar Mantar, the astronomical observatory is a part of the City Palace complex. City Palace is a not-to-be-missed palace in the Jaipur Travel Guide and a major landmark of Jaipur with a rich historical heritage.