The Magnificent City Palace of Jaipur
The City Palace of Jaipur is located in the heart of the old city of Jaipur
in Rajasthan, India. It is spread over a large area, split into a series of
courtyards, gardens, and buildings. The outer wall was built by Maharaja Jai
Singh II, but other additions are much more recent, some dating back to the
beginning of the 20th century. The palace is a wonderful blend of Rajasthani
and Mughal architectural style. The City Place of Jaipur is a major tourist
attraction in Rajasthan.
How to Approach
: Jaipur is connected to Delhi (260Km), Mumbai,
, Aurangabad, Calcutta and
Varanasi by domestic flights.
: The train service to Jaipur is available from all the
major parts of the country.
: Jaipur can be accessed from all the major places in
Rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi and Mumbai by bus.
The Most Popular Sights to See
The centre of the palace, is the Chandra Mahal, or the Moon Palace, which
provides a fine view of the gardens and the city.
Sawai Man Singh Museum
The ground and first floor of the Chandra Mahal, form the Maharaja Sawai
Man Singh Museum. The museum has an extensive collection of art, carpets,
enamelware and old weapons. The paintings include miniatures of Rajasthani,
Persian and Mughal schools. The Mubarak Mahal, or the Auspicious Palace,
contains the textile section of the museum.
Diwan-i-Am & Diwan-i-Khas
The palace also houses the Diwan-i-Am, or the hall of public audience, and
Diwan-i-Khas, or the hall of private audience. In the Diwan-i-Am, ornate
pillars support the high ceilings. The walls, intricately painted with
touches of deep red and gold, provide perfect mounts for immense medieval
Afghan and Persian carpets. Miniatures from the Mughal and Jaipur schools,
and Jai Singh's translations in Arabic and Sanskrit of the astronomical
treatises of ancient scientists, are displayed in glass cases.