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Trip to Jaipur – Jaipur City Palace, a beautiful and well maintained palace in the middle of the city




After coming back from Chokhi Dhani (visit to Chokhi Dhani), it was pretty late at night, and tiring (plus all the delicious food we had eaten there had made us more tired), so we came back to our friend’s place and decided that it was now sleep time. The next day promised another day of visit to a tourist location.
The next day was about the visit to the Jaipur City Palace, the well maintained quarters of the former royal family of Jaipur, located in the heart of the old section of Jaipur. It is almost at the center of the old part, located slightly to the northeast of the actual center. It was originally designed to be located at a site of a royal hunting lodge, located eight kilometers distant from the then base of Amber (including the current Amber fort). The City Palace was built between 1729 and 1732, with the first construction having been carried out by the then ruler of Amber, Sawai Jai Singh II (who also shifted the capital of his kingdom from Amber to Jaipur, to deal with an increasing population and a shortage of water). Future rulers added and modified the structures inside, right upto the 20th century. Now the City Palace is actually a tourist haven, with cloth and arms museums (no photography allowed); however, there is a larger portion of the Palace that is meant as a private residence for the royal family and no tourists allowed.

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The City Palace complex covers a huge area, with gardens, buildings and structures, and courtyards. There are various buildings in the complex such as the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Mukut Mahal, Maharani’s Palace, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum. The Mubarak Mahal is a museum visible as one enters the complex, with the museum being a costume museum, displaying the attires worn by the kings (including one huge dress worn by a very heavily endowed king).
Once you cross the cloth museum, you come across an open hall called the Diwan-I-Khas, which was a hall meant for the king for the private audience (as opposed to the public visiting hall). In this open hall, there are 2 huge silver vessels on display. They were made for a special purpose, to carry enough water of the Holy Ganga (Ganges) for the then Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II when he wanted to visit England. You can also see the Diwan-i-Aam, meant for the public audience by the Maharajah.

Tourists passing through a gate allowing movement between different sections of the Jaipur City Palace
Tourists passing through a gate allowing movement between different sections of the Jaipur City Palace

The Ganga Jali meant for carrying holy water to purify the ruler Sawai Madho Singh on his trips
The Ganga Jali meant for carrying holy water to purify the ruler Sawai Madho Singh on his trips

Row of canons parked outside the Jaipur City Palace
Row of canons parked outside the Jaipur City Palace

Rifles arranged around a central shield just next to the silver urns in Jaipur City Palace
Rifles arranged around a central shield just next to the silver urns in Jaipur City Palace

Another museum in the complex is inside the Mahrani’s Mahal (Palace of the Queen, meant for the queens) showcasing a number of weapons starting from the 15th century. You get to see swords, guns, rifles, shields, daggers, and many other weapons. The museum could look much better, since when we went, it seemed much more dusty than normal.

Light and shade in the hall containing the silver urns in the Jaipur City Palace
Light and shade in the hall containing the silver urns in the Jaipur City Palace

Guards at the entrance to the cafe of the Jaipur City Palace
Guards at the entrance to the cafe of the Jaipur City Palace

Entering the Jaipur City Palace through its main gate
Entering the Jaipur City Palace through its main gate

Dolls of different shapes and colors inside the Jaipur City Palace
Dolls of different shapes and colors inside the Jaipur City Palace

A beautiful long corridor inside the Jaipur City Palace
A beautiful long corridor inside the Jaipur City Palace

A closer view of weapons mounted on a wall in the Jaipur City Palace
A closer view of weapons mounted on a wall in the Jaipur City Palace

Angular view of the beautiful central part of the City Palace in Jaipur
Angular view of the beautiful central part of the City Palace in Jaipur

Beautiful buildings and gate inside the City Palace in Jaipur
Beautiful buildings and gate inside the City Palace in Jaipur

A view of the cloth museum and beautiful colors of the sky in the Jaipur City Palace
A view of the cloth museum and beautiful colors of the sky in the Jaipur City Palace

A very well maintained inner section of the Jaipur City Palace
A very well maintained inner section of the Jaipur City Palace

A pigeon walking on the floor of the Diwan-i-Khas (also known as the Sarbato Bhadra)
A pigeon walking on the floor of the Diwan-i-Khas (also known as the Sarbato Bhadra)

A music performance and dolls exhibited inside the City Palace in Jaipur
A music performance and dolls exhibited inside the City Palace in Jaipur

A more detailed look at the private residential part of the Jaipur City Palace
A more detailed look at the private residential part of the Jaipur City Palace

A detailed view of the clock-tower in the Jaipur City Palace
A detailed view of the clock-tower in the Jaipur City Palace

An ornate gate leading to the residential portion of the Jaipur City Place
An ornate gate leading to the residential portion of the Jaipur City Place

Canons at the entrance to the private residence of the Jaipur City Palace
Canons at the entrance to the private residence of the Jaipur City Palace

Photo of A view of the outside gate (form the inside) in the Jaipur City Palace
A view of the outside gate (form the inside) in the Jaipur City Palace




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