Jaipur is a city celebrated for its rich cultural heritage and traditions. One of the major tourist attractions of our country, this place has travellers from across the globe. Forts, palaces, folk dance and music, are a few things that people love to explore when in Jaipur. The Rajasthani cuisine is famous for its large meals and several dishes in a single thali. Most of the restaurants in Jaipur serve this special authentic Rajasthani thali for a taste of the local flavours. This majestic home to royals is complete with old-world charms surrounded by colourful markets and frenzied streets.
A part of the Golden Triangle, Jaipur makes for a perfect weekend getaway. With traces of royalty in all its fort and palaces, each place seems more magical than the previous one. The City Palace Jaipur is one such magical place. Still owned by the royal family of Jaipur, parts of the palace have been opened to the public. The palace has an organised layout of vast courtyards, magnificent mahals and perfectly manicured gardens. A trip to the ‘pink city’ remains incomplete without exploring the charms of the City Palace. The tour is well curated, and you also have the option of choosing between an audio guide and a regular guide.
While you plan your trip, here are a few unknown facts about the Palace that would make the visit even more interesting and intriguing.
- Mubarak Mahal
Gracing the first inner courtyard of the City Palace is the Mubarak Mahal. Designed by Samuel Swinton, it was built by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II in 1990 as a reception centre. Built with an amalgamation of Mughal, European and Rajput architectural designs, the City Palace has a mesmerising exterior adorned with fine carvings on marble. The palace houses the finest collection of textiles such as the formal royal costumes, embroidered shawls and silk sarees among other items.
- Structures Inside The City Palace
It is believed that the City Palace comprises one seventh of the walled city of Jaipur with temples, courtyards, gardens and a museum. The magnanimous structures such as Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Mubarak Mahal and the museum. Diwan-i-Khas has been converted into an art gallery from a private audience hall of the royals. It hosts two breath-taking sterling silver vessels which are officially recorded as the world’s largest sterling silver vessels. The brilliant edifices within the palace will leave you spellbound by their beauty and magnanimity.
- Baggi Khana
The place is dedicated to the chariots and coaches. The place has on display the rides of the royal families. Translated into Carriage House, this museum has a collection of old carriages, palanquins and European cabs. Two major attractions of the place include a chariot that was used to carry the supreme deity and a European cab that was gifted to Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II by Queen Victoria herself.
- The Origin of the Gates
Inside the palace, the Pritam Niwas Chowk has four gates with each representing a different season and Hindu gods and goddess. The Peacock Gate represents autumn and has beautiful 3D motifs of peacock adorning the walls. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The Lotus Gate has a continual flower and petal pattern, suggestive of the summer season and is dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati. The Green Gate represents spring and is devoted to Lord Ganesh while the Rose Gate represents the winter season and is dedicated to Goddess Devi.
A perfect location for weekend getaways, Jaipur is one Indian city that should be explored by everyone. Given the popularity among tourists, the city has a variety of options for accommodation. Hotels in Jaipur has extremely affordable and make your stay memorable with the experience of Rajasthani culture and customs.