City Palace of Jaipur
City Palace of Jaipur
The magnificent City Palace in Jaipur is one of the most famous tourist attractions located in the old part of the city. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during the years 1729 to 1732, the vast complex of the palace occupied one-seventh of the walled city.
Edifices find a place in the City Palace
An amalgam of Mubarak Mahal, Islamic, Rajput and European architectural styles, the City Palace was built by Maharaja Madho Singh II in the late 19th century. It mainly acted as a reception centre and has now been converted into a museum.
The Chandra Mahal is a remarkable edifice located towards the west end of the City Palace. A charming Peacock Gate welcomes you into the palace. The Mahal itself is decorated with beautiful paintings, floral embellishments and decorative mirror work. The building has seven floors with each of the floors having a unique name such as Sukh-Niwas, Ranga-Mandir, Pitam-Niwas, Chabi-Niwas, Shri-Niwas and Mukut Mahal.
Pritam Niwas Chowk
It is towards the inner parts of the City Palace and has four small gates which lead to the Chandra Mahal. The gates themselves are decorated with illustrations that represent the four seasons and Hindu deities Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva-Parvati, Lord Ganesha and Goddess Devi.
Diwan - i - Aam
Diwan-i-Aam was the Hall of Public Audience and is located between the armoury and the art gallery. Laid down with scintillating marble, there are two sterling silver vessels of the capacity of 4000 litres on display here. These vessels were used by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II to carry the water of the holy Ganges to drink on his trip to England. A number of shimmering crystal chandeliers are also present here, which is unveiled only during special occasions.
Diwan - i - Khas
Diwan-E-Khas was the ‘Hall of Private Audience’, and is a vibrant example of the architecture of that time. The ceiling is painted in shades of red and gold which have a flawless appearance even to this day. This edifice is a major attraction within the palace itself. converted into an art gallery, the Diwan- i- Khas exhibits miniature paintings, ancient texts, embroidered rugs, Kashmir shawls and carpets.
Originally, this served as the residence of the queens, but has now been converted into a museum. Weapons used by the royalty during the war are on display here, with some of them as old as the 15th century.
This is the museum which has an exquisite collection of old carriages, palanquins and European cabs. One notable collectable here is the baggi which was gifted to the royals by Prince of Wales in 1876 and is called the Victoria baggi.
Govind Dev Ji Temple
This is a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna located in the palace premises.
Architecture of City Palace
The architectural style of the City Palace was a fusion of the Shilpa Shastra of Indian Architecture along with Rajput, Mughal and European styles. The main architects for the construction of the palace were Vidyadhar Bhattacharya and Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob.
he palace complex is designed in the form of a grid and has a number of structures within its bounds such as ‘Chandra Mahal’, ‘Govind Dev Ji Temple’, ‘Mubarak Mahal’, and ‘Diwan-I-Khas’. Murals, mosaics, honeycomb window panes and meticulous stonework make the Palace a perfect blend of design, art, colour and culture.
Timings and Tickets
Timings- 09:30 AM- 5:30 PM (All days).
Last sale of ticket – 5:00 PM
Closed only on Dulhandi (second day of Holi)
Tickets For Indian National/ Resident
|Museum||Composite||Museum at Night||Royal Grandeur*||Royal Splendor*|
|Adult||INR 200||INR 300||INR 500||INR 1500||INR 3000|
|Child (5-12 years)||INR 100||INR 200||INR 250||INR 1000||INR 1500|
|Adult (Senior/ Defence)||INR 100||INR 200||INR 380||–||–|
Tickets For Foreign Nationals/ Residents
|Composite||Museum at Night||Royal Grandeur*||Royal Splendor*|
|Adult||INR 700||INR 1000||INR 2000||INR 3500|
|Child (5-12 years)||INR 400||INR 500||INR 1500||INR 2000|
|Adult (Disabled)||INR 430||INR 780||–||–|
Best Time To Visit City Palace
The morning and evening hours and cooler and less crowded. Winter months of October – March are the best months to visit this destination.