City Palace Jaipur
The City Palace Jaipur is one of the most popular monuments in that city. It was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. Even though there are many palaces and forts here, but the City Palace Jaipur stands truly apart. It is known for its marble pillars, the carefully carved interiors as well as its lattice work that make it truly remarkable.
The City Palace Jaipur was designed by Colonel Jacob. He has managed to combine Rajput, Mughal as well as European architecture in order to bring forth this unique piece of architectural wonder. There are two ways of entering this ancient monument. One of them is the Jaleb Chowk and the other is the Tripola Gate. Once you enter through the Tripola Gate, you will reach the Mubarak Mahal. This is the “Auspicious Place.” In fact, this is the reception area where all the foreign dignitaries visiting this Palace are welcomed. Today, it forms a part of the Sawai Man Singh II museum. It houses a wide range of textiles that include the Kashmiri shawls, silk sarees besides the various Royal costumes.
Once you cross the huge brass gateway of the Mubarak Mahal, you will reach the courtyard where the Maharaja met his private audience. This is the Diwan-i-khas. Out here are the world's largest vessels made of silver displayed. Going in further would take one to the Hall of Public Audience or the Diwan-i-Aam. This chamber is well decorated with rugs and carpets. In addition, there are ancient texts as well as miniature paintings on the walls.
It is the Sihel Khana in the City Palace Jaipur that was used all the weapons and artillery of the army. The Sabha Niwas of that time today houses the Art Gallery. This hall is marked by two huge paintings of Lord Krishna playing Holi. In addition, there are life sized. The main reason for visiting the City Palace Jaipur is to have a look and understand the royal splendor that was enjoyed by the royalty of that era. In fact, it is strongly recommended to opt for the Royal Grandeur tour.
This will take the visitors through the Chandra Mahal, Sukh Niwas, Chandra Mahal, besides the Sukh Niwas, Chhavi Niwas, Shobha Niwas, Sri Niwas as well as Mukut Mandir. Besides enjoying the beauty of the Palace, the guide will inform about the various anecdotes linked to each place. This is one easy way to get a peek into the culture of the Rajputs in that era. Inside the City Palace Jaipur is the Palace Atelier. This is where the visitors can buy exquisite, handcrafted objects that have been inspired by the City Palace itself. In fact, all these products have been designed in the Palace Studio itself.
Besides, these have been crafted by master craftsmen and are hence, able to keep alive the tradition and craft of Jaipur as well as Rajasthan. This was a place that was set up in 2010 and it ensures that every visitor is able to carry away a piece of the City Palace with him/her.
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