City palace jaipur

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The City Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan, stands as a majestic testament to the rich history and architectural brilliance of the region. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II initiated its construction in 1727, and the palace, completed in 1732, served as the ceremonial and administrative seat of the rulers of Jaipur State until 1949. With the establishment of Rajasthan as a state capital, the palace continued to play a vital role in preserving the heritage of the region.


This architectural marvel reflects a fusion of Mughal and Rajput styles, adhering to the principles of vastushastra. Situated in the heart of Jaipur city, the palace complex encompasses courtyards, buildings, pavilions, gardens, and temples. The city's meticulous planning, executed under the guidance of architect Vidyadar Bhattacharya, adheres to vastushastra principles, reflecting in wide avenues and six blocks. The complex houses various structures, including Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple, and the City Palace Museum. The Govind Dev Ji temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, is a prominent feature, contributing to the cultural richness of the complex.

Entrance Gates

The City Palace boasts three main entrance gates: Rajendra Pol, Udai Pol, and Virendra Pol. Each gateway, constructed across different centuries, showcases rich decorations in contemporary architectural styles. The Tripolia gate is reserved for the royal family, while common visitors enter through Udai Pol and Virendra Pol. S==ignificant Structures== Sabha Niwas (Diwan-e-Aam): Modeled on a Mughal hall of audience, this structure features cusped arches, marble columns, and a beautifully painted plaster ceiling. Sarvato Bhadra (Diwan-e-Khas): This unique architectural feature serves as the Hall of Private Audience, used for private functions, royal festivals, and important rituals. The Gangajalis (Ganges-water urns), two sterling silver vessels, stand at 1.6 meters in height and hold the Guinness World Record as the world's largest sterling silver vessels.

Association with Royalty

The City Palace continues to serve as the home of the Jaipur royal family and houses the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. It is a living heritage, actively managed by the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum Trust, currently headed by Rajamata Padmini Devi of Jaipur and managed by Princess Diya Kumari.

City Palace Jaipur Overview

  • Location: Jaleb Chowk, Near Jantar Mantar, Tripolia Bazar, Jaipur, Rajasthan.
  • Architecture Style: Fusion of Chalukya Architecture, Rajput Architecture, Mughal Architecture, and Shilpa Shastra.
  • Best Time to Visit: September to February.
  • Opening Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM.
  • Entry Fee: INR 100 for Indians (exterior spaces), INR 130 for Indians (museum), INR 500 for foreigners (exterior spaces), INR 900 for foreigners (museum).
  • Visit Duration: 3-4 hours.
  • Activities: Sight-Seeing, Photography, Learning History, Learning programs for Children, Shopping at local shops.
  • Accessibility: Directly accessible from the city’s center, reachable by cab, auto-rickshaw, or bus.