Palace in Jaipur
Opening hours: 9:30am-5:00pm
Address: Tulsi Marg, Gangori Bazaar, J.D.A. Market, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Ticket price: Indian/foreigner including camera ₹200/700, guide from ₹300, audio guide ₹200
Visit duration: People typically spend 1 to 2 hours here
Since medieval times, Jaipur is said to be one of the most well-planned cities to exist, since its foundation in 1727. Situated right in the middle of the city is the City Palace. It covers one-seventh parts of Old Jaipur and stands tall representing the rich history of the city.
Till 1949, the Maharaja of Jaipur used the Jaipur's City Palace as his administrative and ceremonial center. The palace has been extended and adapted across centuries which makes some parts of the complex as new as less than a century old.
The entire complex is portioned into distinct parts serving particular purposes. It houses large courtyards, lush gardens, pavilions, and temples. A portion of the palace has been converted into a museum that takes you back in time.
Sawai Jai Singh, the head of the Kachwaha Rajput Clan built the City Palace as the seat of royalty. When he shifted the capital of the state from Amber to Jaipur because of the increasing population and water shortage, Jai Singh began the construction of the palace way during the 17th century.
Though the state is now governed by the elected body, the royal family still resides in one part of the city palace.
The structure of Jaipur's City Palace follows a unique pattern with broad avenues. The building reflects a perfect blend of Rajput, Mughal and British styles of architecture. It is believed that the palace was designed as per 'Vastu Shastra' which helps to bring positive energy to the house.
The entire palace complex is divided into four grids each having its own gates for entrance and exit. The gates are named Tripolia Gate, Jaleb Chowk, Virendra Pol, and Udai Pol.
Diwan-i-Aam: Once used by Rajput rulers to hold public meetings, this part of the palace is now converted into a museum displaying a wide collection of carriages, carpets, howdahs and portraits of the royal family.
Diwan-i-Khas: As the name suggests, the Diwan-i-Khas was used for private gatherings. It has an open courtyard. Presently, people visit this part of the palace to see two sterling silver vessels.
Mubarak Mahal: Decorated with beautiful murals and frescos paintings, the Mubarak Mahal was used by the royal family to welcome guests.
Pritam Niwas Chowk: The literal meaning of Pritam Niwas Chowk is Courtyard of the Beloved. This area has four gates that represent different seasons.
Including camera charges, the entry fee to the palace is ₹200 for Indian nationals and ₹700 for foreign tourists. If you are a student, you are eligible for a discount on providing a valid student id card.
The Jaipur City Palace is open on all days of the week. The gates of the palace open at 9:30 am and close at 5:00 pm.
The City Palace is the main landmark of Jaipur. Most of the other famous tourist attractions such as Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar are situated in the same area.
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Yes, the royal family of Jaipur still resides in a part of the City Palace called Chandra Mahal. The mahal has seven floors and a roof that offers a panoramic view of the city. It is at the heart of green gardens and a lake. This part of the palace is not accessible to the public.
The City Palace museum is a house of some of the finest arms in the country. From double-edged cutters to arrows of different sizes and shapes, you can find a lot on display. The main attraction is the 5 kg sword belonging to Maharaja Man Singh. There are also baggis or carriages on display that were used by the royal family for transportation. One baggi that gathers a crowd is Victoria Baggi. This was a gift from the Prince of Wales to the Maharaja in the year 1876.
Yes, you are allowed to click pictures and shoot videos inside the City Palace at a nominal charge of ₹50 for photography and ₹150 for videography.
Any winter month from October to March is good for touring Jaipur. If you visit the city in summer, then try to reach the city palace in the early morning hours or after 3:30 pm to be able to visit all parts of the palace comfortably.