15 photos through the royal lifestyle of Rajputs: City Palace, Jaipur

“Once upon a time, there was a king…” my thoughts started chasing the long gone tales of childhood when I heard about the City Palace, Jaipur. It was from Mysore palace I started my love for exploring palaces and cultures. City Palace Jaipur was on my long time list from the time I had seen the pictures of elegant rooms rolled in colours of blue and white.

 

I get confused on thinking how did the queen and princesses manage to live inside the great walls without being in touch with the outer world. Most of their life was limited inside the great walls and luxury. As an answer to my thoughts my guide said: “On those days queen couldn’t go out to play so her maids made garden for her to enjoy; she didn’t have malls to go shopping, so weavers and jewellery makers made the finest jewels and dresses for queen; she didn’t have theatres to watch films, so music concerts, dance programs and puppetry shows were arranged for her”. How thoughtful?

 

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Listening to the history of our nation made hairs on my hands to dance while walking on the long corridors with large portraits of rulers hanged against the walls decorated with vegetable colours. The stairs were sloped to make the walk easy for the queen with the heavily embroidered dress. I felt elated at the thought of walking on the same corridors once used by the warrior kings who have ruled India.

 

City Palace is the current residence of the descendants of the former rulers of Jaipur, built in the year 1732. The ground floor of the palace is open for visitors. A separate ticket is alotted for the entrance into the Chandra Mahal, the main building of the palace, still used by the royal family during auspicious occasions.

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Chandra Mahal: One of the complex buildings in City Palace. The main portion of this building is the residence of the Jaipur royal family now. Architecture is mainly of Rajput style. There is also a mix of Mughal and European style.

Outside Sukh-Niwas: 2nd floor of Chandra Mahal(Photography restricted inside). Also known as “Hall of rest” is the drawing and dining area of the royal family which is decorated with classic tables and chairs made of silver and glass. Sukh Niwas is made for the Queen Sukh Kavar, wife of King Sawai Jai Singh.

Rang Mandir: 3rd floor of Chandra Mahal. This room is decorated with mirrors. Mirror works can be spotted on walls, ceiling and pillars. This room was used in winter by the royal family since it gets warmed easily when a candle is lighted.
Rang Mandir, when the candle is lighted. Its ceiling glitters like thousand stars.
Shoba Niwas: 4th floor of Chandra Mahal. Also called as “hall of beauty”. Its decorated with gold and mica. During diwali, Jaipur king does pooja in Sobha Niwas.
Chavi Niwas: 5th floor of Chandra Mahal in City Palace, Jaipur. Also called “hall of images”. Decorated in the colours of blue and white. This is the monsoon retreat of the king.
Sri Niwas: 6th floor of Chandra Mahal. This area gives a brilliant panoramic view of the palace premises.
Mukut Mandir: This is called as the crown area and topmost floor of Chandra Mahal.
View from Sri Niwas
Palace artist who does paintings for the royal family.
Inner courtyard of Chandra Mahal can be accessed through 4 gates. This is peacock gate, which represents autumn.
Rose gate represents winter
Lotus gate represents summer
Green gate represents spring

Visitor’s information:

Famous for: History and culture

 

Location: Jaipur, Rajasthan. City Palace is located in the middle of the old city of Jaipur.

 

How to reach: Rickshaws and taxis are available for local sightseeing. All forms of public transportations are also available.

 

Entrance fee: INR 130 for Indians and INR 500 for the foreigners to visit the museum and palace premises. Entrance fee to the Chandra Mahal is INR 2500, where you get to see the private rooms used by the royal family. Guides and audio guides are available. Make sure to check this tourist website of Jaipur before your visit, since some festival days are holidays.

 

Camera fee: INR 50 and INR 150 for videography

 

Visiting time: 09:30 AM – 05:00 PM

 

Best time to visit: September to February

 

Thanks, for reading! How do you feel when you visit some historical places? Do you imagine yourself walking like a king or queen of the 18th century when you visit a palace? For me, Yes, I do! Share me your thoughts in the comments below(You can leave the option of ‘website’ blank to make the comment ) or mail me at earthstenant@gmail.com.

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