City Palace of Jaipur – A Specimen of Remarkable Architecture
Jaipur, the pink city is known for its outstanding forts and palaces. Among its various striking monuments, City Palace is an architectural wonder of Rajasthan. It offers you the best glimpses of Mughal and Rajasthani style. It covers around one seventh area of the entire city. This magnificent palace was scientifically designed and perfectly blended with the traditional architecture. Sawai Jai Singh II of the Kachhwaha clan of Rajputs started its construction which was later completed by his successors.
This palace boasts of its major attractions which enthrall tourists to come here from far and wide. The grand structure has a huge complex with several gardens, courtyards, structures, halls and small palaces.
This seven-storied building will leave you simply mesmerized. The lower two levels have Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum that showcases a unique collection of 15th century weapons, rarities and carpets. The other floors like Sukh Nivas, Chavi Nivas, Shobha Nivas and Mukut Mahal look simply wonderful as they have still retained the age-old royal charm of the Rajputs.
It was constructed in late 19th century by Maharaja Madho Singh II. It is known as one of the finest examples of European architecture. It also showcases the textile section of Maharaja Sawai Maan Singh II museum.
You can see here the rich collection of Pashmina Shawls, royal costumes, Sanganeri prints, folk embroidery and Benarasi silk saris. It also offers tourists an opportunity to see the bulky clothes worn by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I. You can also see the best collection of 2000 weapons that date back to 1580s.
It is the hall for private audience and has two of the world’s largest silver vessels. They were especially made for Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II. The hall is an ideal example of traditional Rajput architecture.
It is the hall for public audience that today serves as an art gallery. Here you can see beautifully painted ceilings of the hall and the ancient handwritten original manuscripts of several Hindu scriptures.
Other most preferred attractions include Badal Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and Sarvatobhadra Art Gallery. All the mahals inside the city palace complex have beautiful arches, pillars, grills and inlay work.
Hawa Mahal and Nahargarh Fort are other famous attractions of Jaipur which are a great crowd-puller.
They are the finest examples of architecture due to which these still retain the old-world charm.