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City Palace

City Palace, Jaipur

Place: Jaipur, Rajasthan
Temple: Shri Govind Dev Ji.
Museum: Maharaja Sawai Man Singh Museum
Other attractions: Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Badal Mahal, Sukh Nivas & Shobha Nivas, Chhavi Nivas & Mukut Mahal.
Nearest Airport: Sanganer Airport - Jaipur (domestic flights)
Best time to visit: October to February
Timings: Open 9.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. (open daily except on public holidays)
Entry Fee: for Indian: Rs. 35.00, Foreigners Fee: Rs.150.00

The City Place of Jaipur is a major tourist attraction in Rajasthan. The City Palace or the main palace is an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art and architecture. The City Palace complex houses several palatial structures constructed by many legendary rulers. Sawai Jai Singh was resposible for making many edifices within the complex and later on additions in the structure were made by his successors. The city palace is divided into two parts- one houses Sawai Man Singh museum and other is still the residential palace of the former maharaja.

The complex consists an excellent museum, an armoury, sprawling gardens, buildings and several fine halls. The museum of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II has an extensive collection of art, carpets, enamelwares and 15th century weapons.

Other significant attractions within the City Palace complex are the Textile, Art Gallery, Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Badal Mahal, Sukh Nivas & Shobha Nivas, Chhavi Nivas & Mukut Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple.

Mubark Mahal
Mubark Mahal is an enchanting building inside the City Palace Complex, built by Maharaja Madho Singh in nineteenth century. It has a beautifully carved marble gate with heavy brass doors on either side of this gate. Some other interesting sections in the palace are the Diwan-i-Am or hall of public audiences including decorations and manuscripts in Persian and Sanskrit, the Diwan-i-Khas or hall of private audiences with a marble paved gallery.

Chandra Mahal
The Chandra Mahal, or the Moon Palace is the centre of the palace, which provides a fine view of the gardens and the city. On the fourth floor of the Chandra Mahal is the 'Shobha Nivas' or "Hall of Beauty" with mirror encrusted walls having exquisite blue tiled and mica decoration. The Shobha Nivas and the Sukh Nivas is still occupied by the present Maharaja.

Chhavi Nivas
The fifth floor is the 'Chhavi Nivas' or "Hall of Images", with a polished floor of blue and white painted walls, the maharajas retreat in the rainy season. The sixth floor has rows of double columns with mirrored ceiling through which one can have a magnificent view of the rugged hills.

Mukut Mahal
The uppermost storey is called the 'Mukut Mahal' or the Crown Building. Opposite the Chandra Mahal lies the 'Badal Mahal' and the Govind Devji Temple stands between the Chandra Mahal and the Badal Mahal. In the middle of Chandra Mahal and the Badal Mahal, a very delightful system of fountains is placed.

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