4. The City Place
The City Place of Jaipur is a most tourist attraction in Rajasthan. City Place is located center of the old jaipur; City Palace is a rare combination of the finest blends of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The City palace was originally built by Maharaja Jai Singh ji. This place has several palatial structures like the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Badal Mahal, Shri Govind Dev ji temple and the City Palace Museum.
The city palace is divided into two parts- One part Sawai Man Singh museum and other is still the residential palace of the former maharaja.
The excellent museum has an extensive collection of art, carpets, Sanganeri block prints, Kashmiri Pashmina shawls, folk embroideries and Benares silk saris and 15th century weapons.
Most important is pajamas and coat of Sawai Madho Singh, a well-built man 6 ½ feet tall, over 4 feet wide and weighed 250 kg.
Other attractions in City Places:
Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Badal Mahal, Sukh Nivas & Shobha Nivas, Shri Govind Dev Ji temple, Chhavi Nivas & Mukut Mahal.
for Indian: Rs. 35.00, Foreigners Fee: Rs.150.00
Mubarak mahal is also called Welcome Palace. In the past time it’s as reception for visiting dignitaries. Mubarak Mahal is a building inside the City Palace Complex, built by Maharaja Madho Singh in 19 century. It has a beautifully carved marble gate with heavy brass doors on either side of this gate
The Chandra Mahal or the Moon Palace is the centre of the palace; it’s occupied by the royal family. Chandra mahal provides a fine view of the gardens and the city. On the 4rt floor of the Chandra Mahal is the 'Shobha Nivas' or "Hall of Beauty" with mirror effects walls having exquisite blue tiled and mica decoration. The Shobha Nivas and the Sukh Nivas is still occupied by the present Maharaja.
The fifth floor is the 'Chhavi Nivas' or "Hall of Images", with a well 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.
The top most floors are 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.
Inside the City Place located famous museum. The art gallery is housed in the former Diwan-i-am (Hall of Public Audience). The excellent museum has an extensive collection of art, carpets, Sanganeri block prints, Kashmiri Pashmina shawls, folk embroideries and Benares silk saris and 15th century weapons The awesome Hawa Mahal is another integral part of the City Palace.