An arresting complex of royal courtyards, sprawling gardens, and marble-floored chambers, the City Palace in Jaipur is a crown jewel in the old pink-walled quarters of Jaipur. Hundreds of history buffs, occasional travellers, and families visit this royal residence today to catch a glimpse of Jaipur’s Kachwaha dynasty.
The of Amber grew in population under the rule of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in the early eighteenth century. The Maharaja founded the city of Jaipur in 1726 as the capital of his princely state. Using red and pink sandstone, the new palace was built in Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles within next six years. Its outer wall was finished later by Maharaja Jai Singh II. A remarkable example of human ingenuity, the City Palace in Jaipur is one of the most popular destinations in Rajasthan.
The most prominent structures in the City Palace in Jaipur include the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Maharani's Palace, City Palace Museum, and the Shri Govind Dev Temple. Two entry gates – Virendra Pol and the Udai Pol – are open for visitors while the Tripolia Gate is reserved for royal family. The seven-storeyed Chandra Mahal houses Ranga Mandir, Mukut Mahal, Shri Niwas, Sukh Niwas, and a museum. The armoury in Maharani’s Palace displays weapon collections and engraved ceremonial items.
A visit to the Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience) and Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience) are also included in the public tour. The Pritam Niwas Chowk is an inner courtyard bounded by four gates, each adorned with beautiful motifs.