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Jaipur City Palace – Your Window to Royal Extravagance

Jaipur City Palace is your window to royal extravagance of ancient India. The complex is a maze of courtyards, palaces and architectural beauty, ready to blow your mind away. And oh, it’s super pink, too, like the rest of the city. This Palace was used as a royal residence of the Singh family who ruled the city for a long time. This isn’t just huge but it’s also a marvellous place to learn history and admire its architectural designs.

Jaipur City Palace is a must to visit when you’re in Rajasthan.

Jaipur City Palace - Your Window to Royal Extravagance (Mubarak Mahal - Pink City, Jaipur, India).

Jaipur City Palace – Your Window to Royal Extravagance (Mubarak Mahal – Pink City, Jaipur, India).

It’s right in the heart of the old city surrounded by pink buildings. Thus, it got its monicker, “The Pink City.” 

Jaipur City Palace - Your Window to Royal Extravagance (Mubarak Mahal - Pink City, Jaipur, India).

Jaipur City Palace – Your Window to Royal Extravagance (Mubarak Mahal – Pink City, Jaipur, India).

The Palace is right at the back of Hawa Mahal, an imposing structure that looks marvellous when the sun touches it.

Jaipur City Palace - Your Window to Royal Extravagance (Mubarak Mahal - Pink City, Jaipur, India).

Jaipur City Palace – Your Window to Royal Extravagance (Mubarak Mahal – Pink City, Jaipur, India).

The City Palace in Jaipur is a mix of Mughal, Rajput and European architectural influences.

Jaipur City Palace - Your Window to Royal Extravagance (Pink City, Jaipur, India).

Jaipur City Palace – Your Window to Royal Extravagance (Pink City, Jaipur, India).

As soon as you enter the courtyard, Mubarak Mahal greets you in all its splendour. In Urdu, Mubarak can be translated into auspicious. Today, it’s a textile museum with great collections of royal clothes.

Jaipur City Palace - Your Window to Royal Extravagance (Mubarak Mahal - Pink City, Jaipur, India).

Jaipur City Palace – Your Window to Royal Extravagance (Mubarak Mahal – Pink City, Jaipur, India).

On your right, you’ll find this gate. Enter it and you’re in another courtyard with an amazing palace (see next photo).

Jaipur City Palace - Your Window to Royal Extravagance (Mubarak Mahal - Pink City, Jaipur, India).

Jaipur City Palace – Your Window to Royal Extravagance (Pink City, Jaipur, India).

This is the Diwan-i-Khas Mahal where the Maharaja would meet important people – from ministers to other royalties.

Jaipur City Palace - Your Window to Royal Extravagance (Diwan-i-KhasMahal - Pink City, Jaipur, India).

Jaipur City Palace – Your Window to Royal Extravagance (Diwan-i-KhasMahal – Pink City, Jaipur, India).

Chandra Mahal or Chandra Niwas is a seven-storey building inside Jaipur City Palace. This building is closed to regular visitors. If you’re willing to pay for almost 3,000 rupees, you’ll be on a Royal Tour which would take you here.

Jaipur City Palace - Your Window to Royal Extravagance (Chandra Mahal - Pink City, Jaipur, India).

Jaipur City Palace – Your Window to Royal Extravagance (Chandra Mahal – Pink City, Jaipur, India).

The doors inside are symbolic and intricately decorated. This is the Peacock Door / Peacock Gate. This door represents autumn and it’s dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Doors inside Jaipur City Palace (Pink City, Jaipur, India)

Doors inside Jaipur City Palace (Pink City, Jaipur, India)

And this is the Green Door (Green Gate) or Leheriya Gate which represents spring.

Green Gate (Green Door) at the City Palace (Jaipur, India).

Green Gate (Green Door) at the City Palace (Jaipur, India).

If some of the courtyards here look familiar to you, that’s because it has been in many Bollywood films.

Courtyards, Palaces and gardens at the City Palace (Jaipur, India).

Courtyards, Palaces and gardens at the City Palace (Jaipur, India).

Like any other royal palace in the world, this one has its own tragic story to tell.

City Palace in Jaipur (Rajasthan, India).

City Palace in Jaipur (Rajasthan, India).

Ishawri Singh, son of the Maharaja, committed suicide by letting the snake bit him. He was scared of the advancing army of the Marathas, a group of caste in India.

City Palace in Jaipur (Rajasthan, India).

City Palace in Jaipur (Rajasthan, India).

Before you exit, don’t forget to visit the courtyard where you’ll find the transport used by the maharajas in ancient times. They’re all pretty interesting toggle at.

City Palace in Jaipur (Rajasthan, India).

City Palace in Jaipur (Rajasthan, India).

Travel Tip: 
If you decide to exit on the same gate where you entered, walk across the street and find the ticket booth for Jantar Mantar.

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