November 10, 2007

City Palace, Jaipur

One of the major landmarks and famous tourist attractions of the Pink City of Jaipur is the City Palace Complex. The City Palace stands apart for its outstanding art and architecture. The architecture of the City Palace is a synthesis of Rajasthani and Mughal styles.


The City Palace complex covers a huge area and comprises of many palatial structures, courtyards, gardens and buildings. There are many splendid small palaces and halls in the complex, such as the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal and Badal Mahal. There is also a famous temple called the Shri Govind Temple and a museum inside, named the City Palace Museum.



Originally built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of the Kachhwaha clan of Rajputs, additions have been made to the palace complex by his successors.




A part of the exquisite Palace still makes home for the former Maharaja/King.


To the north-west is the graceful seven storeyed 'Chandra Mahal', or the Moon Palace, home to the present Maharaja of Jaipur, Bhavani Singh. The Chandra Mahal provides a fine view of the gardens and the city. Paintings, floral decorations, mirror walls and ceilings in the traditional style adorn the palace.


To sum up, the City Palace is a structure of historical importance and a souvenir of the regal past. The palace, with its royal grace stands as a symbol of magnificence.

26 comments:

Ananda Niyogi said...

Nice photos Celine - liked the third and the last one in particular. Has this palace been turned into a hotel too?

indicaspecies said...

Ananda,
Thanks. I am not quite sure if acommodation is available there, but I'm told that just one part of this magnificent monument serves some royal meal for tourists, who can enjoy cocktails in one of the exquisitely designed rooms and then head for their grand dinner. Can you imagine the ambience? :)

Sameera said...

Awesome photography once again :)

indicaspecies said...

Sameera,
Thank you. :)

imac said...

What a fantastic collection of photos and such wonderful buildings.

Kavi said...

Thats a lovely collection of snaps & a wonderful account of travel !

~ Ms. Cute Pants ~ said...

Absolutely beautiful! That last one is just lovely. Rajisthan is one of my places to visit...

Neha Nair said...

KOOL... good job .. now I won't have to take the trouble of visiting Jaipur.. cos I just did that through your blog. Thanks

Mridula said...

Lovely pictures Celine, I studied near Jaipur and this fort is so familiar.

indicaspecies said...

imac:
Thanks. Delighted that you liked them. :)

indicaspecies said...

kavi:
Welcome back, shall I say? Glad you liked this post and pictures. Thanks. :)

indicaspecies said...

~ms. cute pants~:
Thank you. I sat down in the hall (seen in the last picture here) to relax for a while. Jaipur is sultry and torrid in July.

indicaspecies said...

Neha,
I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures. But let me tell you this: visiting Jaipur is no 'trouble' instead would be a 'pleasure.' Jaipur is to be experienced in real. Go visit the place, and don't delay too much. You'll love it.

indicaspecies said...

Mridula,
I'm pleased you liked these 'palace' complex pictures. Hope to post some pictures of a fort I visited as well. :)

Priyank said...

WOW... this is some place on top of my priority to visit. Nice pictures!

indicaspecies said...

Priyank,
Thank you. Do pay a visit to the Pink City during your next trip to India - it's worth it. :)

Sanjay said...

Amazing pictures!

Keshi said...

wow nice architecture!

Keshi.

indicaspecies said...

Sanjay,
Welcome, and thank you. Delighted that you liked them. :)

indicaspecies said...

keshi:
Thank you very much. :)

Arun said...

loved that red! :)

indicaspecies said...

Arun,
It's supposedly pink (of the Pink City). :D

San said...

Celine, thanks for visiting my place and directing me to these photos of great beauty. I look forward to exploring your blog.

indicaspecies said...

san:
Thanks for checking out these pictures and I am delighted that you liked them. :)

Sigma said...

Very lovely pictures. Specially the one of exquisite, peacock like doorway. I had been to jaipur when i was very young, but have not been there after a grew up even though i live rather close by :-)

indicaspecies said...

sigma:
Thank you. I like that picture as well. Hope you get a chance to visit the place soon. :)