the heart of the old city of Jaipur, the City Palace occupies
a large area, divided into a series of courtyards, gardens,
and buildings. The outer wall was built by Maharaja Jai Singh
II, but other additions are much more recent, some dating
back to the beginning of this century. The palace is a wonderful
blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture, a major tourist
The centre of the palace, is the Chandra Mahal, or the Moon
Palace, which provides a fine view of the gardens and the
city. The ground and first floor of the Chandra Mahal, form
the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh Museum. The museum has an extensive
collection of art, carpets, enamelware and old weapons. The
paintings include miniatures of Rajasthani, Persian and Mughal
schools. The Mubarak Mahal, or the Auspicious Palace, contains
the textile section of the museum.
The palace also houses the Diwan-i-Am, or the hall of public
audience, and Diwan-i-Khas, or the hall of private audience.
In the Diwan-i-Am, ornate pillars support the high ceilings.
The walls, intricately painted with touches of deep red and
gold, provide perfect mounts for immense medieval Afghan and
Persian carpets. Miniatures from the Mughal and Jaipur schools,
and Jai Singh's translations in Arabic and Sanskrit of the
astronomical treatises of ancient scientists, are displayed
in glass cases.
Amber Fort is a stunning piece of Rajput architecture. Nahargarh
Fort is 6.5 km away, and is floodlit at night. Jaigarh Fort,
built in 1726, is within walking distance of Amber.
When to visit
The best season to visit Jaipur is during winters from October
How to Get There
Air: Jaipur is connected to Delhi,
Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Aurangabad, Calcutta and Varanasi
by domestic flights.
Bus: Jaipur can be accessed from
all the major places in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi and Mumbai
Train: The train service to Jaipur
is available from all the major parts of the country. The
train services to Jaipur are slower, because of the metre