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City Palace in Jaipur

City Palace, Jaipur The City Palace complex in Jaipur has the most important architectural marvel in palatial arts with its numerous buildings, courtyards, impressive gateways and temples. Covering about one-seventh of the old city, this exemplary blend of Rajputs and Mughal architecture houses the seven-storied Chandra Mahal(Moon palace), still occupied by the former ruling family of Jaipur. There are many splendid small palaces and halls in the City Palace complex, such as the, Mubarak Mahal and Badal Mahal. There is also a famous temple called the Shri Govind Temple.The rest of the Jaipur City Palace complex consists of the Sawai Madho Singh II museum .

As one enters the first courtyard of City Palace, one comes across the Mubarak Mahal, which was built in the 19th century by Maharaja Madho Singh II. Here lies the splendid gateway, which leads to the Diwan-I-Khas or hall of Private audience. It is an open hall, where there are two silver vessels on display, which have entered the Guinness book of World Records.

As one moves on, one sees the Chandra Mahal, which is considered as the main highlight of the Jaipur City Palace. City Palace of Jaipur has a lot of paintings, mirror work on walls, and floral decorations that make the Moon Palace truly magnificent. It is a seven-storied palace, where each level has a distinct name.
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There is also the Sukh Nivas or the 'Hall of Rest', which has the drawing and the dining area. On the fourth floor is the 'Shobha Nivas' or 'Hall of Beauty' which is decorated with mirrors all over and has gold leaf and mica decorations. It holds the dining room of the Maharaja, furnished with mughal miniatures, European silver, glass dining tables and peep holes decorated with gold leafs for ventilation.

The fifth floor is the 'Chavi Nivas' or the 'Hall of Images' and the sixth floor is known for the beautiful view it offers of the surrounding area.
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The uppermost floor is called the 'Mukut Mahal' or the 'Crown building'. When one moves forward to Badal Mahal from the Chandra Mahal, one comes to the Govind Temple. The lower two levels have the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, which has a large collection of 15th century weapons, displays of ancient jewellery, costumes, arms, chariots, howdahs, palanquins, shawls and carpets. A section of the museum also contains dresses and costumes of the former Maharajas and Maharanis of Jaipur. Paintings, floral decorations, mirror walls and ceilings in the traditional style adorn the palace museum.


Attractions Near the City Palace
Hawa Mahal - Built in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh the 'Hawa Mahal', or Palace of the Wind, is an integral part of the City Palace, built as an extension of the Zenana (women's chambers) standing away from the main complex. This five storey building of unusual architecture is a stunning example of Rajput artistry made of red and pink sand stone, beautifully outlined with white borders and motif's painted with quick lime. The monument was originally built with the purpose of enabling ladies of the royal household to watch the everyday life and royal processions in the city without being seen by others.

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