The City Palace of Jaipur where The Royal family of Jaipur still resides. Located in the capital of Rajasthan, The City Palace of Jaipur is an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani & Mughal architecture. The vast palace complex occupies a huge part of the (old parts) walled city. The complex is divided into series of courtyards, sprawling gardens and marvelous buildings. A home to several palatial structures like the Chandra mahal- (the Royal family still resides here) and it is not open for visitors. Mubarak Mahal, Sarvato Bhadra, Buggi Khana etc.
As visitors, we enter the palace through jaleb chowk. This area houses various small boutiques and stores housing handicrafts, artifacts, traditional handlooms, rugs etc. Be sure to haggle and bargain. The prices are over-rated!
From Jaleb chowk comes the Mubarak Mahal area. Built by Maharaja Madha singh II in early 20th century, The building was used as a reception hall initially and now houses the textile section of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. The museum houses some of the elaborate costumes once adorned by the erstwhile Royal Family. Some very interesting designs and fabrics!
Passing through the Mubarak Mahal we go on to Sarvatto Bhadra. This is a beautiful structure. Truly Splendid and Royal! Sarbato Bhadra is an impressive raised structure and in earlier days was used for accession ceremonies. It was the Diwan-i-khas and even today houses props and arms of the bygone era. A truly magnificent venue to host a Royal Wedding! Sarvatto Bhadra houses the largest silver vessels in the world, figured in the Guinness Book of World records. Close to the Sarvatto Bhadra is the buggy Khana chowk. The Buggy Khana chowk houses cannons and vintage vehicles.
The Palace also houses a eating outlet – The Palace Café! I have had the most mind blowing spaghetti bolognaise @ the café! All in all- The city palace Jaipur is a great place to see Indian heritage and legacy of an era bygone!
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