Best time to visitAny time of the day within open hours
Open hours9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Things to doExplore museum, check out architecture
BudgetIndians: INR 100, Foreigners: INR 400 (including camera), For a royal tour- INR 2500 per person
Best MonthsSeptember - May
Traveller TypesFamilies, Couples, Friends
Rank9 out of 190 attractions in Jaipur
City Palace is a name that rings a bell of amazing culture and great architecture. It is one of the must things to do in Jaipur. The palace is located in the centre of the city and is a combination of amazing courtyards, buildings and gardens. Jai Singh was the Maharaja to build the outer most wall of City Palace. However, there has been various restorations and adaptations in the following centuries till date. There are various buildings within the palace, many of which were built in the 20th century. Where architecture is concerned, it is a beautiful mix of Rajasthani and Mughal cultures. The entry gate, Virendra Pol leads to the Mubarak Mahal which has a colonial look and a mix of Islamic, European and Rajput style of architecture. Today, this place is a museum that shows various exhibits starting from royal shawls to costumes. Some other places to explore here are diwan-e-khas, diwan-i-am, the armoury and Chandra Mahal.
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Reviews of City Palace of Jaipur • 31
After spending an hour in Jantar Mantar under the scorching Sun, we moved to City Palace which is just nearby. It was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur for years and even today the royal family resides there. Composite ticket doesn't work here and separate ticket must be issued. The palace complex consists of two mahals: Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal. As we entered the palace complex, we were welcomed to the Mubarak Mahal. It is a museum where the royal clothings and armoury of the Maharaja's are exhibited. One can also purchase antique royal collections from here.
There are three places that can be visited at one go Hawa Mahal , Jantar Mantar , City Palace .All the 3 places are 5 min walk from each other .Since CITY PALACE was nearby , I thought of giving it a visit too .This is a private property where the entry fees is slightly higher than other monuments . Most of the palace has restricted entry (being a private property) , all those open to public have been beautifully maintained .
We booked our stay at Hotel Janak Niwas, a beautiful and a budget place. The trip started with the beautiful city palace which is the residence of the king of the mewar at 4 o'clock. The palace describes the story of the Mewar dynasty, having royal carving and beautiful designs for doors and windows and with a very good view of the city around.
A lazy morning, but yet much to do. We check out, leave the luggage in the hotel's locker room and walk down to the City Palace- a palace in Jaipur which still is the residence of the royal family and some part converted to a museum. The beautiful palace keeps us mesmerized and all just behind the camera.
I had underestimated City Palace. Big time! It is as gorgeous as any other place in Jaipur. It is a huge palace. If you believe in exploring to the hilt, it will consume a lot of your time. It's all worth it though.The royal family of Jaipur still lives here. Isn't that enough to tickle your fancy?
City Palace is very near to Jantar Mantar, In fact both are in the same complex. But I had to pay separate entry fee there, 75 rs and plus 75 for camera. The composite entry pass will not work there. City Palace is delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture. City palace complex includes Mubarak mahal, Chandra palace, Pitam Niwas Chowk, Diwan-e-aam, Diwan-e-Khaas. Chandra mahal is still a royal residence.Mubarak Mahal is now a museum and repository of variety of textiles such as the royal formal costumes, embroidered shawls, Pashwina and silk saree. You can see many photographs of royal family, polo equipment and winner cups, chess boards. Armoury of Mughals and Rajputs, including royal swords.The best part of this complex is chandra mahal, It is the residence of the descendants of the former rulers of Jaipur. Only the ground floor is allowed for visitors where a museum is located.On the top of the Chandra Mahal is Royal Flag which is an indication of King's presence in the Palace, The yellow flag suggests that the king is in town. When he's out of Jaipur, the yellow flag will not be there . The other flag is a sign of the king's property.This small inner courtyard giving access to the Chandra Mahal is famous for four small doorways representing the four seasons and Hindu gods. I liked the peocock gate representing autumn, other gates are lotus gate for summer, Gree gate for spring and Rose gate representing winter.
Situated at the core of the city. There are many beautiful gates inside City Palace. Royal family still reside in a section of the palace. There are art Gallery and museum inside the palace.
City Palace :
After our breakfast we decided to cover the remining attaractions of Jaipur i.e. City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahel. All these attaractions are spread within radius of 2 Km within the city and can be easily covered in tike intervel of 2 to 3 hours.Opening time of City Palace is morning 9:30 AM. Within the palace one can enjoy beautiful architecture of the Palace, Puppet Show, Art gallery, Weapons Gallery.
1) City Palace: Once the seat of Maharaja of Jaipur, a part of it sill serves as a royal residence.
Have a quick breakfast at the hotel and head to the city tour, visit - City Palace and Hawa Mahal.Both City Palace and Hawa Mahal are worth visiting atleast once.You can get tickets at a minimal price and if you are somebody who wants to delve deep down into history, well buy the audio guide (100 rupees only).
City Palace: The rulers of Jaipur once ruled from the City Palace. A major attraction inside the city, the city palace is complex of gardens, buildings and courtyards. It is located in the old city of Jaipur and has a beautiful blend of Mughul architecture and Rajasthani architecture. There are various museums inside the complex that display weapons, photographs and a collection of royal costumes and shawls. There is also a 45 minute guided tour inside the private palace.
City Palace is a palace of huge complexes, museums, the most prominent structures being: Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Mukut Mahal, Maharani's Palace, Diwan-I-Aam. Certain complexes are holding museums and handicrafts centres.The intricate art on the walls and the roofs, the beautiful doors were eye-catching. And while I was clicking a pic of one of the doors, I got a chance to click picture with the person who guard's the door, he was happy indeed to be clicked, subtle pleasures of Humans
2. Jaipur City Palace You can take your cameras inside after paying the camera fee along with the entry fee. The palace is well maintained, most of its interiors is like a museum for visitors. The royal family still resides on one side of the palace. You can finish exploring the place in an hour and move onto Jantar Mantar which is situated just across the road.
After the 3.30pm session, hit the road to see some iconic spots in Jaipur. Visit the City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar (3km from Diggi Palace, directions here). As they are all situated in close proximity to each other, you can easily walk to one after the other. Near here is the famous market of Choti Chaupar, which you should definitely check out.
Day 6, 10 am - Leaving the Fortuner in the sanctity of the serviced apartment, we hire a rick to reach the Jaipur City Palace. We took a private guided tour of the Palace, which in my opinion, is the real deal (clicking pictures was not permitted)! You get to see a portion of the City Palace that is still being used today! Most of the rooms that we visited were still being used (only on auspicious occasions though) and therefore, were actually furnished in aristocratic grandeur! After we finished the private tour, we explored the areas which were open to the public and clicked a few pictures. We also shopped at a nearby bazaar where we picked some nice Pashmina shawls!
By noon I managed to reach Udaipur again and I visited city palace, Lake Pichola, Lake Palace, jag mandir and finally a breath taking night view of Lake Fatehsagar lit up in the middle of the lake.
2) City Palace: It is located in the heart of the old Jaipur city. There are 3 museums where we see royal textile, armor and paintings.3) Jantar Mantar: It's an open air astronomical observatory right next to the City Palace. It has several instruments to measure local time, the altitude of star and constellations, sun's declination, meridian, altitude and to determine eclipses. The Samrat Yantra is the biggest sundial on the earth and it shows the exact local time. Travelers must hire a guide to understand the working of these instruments.
A well maintained heritage palace of Jaipur Royal family where you can see richness of royal era of Indian society and rich culture. A place which is good example of Indian Architecture and geometrical knowledge .
Isn't this the haveli pictured in Bhool Bhulaiya where Monjulika dance? Well, there is more to it then beautiful architecture. Inside palace holds exhibition of dresses king & queen used to wear on different occasions. There is museum showcasing huge collection of weapon they had. And there is another shop selling all the things rajasthan is famous for(shawl, dupatta, jooti and many more) but what good thing about that shop is, some of those things, they also show you how that work is done. I got to see how jewelry box, jooti, carpet is made.
Within the walls of the city, this is a beautiful place with all the beautiful gardens and a blend of Mughal and Rajisthani architecture. It is the best place to know the culture and history of Rajputana fmily which ruled Jaipur.
City palace is another architectural beauty which was constructed in olden times. This palace contains many palaces within the complex and each palace has its own unique museum, open for the tourist. In one such museum, which showcases the costumes of the Kings in Jaipur. The most surprising costume was of one of a king ( whose name I forgot :P ) & its was surprising because the King weighted 250 kilograms (550 lbs) and was 4 ft wide. Shocking isn't it? His costume was as huge as a bed sheet. At first I couldn't make out what it was until the tour guide told me that it was the clothing of that King. I was in a state of disbelief, like literally & kept staring at that costume for the next 2 minutes. Photography is obviously not allowed inside any of the museums but believe me this place was just worth the visit.