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The City Palace, Jaipur

Overview

Place : Jaipur, Rajasthan
Highlight : Chandra Mahal
Best time to visit : October to February
Timings : Open 0930 - 1630 hrs.

City Palace, Jaipur ToursJaipur city palace Located in the capital of Rajasthan, the City Palace of Jaipur or the main palace is an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthan and Mughal architecture. The vast palace complex occupies one seventh of the walled city of Jaipur. Originally built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of the Kachhwaha clan of Rajputs, additions have been made to the palace complex by many of his successors.

The complex is divided into a series of courtyards, sprawling gardens and buildings. It is home to several palatial structures like the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Badal Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

In the first courtyard is the 'Mubarak Mahal', built by Maharaja Madho Singh II in the late 19th century. The Mubarak Mahal, or the Auspicious Palace, contains the textile section of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. There is a magnificent gateway with a grand door in brass opening to a stately courtyard. There lies the Diwan-I-Khas or 'Hall of Private Audience'- an open hall with a double row of columns with scalloped arches. On display are the two largest silver vessels in the world figured in the Guinness Book of World Records. These were used for carrying water from the holy Ganges for personal use, by Madho Singh II on his journey to England. Across the paved square, with its intricate decorations in deep red and gold, Afghan and Persian carpets, miniature paintings, astronomical manuscripts in Persian and Sanskrit lies the 'Diwan-E-Aam' or the 'Hall of Public Audience'. At the other corner is the gateway Ridhi Sidhi Pol, with four small doorways decorated with motifs depicting the four seasons.


Chandra Mahal, Jaipur Tour PackagesSobha Nivas- Chandra MahalTo the north-west is the graceful seven storeyed 'Chandra Mahal', or the Moon Palace, home to the present Maharaja of Jaipur; Bhavani Singh, providing a fine view of the gardens and the city. Paintings, floral decorations, mirror walls and ceilings in the traditional style adorn the palace. Each storey has a distinctive name and is a place of sheer beauty and luxury. The ground and first floor of the Chandra Mahal, form the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. The museum has an extensive collection of art, carpets, enamelware and 15th century weapons. The paintings include miniatures of Rajasthani, Persian and Mughal schools. A section of museum also contains dresses and costumes of the former Maharajas and Maharanis of Jaipur.

'Sukh Nivas' or Hall of rest holds the drawing and dining room of the Maharaja, furnishedSixth floor Chandra Mahal with Mughal miniatures, European silver, glass dining tables and peep holes decorated with gold leafs, for ventilation. On the fourth floor of the 'Chandra Mahal' is the 'Shobha Nivas' or Hall of Beauty with mirror encrusted walls having exquisite blue tiled dadoes and glittering gold leaf and mica decoration. When the room was lit after dark the Maharajas could enjoy a breathtaking spectacle of the room bursting into a thousand flickering images. The Shobha Nivas and the Sukh Nivas is still occupied by the present Maharaja. The fifth floor is the 'Chhavi Nivas' or Hall of Images, the maharajas retreat in the rainy season, with a polished floor of eggshell stucco and blue and white painted walls. The sixth floor with its mirrored ceiling and stucco floor has rows of double columns through which one can have a magnificent view of the rugged hills. The uppermost storey is called the 'Mukut Mahal' or the Crown Building.

Jantar Mantar, Jaipur TourismOpposite the Chandra Mahal lies the 'Badal Mahal'. The Govind Devji Temple stands in the middle of the Chandra Mahal and the Badal Mahal. A delightful system of fountains is placed in the middle of the paved path between the Chandra Mahal and the Badal Mahal. Another integral part of the palace complex is the Hawa Mahal of unusual architecture, standing away from the main complex.

How to Get There

Air: Jaipur is connected to Delhi (300Km), Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Aurangabad, Calcutta and Varanasi by domestic flights.

Rail: The train service to Jaipur is available from all the major parts of the country.

Road: Jaipur can be accessed from all the major places in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi and Mumbai by bus.



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Hotel

Tour Cost Based on Per Person in US$
No. of person travelling Budget Standard Deluxe
Single person 1231 1512 On Request
Twin Sharing ( minimum 02 ) 714 866 On Request
Triple sharing ( Minimum 03 589 746 On Request

Hotel Envisaged
City Budget Standard Deluxe
Delhi Incredible Home Stay Hotel Almondz The Royal Plaza
Mandawa Mandawa Haveli Mandawa Haveli Castle Mandawa
Bikaner Hotel Sagar Heritage Inn Gajner Palce
jaisalmer Hotel Bharat palace Pleasant Haveli Hotel Rang Mahal
Jodhpur Ajit Mansion Haveli Inn Pal The Gateway
Udaipur Pichola Haveli Ram Pratap Inder Residency
Jaipur Rajputana Haveli Khandela Haveli Country Inn Suits
Agra Hotel M House Royal Residency Wyndham Grand
Varanasi Hotel Heritage Inn Grand Meraden Hotel Ramada


Inclusions:
• Accommodation in all the hotels on single/twin/triple sharing basis in A/C STD room, as per the list above.
• Breakfast on all days.
• All prevailing taxes like Luxury tax in all hotels and Expenditure tax wherever applicable.
• All transfers to or from hotels, city tours, excursions, drives by an air-conditioned transport.
• Inter state road tax, toll tax, driver’s allowance, parking etc.
• An elephant ride at Amber Fort , Jaipur.
• Camel Ride in Jaisalmer.
• 01 hour man pulling rickshaw ride.  
  • Train Tickets : Agra – Varanasi – The best available A/C class


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    • Services of an English speaking local guide
    • Flight : Varanasi – Delhi
    • Entrance fee to any monuments or camera fee.
    • Any airfare or airport tax
    • Tips, gratuities.
    • Portage, laundry, telephone calls, table drinks or any other expenses of personal nature.

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