City Palace, Jaipur
This fort lies in the heart of the old city. Outer wall of the palace was
built by Sawai Jai Singh, but other additions are more recent, some dating
to the start of the 20th century.
The palace is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The son of
the last Maharaja and his family still live in part of the palace.
At the heart of the complex is the seven - tiered Chandra Mahal where erstwhile
royal family is still in residence, though only a small part of the apartments
However, it is only the buildings around Chandra Mahal that are open to
the public, and these also form a part of the museum.
Through Singh Pol (Lion Gate),visitors can approach the Diwan-i-Khas and
Diwan-i-Am, where the maharaja's private and public courts would be held.
The architecture seems to consist of a number of arched, pillared halls,
while the courtyards with painted doorways are a prominent feature.
Before the palace proper lies the Mubarak Mahal (Welcome Palace), built
in late 19th century by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II as a reception center
for visiting dignitaries.
It now forms part of the Maharaja Sawai Mansingh II Museum and contains
a collection of royal costumes and superb shawls including sanganeri block
prints, royal shawls. Kashmiri Pashmina (goat's wool) shawls, folk embroideries
and Banaras saris.
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