City Palace

Kevin Standage


The City Palace lies in the heart of Jaipur and can be easily combined in a day on foot with the Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar. The palace was built between 1729 and 1732, initially by Sawai Jai Singh II. He planned and built the outer walls, and later additions were made by successive rulers continuing up to the 20th century.

Having passed through the first courtyard (avoiding the massively overpriced cafe on your right), you enter into the second courtyard with the Diwan-I-Khas nestled in the middle. This was a private audience hall of the Maharajas.


Beyond that is a gateway that leads to Pitam Nias Chowl…more on that in a moment…


Instead I initially turned left through another gateway to Mubarak Mahal.


Mubarak Mahal, meaning the ‘Auspicious Palace’, was built with a fusion of Islamic, Rajput and European architectural styles in the late 19th century by Maharaja Madho Singh II as reception…

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