The City Palace is one of the few palaces in Jaipur which are still used as residences by members of the erstwhile royal family. The Maharaja of Jaipur currently resides in the beautiful City
palace building but a part of the building is now dedicated for public collection of art and also used as a museum.
The palace has several different parts and sections and is a mega complex structure. The architecture of the palace is also a piece of unique fusion, which is not a common signature of the medieval era during which the palace was built.
The architects involved in the construction and designing of the City Palace were praised internationally for the fusion of European, Mughal and Rajput styles with other forms of North Indian Architecture. Given the immense size and various sections of the city palace it is not possible to associate a single architectural style to all the buildings.
City Palace, Jaipur consists of two major structures which are also the most famous parts of the
palace. This includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal. Other popular buildings like the Diwan-a-khas and Diwan-a-Aam are also an integral part of the City Palace complex. The Maharani’s
residence is also a beautiful structure. Currently the Mubarak Mahal is the official residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur but the Chandra Mahal has been converted into a museum which has received immense public support and
praise over the years.
The City Palace was first planned in the year 1732 when Sawai Jai Singh II the then ruler of Amber completed a wall around the Jaipur City and was developing the city as the capital of his
empire. Sawai Jai Singh himself was an excellent amateur architect. He along with the famed British Architect Sir Samuel Jacob and his chief architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya developed the plans
for the City Palace including the Chandra Mahal and the Mubarak Mahal.
My trip to the City Palace gave me a number of photography opportunities. Being in one of the most iconic buildings in Rajasthan I could not resist myself from taking scores of photographs. These
will remain extremely priced possessions in my small collection of photographs of monuments and palaces around the country.