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City Palace of Jaipur is one of the famous attractions in India. Jaipur City Palace is a glorius masterpice of Rajput Architecture.
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City Palace Jaipur

City Palace Jaipur, RajasthanJaipur City Palace - Lying in the heart of the city in a sprawling walled enclosure is the City Palace, a blend of the Mughal and the Rajasthani architecture. A great ceremonial gate called Tripolia Gate is now reserved for the erstwhile Maharaja and his family which still lives in a part of the palace, Chandra Mahal.

Most visitors are ushered in through the Atish Pol (Stable Gate), passing through the Chandani Chowk (Moonlit Square) and the Gainda Ka Deorhi (Rhinocer Gate), you come to the Mubarak Mahal (Welcome Palace) right before the palace proper. It is a graceful pavilion built by the Maharaja Madho Singh-II in the 19th century to welcome visiting dignitaries. It now forms part of the palace museum containing toshakhana (royal wardrobe section) - a collection of royal costumes in silk, wool and fine muslin dating back to 18 century. The grand outfit in silk belonging to Madho Singh II, who was over 6.5 feet tall and weighed over 225 kg, is displayed here.

The Maharani's Palace (Queen Apartments) is now the Sileh Khana (Armoury Section), with the railing done in colors that were derived from semiprecious stone dust. One of the priceless collections of antique weapons include a dagger with two pistols attached to its handle, a ruby encrusted sword, blood thirsty scissor action daggers, Raja Man Singh's grand sword, weighing about 50 kg and a pistol using bullets made of lead dipped in poison, the most deadly among the rest. Opposite the Mubarak Palace is the Singh Pol (Lion Gate) - an imposing gateway with brass studded doors and two elephants sculptured from white marble that stand guard on either side of it.

Beyond the Singh Pol lies the Diwan-i-Khas - the former hall of the private audience of Sawai Jai Singh II featuring a large airy pillared hall in a Mughal style. In its marble paved gallery can be seen the enormous silver urns which Maharaj Madho Singh II took to London containing water from the Ganges. Of great interest are the 1.5 m tall vessels standing in the City Palace Complex, supposed to be the largest silver objects in the world.

Right of the Diwan-i-Khas is the hall of public audience, the Diwan-i-Am housing a major part of the City Museum. Outstanding examples of Rajasthani art -jewellery, enamelware, carpets, tremendous range of miniature paintings and thousands of ancient manuscripts are preserved from the ruling family's private collection. Of particular interest are a copy of Bhagwat Gita handwritten in tiny script, a copy of the ancient Shiva Purana, the illustrated Geet Govinda and the ancient manuscripts on palm leaf. It also has a rare collection of photographs of the aristocratic ladies of royal family by Maharaja Ram Singh.

The nearby Pritam Chowk (Beloved Square) was originally used for royal dance performances and illustrates a style influenced by the Mughals. Among the series of beautiful buildings marked by projected balconies, arches on slender pillars and ornate entrances, is the present-day residential complex the Chandra Mahal of the Maharaja, though closed to the public. It is an elegant palace with seven floors of galleries.

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