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Monuments of India
CITY PALACE

City Palace, Jaipur

Located in the heart of Jaipur, the Maharaja reigned from this very City Palace. The palace has a number of noteworthy places to visit which includes the famous 'Chandra Mahal' and the 'Mubarak Mahal'.
 
The palace was built between 1729 and 1732 AD by Sawai Jai Singh II. He was the ruler of Amer. This palace was built with a fusion of Rajput, Mughal and European styles of architecture and make for a stunning view.
 
The Chandra Mahal in this palace has been turned into a museum and showcases beautiful handcrafted products from yesteryears along with clothes of the rulers and other historical artefacts. The palace has many intricately carved and decorated gateways which are called the Udai Pol, Jaleb Chowk, Tripolia Gate and Virendra Pol. The Mubarak Mahal was built for Maharaja Madho Singh II as a centre for receiving visiting dignitaries. It was designed by the architect Sir Swinton Jacob.
 
It has now also been converted into a museum showcasing a superb collection of royal attire and shawls. There is also a Diwan-I-Khaas where you can see two huge vessels made of silver which are 1.6 metres tall and said to be the largest silver ornaments in the world. There is also an iconic clock tower within the City Palace which can be seen from far away from various points in the city and a Govind Temple on the premises can be found too.
 
The city of Jaipur is visible from this palace and the view is spectacular. It offers a look into the rich heritage of royal families and is a must visit tourist spot in the Pink City. Here you will find elaborate courtyards, landscaped gardens and impressive buildings.
 
A certain portion of the palace is still occupied by the royal family today and that part is not open for tourists to visit. Only some parts can still be visited within a 45 minute guided tour.
 
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