JAIPUR - FEBRUARY 2008
Jaipur's City Palace, occupying nearly one-seventh of the old Pink City, shows a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Originally built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of the Kachhwaha clan of Rajputs, it is home to several palatial structures, including the Chandra Mahal, residence of the current Maharajah of Jaipur, ex-ruler of the city.
"PORTAL - The first of several doors one has to cross to enter the City Palace"
"DOOR - The doors are massive"
"INSIDE - The complex include many structures, courtyards, gardens and buildings"
"CHANDRA MAHAL - The Moon Palace is a multi-purpose seven storeyed structure. The ground and the second floor are a part of the Museum. The third floor is the drawing and dining area. Shobha Niwas (aka the Hall of Beauty) occupies the fourth floor with mirrors, gold leaf and mica all over. The fifth floor is the Chavi Niwas while the top most floor, true to its position is known as the Mukut Mahal or the Crown Palace. The only problem is that you don't visit it, except for the Museum or if you're a friend of the Maharajah..."
"MUBARAK MAHAL - Built by Maharaja Madho Singh II late in the 19th century, the sandstone Welcome Palace was the reception hall of the Maharaja of Jaipur. The ground floor now hosts an office and a library while the first floor houses a Textile Museum"
"RAJENDRA POL - This gateway leads to the Diwan-i-Khas, the Hall of Private Audience. It is flanked by two two large elephants, each carved from a single block of marble"
"DIWAN-I-KHAS - The hall has two rows of columns and is of extraordinary beauty"
"SILVER URNS - There are two silver urns, considered to be the largest in the world (according to the Guiness Book). It is said that Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II carried the water of the River Ganges in them when he set out on a journey to England"
"RIDDHI SIDDHI POL - A beautiful view of the gateway from the Diwan-i-Khas"
"RIDDHI SIDDHI POL - Probably the most photographed view of Jaipur's City Palace!"
"PRITAM CHOWK - The Court of the Beloved has four smaller painted gateways representing the four seasons"