Rajasthan is a state of grand Palaces, history, and colours. Jaipur is one of the most popular destinations in India given its vivid history and pink architecture of the city and that’s why it is known as *The Pink City*. Speaking of colours, Jaipur is not the only city where we see the colour splash. Every state is unique in terms of their share of history & themes. Rajasthan has a fair of both history and colour themed cities and a great example of which is Jodhpur, read more about the same here – Jodhpur Travel Guide. A single post can never do justice to the city, so I’m bringing you the *must-see* palaces of Jaipur city.
Palaces of Jaipur
Once the seat of the king of Jaipur City Palace is a historical landmark built in the 1730’s. The architecture of the palace will give you an impression of the amalgamation of the Mughal style with typical Indian blend. The most salient feature of the palace is the grand decorated entrances to the palace which once owned one-seventh of old Jaipur city.
Spread over several acres the palace includes sections Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Pitam Niwas Chowk, Diwan-I-Khas, Diwan-I-Aam, Maharani Palace, Bhaggi Khana, and a temple. Chandra Mahal encompasses beautiful gardens, and surrounded by a lake holds a great museum now, although the majority portion of it is still a royal residence. Mubarak Mahal was initially perceived as the welcome area or the reception hall for visitors.
The City Palace is easily identifiable by its pink architecture – Yes! I know entire Jaipur city is indeed pink ;-). You will be mesmerized by the entry of the palace itself which has a great stoned craved door. The entire palace has a vast array of courtyards, beautiful gardens, buildings, intricate paintings, mirror works and a variety of historical heritage.
JAL MAHAL ~ WATER PALACE
We got a glimpse of Jal Mahal – The Water Palace – a palace located right in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. Built-in light colour with perfect symmetry in typical Mughal-Indian fusion style appears to be floating in the lake. Unfortunately, we couldn’t go inside as is being transformed into an exclusive restaurant. I managed to take the picture from a slightly far location which was in itself such a beauty difficult to put down in words. Jal Mahal is easily one of the best palaces of Jaipur which one must capture in their camera roll.
Related Read – The oldest museum in Jaipur!
Located on the tip of a hill, 11 Kms from Jaipur Amer fort is a major attraction for tourists heading to Jaipur city.
The fortified walls of the Amer Fort are no justification for the abstraction for the beautiful palace inside.
The palace is magnificent is known for its artistic Hindu style elements, courtyards, and location. The palace is constructed with pale yellow stone with carvings and pleasing mirror work. The Amer Fort is located on Cheel ka Tila literally translated as Hill of Eagles.
Even the view from the top of the Amer Fort overlooking the river is a captivating sight in itself.
Indeed one of the most popular & photographed palace from Jaipur is the Hawa Mahal. The palace built of red & pink sandstone is a picture perfect palace. The palace’s exteriors hold 950+ small windows which were made for the women in the Palace for the view of the world.
When visiting Amer Fort, we crossed paths with the Hawa Mahal and missed going inside, leave alone a picture. I highly recommend stopping by for a quick picture, it’ll leave you with a memory of a lifetime.
While exploring palaces of Jaipur, also consider these incredible places to visit in Jaipur aka the Pink city.
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– The Wanderer