The impressive City Palace is right in the centre of the Pink City is a complex beautification of courtyards, gardens and buildings. Dating from the early 20th century, the City Palace upholds the perfect amalgamation of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture.
History of City Palace
Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II started the work and entrusted the city’s architectural design to the chief architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya. Depending on Vaastushastra texts, the design of the City Palace was finalised. It reflects Rajput, Mughal and European architectural styles. The Udai Pol, Jaleb Chowk, Tripolia Gate and Virendra Pol are some of its famous gates with majestic decorations. The grid style design of the palace with various structures brings out the ornate features adding to its royal look.
Passing through Virendra Pol, stands Mubarak Mahal (Welcome Palace). Built in the late 19th century, it was meant for visiting dignitaries. The colonnaded and multi-arched construction shows the Rajput, Islamic and European stylistic stew.
The Diwan-i-Am art gallery, also known as Sarvatobhadra is an open courtyard with marble-paved gallery.
Exhibiting a copy of the entire Bhagavad Gita, the lavish Diwan-i-Am is a majestic art gallery. There are copies of miniature Hindu scriptures, which are small enough to be hidden in case of the zealot Mughal armies attacked.
Pitam Niwas Chowk & Chandra Mahal
The palace’s inner courtyard has Pitam Niwas Chowk with four glorious gates. They are the Peacock Gate depicts autumn, the Lotus Gate, signifying summer, the Green Gate, representing the seasons. The Chandra Mahalis beyond this chowk which is still inhabited by the descendants of the royal family