City Palace is one of the major tourist attraction in Jaipur. The palace was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of the Kacchawaha clan of Rajput and later on completed by his successors. It also houses a museum that showcases the grand collection of 2000 weapons that date back to 1580. It has a good collection of various types of Rajasthani dresses a fascinating armoury of Mughal and Rajput weapons.
The palace showcases an impressive blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Built in the capital city of Rajasthan, city palace is segregated into series of courtyard, gardens and buildings. It houses several palatial structures like the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Badal Mahal, Sri Govind Dev Temple and the City palace museum.
Chandra Mahal/ Moon Palace:
It is a seven story building and still is a home to the present Maharaja of Jaipur, Bhavani Singh. The palace offers a palace offers a panoramic views of the garden and the city. The palace is adorned by a traditional paintings, floral decoration,mirror walls and ceilings. The Mahal also houses a museum of Maharaja Sawai Mann Singh II on the ground floor that showcases collection of art chapel,enamel ware and weapons.
Mubarak Mahal :
This mahal was built by Maharaja Madho Singh II in late 19th century. The mubarak mahal displays a textile section of the Maharaja Sawai Mann Singh II museum.
Close to Mubarak Mahal lies the Diwan-I- Khas or the hall of the private Audience- an open hall adorned with a double row of columns with scalloped arches.
Opposite to Chandra Mahal lies the Badal Mahal. In the centre of the Chandra Mahal and the Badal Mahal lies the Govind JI Temple. The place is surrounded with beautiful gardens. Outside the building is a large silver vessel, which the Maharaja used to take on his trips to England to carry drinking water.