This blog is an attempt to bring forth the grandeur and beauty I witnessed in the pink city of India, popularly known as Jaipur.
With a historical past, rich in bravery, softness, trade and jewels, Jaipur had attracted tourists from far and wide , who cannot but marvel at its architectural beauty which is a perfect blend of strength, science, secrecy and support.
Confused with my choice of words – the mystery will unravel soon.
With only a day and half in hand and the task to tour Jaipur in scorching sun, we chose to restrict ourselves to the luxury of Jaipur palaces and its vicinity.
Jaipur’s city palace is situated in the market area, though untouched by its chaos.
Please refer below image for entry timings and fee details.
As soon as you enter the main gate, you are greeted by the Mubarak Mahal with all its charm.
Photography is prohibited inside the palace walls, but I ought to tell you that it displays the robe of Jaipur Maharaja who was 7 ft tall and weighed 226 kg. You cannot give it a miss. Another intriguing trivia is the ritual of wearing black robes during Diwali, a tradition started once an ancient king came back victorious after a blood bath. The ritual is followed till the present day.
The palace premises have ample greenery and garden space.
The Maharani palace is converted to weapons museum, where you get to see daggers, guns, canons and swords of all shapes and sizes. The main sword of Maharaja weighs 5 kg. Just a look at it made me shiver, wonder who had the audacity to be touched by it.
On the way up the main hall, there is a painting which depicts the Rajputana infantry. It was said that only people of Rajputana clan who stood 6 ft tall were allowed entry in this prestigious infantry. I wondered as to where all these tall, dark handsome men had vanished.
Photographs of current Maharaja
and heritage furniture add novelty to the entire tour.
We had opted for the audio tour guide .To me it is the best means to gain information in the least obstructive manner.
Moving forward, you enter the Diwan- i Khaas – royal arena for private ministiral affairs.
I had to try couple of shots, to capture the pink in its full hues. The chamber is just beautiful. Close your eyes, imagine the chandeliers lit on a No Moon Day, with wine, food and good music playing in the background.
The hall also houses two huge silver vessels which were filled with Gangajal and carried by the Maharaja on his visit to western lands. The vessels find a mention in Guinness Book of World Records.
To the west end of this complex is Chandra Mahal , which is the residence of descendants of royal family. The flag is hoisted only when the maharaja is in Jaipur.
The entry to this palace is via a small courtyard which is guarded on four sides by beautiful walls representing the different seasons of the country.
View of the palace from this courtyard is just mesmerizing. To visit this section of the palace , you need to shell out additional 2000/ INR, which is the plan during my next visit.
In addition, there is a caravan museum. These beauties are so elegant that I felt they are no match to current day BMW and Mercs. I mean it. All said and done, our generation is about speed, but in this era, mankind had all the time in the world to spend days on road with no urgent meeting to attend to based on a smartphone calendar.
Some more glimpses of age-old charm:
Now you know what I meant, when I wrote strength and grandeur.
There is also a Diwan -i -Aam, with life-size portraits of Jaipur maharajas and videotapes of their coronation ceremony. By the way, I forgot to mention that rulers of Jaipur had excelled in the game of Polo and had even won World Championships. You can see traces of this achievement all over the palace. I wonder why the descendants are not carrying the legacy forward.
In either case, Jaipur Palace is a shining glory and a precious jewel in the monumental crown of Indian subcontinent. Do try to have a glimpse soon.