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Full-Day Jaipur Tour including Amber Fort and City Palace with Lunch
"Meet your guide at your Jaipur hotel or arrange to be picked up at the airport or railway station in Jaipur at approximately 8am. Begin the tour by visiting the Amber Fort. The Amber Fort is situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur City and is beautifully you will encounter the world-renowned Jai Mandir temple with its dazzling Sheesh Mahal hall of mirrors. The walls and the ceiling of the Mahal are covered with a beautiful array of mirrors which reflect any streak of light illuminating the entire room.Continue the tour by making a photo stop at Jal Mahal around 11am. This Rajput style ""Water Palace"" sits in the center of the Man Sarobar lake. The lake is often dry during the summer but the winter monsoons frequently turn it into a beautiful lake filled with water hyacinths. Next you will visit the Hawa Mahal another Rajput landmark also known as the Palace of the Winds
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Jaipur Day Tour with Bollywood Movie and a Visit to a Local Astrologer
"Start your evening in Jaipur the Pink City with a taste of luxury. Everyone will meet at City Palace ticket counter at 4:00PM and start exploring the palace.With a collection of royal Rajasthani costumes majestic courtyards lush gardens and a remarkable museum the City Palace is a unique monument we just couldn’t let you miss! From there
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Evening Excursion: Guided Jaipur Sightseeing including Dinner and Folk Dance Performance
"Get picked up from your hotel in Jaipur at 6:00 PM and meet your expert guide before proceeding for an extraordinary exploration around the Pink City Jaipur. The legendary city of Jaipur is an epitome of Rajasthan’s heritage and royal legacy.Visi drive to Amber Fort a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture that presents a beautiful photo opportunity for the visitors at the night. The gigantic fort is decorated with colorful lights and is an alluring sight to look at. With your guide proceed to the City P Jaipur’s most unique monument highlighting an interesting collection of royal Rajasthan-style costumes antique Pashmina garments lush gardens and majestic courtyards. Learn from your guide the history behind these historically significant places.Proceed to the Birla Temple dedicated to Hindu deity God Laxmi Narayan. Understand various parts of Hindu Mythology and learn about the religion and practices. After visiting the temple
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The Palace

The city palace complex still has some areas reserved as royal residence, but several buildings are opened to public as a museum.

Different buildings and yards, arches and rooms, provide a very interesting visit.

Be prepared to pay the same than 5 Indian citizens to enter, doubling the price if carrying a camera, however, for occidental uses, it is not expensive - about 2€ to enter

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Apr 04, 2016

Silver urns

There are two silver urns placed prominently in the City Palace, in jaipur. Visitors often express themselves puzzled by their presence...

Yes, we did to! But let me continue to reproduce what I read in Pinkcity:

... particularly since the attendants are quick to point out that these are the largest silver objects in the world, as recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. But more interesting is the reason these urns — there were three altogether, but one has since been lost — came to be made. According to Hindu belief, crossing the seas to journey to distant lands inhabited by heathen races was an act so unholy, it brought upon the perpetrator untold calamities. Not content with that, it was deemed that the contaminated person would also lose his caste in the Indian social context.

Till such time as travel remained in the realm of the impossible, this suited everybody just fine, but with increased interaction with the British in India, and the regular plying of the P&O liners to Mumbai, the temptation to travel to England and other pockets of Europe became too strong to resist. Sometimes, of course, travel was necessitated by the demands of the office: a war had to be fought in distant Haifa, or a treaty signed in Versailles.

When the Maharaja of Jaipur expressed his desire to travel to London, the consternation in his court was managed somewhat with the thought that he would bathe with water carried from the river Ganga, and dine on food cooked by his accompanying chefs who would use the same 'Indian' water for their culinary preparations.

The large silver urns served their maharaja well, but left no one in doubt about the seriousness with which the people of Rajasthan took their rituals. A martial race, they went to the battlefields with their gold amulets and damascened swords to kill and be killed: but equally obligatory was their visit to their temples where they damascened swords to kill and be killed: but equally obligatory was their visit to their temples where they paid obeisance before their gods and goddesses. If they were killed, their wives committed jauhar, the mass leap into funeral pyres which, we are informed by the state's bards who still sing of such trials, was conducted with dignity, and in the nature of a celebration. Difficult to believe? Perhaps, but the voluntary imprints left behind by their tiny hands at the entrance walls of forts before they came to their fiery end, tell a somewhat different tale. The honour of a fort, we are again informed by the same minstrels, lay not in remaining unconquered, but in the number of such handprints collected at its entrance gate.

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Apr 04, 2016

City Palace

Built in 1729, this large building complex was for the local leader, the Maharaja of Jaipur and administration. Also known as the Chandra Mahal palace, it is both a museum and is still used as a royal residence by the descendant of the Maharaja.

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Jan 29, 2016

Beautiful Palace

The City Palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh and is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. It is surrounded by spacious courtyards, gardens, and temples.

There are several buildings in the complex including a very interesting arms & weapons museum located in the Maharani's Palace (which was once the queen's apartments). The Maharaja Sawai Mansingh II Museum has a fabulous collection of royal costumes, block printed materials, pashminas, embroderies, and fine silks.

The Diwan-i-Khas is the Hall of Private Audience done in marble. In the gallery are two huge silver vessels filled with holy Ganges water. The vessels hold 9000L, stand 160cm tall and are the largest sterling silver objects in the world.

The art gallery is housed in the former Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience). A few highlights there included a beautiful painted ceiling with semi-precious stone colours, a huge crystal chandelier, and a copy of the entire Bhagavad Gita handwritten in tiny script (as well as miniature copies of other holy Hindu scriptures).

With all of the exquisite things to see in the City Palace it is hard to pick a favorite, although I loved the archways and doors, and the Peacock Gate.

The City Palace is another must see in Jaipur. Allow at least a couple of hours depending on how much time you spend in the museums.

Open daily 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Admission Fee: Rs 400 for foreigners (includes camera fee and entry to Jaigarh Fort). Rs 100 for Indians

Guide Rs 300, Audio Guide free

Rs 200 for a video camera.

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May 17, 2015
 
 
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City Palace - Jaipur

The City Palace is a large palace complex located in the historical center of Jaipur. The palace was built in 1729 - 1732 during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II with additions coming from future Majas.

Besides the palace, there are also museums, courtyards and an iconic clock tower. Quite interesting and quite impressive.

An item that I found interesting was the placing of the two 900 gal silver pots or Gangajali. They were and maybe still are, the largest silver vessels in existence. They were originally used to take water from the Ganges River when the Maharaja travelled so he could bathe and cook with the sacred water.

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Nov 15, 2014

Pitam Niwas Chowk

Pitam Niwas Chowk is the inner courtyard, accessing the main palace, Chandra Mahal. It has four gates representing the four seasons and Hindu gods.
In the Northeast is Peacock Gate representing autumn and dedicated to Vishnu, in the Southwest is Lotus Gate (summer and Shiva-Parvati), in the Northwest Green Gate, (spring and Ganesha), and the Rose Gate representing winter and dedicated to Devi.

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Sep 14, 2014

Maharani's palace

The complex of city palace is composed by a few specific and distinct areas. The Maharani's palace impresses for its delicacy, with wonderful stone carvings and frescoes painted with dust of precious stones. Today it is a museum of the weapons of the Maharajah's family.

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Jul 26, 2014

City Palace, Jaipur

The huge complex of the City Palace is still inhabited by the Royal family and was constructed by Jai Singh II around 1730, but various buildings have been added over the centuries. One can either pass through entry 1 or 2 that take you into different courtyards but the places you can visit are the same. One can visit most of the outside areas including the Mubarak Mahal and Diwan-i-kas that has two immense silver jars on permanent exhibition. We were lucky enough to see a traditionnal dance here with musiciens, and even the public taking part. The Maharaja's apartments in the Chandra Mahal can only be visited by booking a separate tour although the lower floor houses the museum.

Entrance fee is 300 INR for foreigners and is not included in the composite ticket.

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Diwan-I-Khas

Diwan-I-Khas is a very harmonious hall, with beautiful floor and chandeliers, but where the top attraction is a pair of huge silver vessels, the biggest in the world, according to Guinness Book of Records.

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Jun 09, 2014

Rajendra Pol

A very beautiful gate to City Palace is made of white marble, flanked by two elephants also in marble, carved in a single block,and added later to celebrate the birth of Maharaja's son is called Rajendra Pol, which means gatweway of princess.

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Apr 24, 2014

City Palace of Jaipur

Northeast of the centre of Jaipur lies the City Palace. The complex includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces and other buildings. Construction of the palace took place between 1729 and 1732. Sawai Jai Singh II built the initial palaces and outer walls and the complex was enlarged by later rulers up to the 20th century. The result is an impressive complex of gardens, courtyards anda buildings.

The Chandra Mahal is now an excellent museum but the most part is still a royal residence.

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Aug 31, 2013

City Palace - Diwan-i-Khas

Diwan-I-Khas or 'Hall of Private Audience' is an open marble paved pavilion with a double row of columns with scalloped arches. It was originally the Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience) until the present building of that name was constructed in the late 18th century. It is now often called by its Sanskrit name Sarbato Bhadra

The two giant urns on display here are listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest silver objects in the world. These vessels were created from melted silver coins for Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II, a highly pious Hindu, to carry the water of the Ganges to drink on his trip to England in 1901 (for Edward VII's coronation) as he was concerned about committing religious sin by consuming the English water.

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Sep 23, 2012

Things to Do Near City Palace

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Nahargarh Fort

Nahargarh is a lot closer to Jaipur with an impressive view over the city to the City Palace. The name means "Abode of the Tigers". Built by Jai Singh the founder of Jaipur, this fort was added to...
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Jai Mahal - lake palace

The lake palace was built in 18th Century by Maharaja Singh. It sits in the middle of a manmade lake and was restored in 2008. The palace is not currently open to the public, but has been leased to a...
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Jantar Mantar

This was one of our favourite sights in Jaipur, and indeed, one of Chris’s favourites from the whole trip – he found it totally fascinating, as did I. For both of us it had a double appeal – not only...
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Jaigarh fort

Jaigarh Fort was built in 1726 by Jai Singh. It was originally constructed to tighten the security of Jaipur and Amber Fort which is located just below. Since it is located high on a high hill you...
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Monkey Temple

I just adore monkeys and there was no way I was going to pass up the opportunity to go to Galta Temple. After stopping for a very late lunch we went to Galta Temple – also known as Monkey Temple. At...
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Albert Hall Museum

Taking roughly 10 years to build, after laying the first stone during Alberts visit to India in 1876, in fact it was undecided what to do with it. After many discussions of whether it would be the...
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