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  • The City palace in Jaipur is a remarkable architectural relic that was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II. The palace stands witness to a unique blend of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles in its construction. Occupying approximately one-seventh of the area of the walled city of Jaipur, the palace complex is characterized by sprawling gardens, a number of courtyards and numerous other buildings. Many new renovations were made to the palace in later years by the successors of Maharaja Jai Singh II. Being one of the most famous tourist attractions in Jaipur, various measures have been taken by the authorities to encourage travelers to visit the City Palace.

    The palace comprises several interesting buildings such as the 'Mukut Mahal', 'Chandra Mahal', 'Palace of the Maharani', 'Mubarak Mahal' and 'Shree Govind Singh Temple'. 'Mubarak Mahal' was built in the 19th century by Maharaja Madho Singh II. This unique structure stands in the first courtyard, and its name literally means ‘Auspicious Palace'. It contains the textile section of the museum of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. The ' Diwan-I-Khas' or the 'Hall of Private Audience' is another major attraction for tourists. The hall has scalloped arches and columns which have a double row, inside which two large silver vessels are located. It is said that these vessels served the purpose of carrying holy water from the Ganges when Madho Singh II made his visits to England. The next attraction is the ‘Diwan-I-Aam', the 'Hall of Public Audience'. This beautiful structure is decorated with gracious Persian and Afghan carpets, and its paved square detailed with delicate decorations in gold and deep red color. In addition to these, the 'Diwan-E-Aam' is gracefully adorned with Persian and Sanskrit astronomical manuscripts and colorful paintings.

    A further brisk walk would reveal the magnificent 'Chandra Mahal' or the 'MoonPalace' which provides tourists a breathtaking view of the city. There are various storeys, each with a different name which are adorned with floral decorations, and feature walls studded with intricate mirror work and colorful paintings. The 'Chandra Mahal' houses the museum of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh. The museum is decorated with exquisite carpets, art collections and weapons. It also offers a glimpse to the ancient culture with displays of grand costumes and dresses of the former Kings and queens.

    Next place to pay a visit would be the dining room of the Maharaja which is furnished with attractive glass and silver dining tables. The dining room is located in the 'Sukh Nivas' or the 'Hall of Rest'. Various other places in the palace that appeal to tourists are the 'Shobha Nivas', the 'Chhavi Nivas', the 'Badal Mahal' and the Govind Devji Temple.

    Jaipur is well connected to all parts of the country through regular domestic flights. Various express trains are available too. Jaipur can also be accessed through a network of well maintained roads and various private and state-run bus services.

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