Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Jaipur - Day 2

Continued from Jaipur - I ....

The City Palace is situated at the heart of the old city/pink city. On reaching the ticket counter the board read so...

Indians : Adults - Rs 40
Children - Rs 25

Foreigners : Rs 100
Camera Indians - Rs 50. No special camera charges for Foreign nationals.

Doesn't that look absurd at the first go. I love traveling, but hate those unreasonable fees (dunno what royal family of Jaipur is up to). Although we bought 3 entry tickets, but only one ticket for Camera. But actually used all 3 cameras. And i don't think it was any wrong doing.

The sovereign store at City Palace, Jaipur.

The City Palace is a blend of Rajastani and Mughlai architecture.

Mubarak Mahal or Welcome Palace, City Palace, Jaipur

This place housed the Maharaja Sawai Mansing museum dedicated to the collection of royal costumes. Wow! I just loved those designs, cuts and the exquisite embroidery on them. There was assorted textures, colors and works. Photography was however prohibited here. The royals had their clothing designed and embroidered from different part of the world. And, I did manage to sketch a few of them for reference.

The interesting costume was that of Sawai Madho Singh I, who was 2m tall and 1.2 mt wide and weighed 250kg! And also were gold encrusted lehanga-choli worn by the Jaipur queens at their wedding.

The palace encloses series of courtyard, gardens and building in the palace premise.

Diwan-i-Am is a marble paved gallery, with armoury and enormous silver vessels which Maharaja Madho Singh II used to store holy Ganges water. And when he went to England to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, he had a P&O liner S.S Olympia redesigned to include a Krishna temple, and carried holy Ganges to England. The two 309kg silver urns which he used, enough to last him his for his visit overseas are seen. These 5ft urns known as Ganga Jali are listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest single silver objects in the world.

The Maharani's Palace


Chandra Mahal

The courtyard featuring the resplendent Peacock gate and 3 other.

A post on these gateways already featured here.

And we exit City Palace think of the Maharajas, their pomp, vigor and style...

Next >> Jaipur Day 2 contd


Mridula said...

I remember it as a very beautiful place. When I went there a lot of repair work was going on.

Final_transit said...

Hey I like your travel blog :)

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