City Palace

Located in the city of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, lies City Palace. Built in the 18th century by the then ruler of Amber, Sawai Jai Singh II, the City Palace is a proud symbol of the glory days of the Rajputs. The City Palace, as a matter of fact, is not one palace but a palace complex. Consisting of several palaces. While one part of it has become a museum now, most of it is still inhabited by the royal family. The City Palace is shows an impressive amalgamation of Rajput, Mughal, and European styles of architecture.

Travel Tips

The best time to visit the City Palace is during the period between October and March. The temperature is cool then and you will not be hindered by scorching heat. Try to avoid the summer months as the temperature becomes almost unbearable.

When to visit

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  • 22.8° Max
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Things to do

Making a trip to the City Palace is the perfect way to begin one’s exploration of the city of Jaipur. The palace complex still has the aura to render the tourists speechless after viewing it for the first time. There are three gates for entering the palace complex- Virendra Pol, Udai Pol, and the Tripolia Gate. Once you have entered the premises, you can see the two major palaces, the Chandra Mahal, and the Mubarak Mahal which form the City Palace. Mubarak Mahal, built in the 19th century was intended as a reception hall. It now houses the museum of City Palace. The museum has an impressive collection of artefacts. The Chandra Mahal is the more awe-inspiring of the two palaces. The seven-storied building stands at the western part of the complex. Tourists are allowed only to visit the ground floor. The ground floor also houses a museum where artefacts belonging to the royal family are on display. In here you will find Pritam Niwas Chowk, which is the entry point to the palace. The four gates of the courtyard are beautifully carved with depictions of seasons and Hindu gods. The Dewan-e-aam and the Dewan-e-khaas are also located in the ground floor, the later now serving as an art gallery. The Maharani palace has also been converted to a museum. The Govindji Temple inside the palace complex is another popular site of tourist attraction.

Getting Around

The city of Jaipur is quite well developed and getting around is fairly easy. The public transport system is quite good. There are plenty of buses. You can also move about by renting a car. Car renting services are fairly numerous and comes at a reasonable price.

Places to Stay

As a popular tourist destination, there are a large number of hotels in Jaipur where you can book your accommodations. Depending on whether you want to pamper yourself or look at the budget end of things, there are a wide variety of hotels to care to your needs.

How to Reach

  • If you prefer to travel by plane, the nearest airport is at Jaipur Airport. From there, you can either take a taxi or a bus to cover the remaining portion of the journey. Cars for hire are easily available just outside the airport. It is connected to the major airports all over the country.
  • The nearest important railway station is at Jaipur. The rail station at Jaipur is connected to the stations in Delhi, and the other major stations across the country. The fare for interstate travel will be between Rs.1600 and Rs.3000 depending on the class you choose to travel in. If you are travelling within the state, the fare will be somewhere between Rs.150 and Rs.300. You can book your tickets from sites like,, and
  • The City Palace is quite well connected by road. There are direct bus routes between Delhi and Jaipur. You can get up on a bus from any of the important towns or cities and take a bus which will take you directly to Jaipur. Alternately, you can also rent a taxi or a car for the trip. Buses are of various types, from luxury AC ones to non-ac ones. The fare varies accordingly. The distance between Jaipur and Delhi can be covered by a few hour's drive.

Surrounding Attractions

After visiting the Amber Fort, do not forget to go and visit the JantarMantar. It was built in the 18th century to study heavenly bodies. The forts of Amber, Nahargarh, and Jaigarh are also nearby and worth visiting.

Important Numbers

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Hospital: 102