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City Palace, Jaipur Covered in this Section : Fast facts, Brief history, City Palace Overview, Speciality, Accommodation, Accessibility and Tour Packages.

Fast Facts
District : Jaipur, capital city of Rajasthan
Distance : 262 kms from Delhi
Best Time To Visit : September to February

Brief History
The City Palace, that stands situated in the heart of the old walled city, has long been acclaimed as one of the best attractions in the state. This grand palace was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II, in the early eighteenth century. The palace holds no special records about the bygone days. It primarily served as a residential place for the royal family, as a matter of fact one small portion is still hold by the descendants. The grand structure and the delicate architecture, has earned appreciations from a lot many tourists who have reached here. The palace, sometimes called as Chandra Mahal (Moon Palace), gives an idea about the prosperity as was enjoyed by the ruling class.

City Palace - Overview
City Palace is one of the prized attractions in the city of Jaipur. This grand palace, built in the early 18th century, has seen a lot of additions and modifications by the successors of Maharaja Jai Singh II. The palace is established over a wide area and covers as much as one seventh of the total walled city (old Jaipur). This imposing structure features a number of courtyards, gardens and smaller compounds; all built in perfection, revealing the royal taste and class.

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What's So Special
This imposing structure, that covers a very large area in the Jaipur city, is famous for too many things. As a grand palace it is hard to resist the attraction at the first place. The palace, as it appears for the first time, looks like a massive building with delicately designed sections and gives a feeling of the ancient culture, medieval to be precise.

From a distance one comes to notice gateways, arches, panels, structured walls and a number of regular storeys. A closer look inside the palace complex reveals more interesting features. The palace complex is divided into a number of compounds. Interesting ones include palace halls, like Mubarak Mahal or Hall of Welcome, Sileh Khana, Chandra Mahal, Sabha Niwas or Hall of Public Audience, Diwani Khas or Hall of Private Audience, Badal Mahal. There are several courtyards within the palace complex and some lush gardens.

As if it were not enough, each compound presents a speciality of its own. There are carved pillar, motifs, mirror works, floral decorations and of course some eternal treasures of the royal family. These treasures have been preserved in a museum and are on regular public display. The whole place looks like a mix of a Rajputana and a Mughal building.

Transport Services for City Palace Jaipur
Jaipur is the main transport hub and has all - air, rail and road services. The city is connected with most of the cities of Rajasthan and many important cities of India like Delhi, Agra, Mumbai. Trains and connecting flights are convenient means for long distance travel. Bus services are ideal for short distances. From the city centre local buses, taxis and rickshaws are available to reach the City Palace.

Places Where You Can Stay
City Palace located in the capital city has a range of hotels that provide necessary accommodation to the tourists. Below are given some preferred hotels operating in the city :

Luxury Hotels - Rambagh Palace, Jai Mahal Palace, Rajputana Palace Sheraton, Hotel Clarks Amer.

Standard Hotels - Hotel Aditya, Hotel Gangaur, Hotel Hawa Mahal.

Budget Hotels - Hotel Broadway, Hotel Teej (RTDC), Samode Haveli.
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Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Features : This famous train tour package takes you to the best of the tourist destinations and places in Rajasthan. Travel hours are limited to night time only. Jaipur is the first destination to be reached and among the places to be visited is the famous City Palace. Other destinations Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittaurgarh, Udaipur, Bharatpur, Agra.

Lake Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Features : This tour gives you two days leisure at Jaipur city. There will be regular sight-seeing tours and excursions to the tourist attractions around. You will get a chance to visit the much popular palace - City Palace. You will get to visit some of the romatic places around. The tour plan is as Agra, Bharatpur, Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Narlai, Jodhpur, Jaiselmer, Gajner, Bikaner, Shekhavati.

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Golden Triangle (20 Days)
Features : The tour showcases the best tourist places at Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. It is a round trip and includes the famous attractions, including the City Palace of Jaipur. Included in the package are trips to atrractions at Agra and sight-seeing at Delhi.

Taj Mahal, Agra
Features : Heriatge Tour To India gives you the historic places including the famous forts, palaces and other monuments in India. It is an enlightning tour which will take you to such destinations as famous cities of Rajasthan, Gwalior, Khajuraho and Varanasi. You will get a day at Jaipur and an opportunity to visit the city palace. From there on the tour will proceed to Ranthambhore and so on. The tour plan is as Delhi, Mandawa, Bikaner, Pokharan, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Mount Abu, Ranakpur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Pushkar, Ajmer, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Sawai Madhopur, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Gwalior, Orcha, Khajuraho, Varanasi.

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