Wednesday, January 02, 2013

The City Palace of Jaipur


The City Palace of Jaipur is a complex of palaces and other buildings located just across Jantar Mantar. This was what I was looking forward to visiting. I've heard of the Pink City of Jaipur and seen snippets of travel shows featuring it, which piqued my curiosity to see the place with my own eyes.

It is therefore fitting that the City Palace would be the last thing on our itinerary in Jaipur - like saving the best for last.

Jaipur still has a sitting king. However the title and the position is only ceremonial nowadays. The king gets to cut ribbons on openings of businesses and other social functions. This is where the king still lives.

Some of the buildings have been converted into museums. We visited two museums, one of which it was absolutely forbidden to take photos.

We spent enough time here. It's worth the price for the ticket.

Enjoy the pictorial tour:

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The entrance arch.

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The "Royal Family" lives in the building in the back where the flag of the family flies.

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Arched delights

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It IS pink.

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Privacy windows

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Defense

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Local visitors

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Hazy sky, punishing heat

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Diwan I-Khas or the public audience hall

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Another shot

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Old weapons

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Forgot what this gate is called.

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Another wow

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Details on the peacock gate

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Peacock Gate

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Closed door

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These ladies know best. One cannot continue exploring the grounds/buildings without stopping for a bit to catch one's breath and duck into shade in the heat of the Jaipur sun.

I was short of eyes the whole trip to India.

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21 comments:

  1. The public audience hall is my favourite place in this palace. And of course those doors too, especially the peacock. Your shots are fabulous!

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  2. Thanks for sharing these wonderful sights. I enjoyed each of the shots very much.

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  3. Lovely serie of shots!
    I wish you a Happy New Photo Year!

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  4. Terrific captures of an incredible place!! Those doors are awesome! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  5. What beautiful architecture. Aren't those peacocks grand!

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  6. WOW! Wonderful buildings! I love the peacock gate.

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  7. Lovely building , looks like a fantastic trip to India! Thanks for sharing, happy skywatching!

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  8. Very beautiful photos and interesting pst!Happy New Year 2013!

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  9. So beautiful! LOVE the peacock gate, wow! Wishing you a blessed New Year from beneath this beautiful sky we share!

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  10. What an amazing place, thanks for the tour.

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  11. What a beautiful building!
    Love the peacock gate.
    Thanks for the tour.

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  12. Enjoying every part of the building that you've shared. So beautiful!

    Thanks for dropping by :)

    www.womenandperspectives.com

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  13. The peacocks were my favourite as well.

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  14. The Peacock Gate is my favorite, but everything is just absolutely fantastic!

    Of all the places in India I want to visit, Jaipur is right on top. Many other places in Rajasthan, in fact. I hope it comes true some day.

    Wishing you a beautiful 2013 full of love and blessings. And more travel!

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  15. I find the entrance fees expensive though. Ever since the Indian government has stopped royal entitlements, Maharajahs have found charging entrance fees to their palaces as a nice cash cow.

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  16. Such an incredible place. Beautiful photos. Our grandson and his wife visited and sent pictures of the Pink
    City, it just amazes me!

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  17. I am "short of eyes" with you, Maria. I never had a clue this place was so...ornate!

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  18. this post left me in awe.

    speechless!

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