Located just outside the
walled city is the sprawling Ram Niwas garden, which has always
been a place for recreational activities since the reign of
Sawai Ram Singh ji . This exquisitely designed garden with
force entry doors and a huge complex with small pools and
fountains, flourishing lawns and beautiful flower beds all
around was basically a famine relief project. It mostly
attracted the British families where they entertained their
guest and families quite often with the lavish gowns of the Men
and formal colorful attires of the nobles and the high society
club members, this park would come alive with the setting sun.
Their individual 'BAGGIS' were parked outside in a line
and the attendants served around as helpers. The children
basically had a gala timely playing around in 'JHULAS'
(swing) etc. During day time it was opened for the common public
and by the evening it was opened for common public and by the
evening it was available for exclusive lots.
Situated in the middle of the garden as a centre attraction was
the exquisitely built structure of Albert Hall, which was
designed by sir Swinton Jacob, a British architect who designed
many palaces in Rajasthan. Combining the elements of English and
north Indian architecture known as the pride of the New Jaipur
opened in 1887 AD, it is a very well maintained and impressive
building displaying a rich collection of Art- de- fact like
paintings, carpet, ivory, stone and metal sculptures and
colorful crystal works etc. Just opposite the Albert Hall is one
of the oldest ZOO in the country, harboring different species of
birds and animals. Another piece of attraction near the Albert
Hall, is the Ravindra Rang Manch (theatre) with a modern
art gallery and an performing art theatre both indoor and open
air. Recently added joints of interest are streets dotted with
food stalls which promises a delicious variety of Indian fast
food certainly relished by the tourists.
Located in the heart of the
walled city, The City Palace Complex gives you an idea about the
of the founder of Jaipur Sawai Jai Singh. He left behind a
legacy of some of the most imposing and magnificent
architecture, art and craft structure in the city. Sawai Jai
Singh built its many buildings but some of some of the
structures were also built by later rulers and some of them are
even dated in the in the twentieth century too. The palace is a
blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture and the royal family
still lives in a part of the palace.
On entering the complex and before the palace proper lies the
Mubarak Mahal, the palace of welcome or reception. Sawai Madho
Singh built the palace in the nineteenth century. It was used as
a reception centre for the visiting personage. The building now
forms the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum and on display here
are a wide array of royal costumes, some very exquisite and
precious Pashmina (Kashmiri) Shawls, Benaras silk saris,
Sanganeri prints and folk embroidery. An unusual display is that
of voluminous clothes worn by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I
The Maharani's Palace, the palace of the Queen paradoxically
puts a display of the Rajput weaponry. The inestimable
collections of weapons date back to even 15th century and are in
a remarkable state of preservation. Remarkable amongst them is
scissor-action dagger. This deadly weapon when thrust in bodies
the handles were release to spread the blades. The dagger was
then withdrawn tearing limb from limb of the body of the hapless
victim into certain fatality. Other exhibits include protective
chain armours, pistols, jeweled and ivory handled swords, a belt
sword, small and assorted cannons, guns, poison tipped blades
and gun powder pouches. The frescos on the ceiling are amazing
and well preserved.
The art gallery is located in
the Diwan-I-Aam, which literally mean the Hall of public
audience. The exhibits here included some very precious and
ancient handwritten original manuscripts of Hindu scriptures.
in miniature copies of Bhagwat Gita made in this manner so that
it can be concealed out of sight of Emperor Aurangzeb’s
onslaught on Hindu scriptures. Some very delicate miniature
paintings in Rajasthani, Mughal and Persian schools on various
themes including the Ramayana are very engrossing displays.
Visitors must also take a good at preserved painted ceilings.
Also on display are elephant saddles called “haudha”.
Between the armory museum and the art gallery is the
Diwan-E-Khas meaning hall of private or selective audience.
This is a marble paved pavilion and puts on display the world
largest sterling silver object two gigantic silver vessels.
These vessels were made for Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II, who
took in along with him filled with water from River Ganga for
drinking. As a devout Hindu the Maharaja did not wish to risk
polluted English waters. The ceiling also has large chandeliers,
which are mostly protected by dust covers and opened only of
festive occasions. The Guinness Book of Records accounts it has
the biggest silver objects in the world.
Inside the palace premises,
there is a multi cuisine restaurant The Palace Cafe.
Chandra Mahal Palace is still occupied by the royal family but
visitors can visit the ground floor where some exhibits are on
display. However the visit here is worthwhile for the exquisite
Peacock in the courtyard outside.
The present day royal family that takes charge of the museum has
done exceptionally well in preserving this legacy in fine state
maintenance and presentation. A visits to the palace is
enlightening one for its extraordinary occurrence.