Located in the heart of the walled city, the City Palace Complex is one of the most famous landmark & architectural splendor built between 1729 and 1732 by the founder of Jaipur Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. The complex gives us an idea about the farsightedness of architect who left behind a legacy of some of the most imposing and magnificent architectures in the city.
The Maharaja built many buildings of the complex but some of the structures were also built by succeeding rulers. The palace is a blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture and the ex-royal family still lives in a part of the palace. The grand entry begins from the Mubarak Mahal, the palace of welcome or reception, used as a reception centre for the visiting personage back then. 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, Benares silk saris, Sanganeri prints and folk embroidery. An unusual display is that of voluminous clothes worn by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I (ruled 1750-68).
The Maharani’s Palace, the palace of the Queen paradoxically puts on a display of the Rajputana 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 were so designed that the handles were released to spread the blades when thrust into bodies. The dagger was then withdrawn fatally tearing limb to limb of the body of the hapless victim. Other exhibits include protective chain armours, pistols, jewelled and ivory handled swords, a belt sword, small and assorted cannons, guns, poison tipped blades and gun powder pouches. The beautiful frescoes on the ceiling are amazing and well preserved till date.