Today at Asia Gardens 5* Luxury Hotel in Spain we travel again to India to tell you a bit more about the city of Jaipur and its wonderful palace.
Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan in India and it is known as the “pink city”. It was built in pink stucco, but it started to lose its colour as time went by. But in 1905, the Prince of Wales visited Jaipur and, in order to welcome him warmly, they repainted the houses in pink. From that moment on, pink colour has been considered a symbol of hospitality there.
Jaipur is one of the cities with more history in India. It was founded in 1728 by the maharajah Sawai Jai Singh, who was a governor in Amber, the former capital of India. After some alliances and diplomatic actions, they changed the capital to the new city of Jaipur.
Right now, the maharajah is Bhawani Singh, who usually lives in London, although he keeps his residence in a private pavilion in Jaipur’s Palace.
The Chandra Mahal or City Palace is a group of buildings, gardens and patios where the actual Palace locates. Jai Singh II had it built in 1729 and it has suffered some remodelling. Nowadays, the Chandra Mahal is reserved for the Royal Family and the rest is used for museums and tour visits. In 1959, the Royal Family decided to open up this wonder for the world to see.
The architectural style of the Palace is very particular, because the architecture of Rajasthan merges with the Mongolian one. There is a great variety of colours, where pink and ivory stand out.
The main building is the Chandra Mahal, which has a pyramid form, six floors and can only be seen from the outside, because the Royal Family lives there.
The parts that can be visited have all kind of elements and memories. Among them is the museum dedicated to all the maharajahs, where the picture of Sawai Masho Singh I really stands out. He was 2 meters tall and 250 kilos heavy and was remembered because of his more than 100 wives.
Another part of the Palace is the weapons room where they show unique daggers and swords. The ceilings have gold inlaid works in very striking colours, an ostentation that contrasts the humbleness of the Jaipur citizens.
In the Palace entrance there are 5 guards with white uniforms, red turbans, black shoes and a funny thing: they must all have a moustache.
We hope that you learned as much as we did. We are waiting for you at Asia Gardens to bring you closer to the Asiatic luxury.