Jaipur, this beautiful Pink City has always intrigued me with its grandeur, opulent and colourful backdrops. Jaipur is the largest city in Rajasthan and was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh and is India’s first planned city.

Jaipur and a couple of other cities in Rajasthan namely Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer have always been on our travel list but visiting these places always got delayed due to some or the other reason. This time around we decided to atleast make time to visit one of these places.

This is my first post of the Jaipur travel series and here’s a lowdown of our Day 1 in Jaipur.

Whenever one thinks of Rajasthan the first thing that comes to mind is its Royalty, the Royal Palaces and Havelis. Hence to experience the grandeur that this city is known for, we decided on staying at Samode properties and decided on visiting  the City Palace as it was not very far from the Samode Haveli.

The City Palace, which still remains as the official residence for the Royal Family of Jaipur,  is located within the city centre. The City Palace with its massive complex of several palaces, courtyards, pavilions, gardens and temples is a fusion of Rajput, Mughal and European architecture. The City Palace is easily accessible, all our tours were pre planned by Samode Hotels however you can also book a city tour with local travel guides.

Chandra Mahal

The Chandra Mahal a seven storeyed building is one of the most magnificent buildings inside the City palace. To access all the private rooms of the Chandra Mahal on has to shell out an additional 2000 INR per person (for Indian citizens) and 2500 INR per person (for non-indian tourists) . We would highly recommend taking this ticket as it gives you access to the most spectacular section of the city palace.

The Blue Room in Sukh Niwas


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