Bang in the centre of the Old City is the City Palace, an amalgamation of various buildings, gardens and courtyards, around which runs a wall erected by Jai Singh, the Hindu Rajput ruler, after whom the city is named. The standout feature of the City Palace is the aesthetic combination of Rajput and Mughal architecture.
As you enter the City Palace from Virendra Pol, you will notice the 19th century Mubarak Mahal (Welcome Palace). The latter contains a variety of royal costumes with exquisite brocade work. If you walk north from Mubarak Mahal, you will reach Rajendra Pol, another entrance, that has carved elephants holding lotus flowers in their mouths. The Diwa-i-Am has a rare, impressive collection of paintings, hand-printed manuscripts of Hindu texts and 17th century Lahori carpets.
The City Palace is one of the best maintained places to visit in Jaipur. You shouldn’t leave without exploring the Maharani’s Palace that is, surprisingly, home to a vast armoury.