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Sheesh Mahal Jaipur

The city of Jaipur houses some of the best looking royal palaces of Rajasthan; the Sheesh Mahal, the glass palace of Jaipur, is surely one of them. Made with extremely opulent décor and gorgeousness of architecture the Sheesh Mahal provides us a glimpse of the royal artistry and love for aesthetics. The construction of Sheesh Mahal is a wonderful specimen of Islamic architectural influence on Rajasthani architecture. The beauty and décor of this royal palace is a perfect blend of Islamic style and Rajputana grace, where royal luxury is admixed with celestial beauty.

Sheesh Mahal Jaipur

The Architecture of Sheesh Mahal Jaipur

Sheesh Mahal is situated within the palatial premise of Amber Fort of Jaipur. The entire mahal is constructed on total forty pillars and all these forty pillars are decorated with thousands of glass pieces in an exquisite decorative way. In royal era, it is said that the king and his family used the palace as their wintry abode. Besides its beauty, its capacity to retain warmth was perhaps the impetus for using the palace especially in winter. 

Because of its glass decorated walls and ceilings, even a single ray of light creates thousands of candles on each of the glass pieces carved and fixed inside.  The beauty of its architecture is not in its glass setting around the walls, pillars and ceilings, but also in the way how these glass pieces are placed where on lighting just two candles inside the room thousands of candle images are created. The architecture of the Sheesh Mahal is a unique blending of the science and aesthetics. The palace attracts thousands of tourists throughout the year for its beauty and awesome glass décor.

Etymologically, the word Sheesh Mahal means the house of mirrors. True to its name, the entire palace is decorated by pretty mosaics, colored glasses, and finest quality mirrors; all these glass components are placed from top to bottom of the walls and ceilings producing a citadel of incredible beauty. Besides fine quality glasses their placements with glass tiled panels and multi-mirrored ceilings make the décor almost mesmerizing. The mirrors used here are of convex shape and meticulously these are designed with tinted foil and illuminating paint which glitter bright  even under the slightest tinge of light at night.

The History of Sheesh Mahal

Sheesh Mahal is one of the vital parts of Jai Mandir in Amber Fort Jaipur. History says that Jai Mandir was built in 16th Century by Raja Man Singh. According to official record, the decoration of this magnificent glass hall was over by the year 1727.

There is a romantic history of this glass hall: it is said the queen of Jaipur had a fondness to sleep under the sky in open air. However, may be due to security reason, the queen was never allowed to sleep in an open place. To pamper her fondness, Maharaja built the glass hall where a single flash of light was able to create thousands of stars around and that was presented to the queen for cherishing her bed time luxury.

The entry to this mahal is restricted now as the glass decoration was found badly damaged by some irresponsible visitors. However, these days government has imposed strict vigilance over the hall and exercising stern preventive measures to protect its awesome glass decorations from external pollution and intruders’ intentional damage.

How to Reach at Sheesh Mahal

In order to reach Sheesh Mahal, you have to go through the entry point of Amber Fort that is called Ganesh Pol. After your entry to Ganesh Pol you will reach into a square called Jaleb Chowk. Right from Jaleb Chowk there is a vast pathway leading toward a colossal community hall called as Diwaan-e-aam. From Diwaan-e-aam you have to move forward again toward the 3rd floor of the fort. On the Left hand side of the fort Jai Mandir is positioned and the Sheesh Mahal is located inside the Jai Mandir.

You can reach Sheesh Mahal in these three ways:

By Air: Jaipur is well-connected by air from Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur, and Ahmedabad. The Jaipur airport is situated at 12 km away from the main city.
By Rail: The city of Jaipur is well connected by all the major cities of India.
By Road: The city of Jaipur has a good network of roads and the city is well connected with all the major cities of India by road.

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