The pinkcity houses some of the best looking royal palaces of Rajasthan one of which is the Sheesh Mahal, the glass palace of Jaipur. Made with extremely opulent decor and beauty of the architecture the Sheesh Mahal provides us a glimpse of the royal artistry and love for aesthetics. The construction of the Mahal is a wonderful specimen of Islamic architectural influence on Rajasthani architecture. This royal palace is a perfect blend of Islamic style and Rajput mix.
About the Sheesh Mahal
Sheesh mahal and also called as the mirror palace is one of the refined magnificent piece of architecture built with beautiful precious stones and glass, coated with beautiful handmade paintings. Sheesh mahal is the most popular and beautiful part of Amer Fort. It is located in Amer, Jaipur.
History of Sheesh mahal
This palace was built by king Man Singh in 16th century and completed in 1727. It is also the foundation year of jaipur state. This palace is also known for the bollywood legendary movie “Mughal-e-Azam” iconic song “Jab pyar kiya to darna kya”. It was shot in Sheesh Mahal on legendary actress Madhubala which played the role of “Anarkali” in the movie. And the combo of both “Sheesh mahal” and Madhubala came out excellent and rest was history.
The wall and ceiling of the hall is carved with beautiful paintings and flowers which was made of pure glass and precious stone. And the placement of ceiling glass is wonderful. Because of this if someone burns two candles, then the reflection converts that small light into thousand of stars and it looks awesome and by this you can get the idea of what was the level of architecture in that time in India.
Why Sheesh mahal built?
The reason behind why this mahal was made by glass because in ancient days the queen was not allowed to sleep in open air but she loved to see the stars while sleeping. Hence the king ordered his architects to make that kind of mahal which could solve the problem. The architects built Sheesh mahal which was built with stones and glass and at night the reflection of two candles in glass looked like stars in the whole room. The King used to shift from Sukh Niwas to Sheesh Mahal in winter season. The ceiling of mirror glass reflection from the candles keep the room warm. Now days entry in the Sheesh mahal is restricted however from the outside we can see the beautiful art work of the glass in the Sheesh mahal and with a flash light pointing to the ceiling we can easily see the stars in the morning. Hence because of the queen we are able to witness the beautiful architecture which is one of the reason for the fame of the famous fort Amber.
Entry fee :
- 10 per person for Indians
- 50 per person for Foreign Tourists
- 50 for Still Camera (Indians)
- 70 for Still Camera (Foreigners)
- 100 for Video Camera (Indians)
- 100 for Video Camera (Foreigners)
[The prices may vary ]
9:30 AM – 4:30 AM