The Mubarak Mahal, or Welcome Palace, was originally constructed in the late 19th century as a reception hall for foreign dignitaries. Today, this part of Jaipur’s City Palace houses the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, which showcases royal family artifacts including weaponry and regal garments.
This impressive structure sits on a raised platform and features an elegant blend of Mughal and Rajput architectural influences. Inside, on the ground floor, is a museum full of beautiful old textiles and costumes, including a number of brocaded and embroidered garments worn by kings and queens of days past.
The Mubarak Mahal is one of the most popular sections of the City Palace, and nearly all tours of Jaipur (including half-day and full-day tours, plus Golden Triangle tours that visit Jaipur and Agra) and of the City Palace itself give visitors time to explore it. Going with a guide can be useful for those wanting a deeper understanding of the palace.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Mubarak Mahal—and the entire City Palace complex—is a must for all first-time visitors to Jaipur.
- Photography is not allowed inside the Mubarak Mahal.
- Much of the City Palace is outdoors and can get sunny, so bring sun protection.
- The City Palace has many facilities, including multiple gift shops and eateries.
- Most of the City Palace is accessible to wheelchair users. For details, contact the site in advance or inquire at the ticket office upon arrival.
How to Get There
The Mubarak Mahal is inside the City Palace, one of the top sights in Jaipur’s Pink City and easy to access on foot; it’s situated right next to the Jantar Mantar observatory and a short walk from the iconic Hawa Mahal. Driving, it’s 30 minutes from Amber Fort (Amer Fort) and five hours from Delhi. Trains from Delhi take 4.5 to 6 hours to reach Jaipur.
When to Get There
Jaipur’s City Palace is open daily except for on the second day of Holi. In the hottest months of the year (April through October), come early in the day to avoid oppressive heat. Note that although Rajasthan stays relatively dry during India’s monsoon rainy season (late June through August), it’s still quite balmy.
Textiles of Rajasthan
The Mubarak Mahal features a lovely selection of old textiles, and a visit here may inspire you to go pick up some Rajasthani textiles of your own. You will find a huge assortment of local fabrics in the markets and shops around the City Palace. For something authentic and unusual, look for leheriya or bandhani items, both of which use tie-dye techniques to achieve a mix of white and colorful patterns.