India is a country where you can find innumerable historical monuments that are awe-inspiring, but Sheesh Mahal Jaipur stands out from the crowd. It has something so special about its architecture that people all around the world come to take a glance at it. So, this time when you are in Jaipur then do not forget to visit this amazing tourist spot, but before that try to get a clear picture of what this is and why its architecture is so popular.
What is Sheesh Mahal?
Sheesh Mahal is a tourist spot in the Pink City Jaipur, which is also known as the Palace of Mirrors. It is just 11 kilometers from Jaipur and is located on the Delhi-Jaipur highway near Amer Fort.
The most intriguing part of this palace is that when a petite ray of light enters inside the Sheesh Mahal, then it illuminates the whole palace due to the presence of mirrors in the walls that reflect the light. You can find the most magnificent patterns made from the thousands of tiny mirrors that are inserted on the wall. It gives a splendid look to the palace and makes it so special.
Adorned with so many tiny mirror tiles and colored glasses both on the walls and the ceiling, Sheesh Mahal is a spot that you must not forget to visit when in Jaipur. In fact, you must look for Jaipur Tour Package that helps you in visiting this place. For instance, you can choose the Ultimate Pink Jaipur package by PinkPedia, which gives you the option to explore the beauty of the Sheesh Mahal Jaipur. The designs of the pillars of the Mahal are so well designed that it offers you delight when you take a look at it. The flowers designed at the base of the pillars are so appealing as it unveils different color of flowers from different angles.
Why visit Sheesh Mahal?
The literal meaning of Sheesh Mahal is “mirrored”. It is decorated by patterned mosaics, colored glass and mirrors are all over there from floor to ceiling creating a palace of unbelievable beauty. The most awe-inspiring thing to observe is the Hall of Mirrors is that one candle was enough to light the entire hall of the fort because of these mirrors.
Technically, Sheesh Mahal is a hall that is tinseled with innumerable mirrors and only a single ray of light is needed to light up the whole area naturally. Even the reason behind naming the palace as sheesh mahal is because Sheesh Mahal’s literary meaning is “mirrored”. You should not miss this spectacular view and so it is important to visit this palace once at least. Apart from taking a glance at the mirror tiles planted in the walls, you must also visit this place to check the architecture of Amer palace too which holds this palace.
Sheesh Mahal and its history
Constructed by king Man Singh, Sheesh Mahal belongs to the 16th century and was completed in 1727 AD. It was during these years that Jaipur city also came into existence. This marble and red sandstone building were used in the shooting of the popular Bollywood song “Jab Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya” from the movie Mughal-e-Azam. The song was shot by none other than Marilyn Monroe of India, the actress Madhubala who played the role of “Anarkali” in the film. Both “Sheesh Mahal” and Madhubala paired so well that even today it is considered one of the most delightful shootings of a song.
Undoubtedly, the architecture of Sheesh Mahal is quite grand and it is the usage of mirrors in the construction that makes it so unique. Nevertheless, have you ever given a thought that why Sheesh Mahal was adorned with mirrors? The reason is as intriguing as is the architecture.
Those were the days when the queen in Jaipur was not allowed to sleep in open and so the queen couldn’t watch stars at night. This love for watching stars at night led to the creation of Sheesh Mahal Jaipur. The Maharaja or King ordered his architects to build a mahal or palace that could solve this problem. This is one of the reasons why in Sheesh Mahal you find so many stones and tiny mirrors that can reflect light even with a single ray of light coming from a candle. You must know that during night reflection of two candles in glass lights up the whole room as if stars are present in it. Another interesting reason is that during the winter season, the King used to shift his bedroom from Sukh Niwas to Sheesh Mahal, as the reflection from the candles kept the room warm.
If you are willing to enjoy your trip to Jaipur then make sure you visit Sheesh Mahal. This is one of the most beautiful palaces found in India. So, choose the Jaipur tour package today from PinkPedia.
- Address: Amer Fort, Amer road, Devisinghpura, Jaipur, Rajasthan
- Visiting Hours: From Tuesday to Friday – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- From Saturday to Sunday -10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- No entry is allowed on Monday.
Entry Fees(Included Amer Fort):
- For Indian Tourists – 100 INR per person,
- for Foreign Tourists – 500 INR per person,
- Note: Camera charges may vary.