Internal courtyard of City Palace – the current residence of the Royal family of Jaipur. The current Maharaja (although officially titleless) resides here for part of the year, and in London for the other part.
Part of the complex is open for visitors, and this is a way the family can maintain their properties. The main structure in the background, in white, is the residence.
The flag is the royal flag of Jaipur’s Maharajas. As their status was above an ordinary Maharaja (as Sawai Maharajas – ‘quarter more genius than a genius’ as our Jaipur guide, Jaimini Shastri put it) there are two flags – the main flag, and the quarter flag. This latter flag is only flown when the Maharaja is in Jaipur and in residence.
The white multitiered structure arising from the red walls is the Chand Mahal – Moon Palace. This is where the Royal Family live today.