City Palace is the most famous monumental attraction of Udaipur, situated right in the center of the city. It was built over a span of 400 years and has contributions of several rulers of the Mewar Dynasty. It is built with a flamboyant style and is the largest of its kind in Rajasthan.
Where is the City Palace located ?
The palace is located centrally to the city of Udaipur right on the banks of the beautiful Lake Pichola. The view of the sparkling water of the lake is amazing. It can be reached easily by taking transporations like local buses, tongas, auto rickshaws or taxis from anywhere within the city.
Unique feature of the City Palace
The City Palace boasts of a wonderful architecture with blends of medieval European and Chinese. It is fitted with numerous grand towers and domes and arches. It is one of the most popular destinations in Udaipur that towers on the banks of Lake Pichola.
City Palace boasts of several large hanging gardens, corridors, rooms, pavilions, terraces, and courtyards.
City Palace is composed of 11 different grand palaces that resemble each other, with unique paintings, antique furniture, ornamental tiles, and mirror art.
Manak Mahal (Ruby palace) has its walls studded with figures of crystals and porcelain and Bhim Vilas showcases an amazing collection of miniature paintings that tells the story of Radhe Krishna (Hindu deities).
Krishna Vilas boasts paintings of royal traditions, processions, games and festivals celebrated by the Maharajas.
Moti Mahal (Palace of pearls) is known for its lavish décor and the infamous Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) is an amazing work of art with mirror decorations.
Then there is also Chini Chitrashila known for its Chinese and Dutch ornamental tile work and the Dilkhusha Mahal i.e. Palace of Joy which has large wall murals and paintings of magnificent colour.
Other attractions include Bada Mahal, Rang Bhawan, Mor Chowk, Laxmi Vilas Chowk, and much more.
History of the City Palace
The city of Udaipur along with the Palace was built by Maharana Udai Singh II and completed by his successors for the next 400 years. The palace is a historic landmark as the kings ruled and administered their kingdom from this seat. The palaces were also a sight of political unrest and feuds with attacks by the Mughals and later by the Marathas. In 1974, a part of the City Palace and the Zenana Mahal were transformed into museums.
Accomodation near Lake Pichola
Fateh Prakash Palace
Taj Lake Palace
HRH Group of Hotels
Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel
Shop and eat around the City Palace
There are numerous cafes and restaurants near the City Palace to eat while enjoying the great views of the Lake Pichola and the palace. As for shopping, local market is close by to the area with a few minutes of walking distance.
Tips for travelers
Summers are scorching hot at Udaipur so plan your visit likewise.
Carry string sunscreens and wear light cotton woolens to stay comfy
Some areas of the palace prohibits photography
Do check out the 5 foot tall silver urns that carry Ganga Water and are called Gangajalies, that the king carried to London for his visit as he would only drink Ganga water
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