City Palace Udaipur
Where is the City Palace?
The City Palace is located in the city of Udaipur in the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan. The huge palace, towering over the lake, is the largest palace complex in the state.
How will you gain access?
Udaipur Airport is located at a distance of 24 km from the city. Indian Airlines operates daily flights connecting Udaipur to cities like New Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Aurangabad, Ahmedabad, and Mumbai. The railway station is about 4 km from the city center. There are train services linking Udaipur to Ajmer, Chittorgarh, Jaipur, Indore, and Delhi. Video coaches, State buses, deluxe buses, and air-conditioned buses are available on the routes of Udaipur-Jaipur, Udaipur-Delhi, and Udaipur-Ahmedabad.
What are the timings and the entry charges?
The City Palace remains open from 09-30 to 16-30 hours. To enter the City Palace Museum, one has to pay an entry charge of Rs 25 or Rs 15 for children. If one enters the museum from the Lake Palace side, the entry fee amounts to be Rs 75.
What does the past say?
The construction of the City Palace was begun by Maharana Udai Singh II of the Sisodia Rajput clan. The palace is a beautiful conglomeration of buildings added by the subsequent Maharanas. No wonder, the palace manages to retain an excellent uniformity of design. ‘Raj Anangan’ (Royal Courtyard) is the oldest part of the palace. The courtyard was built by MaharanaUdai Singh in the 16th century.
What goes behind the architecture?
A collection of numerous remarkable buildings, the City Palace represents a fabulous blend of Medieval European and Chinese style of architecture. From the upper terraces, one can have splendid views of the lake and the city. The palace can be approached from the northern end through the Baripole and the Tripolia Gate. There are eight carved marble arches between the two gates. It was customary with the Maharanas to be weighed under the gate, with their weight in gold or silver being distributed to the populace. The exterior of the palace has a rugged look but inside, there are a number of luxurious apartments surmounted by balconies, hanging gardens, towers, and cupolas. The main part of the palace has now been converted into a museum namely the City Palace Museum. The museum exhibits a rich collection of artifacts. The MorChowk bears beautiful mosaics of peacocks, the favorite Rajasthani bird. The ManakMahal or the Ruby Palace has excellent glass and mirror work. The Krishna Vilas has an interesting collection of miniatures. The ChiniMahal is known for its Chinese and Dutch ornamental tiles. The Surya Chopra has a huge ornamental sun which the symbol of the Mewar dynasty, tracing its origin to the sun. The ZenanaMahal, the Dilkhush Mahal, and the Laxmi Vilas Chowk are the other popular attractions of the palace.
What are the nearby attractions?
The Jagdish Temple is located only 150 m north of the entrance to the City Palace. The fine temple was built by MharanaJagat Singh in the year 1651. It enshrines a black stone image of Lord Vishnu.
The Fateh Sagar Lake, located north of Lake Pichola, is a popular hangout for the local youth. As the night falls, a good number of love-struck youth can be seen all over the place. In the middle of the lake is Nehru Park, a popular garden island with a boat-shaped cafe.
The Lake Palace was built by MaharanaJagat Singh II in 1754. The enchanting palace is located on the Lake Pichola. The setting of the palace is in such a way that it appears to be emerging out of the lake, making it a magnificent sight for the visitors.
Overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake is a statue of the Rajput hero Maharana Pratap Singh. On the way to the top, one comes across wonderful gardens. The park also includes a Japanese Rock garden.