Famous City Places in Udaipur Rajasthan
Maharana Udai Singh
: Gates like Bara Pol, Tripolia, Hathi pol, Halls like Zenana mahal, Chini mahal, Moti mahal and City Palace Museum
Best Time to Visit:
October to March
09:30 A.M. To 04:30 P.M.
Adult: Rs. 50 Children Rs. 30
How to Reach :
Take local buses, tongas, auto-rickshaws and taxis for City Palace.
The royal Rajput era of Udaipur is well preserved in one of the biggest palace complex of Rajasthan in City Palace. Built after Udai Singh's escape from Chittaur to Udaipur, the Palace stretches along the eastern side of the Lake Pichola. Click and capture the picture perfect beauty of the garden running down the palace complex. Walking down the north of the Palace, you can see some of the bizarre scenes of washers and ghats. The spectacular City Palace towers over the lake. A conglomeration of edifices added to by many rulers, the palace retains its standardization. The palace was initiated by Udai Singh II but later the succeeding rulers finally completed it. Tourists are immensely amused by the sight of palace built in granite and sandstone
Architecture of Udaipur City Palace :
The extraordinary palace is a blend of Medieval European and Chinese architecture. Finely executed gardens and fountains are exemplar of well planned architecture of City Palace Complex. Enter through the 'Hathi Gate' (Elephant Gate) into the palace's premises. Tourists can see the beauty of Jagdish Temple, Bara Pol, Tripolia etc. Must see are the eight carved marble arches called Toranas under which the erstwhile rulers were weighed against gold and silver to distribute the money among the poor.
The Palace has rugged and rough exteriors but the interiors have many enclosures including luxurious apartments marked by balconies, hanging gardens, massive octagonal towers and cupolas rendering magnificent views over the lake and the city from the upper terraces. The interiors are embellished with typical paintings, antique furniture, exquisite glass mirror, ornamental tiles work, figures of crystal and porcelain with miniature paintings depicting the real life stories of Radha-Krishna.
Tourist Attractions of Udaipur City Palace:
Gates of the Palace:
The main Attraction of the Palace is the number of gates it houses. It becomes a heritage site of Udaipur due to mosaic of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms. Entering through the Hathi Pol, ones comes across many such enormous gates like Bara Pol and Tripolia.
Palaces in Palace Complex:
There are many beautiful Palaces within the palace complex that attract many visitors. These eleven palaces are differently built yet similar. People love to see the Manak Mahal for its stunning glass and mirror work collection, Krishna Vilas for the finest miniature paintings, Moti Mahal fondly called the Pearl Palace for lavish mirror work, Chini Mahal beautified with ornamental tiles, Bari Mahal for sheltering a central garden and Zenana Mahal. In addition to these, some palaces like Shiv Niwas and Fateh Prakash Palace are now turned into heritage hotels
City Palace Museum:
A major part of the palace is now converted into a museum. A visitor has an opportunity to have a rendezvous with huge collection of artifacts. Tourists like to see the Armoury Section where they get to see a collection of antiquated weapons like two - pronged swords. The Mor Chowk here is also a prime attraction here. Appreciate the beauty of the lovely studded peacocks.
Around Udaipur City Palace:
Jag Niwas Island:
Udaipur City Palace Tour, Expanded to a large area Jagniwas, the Lake Palace, built by Maharana Jagat Singh, covers whole of the island. It has served as a summer retreat for the rajas of Mewar and was turned into a heriatge hotel by Maharan Bhagwat Singh.
Jag Mandir Island:
It is another island palace close to City Palace in Udaipur. Initiated by Maharana Karan Singh, it takes its name from Maharana Jagat Singh. The beautiful stone engravings comprising of a row of elephants appear as a safe guards of the island.