City Palace Location:
Maharana Udai Singh
Chini mahal, Moti mahal, City Palace Museum,
Bara Pol, Tripolia, Hathi pol, Zenana mahal
Best Time to Visit:
October to March
09:30 A.M. To 04:30 P.M.
Rs. 30 per child, Rs. 50 per adult
it a museum, a royal residence or a luxury hotel, City Palace is Udaipur has
all a travelers search for. The grand Palace was built in 1725 and is one of
the largest of all the Palaces in Rajasthan. The construction of this
marvelous architectural splendor was started by an erstwhile ruler, Udai
Singh II, but was later completed by succeeding rulers.
History says that the magnificent City Palace is the result of the
successful conglomeration of 11 palaces. Every nook and corner of the Palace
presents the brilliant fusion of Medieval European and Chinese architectural
style. One may not find impressive work in the exterior, but its interior is
highly designed with luxurious apartments. Each one is marked by hanging
gardens, octagonal towers, cupolas and balconies.
'Raj Aangan' is the oldest part of the Palace. It was built in 16th century
and its major portion has been converted into museum. Tourist can also check
out the work of Chinese and Dutch ornamental tiles in 'Chini Chitrashala'.
The later depicts interesting scenes like flight to Egypt and other taken
from the holy Bible.
On entering the City Palace complex through Hathi Pol, one will encounter
its massive gates like Bara Pol and Tripolia. The Palace overlooks the
pristine Lake Pichola. It beholds the attractions of antique furnitures,
miniature paintings, furnished tiles work, glass mirrors, paintings
depicting the mythic life stories of Radha and Krishna. Also, the eight
carved marble arches- Toranas depicts the royalty of erstwhile rulers. It
was used to weigh Maharajas against heap of gold and silver and was then
distributed among the needy.
The City Palace Museum is sectioned with collections, that describes the
past history of royal Rajasthan. Ranging from Armoury section to Mor Chowk,
each corners calls for a closest glimpse.
In addition, City Palace is well-known for treasuring a number of beautiful
palaces. Where one will find excellent mirror work in Manak Mahal, other
will enjoy artistic glamor in some finest miniature paintings. Other Palaces
like Moti Mahal, Chini Mahal, Bari Mahal and Zenana Mahal are added
attractions. Also, many palaces like Fateh Prakash Palace, Shiv Niwas etc
has been converted into heritage hotels.
Nearby Places to get around
Besides shopping in the colorful Jaipur bazaar, tourist can explore the
nearby Jag Niwas Island and Jag Mandir Island. The Lake Palace on the former
act as a best staying option for travelers visiting Jaipur.