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UDAIPUR City Palace

Udaipur City Palace is one of the  majestic architectural marvels of India.  Towering over the                                   on a hill surrounded by crenellated walls, City Palace is truly a feast to the eyes. This majestic City Palace is the most-visited tourist attraction of Udaipur and often distinguished as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan.



Located along the shore of                            and with the picturesque backdrop of rugged Aravali mountains,

the city palace complex

painted in gleaming white

color has been compared to

the Greek islands, such as the


Everything about the palace is magnificent be it the architecture, the antiques inside and the exclusive paintings hanging on the walls.

The size of the Udaipur city palace is awe inspiring with an exquisite facade of  244 metres (801 ft)

length and

30.4 metres (100 ft) height.

City Palace is a marvelous assortment of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. Encircled by fortifications, this imposing Palace is wholly built in granite and marble.

Construction was begun in 1559 by MaharanaUdai Singh- the city’s founder, and it later became a conglomeration of structures  built and extended over a period of nearly 400 years by various Maharanas.  The city palace went on expanding until it could claim itself to be one of the largest palaces in the world.

The unique aspect of this conglomeration is that the architectural design

(a rich blend of Rajasthani, Mughal, Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture) is distinctly homogeneous and eye catching.

Unlike the craggy exterior, Udaipur city Palace has amazing interiors. With its balconies, towers and cupolas,it exhibits delicate mirror-work, marble-work, murals, wall paintings, silver-work, inlay-work and leftover of colored glass.

Udaipur City Palace has several

gates​ thatare known as "Pols",

which are set to the east of

Udaipur city that was

established by

Maharana Udai Singh,

concurrently with the

City Palace.

A number of impressive

gateways provide access to

the palace complex.

The main entry from the city is through the 'Bara Pol' (Great Gate), which leads to the first courtyard.

Bara Pol (built in 1600) leads to the Tripolia Pol', a triple arched gate built in 1725, which provides

the northern entry. The road between this gate and the palace is lined with shops and kiosks owned by craftsmen, book-binders, miniature painters, textile dealers and antique shops.

Between these two gates, eight marble arches or Toranas are erected. It is said that the Maharanas used to be weighed here with gold and silver, which was then distributed among the local people. Following the Tripolia gate is an arena in front of the Toran Pol and the facade palace, where elephant fights were staged in the past to test their prowess before starting on war campaigns

Udaipur city Palace comprises 11 wonderful palaces, which were built by different rulers still they resemble each other. With the sheer glimpse of unique paintings, antique furniture and exquisite glass mirror & ornamental tiles work of these palaces, you will get amazed

Various structures of palace complex are interlinked inside the complex through a number of chowks or quadrangles with zigzag corridors, planned in this fashion to avoid surprise attacks by enemies. Erected in the complex, after entering through the main Tripolia (triple) gate, are the Suraj Gokhda (public address facade), the Mor-chowk (Peacock courtyard), the Dilkhush Mahal (heart’s delight), the Surya Chopar, the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of glass and mirrors), the Moti Mahal (Palace of Pearls), the Krishna Vilas (named after Lord Krishna), Shambhu Niwas (royal residence now), the Bhim Vilas, the Amar Vilas (with a raised garden) that faces the BadiMahal (the big palace), the Fateprakash Palace and the Shiv Niwas Palace.

The earliest royal structure

 built here was the Royal

courtyard or 'Raj Angan',

which was the beginning of

the building of the City Palace

complex, at the place where

the hermit had advised

Maharana Udai Singh to

build his Capital.

'Amar Vilas' is the highest point of this Palace and has wonderful hanging gardens with fountains, towers and terraces. The most captivating sight can be viewed from the towers and terraces of 'Amar Vilas' from where you can get a breathtaking view of Lake Pichola. . It is a pleasure pavilion built in Mughal style. It has cussed arcades enclosing a square marble tub

Badi Mahal is the exotic garden palace that stands erect on a 90 feet high natural rock formation,bis-a-bis the rest of the palace. The rooms on the ground floor appear to be at the level of the fourth floor in view of the height difference to its surrounding buildings. There is a swimming pool here, which was then used for Holi festival (festival of colors) celebration.

Manek Mahal (Ruby Palace) has figures of crystal and porcelain. The Manek mahal approached from the Manak Chowk is an enclosure for formal audience for the Udaipur rulers

Bhim Vilas flaunts a fabulous collection of miniature paintings depicting the real life stories of Radha-Krishna. 

'Krishna Vilas' is known for the noteworthy album of miniature paintings portraying royal processions, festivals and games of the Maharanas.

Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace) is celebrated for its lavish décor.

Sheesh Mahal (Palace of mirrors) is known for its breathtaking mirror work. Sheess Mahal or Palace of Mirrors and glasses was built by Maharana Pratap, son of Rana Uday Singh for his beloved wife Maharani Ajabde

Chini Chitrashala' is renowned for its Chinese and Dutch ornamental tiles.

'Dilkusha Mahal' (Palace of Joy) is known for the murals and wall paintings. 

Rang Bhawan is the palace that used to contain royal treasure. There are temples of Lord Krishna, MeeraBai and Shiva, located right to the 'Rang Bhawan'.

Fateprakash Palace, which is now run as a luxury hotel, has a crystal gallery that consists of crystal chairs, dressing tables, sofas, tables, chairs and beds, crockery, table fountains which were never used. There is also a unique jewel studded carpet here. Maharaja Sajjan Singh had ordered these rare items in 1877 from F& C Osler & Co of London but he died before they arrived here. It is said that the packages containing these crystals remained unopened for 110 years.

Durbar Hall was built in 1909

within the Fatepraksh Palace

(now a heritage hotel) .

Official functions such as

State banquets and meetings

were held here.

The gallery of the hall was

used by the Royal ladies to

observe the Durbar proceedings.

This hall has luxuriant interior

with some unusually large


Weapons of the maharanas and also some of their unique portraits are also depicted here.

The foundation stone for this hall was laid by Lord Minto, the Viceroy of India in 1909, during the rule of Maharana Fateh Singh and was then called Minto Hall.

The Surya Chopar(the sun square)

depicts a huge ornamental sun

symbolising the sun dynasty to

which the Maharajas and their

ancestors belonged.

Surya or Sun emblem of the Mewar

dynasty depicts a Bhil, the Sun, 

Chittor Fort and a Rajput with an

inscription inSanskrit of a

quotation from the Bhagavad

Gita (Hindu holy scripture),

which means

“God Helps those who do their duty".

It was customary for the Maharanas to offer obeisance to the Sun facing east, every morning before taking breakfas

Mor Chowk or Peacock square

is integral to the inner courts

of the palace.

The elaborate design of this

chamber consists of three

peacocks (representing the

threeseasons of summer,

winter and monsoon

modeled in high relief and

faced with coloured

glass mosaic, built into

successive niches in

the wall area or jharoka.

These were built during Maharana Sajjan Singh’s reign, 200 years after the palace was established.

The peacocks have been crafted with 5000 pieces of glass, which shine in green, gold and blue colours.

The apartments in front of the Chowk are picturesquely depicted with scenes of Hindu god Lord Krishna’s legends.

In 1974, a part of the city palace

and the 'ZenanaMahal'

(Ladies Chamber) were

converted into a museum.

The museum is open for public.

There is an interesting exhibit

of a freaky monkey holding a

lamp and also portraits of

maharajas displaying a

spectacular array of mustaches.

Lakshmi Chowk' is an elegant white pavilion in the same precinct. One can locate some striking paintings in the 'ZenanaMahal' which further leads to Lakshmi Chowk.

 'Laxmi Vilas Chowk' is an art gallery with a distinctive collection of Mewar paintings

 You can also trace a Shrine of Dhuni Mata in the complex of the city Palace. This part is considered as the oldest part of the Palace, as Maharana Udai singh build this shrine to mark the spot while laying the foundation stone of Udaipur city palace and Udaipur city.

The exquisite work of Udaipur city Palace cannot be bounded in words, so one must visit this palace to capture the real picture of it.


Tourist Police:-              0294-24126

Police Control Room:- 100,  0294-2414600
General Hospital:         0294 2528811

Time Zone:-GMT+5.30

Language:-   Hindi, English and Mewari

Currency:-    Indian Rupee, Other currencies can                            be changed at various authorized                              centers.

Weather:-   Summer (March to October): 40°C - 45° C
                  Winter (November to February): 12°C - 30° C


Best time to Visit:-  September to March.

Distances:-   Delhi- 670 km, Mumbai- 770 km,

                       Jaipur- 420 km, Agra- 630 km,

                      Jodhpur- 250km, Ahmedabad- 250 km

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