On your boat ride to the east banks of Pichola lake, you will be spellbound to see the massive Fort of legacy and royalty carved in both Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles. The fort is the City Palace, an open book on enter the history of the Mewar dynasty. The palace exhibits antique furniture, clothes, weapons, paintings, and utensils to have a closure look at the royal lifestyle. The palace is open for all seven days in a week from 9.30 A.M to 5.30 P.M. During the visit to Udaipur city palace, visitors can enjoy boat rides, sunset, sound and light show, and many more activities by paying different entry charges for all the places and monuments inside the Palace. You can Explore Udaipur City Palace with us during our famous Golden Triangle Tour with Udaipur Package to explore famous Places of visit in Udaipur along with three famous Heritage Cities of India- Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
History of Udaipur City Palace
The grand Palace came into existence in 1559, when the Mewar king Udai Singh wanted to prevent his defeat in Chittorgarh ( his capital) from Mughals. He shifted his capital near Lake Pichola, surrounded by Aravali, making it a geographically viable location to protect from enemies and recreate the lost empire.
A loner hermit has advised him to do so!!!
The king chooses the same place to build the massive fort as his new capital.
The palace came under the reins of Mughals and Britishers after defeats, but later on, it was handed over to the Mewar dynasty after independence. Udaipur is still a princely state and has many royal properties under the Mewar Royal family and with various trusts.
Don’t step inside the Palace without knowing its architecture.
This city palace is a labyrinth of Chowks, corridors, small courtyards and complexes to defeat surprise attacks from enemies.
An Architectural Guide to The Udaipur City Palace
As you enter the city palace you will find the ticket counter at Badi Pol the main gate to City palace
From there you will see a tripled arched gate known as Tripolia gate. The massive entrance is hovered by beautiful balconies and lights welcoming the royal entrance.
In the passage towards Tripolia gate from Badi pol, you will spot the Bhairav site. The foundation of the palace was laid on this site after a holy man met on hills and proposed Maharaja Uday Singh to make his palace there.
The gates are beautifully decorated by Torans, the hanging fringes, that are part of the auspicious marriage ritual of Gujarati and Marwaris.
As you walk through Tripolia Gate you land in Big square courtyard Manek Chowk from where you can have a view of the area of City place you have walked through. The Toran Pol and Hathi Pol are the two distinctive ornate gates where competition among elephants to exhibit their strength used to be held and the winning elephant use to become the ride of the Maharaja.
As you enter the palace, lord Ganesh idol in the glass inlay chamber is the mark of starting any journey with his blessing. Ganesh Deodhi must have been built with the same philosophy.
Moving forward you will enter Pratap Kaksh which is also known as Pratap gallery which exhibits the heroic icon Maharana Pratap story in documented and sculpture format.
Beside this room is Nav Chowki Mahal, a 16 pillar coronation hall of the Sisodia Dynasty.
Moving Ahead you enter the Chandra Mahal or Moon palace named after the Marble basin which used to be filled by silver coins to be showered over on the public and needy people by the generous kings.
Now you are about to enter the second important part of the Palace Badi Mahal or Big Palace. The highest point of the city palace is beautiful inside by huge pools and fountains. The place allows you to view the city from heights and enjoy the beautiful trees and garden surrounding it. The place has beautiful carve windows and light coming from colored glass reflects the hues of life in royalty. It is also known as Amar Vilas.
The passage that bridges Badi Mahal to Moti Mahal is called Chitrashali Chowk and is an artistic one. The courtyard has windows cemented with Dutch and Chinese tiles giving a panoramic view of the city below. It used to be the place to celebrate life with music and dance of the royal era.
You would be stunned with the glittering golden light coming from the Sheesh Mahal or Kanch ki Burj, a popular structure of Dilkhush Mahal close to Badi Mahal. The entry is prohibited but the glittering lights make their way through closed doors.
The other important structure of Dilkhush Mahal is Krishna Villa. A meditating residence of the princess who committed suicide to stop a war between two kingdom fighting to woe her for marriage. The walls have paintings from the life of Lord Krishna.
As you move forward the glittering beams from Moti Mahal will strike you with the vibrant display of colors falling from the colored glasses.
Moving further from here you will explore places used as the personal residence of the rulers.
Bhim Niwas was a structure owned by Maharaja Bhim Singh.
Pritam Niwas was the place for physically challenged Maharana Gopal Singh. His wheelchair can still be seen in the palace.
Moving forward from Male dorm to the women dorm, you will explore the Manak Mahal space, shining bright like a ruby gemstone. The prestigious hall for a private meeting of the royal company is still scintillating with it’s glorious history.
The lower level of Manak Mahal has an embossed golden plated sun symbol, which is worshipped daily to start a perfect day.
Voila, here you enter now the magnificent Mor Chowk or Peacock corridor. The royal blue glass work with silver and gemstones carved in beautiful jharokhas or windows and also peacock mosaic is what will be cherry to the pie.
The Zenana Mahal and Laxmi Niwas chowk are part of a ladies dorm covered in hues of blue and accessorized, reciting the life of royal princesses and queens. The place has a wide-open garden in the centre making it a perfect place for parties and meetings
Adjoining the place is the Royal kitchen exhibiting the utensils used while preparing the lavish feast for maharajas.
You can’t take an exit without sneaking into the Udaipur City Palace museum and get a load of the clothes, chariots and palanquins of the royal lifestyle 400 years back.
After your exit, you can sum up the experience as a royal treat to your eyes. You feel part of the legacy!!!!
Udaipur City Palace Entry Timings
Timings: 9:00 A.M-5.30 P.M (Ticket counter closes by 4.30 P.M) for all days of the week.
Best time to visit: winter season from October to March is the best time to visit. Make an early morning visit to avoid the crowd and enjoy every corner of the palace.
Entry Fee for City Palace Udaipur
The City Palace Udaipur entry fee is ₹30 for adults, ₹15 for children and ₹200 extra charges for Cameras.
How to Reach Udaipur City Palace to experience the legacy?
Udaipur is connected by Air to all the major metro cities of India.
The East-West Corridor and Golden Quadrilateral several national highways intersect in Udaipur making it an easily accessible city from any corner of India.
The Railway Station in Udaipur also connects various trains running through different states.
You can travel locally in Udaipur on Taxis, auto-rickshaws and private cabs, tongas from any corner to City Palace.
Things to do at Udaipur City Palace
Boat ride: The city palace is on the banks of Lake Pichola. Tourists can enjoy the boat rides at a charge of ₹400-₹500 per person. If you are travelling with a group, you can also hire a charter boat for ₹6500-₹7000. Riding Boat Ride at Lake Pichola is one of the best things to do in Udaipur which gives you a wonderful view of sunset and beautiful lake view Hotels in Udaipur. The charges are high during sunset time. The timings for boating is from 9.00 AM to 6.00 P.M.
Light and sound show: You can enjoy the Mewar Light and Sound show reciting the glorious history of the kings in both Hindi and English. You can book your seat for 1 hour Hindi show for ₹150-₹250 (8.00P.M-9.00 P.M) and for English show the charges are high from ₹250-₹500.
Lunch and dinner: You can enjoy the meals at Garden restaurant inside the city palace that serves authentic Rajasthani food along with multi cuisine at very reasonable rates. Reserve your seat for ₹200 for adults and ₹150 for kids and enjoy the lavish food.
Vintage Car collection preview: You can be proud spectators of the vintage Rolls Royce, Mercedes and all fancy machines used by the kings demonstrated in City Palace at the cost of ₹250 per person.
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Q1) Why is City Palace Udaipur famous?
City Palace is Famous for its Historical Architecture combined with Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture, and it is situated by Lake Pichola.
Q2) Is City Palace Udaipur worth visiting?
Yes, it is the most famous Historical structures in India. Maharaja Udai Singh built it in 1559. This is one of the greatest palace complexes in Rajasthan. It takes two hours to explore the entire palace.
Q3) Can we visit City Palace Udaipur at Night?
No, you can’t visit the city palace at Night. But you can enjoy a night in Udaipur by walking around the City Palace. The visiting time of the city palace is around 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM.
Q4) Is photography allowed in City Palace Udaipur?
Yes, you can carry a camera inside the palace by paying a reasonable amount of ₹250 per camera.
Q5) Is City Palace closed on Sunday?
No, City Place is open on all days of the week. The visiting time of the palace is 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM.