CITY PALACE - UDAIPUR, RAJASTHAN
City Palace : Royal Heritage Palace
Located : 150 m South of Jagdish Mandir
Highlight : City Palace Udaipur is the largest Palace Complex in Rajasthan
Best Time To Visit : October - March
City Palace on Lake Pichola
|Palace Attractions :||Sheesh Mahal, Miniature Paintings, City Palace Museum,, Lake Pichola.|
|Must Visit :||Crystal Gallery - Dressing Tables, Lamps, Chairs, Champagne Glasses, Candle Stands, Fountains.|
|Darbar Hall :||Mewar Paintings, Ancient Weapons, Artificial Lighting, Antique Furniture.|
|Other Attractions :||Zenana Mahal, Peacock Square, Chandra Mahal, Rajya Aangan, Krishna Niwas.|
|Palace Hotels :||Shiv Niwas Palace - Heritage Hotel, Fateh Prakash Palace - A Royal Retreat.|
|Prime Attractions :||Suites -
Shiv Niwas Palace - Imperial Suite, Royal Suite,
Terrace Suite, Palace Rooms.
Fateh Prakesh Palace - Regal Lake Facing Suite, Regal Suite, Dovecote Room.
|Visitor's Timings :||Open 9.30 am - 4.30 pm.|
|Getting There :||Located near Pichola Lake. 21 km from Dabok Airport, 4 km from Railway Station, 4 km from Bus Stand.|
|Inside Tip :||At-least keep half a day to explore the entire Palace and its attractions. Dont touch the items displayed in Crystal Gallery.|
|Conference Facility :||Banquet and Conference Facilities available at Shiv Niwas Palace and Fateh Prakash Palace.|
It is easy to see why Udaipur is considered one of India's most romantic cities. The town's old quarter centered around Lake Pichola with its straight-out-of-a-fairy-tale Lake Palace in the middle, is unfailingly picturesque, if not sublime; it exudes the sort of charm that augments - and is augmented by - conviviality. You will find many grandeur monuments in India, but few that are as atmospheric as Udaipur City Palace. Its elegantly designed balconies are the highest pads in town with the shimmering waters of Lake Pichola dribbling below them - it's easy to imagine the royal invitees sitting up here watching the elephants at play in the voluminous courtyard below.
The famous City Palace is an intricate labyrinth of inner patios,
courtyards and balconies in granite and marbles, connected by interspersed
passageways and flight of stairs. Enter from a mammoth courtyard (Badi
Pol) where you can park your car, through an prodigious gate (Tripolia
Gate) embellished by eight carved marble arches, into the building that
cater a tour across centuries. This is because the mansions have been
added to by succedents of the royal clan in a process that continued into
the 20th century, and have been integrated much later but still retain an
symmetry of design. Under the connected arches between the two, the Mewar
kings were weighed with gold and silver, which would then be bestowed to
Enjoy the famous City Palace Attractions while crossing the Tripolia Gate, you enter a courtyard where elephant fights were staged until 1951, the year Mewar joined independent India. The oblong depressions on the western side of the courtyard were used to park pachyderms. Although the 20 elephant stables remain untouched, they are unoccupied today.
Most alcoves will astonish, as much for their craftsmanship as for the vista, but in particular look out for the Mor Chawk, the peacock square which gains its name from the vivid blue mosaic, composed of thousands of tiny colored-glass carrying images of a peacock that decorates its walls. Looks as if a divine gift, these decors really makes one feel to kiss those blessed hands responsible for such marvellous craftsmanship. There are rooms with mirrored walls, ivory doors, colored glass windows, and carved and inlaid marble balconies. However, the piece de resistance must be the tiny room (Kanch ki Burj) in which every inch of space, even the ceiling, is enveloped with brightly colored, minikin paintings of festivals, flowers, jungle scapes and dancing damsels.
The main part of the palace is now preserved as the museum with a hefty and sundry collection of regal memorabilia. Downstairs from the entrance is an armory section, sporting a magnificent collection of old weapons including a lethal two-pronged sword, which despite of its good looks is forsaken to awe a beautiful woman. Go upstairs to peep into the Amar Vilas, a royal residence built on a natural rock formation which was ingrained into the plan for the palace, allowing the fabrication of a Mughal-style garden at an impressive height. Wander across the slender passageway to reach the Zenana Palace, which, as the name suggests, is embellished with alcoves for different princesses; and the galleries exhibiting folk paintings. An entire section has been devoted to this alluring painting galleria, with Mewar's distinctive school of art on display.
There are solitary hunting lodges on the hills and lush green gardens on the islands; an indeed stupendous landscape composition. Jag Nivas island, now the Lake Palace Hotel, echoing the early Mughal architecture which inspired the Taj, is famous for its ubiety in the James Bond film Octopussy. Jag Mandir island has a garden with three towered pavilions arranged around a pool with fanciful embroidered sides. The evocative view of the undulating valley and surrounding hills makes a boat trip in this pool more than worthwhile. The Saheliyon-ki Bari, on the other hand, has an internal court with a square pool and a beautiful chhatri which is originally a fountain.
Workers at City Palace
It is best to choose a location close to Lake Pichola or
near Fateh Sagar, where most tourist activities are located. And how many
hotels do you know that were once palaces that covered an island in a
lake? Interestingly, the voluminous complex of City Palace houses three
grand residential heritages. Oberoi Hotel's Udaivilas Palace on the banks
of Lake Pichola is Udaipur's most luxurious hotel. World renowned for its
candle-lit banquets and euphonic 'sangeet' (music) ceremonies amidst
lush-green trees, picturesque fountains and flower-decked canopies,
Udaivilas Palace Hotel, surely becomes an above-the-world charm, and not
everybody's - as the cliche goes - cup of tea.
Enjoy a royal stay in Udaipur Lake Palace has had a mesmeric and magical cast on most visitors for the last four centuries; twenty-first century guests are no exception. Arrive by boat and spend a lovely holiday amidst slender carved columns, filigreed screens, swimming pools, fountains - all carved in the most beautiful marble. Today you and your loved ones can be luxuriating in the palace, ordering chilled martinis and chicken tikkas by the swimming pool and back-stroking your afternoon away, gazing at the unbelievably shimmering turquoise blue waters of the Pichola Lake under the cobalt blue sky, and you will forget that you are in the heart of hot and dry Rajasthan. The Fateh Prakash Palace Hotel of the Heritage Groups is known to provide an impeccable service and hospitality of the Royal Mewars. Embellished with opulent crystal chandeliers and velvet canopies, original portraits of the Maharanas of Mewar with a splendid display of armoury, a stay in this resplendent palace hotel will surely make your holiday.
Udaipur is aboded on the NH 8, which goes straight towards Mumbai, the economic capital of India. But you don't have to plan much to visit the Venice of the East, just get a car, ignite the engine, shift gears and push your accelerator to reach this tourist destination, while enjoying the splendid landscapes dispalying true essence of Rajasthan. If you have come by train, then catch an unmetered auto rickshaw or local buses that will drop you beside this alluring lake. The museum and the palace are open from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. Plan your day accordingly so as to spare some time for the mind-blowing boat ride.
Top 5 Reasons To Visit Udaipur Palace
The Regal Magnanimity
Artistry With Mirror Reflections
An Awe-inspiring Galleria
Heavenly Boat Cruise
A Walk In The Greens
Rajasthan & The Taj
Wildlife Safari Tour
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