The City Palace
The City Palace of Udaipur popularly known as “Palace of Palaces” is the largest palace in the Rajasthan state. It is located at the beautiful bank of Lake Pichhola built on a hilltop exhibiting a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings. The palace offers a mesmerizing view of several historic monuments like Lake Palace, Jag Mandir, Jagdish Temple, Sajjangarh, Karni Nata Temple and Neemuch Mata Temple from its terraces.
It was built over a period of nearly 400 years, with contributions from several rulers of the Mewar dynasty. The palace is a perfect amalgamation of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural style representing the royal majesty of ancient Indian Kingdoms.
The Palace comprises of 11 wonderful palaces which are closely integrated with the original building through a number of chowks or quadrangles with zigzag corridors gives a feel of one complex from exterior.
The palace is built in granite and marble and the interior of the palace is decorated with delicate mirror-work, marble-work, murals, wall paintings, silver-work, and colored glass.
Rai Angan or the Royal Courtyard was the first building of the City Palace. The magnificent work of crystal and porcelain can be seen in Manak Mahal or Ruby Palace. The Mewar Light and Sound show is also organized every evening at the Manak Chowk.
The palace also exhibits a Museum set up by Maharana Bhagwat Singh ji in 1969. The museum preserves the heritage culture of royal family and the people of Udaipur.
How to reach
Udaipur is well connected by its nearby cities with all modes of transportation. The nearest airport is around 24km from city and 2km from City Railway Station. You can hire a taxi in Udaipur in affordable rates from airport or Railway station.
You can also hire a guide who can introduce you with the legendary history of Udaipur.