The City Palace is undoubtedly a centerpiece of Udaipur, a city I’ve chosen to start my acquaintance with the state of Rajasthan. Unofficially known as Venice of the East and the City of Lakes, Udaipur has been on my radar for quite a while. Although it’s not listed as one of the most popular monsoon destinations in India, I found it a pleasant city to visit during the rains. One of the reasons – much lesser crowds. Udaipur is as touristy as it gets, and judging from the trip reports of other travelers, it’s hard to see anything but the sea of heads in the City Palace during the high season (November to March).
Below you’ll find plenty of pictures to show you the beauty of this place, but before that,
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Udaipur City Palace quick facts
It’s gigantic! You’ll require 3-4 hours to see the numerous rooms, galleries, terraces, passages, courtyards… And that will be just scratching the surface. Make sure to have a pair of comfortable walking shoes – climbing up and down the steep and narrow staircases might prove rather challenging!
There are lots of guides offering their services, and if you’d like to learn about the palace in more details, perhaps it would be advisable to hire one. They speak a number of languages, at least I definitely heard Russian, French and Spanish speech. (By the way, rickshaw drivers and guides of Udaipur unmistakably defined my Eastern European ethnicity. How do they do it? 🙂 ) Alternatively, you can go for an audio-guide.
The palace was built over a period of almost four centuries, with every generation of the Mewari dynasty adding something new to the structure.
Constructed on the top of a hill, Udaipur City Palace overlooks the loveliest Pichola lake and plethora of smaller mansions and temples.
The architecture style is a subtle fusion of Mughal and Rajasthani elements.
Although impressively adorned, the palace rooms are rather tiny – one would expect the quarters of a royal residence to be a bit more spacious, right? 🙂
If you appreciate the sight of stained glass windows, stone latticework (jaali), mosaic murals, vintage doors and intricate paintings, you’re bound to love this place!
From the Pichola lake you can see Udaipur City Palace at its best. The boat ride is rather costly compared to other touristic attractions (480 INR), but the experience is well worth it, especially if you’re with someone special.
If you’re not interested in exploring the palace interior, there’s no need to purchase a 300 INR entry ticket to the museum complex – you can walk around the outer premises for as little as 30 INR.
And once again, visiting during the rainy season was extremely rewarding – yes, it rained a bit now and then, but the crowds were almost nonexistent!
Udaipur City Palace in photos
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