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Destinations in India,  Rajasthan

Udaipur City Palace quick facts and photos

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).

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Below you’ll find plenty of pictures to show you the beauty of this place, but before that,

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!

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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.

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The palace was built over a period of almost four centuries, with every generation of the Mewari dynasty adding something new to the structure.

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Constructed on the top of a hill, Udaipur City Palace overlooks the loveliest Pichola lake and plethora of smaller mansions and temples.

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The architecture style is a subtle fusion of Mughal and Rajasthani elements.

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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? 🙂

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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Remember Bagheera the panther from Kipling’s Jungle Book? It was in Udaipur where he broke the lock of his cage and ran back to the wild after many years in Raja’s private zoo. No panthers were detected during my visit, only lots of these cuties close to the City Palace 🙂
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On the way to the museum complex. Looking promising, isn’t it?
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The first elephant I’ve seen in the City Palace. Many more to come 🙂
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The city Palace is a good example of traditional Rajasthani architecture with its jharokhas (overhanging enclosed balconies)
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A typical Rajasthany mural and me, already overwhelmed with impressions (even though I’ve just hardly started exploring the place)
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I warned you there would be a lot of elephants 🙂
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The first section of the museum is dedicated to Pratap Singh, or Maharana Pratap, the king of Mewar
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Beautiful jaali (stone latticework)
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More jaalis with different geometric patterns
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Kanch ki Burj – an intricate chamber decorated with golden and red glasswork
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The view over the Udaipur city
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Amazing floral design
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This was my favorite room. But you see what I mean about them being very tiny?
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Although Udaipur wasn’t as blue as Jodhpur, known as the Blue City of India, it definitely didn’t lack any azures or indigos of its own 🙂
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A chamber with stained glass windows
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The red room
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Maharana Bhopal SIng’s weighing scales. It seems he did his best to stay at a healthy weight 🙂
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Spectacular peacock courtyard
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Elaborate mosaic mural
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Kitchen utensils
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Intricate palanquins
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Every fragment of the exterior is an architectural delight
The Marwari horses were carefully bread and known for their sharp instincts, loyalty and courage. It was believed they could leave battlefield only to carry their wounded owner to safety
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The elephant theme carries on 🙂
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The view from the Pichola lake – romantic and peaceful

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