City Palace Udaipur

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City Palace Udaipur stands as a testament to the rich history of Rajasthan. Construction began in 1553 under Maharana Udai Singh II[1] and continued for nearly 400 years, with subsequent rulers of the Mewar dynasty contributing to its grandeur. Serving as the seat of power for the Maharanas, the palace witnessed pivotal moments in Mewar's history. It symbolizes the resilience and grandeur of Rajput architecture, blending traditional Rajasthani and Mughal styles. The palace complex played a crucial role in the governance and administration of the region, reflecting the cultural and artistic patronage of the Mewar rulers. From its inception to the present day, the City Palace remains a living testament to the valor and legacy of the Rajput kings. It continues to be a prominent cultural landmark, attracting visitors from around the world to marvel at its architectural splendor and immerse themselves in the history of Rajasthan.


The City Palace[2] is situated on the eastern side of Lake Pichola. This location gives it stunning views of the city and the lake. Surrounded by hills, it's like a peaceful oasis in the middle of Udaipur.


  • Badi Pol (Great Gate): This big entrance welcomes you into the palace complex. It's like stepping into a grand world of history and culture.
  • Tripolia Pol: Another important entrance, it's beautifully designed and gives a glimpse into the rich heritage of the palace.
  • Toran Pol: You'll see eight marble arches here, where kings used to be weighed in gold. It's a reminder of the generosity of the rulers towards their people.
  • Ganesha Deodhi Terrace: This door leads you to the main part of the palace. It's decorated with colorful paintings, giving you a taste of the palace's artistic side.
  • Manak Chowk: This area used to host elephant fights! Now, it's a venue for cultural events and light shows, telling the stories of the palace's past.
  • Amar Vilas: If you want breathtaking views, head to Amar Vilas. It's like a garden in the sky, offering a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle below.
  • Chandni Chowk: This lively area is filled with shops and stalls selling local crafts and artworks. It's a great place to soak in the vibrant culture of Udaipur.