Rajasthan Travel Guide

City Palace Udaipur- Jewel on Bank of Lake Pichola

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A palace of palaces “The City Palace of Udaipur” is located on the bank of beautiful Lake Pichola in Udaipur. The development of City Palace Udaipur is credited to several kings of Rajput dynasty, starting from Maharaja Udai Singh, and way back in 1559. The Udaipur City Palace incorporates many other royal palaces within its premises. Hence called “A palace of palaces”, the City Palace itself, is built in the Ornamental style and is the largest one of its type in Rajasthan. The City Palace Udaipur is built on a hilltop and hence produces a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings. A fusion of Rajputana and Mughal architecture styles, displaying the royal grandeur of ancient Indian Kingdoms, the Udaipur City palace is a architectural masterpiece, to be visited and explored in your holidays.

History of City Palace Udaipur

City Palace Udaipur is one of the largest royal palaces in the Rajasthan State. The history of City Palace Udaipur goes back to the time when Maharana Uday Singh was establishing the city of Udaipur.

He and his future generation built the palace one after another. Maharana Uday Singh II was the supreme of the Mewar Kingdom in Chittor where they used to rule from Chittorgarh Fort.

But due to subsequent wars with the Mughal Kingdoms and of the fear that he may lose the place, he chose the site of Lake Pichola which was safe and surrounded by Aravalli Range, Dense Forests and lake Pichola.

Rai Angan or the Royal Courtyard was the first building of the City Palace.

Architecture of City Palace Udaipur

The City Palace in Udaipur was built in a royal style and is considered the largest palace of Rajasthan, a fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles, and was built on a hilltop that gives an exotic view of the city and its surrounding, including several historic monuments such as the Lake Palace in Lake Pichola, the Jag Mandir.

The City Palace of Udaipur has eleven enchanting palaces within itself. These royal apartments will just treat your eyeballs with the views of beautiful paintings, attractive mirror work and ornamental tiles work and traditional furniture of the royals.

There are different palaces inside the City Palace and they are named differently for their different purposes.

Fatehprakash Palace is another architectural wonder of the palace which has now been converted into a luxury heritage hotel.

The Palace features various luxury artifacts like dressing tables, crockery, crystal chairs, and many others.

The wonderful crystal and porcelain figures can be seen in Manak Mahal or Ruby Palace.

Bhim Vilas is famous for its unique miniature paintings touching the theme of the real-life story of Lord Krishna and Radha. Sheesh Mahal boasts of stunning mirror work.

The Krishna Vilas deserves mention because of its miniature paintings portraying royal articles, games, and festivals of the raja-maharajas. to see the beautiful Dutch and Chinese ornamental tiles visit Chini Chitrashala.

And finally the most interesting part of the royals was the Dilkusha Mahal which is considered the palace of Joy by displaying murals and wall paintings. The Jagdish Temple located in the palace is a beautiful temple and the biggest temple of the city.

Interesting Facts About Udaipur City Palace

  • Although there are a number of gates to the palace, the main entry gate is known as Bara Pol and it is believed that the Maharajas used to be weighted under the Bara Pol with gold and silver, which then was distributed amongst the local people of the kingdom.
  • The Udaipur City Palace complex is constructed on a hilltop, where a hermit (who was meditating on top of a hill above the Pichola Lake) met Maharaja Udai Singh and asked him to develop that very spot as his palace’s complex.
  • The Elephant fights were also organized by the kings in the City Palace complex, whose pictures are depicted by paintings on the walls of the palace. It is also said that these elephants were fed with Opium, just before the fight used to begin.

Things to Consider Before Planning to Visit Udaipur City Palace

  • The City Palace Museum Udaipur timings is from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, on all days, except Holika Dahan (Indian Festival).
  • Do not miss out on nearby attractions as well, such as Lake Pichola, Shiv Niwas Palace etc.
  • Beware of the local frauds wandering around, do exchange your money at authorized currency exchange centers only.

City Palace Timings

Tourists and Visitors can enter the City Palace Museum from Badi Pol or you can enter through Chander Chowk.

It can be reached via Airport from the taxi which will take about 30 minutes. The last ticket for the museum is sold one hour prior to the closing time.

The Mewar Sound and Light Show is also organized during the evening at the Manek Chowk

City Palace Udaipur Timings : 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

City Palace Entry Tickets Prices

Particulars Amount (Rs.)
ADULT (Age above 18 years) {Inclusive of Camera} 300.00
CHILD (Age 5 to 18 years) {Inclusive of Camera} 100.00
CHILD (Age below 5 years) {Inclusive of Camera} Free
STUDENTS IN GROUP {Inclusive of Camera} 100.00
Special discount for indian defense services, Paramilitary, Police Forces with spouse and children,
Seniour Citizens (above 60 years) (with valid identity card) {Inclusive of Camera}
HANDICAPPED PERSON{Inclusive of Camera} Free

(Charges on staff Concession ticket worth of Rs 30/- per person)
Commercial and Professional Photography requires prior permission, please contact General Manager.

Entry Fee : The Mewar Sound and Light Show

Particulars Price (INRs)
Yash Ki Darohar ( Hindi) ( May to August) (8pm to 9 pm)
Hathnal Ki Chandani – Adult 300/-
Hathnal Ki Chandani – Child 200/-
Manak Chowk – Adult 200/-
Manak Chowk – Child 150/-
The Legacy of Honor (English) (Sept to March) (April 7:30 to 8:30 pm)
Hathnal Ki Chandani – Adult 550/-
Hathnal Ki Chandani – Child 250/-
Manak Chowk – Adult 250/-
Manak Chowk – Child 150/-

Note :

  • The above rates are inclusive of taxes.
  • Management Reserve the right to change, amend and withdraw the rate without any prior notice.

Entry Fee: Boat Ride

Particulars Price (INRs)
Boat Ride/ Charter/ Cargo – Ticket Price
Sunset Boat Ride – Adult 800/-
Sunset Boat Ride – Child 450/-
Boat Ride – Adult 450/-
Boat Ride – Child 230/-
Cargo Boat (Per Hour) 4700/-
Charter Boat Ride
Charter Boat Ride Sunset Boat Ride Regular Boat Ride
Rameshwar Ghat
Jetty (Pickup/Drop)
Other than Rameshwar
Ghat Jetty / NON HRH Jetty
(Pickup / Drop)
Rameshwar Ghat
Jetty (Pickup/Drop)
Other than Rameshwar
Ghat Jetty / NON HRH Jetty
(Pickup / Drop)
Up to 01-07 pax 7500 9800 5300 6900
Up to 08-12 pax 11700 15200 8700 11300
Up to 13-18 pax 16400 21300 13500 17600
Up to 19-24 pax 21100 27400 17600 22900
Heritage Motor
Launch Cherysler
21100 27400 17600 22900
Heritage Motor
Launch Ford
21100 27400 17600 22900

Note: Hourly rate applies only for client @ Rs 11000/- per hour for client doing multiple events in palace complex or sole event in Jagmandir Island Palace.

How to Reach City Palace in Udaipur

  • The nearest airport is Dabok in Udaipur; from Dabok you can easily get private taxis, cabs to the City Palace Udaipur.
  • If you would like to visit by train, then you can step down at Udaipur railway station, which is well connected to all the major cities of the country via regular trains. Then you can hire a private taxi up to the Palace.
  • Also, there are frequent buses to Udaipur from all its nearby cities.

Udaipur City Palace Photo Gallery

Udaipur City Palace, Rajasthan

Udaipur City Palace, Rajasthan

City Palace Udaipur- Jewel on Bank of Lake Pichola

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