City Palace Museum


Name            : City Palace

Situated        : East bank of Pichhola

Built year      : Built at different times from 1559

Person built : Initiated by Maharana Udai Singh

Entry fee        : 

ADULT (Age above 18 years) ₹250.00
CHILD (Age 5 to 18 years) ₹100.00
CHILD (Age below 5 years) Free

Timing            : 9:30hrs to 17:30hrs

City Palace can rightly claim to be the pride of Udaipur. The beauty of City Palace is one that inspires the spectator. With a part of the palace complex serving as a museum and another part converted into a heritage hotel, the erstwhile royal palace now gladly welcomes more common visitors. The City Palace of Udaipur is one of the most remarkable constructions of the Rajput rulers of Rajasthan it is built by Maharana Udai Singh, it is one of the main tourist attractions of the city. The balconies of the palace provide panoramic views of “Jag Niwas” (the world wide famous Lake Palace), Jag Mandir on one side and on the other the city of Udaipur. The City Palace architecture reflects a wonderful blend of the European and Chinese architecture. The palaces, courtyards and gardens inside the palace have all a distinctive charm of their own, though together they create even grander scene for the visitors.

Built in granite and marble and surrounded by crenelated fort walls, the largest palace complex in  Rajasthan stands on a crest overlooking the Pichola Lake. The palace complex is approached through the ‘Hati Pol’, or the ‘Elephant Gate’ from the main road. The biggest and most beautiful temple of  Udaipur the Jagdish Temple (1651A.D), dedicated to Lord Vishnu is situated here. The ‘Bara Pol’ the ‘Great gate’ (1600A.D) on the northern end leads to the first court yard, which joins Tripolia or the ‘triple gate'(1725 A.D). Between the two gates there are eight carved marbles. The palace looks rugged from the exterior but inside, the path leads to many enclosures with luxurious apartments surmounted by balconies, hanging gardens, massive octagonal towers and cupolas with breathtaking views over the lake and the city from the upper terraces. The main part of the palace with its several ‘ Mahals’ is now preserved as a Museum. Almost all the rooms of the palace have beautiful paintings, inlay glass work, antique furniture and colourful enamel. The ‘Krishna Vilas’ has a remarkable collection of miniature paintings depicting royal processions, festivals and games of the Maharanas. ‘Mor Chowk’ has unique glass mosaics of peacocks, set in the walls showing the three seasons: summer, winter and monsoon.

‘Manak Mahal’ (Ruby Palace) has crystal and porcelain figures. ‘Bhim Vilas’ with Radha Krishna stories painted on the walls has a glass mosaic gallery the ‘Suraj Gokhala’, with beautiful stained glasses and a panoramic view of the city below. Bhim Vilas Palace has beautiful paintings of Radha and Krishna adorning its walls while the  ‘Zenana Mahal’, the queen’s quarters to the south and the ‘Dilkusha Mahal’ (Palace of Joy) has frescoes and wall paintings while the ‘Laxmi Vilas Chowk’, an art gallery, houses  a distinctive collection of Mewar paintings. Zenana Mahal has beautiful frescoes as well as wall paintings to make it appear attractive. There is also the Dilkhush Mahal with similar charming interiors.

The Amar Vilas is definitely not to be missed as it has beautiful hanging gardens with fountains, towers and terraces. From here, views of the Lake Pichhola and the city of Udaipur  is hugely magnificent.

The ‘Chini Chitrashala’ is famous for its Chinese and Dutch ornamental tiles, the latter of which has depiction of Biblical scenes including the flight to Egypt.

The Moti Mahal( Palace of Pearls) has lavish decor and the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of mirrors) has inlaid mirror work. There is a Hawa Mahal and a Bari Mahal with a fine garden build on a 90 feet high natural rock formation.

City Palace Museum has a remarkable collection of ancient sculptures, curios, antiques and inscriptions of the bygone era. Located inside the complex of City Palace, this museum is also known as Pratap Museum. As you enter the City Palace, the straight way will take you to this museum of artifacts. The entrance gate of the City Museum is known as Ganesh Deori, which means “Door of Lord Ganesha”.

On entering the door, you will find yourself in a courtyard, which is identified as Rajya Angan (The Royal Courtyard). This is the exact place where Maharana Udai Singh was asked to construct a city by a sage. After crossing the courtyard, you will find the armory museum that exhibits a vast collection of protective gear, weapons including the fatal two-pronged sword. Pratap Museum houses the armor of the chivalrous Maharana Pratap. You can trace the drums and bugles of Rana Sanga too.

The museum has priceless possessions of the former age like antique paintings of Mewar and detailed Rajasthani art. Here, you will find an unusual assortment of coins, sculptures, inscriptions, portraits and wall-paintings. It also displays the turban of Khurram, who was popularly known as Emperor ShahJahan. The turban still depicts the friendship that survived between ShahJahan and Maharana Khazan Singh. City Palace Museum acquires a major part of the City Palace Complex.

In fact, the museum is divided into several pavilions and halls. Every pavilion has a distinct theme of its own. ‘Zenana Mahal’ is the main place where you can see arms and armor, paintings and photographs, majestic insignia, processional accouterments and various other objects that reveals the royal legacy and conventions of the Maharanas of Mewar and Sisodia. The museum is a perfect destination to trace the relics of the bygone era.

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