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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the most famous palaces in Udaipur?

Reema Bhalla DEC 10 2012
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A city of royals in never complete without its wealth of palaces and forts and the same follows for Udaipur. Once the richest princely state in Rajasthan, the wealth of the Mewar Kingdom finds expression in these forts and palaces, which are glistening gems of the city. Read on to get a feel of the palaces you can see in Udaipur:


  • City Palace

    Touted as one of the biggest palaces in Rajasthan, the City Palace was built by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559. Witnessing a number of additions with each successive ruler of the Mewar kingdom, the palace today is a beautiful combination of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture. Standing as a toast to the rich heritage of India, the majestic gateways here portray incredible intricacy. Notable places of interest in the palace are Amar Vilas, Badi Mahal, Moti Mahal, Durbar Hall and Jagdish Mandir for their architectural beauty and delicate carvings.

    The City Palace of Udaipur is known to be one of the most expensive monuments for visitors all over the world. As this Palace is now converted into a hotel, only the museum is available for viewing to the General Public. If you want to view the full palace, you will have to stay at the various hotels inside the complex. It is said that viewing the full palace can cost upto INR 80000 per person (this is minus the stay cost, it is just for sightseeing). Amazed? Well it does cost a bomb, but only because it has something exquisite to offer.

    Timings
    : 9.30am - 4.30pm

    Entry Fee: According to the sections you want to see
    Address: City Palace Complex
    Udaipur
    Rajasthan
    India

  • Fateh Prakash Palace

    This palace is now converted into a heritage hotel run by HRH group of hotels under its original name.

    Sitting proudly on the eastern shore of
    Lake Pichola, this palace is the gift of Maharana Fateh Singh to the City of Lakes to Udaipur. An interesting fact about this palace is that the foundation stone to the Durbar Hall Sabhagaar was laid by Lord Minto, the Viceroy of India, which marks a time of amicable relationships between Maharajas and British colonialists. Take walks in these corridors lined with paintings of the Mewar School and lose yourself to the colour, grandeur and celebration of a bygone era.

    Entry Fee and Timings: Accessible only to guests at the Fateh Sagar Palace Hotel
    Address: Fateh Sagar Palace
    Udaipur
    Rajasthan
    India


  • Lake Palace

    The Lake Palace is one building that can be called poetry in marble without a doubt. Standing tall in the middle of the azure waters of Lake Pichola, this magnificent structure was built as the summer palace of Maharana Jagat Singh in 1743. The winding courtyards, sprawling gardens and gentle, splashing fountains here display the best of craftsmanship from all over Rajasthan are bound to leave one awestruck. Do make it a point to click a handful of pictures here, to make sure you take home memories of this fantastical wonder home.

    Known as the
    Jagniwas Palace earlier, this property is now taken over by the Taj Group of Hotels. Still living in all its former glory, it was voted the Best Romantic Hotel of Asia.

    Entry Fee and Timings: Accessible only to guests at the Taj Lake Palace
    Address: Lake Palace
    Udaipur
    Rajasthan
    India

  • Monsoon Palace

    Perched atop a hill and overlooking the City of Lakes, the Monsoon Palace is located at a distance of 5km from the main town of Udaipur. Formerly known as the Sajjan Garh Palace, this palace is a mesmerising structure with its multiple Jharokas and Balconies. Encasing history in every brick, this structure was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1884. An inside secret: this is one of the best places to enjoy a sunset in Udaipur.

    Address: Udaipur
    Rajasthan
    India

With all the above options awaiting you here, the history buff in you would already be ready and waiting to start his exploration. Well, make your way to Udaipur for a memorable holiday spent observing the brilliance of the Indian artisan.

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