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City Palace

Udaipur

14.4/5(347 Ratings)

City Palace Overview

Ranked 1 of 184 sightseeing in Udaipur

The City Palace was built by Maharana Udai Mirza Singh as the capital of the Sisodia Rajput clan in 1559, after he moved from Chittor. Located on the east bank of the Pichola Lake, it has several palaces within its complex.

Considered the largest of its kind in Rajasthan, the palatial building displays a fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles. Built on a hilltop, the palace provides an aerial view of the city and its surrounding.

With the establishment of Udaipur City by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559, the palace was built concurrently. Set at an average elevation of 598 metres, the palace has various towers, domes and arches, which add to the flavour of this heritage site.

Courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens make up the entire palace. 'Pols' is used to refer to the gates of the palace. The main gate to the palace complex is 'Bara Pol', meaning 'Great Gate'. A triple arched gate, which is known as 'Tripolia' can be reached by passing 'Bara Pol'.

Eight marble arches or toranas, where kings used to weigh themselves with gold and silver, are located between these two gates. Near Tripolia lies an arena where elephant fights were staged.

'Elephant Gate' or the 'Hathi Pol' is located across 'Tripolia'. A total of 11 palaces make up the complex of this palatial building. The interior of the palace is adorned with unique paintings, antique furniture and exquisite glass, mirror and ornamental tiles work.

Figures of crystal and porcelain embellish the Manak Mahal (Ruby Palace). A collection of miniature paintings depicting the real life stories of Radha-Krishna adorn the Bhim Vilas.

An album of miniature paintings portraying royal processions, festivals and games of the Maharanas is the highlight of the 'Krishna Vilas'. While Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) is known for it mirror work, Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace) is celebrated for its lavish decor. The biggest temple of the city, Jagdish Temple is also located within the palace complex.
 

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What travellers are saying about City Palace

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  • Excellent 103
  • Very Good 51
  • Good 25
  • Terrible 3
  • Poor 3
  • Below Average 2
  • Average 1
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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 2-3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
9:30 AM -4:30 PM
Saturday:
9:30 AM -4:30 PM
Sunday:
9:30 AM -4:30 PM
Public Holidays:
9:30 AM -4:30 PM
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Reviews and Ratings

Aditya Kothari

Aditya Kothari4.3/5

16 reviews

The City Palace - Know Maharana Pratap

Undoubtedly the #1 place to see in Udaipur . The entry ticket is Rs 30 and Rs 300 for the museum. The place is HUGE, you would spend 1-2 hours easily if you decide to see and learn genuinely about the history of maharana pratap, but Rs 330 for this seems a bit costly . Quite a historic place, Get to see the weapons, vessels, armory, rooms, everything here that is to see about the Pratap legacy
  • The City Palace - Know Maharana Pratap
  • The City Palace - Know Maharana Pratap
  • The City Palace - Know Maharana Pratap
  • The City Palace - Know Maharana Pratap
    +5

Aditya Kothari

Aditya Kothari4.3/5

16 reviews

The City Palace - Know Maharana Pratap

Undoubtedly the #1 place to see in Udaipur . The entry ticket is Rs 30 and Rs 300 for the museum. The place is HUGE, you would spend 1-2 hours easily if you decide to see and learn genuinely about the history of maharana pratap, but Rs 330 for this seems a bit costly . Quite a historic place, Get to see the weapons, vessels, armory, rooms, everything here that is to see about the Pratap legacy
  • The City Palace - Know Maharana Pratap
  • The City Palace - Know Maharana Pratap
  • The City Palace - Know Maharana Pratap
  • The City Palace - Know Maharana Pratap
    +6

Mitul Bhavsar

Mitul Bhavsar4.3/5

4 reviews

Amazing Palace,

Udaipur City Palace is the most attracted and visited tourist destination in Udaipur. It is a historical palace and has many rooms to see back through an ancient time. Entry is through ticket and the charge is Rs 300 for adults and Rs 100 for children above 5 years. We can visit through all the rooms and floors in the palace. We can click beautiful pictures inside and outside palace. Scenic view of Lake Pichola is memorable. It is a must visit place in Udaipur.

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  • Amazing Palace,
  • Amazing Palace,
  • Amazing Palace,
  • Amazing Palace,
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Parag Joshi

Parag Joshi0.7/5

64 reviews

Average palace but huge entry fee

This palace is average as most of the palace is not allowed to visit for a visitor. One will hardly be able to visit 20% of the palace. The fee is 330 rupees per person. Parking for car is also 300 rupees. Personally I felt the palace visiting is not worth the money. . Even water is not available for free. Maintenance of palace is good. One can see the whole city from the palace. The shop in palace is quite expensive. One can get the same item for almost half price outside market.

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  • Average palace but huge entry fee
  • Average palace but huge entry fee

Arup gangopadhyay

Arup gangopadhyay4.6/5

7 reviews

A gorgeous place to visit

This is a must visit place while in Udaipur. Everything housed here is worth watching. Special evening programs are held sometimes, which we missed out because of lack of prior information. If one is interested in knowing the historic backgrounds of each and every piece of object, it is always better to hire a guide. The palace is a huge mansion, very nicely maintained and every nook and corner is well lit. Tickets are a bit costly and worth it. Photography is allowed freely.

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Sumit Nagori

Sumit Nagori5.0/5

125 reviews

Amazing place. Do not miss this!

City Palace of Udaipur is one of the best place to visit in Udaipur. You cannot afford to miss this place. It's just amazing! The place does have historical significance but the sheer beauty of the palace and surroundings just makes you forget everything else . . We took about 11/2 to 2 hours to see the palace. We had hired a guide (Rs. 250/- minimum for 5 members) and trust me it would be worthless to see it without a guide. The guide does hush it up faster as he finishes it off within 1 hour (that's the time given by him for the guided tour) but then without the guide you would be just having a look around without the minor details. A must visit place for the history, it's architecture and it's beauty.

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  • Amazing place. Do not miss this!
  • Amazing place. Do not miss this!

Zia ul  hussain punjabi

Zia ul hussain punjabi5.0/5

2 reviews

Great place

I was impressed with my trip to the city palace. It was very interesting and full of information. Many cool displaces to see and read all about the articles. Great views of the lake and you can takes a boat trip as well. Places to shop and eat inside the court yard.

Cecile camelia rusu

Cecile camelia rusu5.0/5

3 reviews

Super Palace in Udaipur

The best place I saw is this palace. I took audio guide and I have spent 5 hours inside to discover and hear all the stories, take photos, and enjoy the gardens.And I didn't see it all, I really want to go back one other time. There are so many beautiful printing, sculptures, vitallium buildings... That in every room you open big eyes.History of many, many... Years is there just I'm front of your eyes.Super experience of Rajasthan.

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Bhavin patel

Bhavin patel5.0/5

2 reviews

Wonderful creation

This palace shows the talent of the architect of that time ... I really enjoy the tour of this palace .. Feeling proud to say that we have that type of creation which no one have. When you enter in this palace you and roaming around you didn't feel that you are on which floor of this palace. There are huge on the compound of second floor and I don't know how it grown up on the second floor. The palace has been well maintained and cleaned. You can find out so many historical things inside that palace.

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Kamal Dahiya

Kamal Dahiya5.0/5

111 reviews

Largest palace in Rajasthan

City palace of Udaipur is rajasthan's largest palace, situated on bank of lake pichola,With a facade 244m long and 30. 4m high.You can enoy here museum.This palace construction was begun by the founder of city udai singh-2 in 1599.