City Palace Udaipur

City Palace Udaipur

by Rohit Rathore

City Palace Udaipur

The City Palace Udaipur stands tall over Pichola Lake, having served as the residence of the ruling royals. The domes, balconies, and towers offer a fantastic view of the lake as well as the city that surrounds it. The complex actually comprises four significant and numerous minor palaces, which together form the majestic City Palace.


Who built City Palace Udaipur?

The magnificent City Palace Udaipur, the main royal residence, was built on the east bank of Lake Pichola, an artifical lake built in the 14th century. The construction was begun by Udai Singh in the 16th century; subsequent rulers continued to add to the palace up until the 18th century.

The construction of the Palace was begun in the year 1896 by Maharana Udai Singh and was carried on by successive Maharanas who added numerous palaces and buildings to the Palace. Each Palace is constructed with a distinct style, and the decorations, such as mirrored tiles and paintings glasswork, decorative tiles reflect the generosity of the past.

 

Who lives in City Palace Udaipur?

Its construction began in 1553, started by Maharana Udai Singh II of the Sisodia Rajput family as he shifted his capital from the erstwhile Chittor to the new found city of Udaipur. The palace is located on the east bank of Lake Pichola and has several palaces built within its complex.

How do you get to City Palace Udaipur?

How to Reach City Palace 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.

How much does it cost to get married in Udaipur?

For an Udaipur wedding, the budget lands between the range of 30 – 60 lakhs. Generally you require a minimum budget of around 30 – 60 lakhs for having a destination wedding in Udaipur for a guest list of about 150 people where the celebration lasts for 3 days.

History of City Palace Udaipur

The History of City Palace Udaipur is related to the kingdom of Mewar that has gone through several capital changes during the reign of its many rulers. The capital was first established in Nagda in 568 AD by Guhil, the first Maharana of Mewar. It was later moved to Chittor in the 8th century under the rule of Sisodias.

During 1537, the Mewar kingdom came under the rule of Maharana Udai Singh II. Due to war with the Mughals there was a risk of losing the Chittor fort. Hence, Maharana Udai Singh II chose a new capital for his kingdom near Lake Pichola that shielded the territory from its enemies, well surrounded by forests, lakes and the imposing Aravalli hills.

The construction of City Palace Udaipur started under the reign of Maharana Udai Singh II and was enhanced subsequently by his successors over a period of 400 years. This palace is of great historical importance as it served as the administrative complex of the Maharanas.

The first royal structure that was built in the City palace Udaipur complex was ‘Rai Angan’, the royal courtyard. After the death of Maharana Udai Singh II, his son Maharana Pratap took over Udaipur. During the Battle of Haldighati, Maharana Pratap lost the war to the Mughal emperor Akbar and Udaipur came under the rule of the Mughals.

After Akbar’s death, Mewar was handed over to Maharana Pratap’s son and successor Amar Singh I by the Mughal ruler Jahangir. Udaipur once again fell into the attacks of Marathas in the year 1761. To protect Mewar from further attacks, Maharana Bhim Singh signed a treaty with the British in 1818 asking for their protection. After India’s independence, Mewar became a part of democratic India and kings of Mewar retained the ownership of the palaces in Udaipur.

Architecture of City Palace Udaipur

Built in granite and marble, City Palace Udaipur complex is worth admiring for its perfect blend of Medieval, European and Chinese architecture. The several palaces in the complex stand magnificently behind the 100ft high and 801 ft long facade built exquisitely on the ridge of Lake Pichola.

Located at an elevation of 1,962 ft, the City Palace Udaipur complex was built by the 22 generations of Sisodia Rajputs over an extensive period of time starting from the year of 1559. Udai Singh II and several other Maharanas have contributed significantly for the construction of this impressive complex. The complex comprises of 11 small palaces and other structures built homogeneously in its design.

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