City Palace (Udaipur)
Udaipur City Palace is one of the architectural marvels of Rajasthan, located peacefully on the banks of Lake Pichola. This majestic City Palace is the most-visited tourist attraction of Udaipur and often distinguished as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Initially, Maharana Udai Singh built this superb wonder, but the present form of the Palace is the result of subsequent additions by his successors.
City Palace boasts of the wonderful blend of Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture. The Palace has various towers, domes and arches, which add to the flavor of heritage site. Towering on the banks of Pichola Lake, City Palace is truly a feast to the eyes. City Palace is a marvelous assortment of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. Encircled by fortifications, this imposing Palace is wholly built in granite and marble.
Interesting Facts About Udaipur City Palace:
- Although there are number of gates to the palace, but 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.