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The City Palace Complex Udaipur

Online Information About City Places In Udaipur On the advise of Saga Maharana Udai Singh laid the foundation of city palace of Udaipur with the construction of small shrine known as Dhuni Mata ,which is the oldest part of city palace.The palace complex was added by 22 successive maharanas .The entry to the Palace is from the Hathi Pol, the Elephant gate. The Bari Pol or the Big gate brings you to the Tripolia, the Triple gate. Suraj Gokhada or the balcony of the sun in city palace udaipur was installed by maharana Bhim Singh is where the Maharana would grant public audiences mainly to boost the morale of the people in difficult times. The Mor Chawk at city palace udaipur is the peacock square and gains its name from the vivid blue mosaic in glass of a peacock that decorates its walls.The main part of the city palace in udaipur is now preserved as a museum displaying a large and diverse array of artefacts.

Visit timing city palace museum Udaipur Rajasthan 09:30am to 04:30pm .Admission: INR 50/-Adults / INR 30/-child(7-12 years). Still & video camera INR 200/-/
Visit timing Durbar hall city palace Udaipur Rajasthan  10:00am to 07:30pm .Admission: INR 325/-
Visit timing Crystal Gallery city palace Udaipur Rajasthan  09:00am to 08:00pm .Admission: INR 325/-

Down steps from the entrance is the armoury museum exhibiting a huge collection of protective gear, weapons ncluding the lethal two-pronged sword. The City Palace museum is then entered through the Ganesh Deori meaning the door of Lord Ganesh. This leads to the Rajya Angan, the royal courtyard that is the very spot where Maharana Udai Singh met the sage who told him to find a city here.

Manak Mahal or the Ruby Palace has a lovely collection of glass and mirror work while Krishna Vilas display a rich collection of miniature paintings.Moti Mahal or the pearl palace has beautiful mirror work and the Chini Mahal has ornamental tiles all over. The Surya Chopar or the sun square at city palace udaipur depicts a huge ornamental sun symbolising the sun dynasty to which the Mewar dynasty belongs. The Bari Mahal is a central garden with view of the city

Some more beautiful paintings can be seen in the Zenana Mahal or the ladies chamber of the city palace udaipur, built by Maharana Karan Singh (about 1620 A.D) for the Queens of Mewar and added to by his successors which leads to Lakshmi Chowk a beautiful white pavilion. Near stair way is found a simple marble throne known as lakhu Gokhara on a raised platform where maharanas used to sit at the time of their coronation . Dil Khushal at city palace udaipur was created by maharana Karan Singh early in the 17th century is a room with mirrored glass floor and decorated glass walls . The impressive buildings at the extreme southern end of the range of the palaces ,known as Shambhu Niwas and Shiv Niwas , have wooden beams to support their ceilings .Shambhu Niwas houses the private rooms and offices of present Maharana of Udaipur.

The Crystal Gallery in city palace udaipur has a profligate display of wealth. Maharana Sajjan Singh ordered an assortment of crystal objects from F&C Osler & Co in England in 1877. He died before the crystal chairs, beds, sofas, glasses, dinner sets and flywhisks arrived in Udaipur. Successors thought this was a bad omen and the extraordinary bequest stayed packed in boxes for 110 years. The admission fee to the crystal gallery includes the entry charges to the grand Durbar Hall of the Fateh Prakash Palace and a drink in the Gallery Restaurant.

The Durbar Hall at the Fateh Prakash Palace is undoubtedly the most lavish Durbar Hall in India. It is one of the grandest chambers in Udaipur and its sheer size makes one gasp in awe. The chandelier in the middle is the most impressive and is complimented with paintings of Maharanas and various weapons adore the walls. The hall has an exquisite ceiling and is surrounded by viewing galleries from where the ladies of the palace could get a view from the privacy of their veils. Lord Minto, The Viceroy of India laid the foundation stone for the Durbar hall in 1909.
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