City Palace

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Learn about India's longest dynasty in this palace complex, which features pretty hanging gardens, interesting exhibits and lavish temples.

Explore the sprawling City Palace complex to discover a fascinating architectural mix, see military artifacts and relax in its pleasant gardens.

Although construction began in 1559, the palace was continuously rebuilt over the next four centuries. Accordingly, its architectural designs blend a range of Mughal, Rajasthani and even European styles. Take a tour or rent an audio guide to find out about the heritage of the Sisodia dynasty, which ruled the former kingdom of Mewar and is India’s oldest dynasty. Udaipur became the capital of Mewar in the 16th century.

Enter the palace fortifications through the imposing Bara Pol (Great Gateway). Admire its medieval style before continuing to the palace's first courtyard. Beyond, Tripolia stands adjacent to eight marble Toranas, which were scales that kings used to measure their weight in gold.

The palace complex features 11 different buildings, which, though built by different rulers, complement one another well. Take some time to inspect the extravagant façades, which are adorned with arches, terraces and domes. The biggest façades stand an impressive 100 feet (30 meters) tall.

Each palace holds its own unique charms within. Venture inside the salmon-colored Manak Mahal (Ruby Palace) to see a collection of porcelain figures and wonder at the ornate interior of the Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace). Walk through reflective halls of the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) and then inspect the delicate peacock mosaics at Rang Bhawan. This palace also holds temples to Lord Krishna.

Be sure to stop by the gold-filled Jagdish Temple, which is widely regarded as Udaipur's most exuberant. Nearby, the shrine of Dhuni Mata is considered the complex's oldest room.

Take a moment to browse the exhibits in the palace museum including priceless artwork and displays of swords and armor. Climb to Amar Vilas to enjoy its peaceful hanging gardens, which feature fountains and romantic terraces.

Udaipur City Palace is located on the east banks of Lake Pichola and there is an admission fee. Rickshaws are an easy and affordable way to get here. The best time to visit is early in the morning, when its eastern façades catch the day's first rays.

Top Hotels Close to City Palace

Hotel Lakend
Hotel Lakend
5 out of 5
Fatehsagar Lake Shore, Alkapuri, Udaipur, Rajasthan
The price is $100 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
This family-friendly Udaipur hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Fateh Sagar, Lake Pichola, and Bagore-ki-Haveli Museum. ...
4/5 Very Good! (165 reviews)
"Excellent view of the Fateh sagar lake. Location of the property is wonderful, City palace is hardly 2 km from the property. Service of the hotel for booking taxis and everything is reliable and good. Only small problem was overtly expensive food in hotel. Except that, nothing negative."

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Hotel Lakend
Taj Lake Palace
Taj Lake Palace
5 out of 5
Lake Pichola, P.O. Box 5, Udaipur, Rajasthan
The price is $437 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 3
This family-friendly Udaipur hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Lake Pichola, Bagore-ki-Haveli Museum, and Gangaur Ghat. Lake Fateh ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (258 reviews)
"Everything. What a property. Lovely staff, food and people and room."

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2020

Taj Lake Palace
The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
5 out of 5
Haridasji Ki Magri, Udaipur, Rajasthan
The price is $434 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
This family-friendly Udaipur resort is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Pichola and Lake Fateh Sagar. Bagore-ki-Haveli Museum and ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (90 reviews)
"Property is amazing will definitely visit again all the staff members where very humble and helping."

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2021

The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
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3 out of 5
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The price is $39 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
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The price is $437 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 3
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5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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The price is $283 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 9
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The Leela Palace Udaipur
5 out of 5
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Jagat Niwas Palace
3.5 out of 5
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The price is $63 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
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