Udaipur apart from connoting royalty is also acclaimed as one of the most romantic and photogenic places in India. Currently the city palace of Udaipur is perhaps the most regal palace of India. A quaint yet imposing royal palace standing against the shimmering glare of a large artificial lake. This photostory dedicated to the City Palace of Udaipur:
The city palace was constructed in 16th century by Maharaja Udai Singh after he shifted to Udaipur from Chittorgarh. The architecture of the Udaipur City Palace is a fusion of Rajput and Mughal architecture with some features of European and Chinese architecture as well. There are designer towers, balconies, cupolas and bulbous arches. Inside the palace, you find expect variety of courtyards, chambers, terraces, pavilions, corridors, and gardens. The palace is built with granite and marble. The palace is guarded by strategic fortifications.
The front side of the palace:
The entrance gate:
The humongous palace features excellent balconies, and artistic pillars.
There are few artistic glass windows inside the palace with silver filigree work on them:
The palace exterior looks rugged but inside there are many enclosures with opulent chambers sparkling silver filigreed balconies and windows, ornate arches and bulbous domes atop attractive towers. Lets have a look at an interior chamber; not the most extravagant but it definitely has a royal charm.
And this is the dinning chamber.. A piece of regal elegance:
Now lets have a look at the view from the windows:
Entire Udaipur city is visible from the windows..
Another exterior view:
There are many museums inside as well as the royal weeding place. On entering, there is a gallery devoted to the legendary warrior Maharana Pratap and his horse Chetak. In this gallery there are armour, shields, swords,etc used by Maharana Pratap. There is life size statue of his horse Chetak masquerading as an caparisoned elephant. His sword, weighing 25 kg is in display. There is a picture of Maharana Pratap vertically slicing a Mughal soldier along with his horse into two pieces in one swing of his sword. There are a few paintings of the fierce battle of Haldighati which was fought between Maharana Pratap and Akbar.
Next we go to the Jagmandir which is located on an island in Lake Pichola. You have to take a costly ferry ride to reach there.
But the views of the palace from the lake compensates the cost.
After 20 min of ferry ride in Lake Pichola, we reached at the Jagamandir.
Jagamandir is as royal as the City palace if not more.
It has an exclusive cafe in it.. Its better not to mention the cost.
City Palace is one of the most beautiful palaces in India and has featured in many famous Bollywood movies. I wanted to visit this palace ever since I have known about it. The palace looks even more stunning during the evening when the palace is embellished with colourful lights. Although I would have loved to visit the palace and capture a few pictures in the evening but unfortunately, I did`t had sufficient time. I would definitely visit Udaipur again and may be that time I will bring you some more pictures.
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