Udaipur is surely one of the most exotic locations in the country. Being located in the state of rich art & cultural diversities, Udaipur is one of those famous cities which attracts many tourists all over the year. The Royal Indian feel related with the whole state and the simple lifestyle of the people here makes it one of the most visited places in Rajasthan. The Royal Dynasties which ruled in the state prior to the Republic India, endowed the state with beautiful and magnificent palatial complexes and buildings which are an exquisite example of the rich cultural heritage India has.
Well, everybody loves the stories of kings & queens and their rule. On a personal front, I am always amazed by the big palaces of Udaipur. So, let’s have a look at some of the famous Palaces one can visit in Udaipur.
City Palace in Udaipur
City Palace was built over 400 years ago by Maharana Udai Singh and his successors. A beautiful fusion of Rajasthani & Mughal architectural styles, City Palace is a vast palace in Udaipur. The Palace has a magnificent interior of tombs, arches, terraces, domes, pillars which are beautifully carved out in granite and marble, in the form of beautiful structures.
This is the largest Palace complex in Udaipur as the successors continued to complete the the work started by Maharana Udai Singh and maintained the similar architectural style, so that upon completion it looks enticing to the eyes and one can’t stop themselves from admiring the beauty and hard work of the architects and the workers.
Lake Palace in Udaipur
Another captivating palace to see in Udaipur is surely the Lake Palace which is built in the middle of Lake Pichola. This is truly one the most romantic places in Udaipur and also a dream destination for many to get married here. The panoramic view of the palace amidst the beautiful and calm water of Lake Pichola makes it score really high as a must see place in Rajasthan.
This capturing palace was built by Maharana Jai Singh and is approximately 300 years old. The beautiful series of fountains & gardens will leave the onlooker mesmerized and the wonderful architectural is worth tremendous applause.
Presently this mighty and beautiful palace has been transformed into a hotel which is in the hands of the famous Taj Group of Hotels. The five-star hotel provides all the amenities and the breathtaking view it provides in simply unmatched.
Jag Mandir Palace
This three-storeys building is a beautiful palatial structure made of yellow sandstone & marble and dates back to the initial years of the 17th century. This beautiful palace was built by Maharana Karan Singh for the purpose of hiding for Prince Khurram or Shah Jahan, as he is known popularly, when he revolted against his father.
The palace is a mixture of the Mughal architectural style which reflects in the structure of Gul Mahal where Prince Khurram spent most of his time. This palace consists of lavish gardens, courtyards etc.
Many destination weddings have happened over a few decades on this beautiful palace due to its exquisite style and elegance. This is surely one of the most renowned places to visit in Udaipur.
Monsoon Palace in Udaipur
Located at a hill above the level of the main city lies Monsoon Palace in Udaipur and was the monsoon resort for the Royal Families of Udaipur. Originally, it belonged to the Royal family of Mewar was later handed over to the government. Although the palace was closed for a brief span due to restoration work going on, still the condition of this palace is not very good. Only thing that is great about this palace is the stunning view of sunset over the city of Udaipur due to its unsurpassed location.
Well, these were only a few of the most raved Palaces in Udaipur. I will include many others in future posts.