Udaipur: City of Palaces
The palaces are definitely contain the magic and majesty of Udaipur!
City Palace is a massive series of palaces making up the largest royal complex in Rajasthan. It was gradually adapted and built up by the founder of Udaipur, Maharana Udai Singh II and was extended throughout the years. It is said that the site of the palace was selected according to legend- Maharana Udia Singh met a hermit while he was meditating in the Udaipur hills. The Maharana sought the hermit’s blessings and the hermit advised him to build his palace.
The architecture reflects both Rajasthani and Mughul styles. While this is a vast palace, most of it is closed to the public. The main part of the palace is the City Palace Museum, which takes you through much of the main structure. Some rooms are extravagantly decorated with mirrors, others with paintings on the walls. It is a maze full of art!
The royal toilet!
View of a courtyard
Main gate to enter the City Palace
Jagniwas Island sits in the middle of Lake Pichola. Though it was originally built as a summer palace it is now the Lake Palace Hotel.
Just further off is Jagmandir Island, another summer palace converted to a hotel. It lights up the night with its dazzling lights.
Monsoon Palace is situated on the top of a hill overlooking the city of Udaipur.
The Lonely Plant describes it as “perched on the top of a distant mountain like a fairy-tale castle.” Monsoon Palace (also known as Sajjan Garh) was built in the late 1880s by Maharana Sajjan Singh. It was built to be a resort for the family during the monsoon season so they could watch the rain and clouds with a panoramic view of the city. He also attempted to create a water harvesting structure to collect rainwater, however it did not prove to be effective. The land around the palace is now a wildlife sanctuary owned by the government. Check out these views:
Backside of the Palace