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City Palace, UdaipurCovered in this Section : Fast facts, Brief history, City Palace Overview, Speciality, Accommodation, Accessibility and Tour Packages.

Fast Facts
District : Udaipur, Southern Rajasthan
Distance : 347 kms from Jaipur city
Best Time To Visit : October to March

Brief History
The City Palace at Udaipur was established by the erstwhile Maharana Udai Singh, in the year 1559. The place at that time was no more than an uninhabited land stretch. The Maharana chose a small ridge, overlooking the region, as the seat of this palace. His successors continued the construction and simultaneously, a good population got settled in the region around. The palace, in a few centuries rose to its glory and a new city got established in the state of Rajasthan.

City Palace - Overview
The City Palace at Udaipur is one of the largest in the state. The palace, built in marble and granite, stands established on the nearby Pichola Lake. The palace architecture is remarkable and features a medley of style, including European and Chinese. The palace, as a heritage building, also features the art and culture of the popular Rajput dynasty. The palace in its entirety is a collection of many interesting compounds, halls, terraces, lavish interiors and more.
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What's So Special
City Palace is indeed one of the greatest treasures in the city of Udaipur. The palace houses a number of smaller buildings, magnificent halls, overlooking terraces, balconies, turrets, enormous gateways, gardens and fountains.

The entrance to the palace is provided through an enormous gateway called Hati Pol or Elephant Gate. The oldest part of the building, one built by Maharana Udai Singh, features a courtyard and is called Raj Angan.

The complex houses four major palace halls; Dilsukh Mahal, Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Krishna Mahal. Each hall has been named and provided a definite title. These titles, respectively, goes like Palace of Joy for Dilsukh Mahal, Pearl Palace for Moti Mahal, Palace of mirrors for Sheesh Mahal and Krishna Mahal for popular deity. There is a palace called Badal Mahal, built on a rock some 90 feet above the ground.

One of the biggest temple in the city, called Jagdish Temple, is located within the palace complex. The rooms of the palace are adorned with exquisite mirror works, frescoes and paintings. The palace culminates at Amar Vilas, the highest point which is further provided with hanging gardens. One can have a good look of the city from here.

Transport Services for City Palace Udaipur
Air : The nearest airport is the one called Dabok Airport. It is about 25 kms from the city centre. There are regular flights from Jodhpur, Jaipur, Aurangabad, Delhi and Mumbai.

Rail : Udaipur city is connected with regular train services. Trains can be boarded from Delhi, Jaipur, Ajmer, Chittaurgarh, etc.

Road : The road networks provides access into the city from various nearby cities. Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Mt Abu are some places from where one can avail the means.

Places Where You Can Stay
Some popular hotels, other than Lake Palace, which offer accommodation in the city are :

Deluxe Hotels - Fateh Prakash Palace Hotel, Shivniwas Palace, Laxmi Vilas Palace Hotel, Hotel Hilltop, Hotel Oriental.

Mid Range Hotels - Hotel Rajadarshan, Hotel Ashish Palace, Hotel Lake Pichola.

Budget Hotels - Hotel Lake End, Hotel Kajri (RTDC)

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Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Features : A luxury train tour takes you along the major cities of Rajasthan. The travel will be restricted to the late night hours to give you enough time to explore the destinations. Towards the end of the tour you will reach Udaipur. Umaid Bhawan, royal cenotaphs and the fort are some of the attractions you will find yourself at. Tour plan will be Delhi, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittaurgarh, Udaipur, Bharatpur, Agrai.

Lake Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Features : This tour gives you the best romantic places in India. There will be two days stay at the romantic hotspot Udaipur. Make a good of your time at Rang Niwas Palace Hotel. The tour plan will be Agra, Bharatpur, Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Narlai, Jodhpur, Jaiselmer, Gajner, Bikaner, Shekhavati.

Taj Mahal, Agra
Features : This tour arranges for the visit to the famous tourist destination of Rajasthan - Udaipur. You will get to explore the popular City Palace at Udaipur, and more. The stay at Udaipur will be for one day and the tour will proceed from here to further destinations. Places to be visited include Delhi, Mandawa, Bikaner, Pokharan, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Mount Abu, Ranakpur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Pushkar, Ajmer, Jaipur, Ranthambore, Sawai Madhopur, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Gwalior, Orcha, Khajuraho, Varanasi.

Taj Mahal, Agra
Features : This tour gives you two days stay at Udaipur city. The tour begins from Delhi and traverses the regions of Agra, Rajasthan and finally concludes at Mumbai. You will get ample opportunities to reach the popular attractions at Udaipur, including City Palace, Lake Palace and more. The tour plan will be Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Pushkar, Jodhpur, Osian, Udaipur, Mumbai.

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Features : This one months package takes you to a number of tourist places in several Indian states. The tour features the most sought after destinations by the tourists. The tour starts from Delhi city and concludes at Mumbai. Udaipur is one of the major cities covered in the tour. You will be visiting the attractions here including the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Sahelion Ki Bari and more.

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