City Palace - Udaipur

City Palace is the largest complex that stands magnificently in Udaipur guarded by the strong fort walls. Initially, the building was started by Maharana Jai Singh II, the city founder and later on additions were made by his successors. The palace is embellished by balconies, tower and cupolas. It is beautifully crafted and settled overlooking the Lake Pichola.


The complex houses 4 main palaces and several minor palaces. The palace complex is segregated into - Moti Mahal, Dilkusha Mahal, Baari Mahal, the suraj or the Gokhunda of the sun balcony, the Mor chowk. The Chini chitrashala houses a rich collection of Chinese porcelain and Laxmi Vilas Chowk is an art gallery, which houses a distinctive collection of Mewar paintings. The entrance to the palace is through the northern end of the Tripolia gate with its eight carved marble arches.

The soft cream coloured central Chhatri has facing of blue coloured tiles with massive octagonal towers crowned with cupolas. The Sheesh Mahal has inlaid mirror work. The Krishna villas has a series of miniature paintings which are witness to the Royal processions, festivals and the game of 'Chogan'.


A part of the City Palace and its zenana Mahal have been converted into a museum. It presents a varied display of arms and armor, paintings and photographs, royal insignia, processional trappings and other objects, which reflect the heritage, and tradition of the Mewar and Sisodia Maharanas.