The City Palace is located in the Old City of Udaipur on the banks of Lake Pichola. It was built by Maharana Udai Singh after the Mewars moved to Udaipur from Chittorgarh and established it as the capital and seat of power of the Mewar region. Since it’s inception, the palace has been altered many times over the course of several hundred years, with each ruler adding their own touch to the palace architecture.
Currently, there is part of the palace which has been converted into a heritage resort, a part which is open to public viewing and another secluded portion where the royal family still resides. We actually got lucky enough to spot a royal (Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar, son of Prince Arvind Singh Mewar) while in the City Palace!
Entry fee: Rs.300 (for entry to the palace, museum and courtyards)
There are tour guides available outside the palace with whom you can negotiate a price with to offer tours in English/Hindi.
Time required: 3 hours
The tour takes you around the palace to see the king’s quarters, the queen’s quarters (the Zenana mahal), other rooms/mahals that were used by royals where the walls are covered in beautiful tiles, complete mirror work or paintings, the courtyards and a museum housing items like royal jewellery, clothing, royal board games, kitchen utensils and the like.