The City Palace, next to Pichola lake, is the largest palace
complex in Rajasthan and one of its most outstanding features is that it has
uniformity in design. And this is in spite of the fact that the complex was
built by not just one person. The beginning was made by Maharana Udai Singh II.
One can enter the palace through Baripol or Tripolia Gate at the northern end
and get a magnificent view of the imposing towers and balconies.Tripola Gate has
eight elegantly carved marble arches.
A major part of the palace is occupied by the City Palace Museum which has different collections. Among them are old weapons in an armoury, the Mor Chowk with mosaics of peacocks. Within the complex are the Manak (which means Ruby) Mahal and Krishna Vilas among others. While the former has mirrorwork and glass the latter has a vast collection of miniatures. Apart from this there is Chini Mahal, covered by ornamental tiles, Surya Chopar which has an ornamental sun—which symbolizes the presence of the Mewar dynasty , Moti Mahal with mirrorwork while Bari Mahal has a beautiful garden and commands a panaromic view of the old city. The Zenana Mahal has some exquisite paintings.
Within the palace there is also a government museum which sports weapons, paintings, sculptures, a small lamp and some stuffed animals.
Timings : Opens at 9.30 a.m. Last admission at 4.30.(Open all days)
The collection within the grounds of the garden Hotel
consists of a variety of classic and rare vehicles not to forget some sleek ones
also. Most of them were once used by the maharanas.
Address : Opp. Sajan Niwas Garden Main Gate.
Entry fee : Rs. 100 or with Lunch at Garden Restaurant: Rs. 130.
Timings : 0900 hours to 2100 hours
The Lake Palace is situated on the Jagniwas Island in the middle of the Lake Pichola. The island is about an acre and half in size and was built by Maharana Jagat Singh II in 1754. It used to be a pleasure palace for the royal family in summers and has now been turned into a heritage hotel. Dreamy location, romantic ambience, fairy tale delicate craftsmanship and the interiors based on ethnic themes using textiles and handicrafts all over are simply outstanding. It has a swimming pool, courtyards, fountains and a restaurant. It could well be termed as the major reason for putting the city on the international tourist circuit. Casual visitors are preferably kept away and those not staying there can come only for a meal. The hotel arranges for getting to the island by a jetty. Just behind Jagniwas, is a smaller island Arsi Vilas which was built by a maharaja to get a view of the majesticity of sunset.
It is one spot that puts thrills into the senses of even the dullest of people. A marvelous section of Lake Pichola, close to Sunset Point to the side of Machala Magra hill near the enticing and tranquil Deen Dayal. It’s from this point that ones nerves are soothed watching the sun set over the lake. To add to the fare is a musical fountain. For the adventurous and those wishing to get a better view , a path takes you to the top of the mountain on which stands an old arsenal called Ekinggarh. Several years ago, the ovals were alerted at 10 in the morning and 6 in the evening by canon fire from Ekinggarh.
On the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake, a beautiful garden was
built for the 48 maidens meant to be a part of the dowry of the princess.
Widespread lawns, gushing fountains and dappled walking lanes characterize the
garden. It has four pools with graceful kiosks and fountains that sport elephant
trunks for spouts. These gardens appear distinct and are immaculate in taste.
Its in teresting to see how the fountains function with water coming from the
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