A jewel in the crown of Udaipur, the City Palace is one of the most beautiful edifices on the banks of Lake Pichola. Lined amongst the greatest architectural marvels ever constructed in history, the City Palace is a major tourist attraction in Udaipur.
The Udaipur Museum was built in the complex to preserve the heritage of Mewar and the royal family. Complimenting the architecture of the City Palace, the museum is segmented into a series of palaces built over three centuries.
Amongst them, the City Palace Museum features the Mardana Mahal (palace for the royal men) and Zenana Mahal (palace for the royal ladies). Decorations of the palace courtyards such as Mor Chowk, Chini Chitrashali, Bhim Vilas, Krishan Vilas, and Chandra Mahal are also captivating.
Also known as Pratap Museum, the City Palace Museum houses a remarkable collection of ancient sculptures, antiques, and inscriptions of the bygone era. In addition, rare Rajasthani murals, court paintings of the Mewar school, glass inlay work, and artifacts add charm to the different sections of the Museum.
City Palace Museum Udaipur Timings: 9.30 am - 5.30 pm
City Palace Museum Udaipur Entry Fee:
- Adult (Age above 18 Years) - INR 300
- Child (Age 5 to 18 Years) - INR 100
- Child (Age below 5 Years) - Free
- Handicapped Person Free
Note: Students and military/defense visitors have separate charges.
Architecture of the City Palace Museum Udaipur
- The entrance gate is called Badi Pol, and the walls on the east are adorned with eight beautiful arches called ‘torns’, made of stone.
- Another highlight is the Manek Chowk, used for ceremonies and public congregations, elephant processions, horse cavalry, etc.
- Ganesh Deori, meaning ‘Door of Lord Ganesha,’ takes the visitor to the museum ornamented with artifacts.
- Rajya Angan or The Royal Courtyard, is a gallery dedicated to the brave warriors in Indian history, Maharana Pratap & his horse, Chetak. This gallery has all his original armor and weapons he used during the battles.
- Next, Badi Mahal, also known as the Garden Palace features 104 pillars carved out of local marble along with ceilings displaying intricately fixed marble tiles.
- The Mor Chowk is where the dining is. It has 5 peacock statues covered with glass inlay work. Mor Chowk is built with 500 mosaic tiles arranged in unique patterns.
- Between Badi Mahal and Mor Chowk is Badi Chitrashali Chowk. It is an entertainment area.
- The Zenana Palace is adorned with splendid work of art and has swings, balconies, frescoes, and alcoves.
- Lastly, Kanch Ki Burj is a small dome building with a ceiling covered with glasses and mirrors.
Things to do at the City Palace Museum
- Visit the Sheesh Mahal, the Surya Chopar, Dilkhush Mahal, the Bhim Vilas, Moti Mahal, and more palaces in the complex.
- Watch the sound and light show called ‘The Legacy of Honor’ held at the Manek Chowk. It begins at 7.00 pm and continues till 8.00 pm. It tells you about the glorious history of Rajasthan.
- Witness the exquisite miniature paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries at Badi Mahal and the Bhim Vilas.
How to reach the City Palace Museum in Udaipur
Get a taxi from the Dabok Airport, about 23 km away, or Udaipur Railway Station, around 2 km away. You can also get buses from various parts of the city to the museum.