Venice of the East.

Udaipur : Venice of the East…. First glimpse of City Palace.

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The City Palace Museum is the jewel in the crown of the Udaipur .

One of the architectural marvels of Rajasthan, located on the banks of Lake Pichola ,  is the most-visited tourist attraction of Udaipur and often distinguished as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Initially, Maharana Udai Singh built this superb wonder, but the present form of the Palace is the result of subsequent additions by his 22  successors.

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City Palace is devided in  11 wonderful palaces, which were built by different rulers .

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With the sheer glimpse of unique paintings, antique furniture and exquisite glass mirror & ornamental tiles work of these palaces, one get amazed. Manek  Mahal (Ruby Palace) has figures of crystal and porcelain. However, Bhim Vilas flaunts a fabulous collection of miniature paintings depicting the real life stories of Radha-Krishna.

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‘Mor Chowk’ has exceptional glass mosaics of peacocks, set in the walls presenting the three seasons of summer, winter and monsoon.

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The ‘Krishna Vilas’ is known for the noteworthy album of miniature paintings portraying royal processions, festivals and games of the Maharanas. Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace) is celebrated for its lavish decor while Sheesh Mahal (Palace of mirrors) is known for its breathtaking mirror work. ‘Chini Chitrashala’ is renowned for its Chinese and Dutch ornamental tiles. ‘Dilkusha Mahal’ (Palace of Joy) is known for the murals and wall paintings.

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Bada Mahal is the exotic garden palace that stands erect on a 90 feet high natural rock formation. Rang Bhawan is the palace that used to contain royal treasure. There are temples of Lord Krishna, Meera Bai and Shiva, located right to the ‘Rang Bhawan’.

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Something interesting is a royal bathtub,  which only used on the time of coronation of crowning Prince.

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And one really impressive channel of communication those days by messanger birds. Specially trained pigeons for that. Few cages are still there to amaze us.

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City Palace has  the wonderful blend of Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture. The Palace has various towers, domes and arches, which add to the flavor of heritage site. Towering on the banks of Pichola Lake,  City Palace is a marvelous assortment of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. Encircled by fortifications, needless to say wholly built in granite and marble… Its a feast to see….

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