Udaipur City Palace is one of the architectural marvels of Rajasthan. Standing on the east bank of the Lake Pichola this majestic construction is a series of palaces built at different times from 1559. The balconies of the City Palace provide panoramic views of "Jag Niwas" (the Lake Palace Hotel), Jag Mandir on one side and the city of Udaipur on the other. The Tripola is the main entrance which was built in 1725. Suraj Gokhda is the famous window balcony used by the Maharanas to interact and motivate the public during any crisis times.
Located peacefully on the banks of Lake Pichola, this majestic Palace is the most-visited tourist attraction of Udaipur and often distinguished as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. City palace was built by Maharana Udai Singh and had many additions to its structure by the subsequent Maharanas over a period of time.
City Palace displays a fine mixture of Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture built in granite and marble. The city palace has unique towers, domes and arches that add to the heritage value of the attraction. The City Palace has an excellent assortment of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. The City Palace is a fortified structure covering the risk from any enemy attacks.
The City Palace is entered through Hati Pol or Elephant Gate and The Bari Pol or Big Gate leads up to Tripolia or the Triple Gate. Triple Gate is where the custom of weighing Maharaja in gold and silver was conducted. The proceeds of the event were distributed to the people. Suraj Gokhada was the balcony Maharana gave a public audience from. And many other balconies, Cupolas and windows of the City Palace provide an excellent lake view.
City palace is a clutter of palaces built by different rulers adding value to the city palace complex.