This time last year we were in India. We took our children on a whistle-stop tour of India in 2018. For just-less-than three weeks we toured some of the amazing sights of India. We started in Dehli, flew up to Amritsar, and stopped in Varanasi to sail on the Ganges on the way.
After seeing the amazing Golden Temple – Gurudwara Shri Santokhsar Sahib – in Amritsar and other wonderful sights, we travelled down to Udaipur. On our first full day in the city, it was time to play Holi! You can read about our day in this post: Postcards from India – Happy Holi in Udaipur
The next morning we set out to explore the city again, this time without the colourful dust of Holi, but definitely not without colour.
Udaipur is surrounded by hills and mountains and set on the edge of lakes. Apart from its glorious history, culture and beauty, Udaipur is also known for its Rajput era palaces, including this, the City Palace.
The dream city comprises enhancing lakes, marble palaces beautifully laid on the gardens and old temples. The City Palace is still lived in by the royal family. Parts of the palace are now a museum, while others are hotels.
To begin the tour, you follow the arrows and the rest of the crowds through the buildings.
The windows are so beautifully colourful in the City Palace. The views out over Lake Pichola are spectacular (and the wind you feel is very welcome through the gaps where the windows aren’t glazed!)
The Palace is a real piece of art. There’s so much to see, however, you also have to do a great deal of walking. Some of the corridors are narrow and busy with people. I certainly recall a couple of tight spaces, especially to go in the narrow staircase to see the kitchen. Mind your head if you are tall! Although there are spaces to rest and sit down, it is a hot place, so remember to take water with you. I don’t think that this is accessible for people in wheelchairs, and you would struggle to take a pushchair around the City Palace.
There are several objects of interest in the grounds of the City Palace in Udaipur, not least the tiger cages! You can also see several types of transport used by Maharana and his ancestors through the years. Maharana Udai Singh founded the city of Udaipur in 1567, and the building of the City Palace began not too long afterwards. Eventually, it was declared complete in the 18th century! It is a spectacular site, so I think the effort and time was worth it.
Also inside the City Palace are rooms to display the many (many) guns and knives used by the Maharana, family, friends and staff while hunting.