Virasat endeavours to reprise every small detail of the lifestyle of the Rajput rulers. Food, dining, travelling, music, dance, culture, art and craft - it touches all aspects of the royal era to give its visitors an experience they treasure for a life time.
With this post, Virasat SheeshMahal Royal Atlas takes you to the biggest Palace of state, city palace of Udaipur which was built by the contribution of 22 Maharajas of Udaipur.
The beauty of the forts and palaces in Udaipur leave the thousands of tourists coming here every month spellbound and speechless. One such place is the City Palace of Udaipur that sits on the east bank of Lake Pichola.
A tourist itinerary of Udaipur inevitably involves The City Palace. You can enjoy the Rajasthani Platter which includes Daal Baati Choorma along with the other continental food. This site encompasses beautiful tombs, galleries, cenotaphs, domes, jharokas, towers, hanging gardens giving this fascination structure another worldly beauty. Set up in 1969 by Maharana Bhagwat Singh to safeguard and preserve the cultural heritage and the time honoured traditions of the people of Mewar there are many points of attraction within it premise. A complex conglomeration of palaces built over a 400 years ago this largest palace complex in Rajasthan is a fascinating edifice.
DilKhush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Mor Chowk, Moti Mahal, Krishna Vilasare marvels of architectural grandeur which makes an awesome destination for candid photography. The top of the City Palace overlooks the complete city and sprawling view of Lake Pichola. One can presume the vast premise of The City Palace complex based on the fact that it encompasses about 11 palaces within which were constructed by about 22 ruling kings of the state, yet the palace boosts of a graceful uniformity. Apart from the main attractions mentioned earlier what make the palace so unique is its simple design, elaborate execution and magnificent appearance. It is a sprawling enclosure with many courtyards, gateways and gardens.
One of the unique features of the palace is the fan preserved here which does not need a 220 volts of current to function but retrieves energy through kerosene oil. The oil burns and generates heats and gas the pressure of which makes the turbine at the base of fan move. The turbine in turn makes the pans of fan rotate thereby generating fast rotator motion and cold breeze. A part of City Palace complex has been made into luxury hotels which are called Shiv Niwas Palace and Fateh Prakash Palace.
Maharana Uday Singh started the construction of this palace in 1569, since than a number of ruling Kings continued its construction and it took about 11 phases for it to get complete. What wonders the onlookers is the uniformity and sync with which it has been made as despite of being made into several phases it never looks abrupt.
The imposing Tripoliya Gate welcomes you with seven arches or toranas to its left, commemorating the seven times when the maharajas were weighed against silver and gold which was then distributed among the people. On the right is a wall called Agad across which elephants were made to fight across each other – a royal idea of support.
This is also called ManakMahal which is a masterpiece of glass and mirror work. Be it a chair, bed or a sofa, everything at the gallery is made of glass. Live music and folk dance performances were enjoyed by royals in the mirror gallery. RanaSajjan Singh of Udaipur bought all these glass decor from England through F& C Osler and Company in 1877. You may want to experience royal moments at Virasat SheeshMahal. What makes Virasat a must visit is that they will make you feel like royals for a day.
The hugeness of Durbar Hall can be felt as soon as you enter the grand premises. The walls of the hall are adorned with paintings of Kings and Queens of Rajasthan depicting their luxurious lifestyle. The gallery of the hall was used by the royal ladies to observe the Durbar proceedings. This hall has luxuriant interior with some unusually large chandeliers. Weapons of the maharajas and also some of their unique portraits are also depicted here. The foundation stone for this hall was laid by Lord Minto, the Viceroy of India, in 1909, during the rule of MaharanaFateh Singh and was then called Minto Hall.
VirasatSheeshMahal is a famous place to visit in Jaipur where you get royal experience by live music, folk dance, Rajasthanithali,. Surprise your fiancé with a pre wedding photoshoot or enjoy the live music with your family.