A Visit to City Palace
Being one of the main attractions in the city, the palace offers a variety of experiences. Personally, the design, stories and style of the palace was the most appealing. Every common man wonders at least once, what would his life be if he were a king for a day. While visiting palaces one always imagines being a part of the royal routine.
This city palace was built around 400 years ago and is now maintained by the government of India in association with the royal family. Though, there is a democracy in our country but the local people still look up to the legacy of royals.
I am not a native of this place but it is always exciting to know about the characteristics while visiting a place. Here are bits of facts I remember from my visit :
The palace is basically the patrimony of Rajputs, who have been ruling and taking care of the city since generations. This particular structure was constructed during the reign of Maharana Udai Singh. It is one of the largest and magnificent palaces constructed by Rajputs in Rajasthan state. This palace was the administrative hub for the Maharanas from where they commanded their reign.
Another interesting fact about the palace is that some parts of the premises are still reserved to the royal family, which increases its value. The Maharana family voluntarily signed the treaty to share the rights of palace with British Government in the year of 1818. This was to ensure their protection from constant attacks of Marathas and Mughals.
City palace has been in this family for over 22 generations and has undergone many transformations starting from the year of 1559. It possesses a well amalgamated homogeneous architectural characteristics and features which compliments each other. The premises comprise of a total of 11 various sized separate palaces. Some of which are restricted for visitation while others are either turned into hotels or museums. Zenana (Ladies) mahal is the one turned into a museum and is open to general public. Udai Vilas Palace and Fatehprakash Palce are the ones turned into hotels.
It is not just the residential areas in a palace which holds importance but the exploration starts right from the gateway of the premises. The gateways are commonly known by the locals as ‘Pol’ and the ‘Badi Pol’ is the one which lets public enter for visitation. This pol takes you from mor chowk to the landscaped area of the Zenana Mahal (palace) where the tour begins.
Unfortunately, they did not allow us to take camera phones inside so I do not have any pictures to share. The museum is well organised and maintained for the visitors. It was a true treat to go through all the bits and facts they offered during the tour.