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“Fabulous palace, poorly managed”

City Palace of Jaipur
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$52.00*
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Full-Day Jaipur Tour including Amber Fort and City Palace with Lunch
Ranked #13 of 230 things to do in Jaipur
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: City Palace forms one of the most famous tourist attractions and a major landmark in Jaipur. The beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. Among the various forts and palaces of Jaipur, City Palace stands apart, with its outstanding art and architecture.
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“Fabulous palace, poorly managed”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

The city palace in Udaipur is an outstanding historical monument. However, the artefacts in the palace are poorly displayed and, in most cases, open to the elements. Obviously, this diminishes their life. Also, the management of large visitor numbers is unsatisfactory. There is no regulation of visitor entry so that viewing is both a learning and a pleasure. Maximising visitor throughput seems to be the objective. And the toilet facilities are grossly inadequate. We were guided to only 1 facility on the premises that was poorly maintained and the stench of ammonia pervaded the entire palace. For the price of the entry tickets, cameras, audio sets, etc. the Management can surely do better. Also, they might wish to consider simplifying the ticket arrangements. These are cumbersome and impractical - having a single, all-inclusive ticket is a much better arrangement than fragmented tickets with separate prices for entry into every nook and cranny of the palace. The Management should seriously consider professionalizing their services, as also the maintenance of the palace before this wonderful attraction in Udaipur starts crumbling like so many other places in India.

Visited December 2013
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Durban, South Africa
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“beautiful”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

I loved the City Palace- i did the audio tour which was very interesting. Magnificent items on show. The courtyard with the four doors is breathtaking. Very enjoyable!

Visited December 2013
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“Lovely Palace”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

Worth the walk through the old city. A real gem! We were lucky to encounter the filming of a Bollywood movie, too. The Peacock Gate is amazing. It's a shame the private residence of the Maharajah was off limits. I'm confident that would be impressive, too. There's also a very good cafe to rest and have a cup of masala tea and biscuits.

Visited December 2013
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“Quite interesting palace”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

This was quite an interesting couple of hours. The gift shop is better than most, with a wide range of local handicrafts (and some that we couldn't find anywhere else in Jaipur). It's also a nice break from the hustle and hassle of the outdoor bazaars, with prices (for the things we bought, anyway) no more than outside prices, and they are just as willing to negotiate on price. The audio guide is interesting but most of the information is also on signs around the exhibits.

Visited December 2013
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“Lovely Palace”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

The city palace is located in the old part of Jaipur and the royal family still resides in it. It is an interesting place with some unique artefacts, clothes and weapons on display. Don't miss the two gigantic silver urns near the main entrance as they are supposed to be the largest silver objects in the world.

Visited January 2014
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