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Fateh Prakash Palace

Place : Udaipur, Rajasthan
Significance : A grand heritage hotel inside the City Palace Complex
Best Season : July to August
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A blend of Medieval European and Chinese architecture, the City Palace, situated at the eastern bank of Lake Pichhola has a number of remarkable buildings of immense beauty, gardens and fountains, well planned and finely executed over the years. Situated within the City Palace complex,Fateh Prakash Palace is the smaller of the two authentic palace hotels located inside the complex. Still, owned by Udaipur's Mewar royal family, the Fateh Prakash Palace is now run and managed by the HRH group.

Built in the early 20th century, it named after Maharana Fateh Singh, one of the greatest Maharanas of Mewar who reigned during its construction. The Palace was served as an exclusive venue for royal functions, where the Maharanas of Mewar held court.

It is a grand heritage palace standing majestically along the eastern shores of Lake Pichola. The magnificent Fateh Prakash Palace is today, host exclusive banquets, conferences, ceremonial dinners, corporate events, weddings etc.

The interiors are decorated with royal artifacts, miniature painting, unique crystal and crockery collections, exquisite chandeliers and the armory of the Mewar dynasty. The major attraction of Fateh Prakash palace hotel is the imposing Durbar Hall. Originally known as Minto Hall, in 1909 the Viceroy of India Lord Minto laid down the foundation stone of the Darbar Hall henceforth the name was originally called as Minto Hall to respect the honor to the Viceroy. The hall is used as a banquet hall and hired out for special functions. The durbar hall has seven crystal chandeliers suspended from its ceiling, of which three of them is located on the center and the others are on the corners of the hall.

The crystal gallery in the Fateh Prakash Palace hotel is probably the largest private collection of crystal in the world with beautiful crystal works including crystal chairs, tables and sofas, sculptures and crystal beds.

There is also a unique jewel studded carpet here. These master piece crystal collections was created especially by F & C Osler in England for the young Maharana Sajjan Singh, who began his reign in 1874. But unfortunately after a decade, before these crystals reached the palace, the maharaja died and these crystals were packed away in boxes until Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar, decided to display it to the public. Opened in 1994, the crystal gallery can be viewed from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The entry fee to the crystal gallery is Rs. 500 for adult and Rs. 300 for children.

There are a total of 30 rooms including 9 suits equipped with period furniture, portraits and original miniature paintings, private sitting areas and facilities like air-conditioning, international direct dial telephone, satellite TV and a mini-bar. It also offers magnificent view of Lake Pichola, Sajjangarh, Lake Palace and Jagmandir .

The top terrace of Fateh Prakash palace hotel can seat up to 300 guests in buffet style dining and up to 190 guests for formal banquets. The Fateh Prakash Palace Hotel was certified as the best Heritage Hotel in 'Heritage Grand' category for 2001-2002 by the Department of Tourism, Government of India.