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Cities of Rajasthan » Udaipur
is considered one of India's most romantic cities and once there you'll
definitely agree. This city of lakes has also been called the 'Venice of
the East' and in true oriental style it is redolent with luxurious
palaces, majestic mansions and regal gardens. This desert oasis exudes a
captivating charm and warmth that will make you want to linger on and
stretch your stay as long as possible.
Maharana Udai Singh II founded Udaipur in 1568 after his citadel
Chittorgarh was sacked by Mughal Emperor Akbar. According to legend, Udai
Singh was guided by a holy man meditating on the hill near Pichola Lake to
establish his capital on this very spot. Resplendent with lakes and
forests and protected by the surrounding Aravali Ranges, this area was
less susceptible to danger than Chittorgarh had been, so the king did not
hesitate and thus the new capital of Mewar, Udaipur was born. Maharana
Udai Singh was succeeded by Maharana Pratap, a revered Rajput icon, famous
for his fierce battles fought against the Moghuls at Haldighati. His
successors also valiantly defended Udaipur from subsequent Mughal attacks.
As history played out the kingdom of Mewar was attacked many times over by
foreign forces until it came under the protection of the British rule.
Tourist Attractions of Udaipur
The City Palace Complex
The City Palace stretches along the banks of Lake Pichola. The entry to
the palace is from the Hati Pol, the Elephant gate followed by the Bari
Pol or the Big gate, which brings you to the Tripolia, the Triple gate.
According to custom, under this gate, the Mewar kings were weighed against
gold and silver, which was then distributed amongst the poor. Balconies,
cupolas and towers surmount the palace to give a wonderful view of the
lake. Suraj Gokhada or the balcony of the sun was the Maharaja's place of
choice from which to grant public audience. The Mor Chawk is the peacock
square and gains its name from the vivid blue-green mosaic in glass of a
peacock that decorates its walls. The older portions of the palace are now
preserved as a museum, on display is a large and diverse array of
Fateh Prakash Palace
The Fateh Prakash Palace lies on the eastern shore of Lake Pichola, in an
exclusive part of the City Palace Complex, it has now been covereted into
a heritage hotel and with some restoration its guardians have recreated
the historic splendour of the past with its opulent Durbar Hall and
Jagmindir Island Palace
Take a ferry around Lake Pichola and stopover at the Jagminder Island
Palace, the third palace on the edge of Lake Pichola. The palace is named
after the Lord Jagdish temple it houses and is living proof that the
Rajput rulers had an excellent feel for location, the view of the
undulating valley, surrounding hills and sparkling waters is a must-see,
infact to make your trip worth while enjoy a sumptuous lunch at the palace
courtyard which also houses a restaurant and enjoy the splendid scenery
while you are here.
The Lake Palace
The Lake Palace emerges like a mirage straight out of Lake Pichola, built
on the 1.5 hectare Jag Niwas Island it is world famous for its stunning
location. Built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1743 it was meant as a royal
summer palace and has now been converted in to a five star palace hotel.
Originally built for the purpose of astronomical study, the Sajjangarh
Fort was later converted into kind of a personal luxury resort. Built by
Maharana Sajjan Singh in the 18th century, situated on the outskirts of
Udaipur, Sajjangarh Fort gives excellent panoramic view of the
countryside. This fort is famous for the heavenly panoramic landscapes
that are visible from here.
Fateh Sagar Lake
Fateh Sagar Lake occupies a place of pride in the landscape of Udaipur.
It is a man made lake. It was constructed by Raja Jai Singh in the year
1678 and because of some heavy damage due to incessant rains, it had to be
reconstructed by Raja Fateh Singh after whom the lake is named presently.
You can enjoy a boat cruise on the sparkling Fateh Sagar Lake that
overlooks the green pictorial landscapes. The Nehru Park, situated on the
banks of Fateh Sagar is all set to provide you with delicacies that you'll
relish. It is an exotic restaurant shaped like a boat located near the
Rana Pratap Museum
In this city palace museum you will get an unmatched collection of
various heritage items and also a turban of emperor Shah Jahan. The turban
embodies the friendship between Shah Jahan and the then Maharana Khazan
Singh. The Pratap Museum treasures the armoury of the gallant Maharana
Pratap and also the drums and bugles of Rana Sanga. The entrance door of
the museum is known as Ganesh Deori. 'Ganesh Deori' means 'doors of
ganesh'. The museum has helped to preserve the intricate Rajasthan art
works so that the rich past of Rajasthan could be connected with the
Saheliyon Ki Bari
Exclusively designed and built as a park for fun and frolic, Saheliyon ki
Bari served as a place of entertainment for the ladies of the household.
Later a pavilion of 'rain fountains' within the Saheliyon ki Bari was also
built. The idea was to make it look as if the rain was dancing along with
dancing maids. You cannot help but appreciate intricately carved marble
pavilions. The majestic grandeur is very much evident as you walk along
marble pathways accompanied by life size marble sculptures of elephants
and lions through which water goes into the pools. Legend has it that this
place was built for the 48 girls that were to be sent with the queen as
part of dowry.
There won't be a single moment to waste as there's a lot to feast your
eyes on in Udaipur. Lake Pichola and Fateh Sagar are two of its most
splendid lakes. Amongst its many museums the Vintage and Classis Car
Collection is the most unique. When overawed by these splendid man made
creations escape into the green and quiet of the cities' many parks or go
looking for wildlife at the nearby Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary.
Udaipur is a haven for art aficionados , paintings, miniatures,
contemporary Art, marble handicrafts, metal furniture, jewellery, fabric,
carpets & rugs and much more can be found in its shopping arcade. The
main shopping centres are the Rajasthan Government Handicraft emporium,
Chetak Circle, Bapu Bazar, Chetak Circle, Hathipole and Lake Palace Road.
The winter months from September to March are an ideal time to visit
Udaipur. The summer is too hot but the monsoons can transform this city
Air : The airport at Udaipur links it with other major
cities of India like Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Aurangabad, and Mumbai.
Rail : The railway network connects Udaipur with Delhi,
Chittor, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Ajmer, and Jodhpur.
Road : Udaipur can be easily reached by road as well.
There are well-maintained roads linking it to tourism destinations in
Rajasthan and neighbouring states of Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya