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Udaipur Travel Tourism Guide
Udaipur is also known as 'THE CITY OF LAKES " of Rajasthan, is lovely land around the azure water lakes, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravalis. A visionin white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is fascinating blend of sights, sounds and experiences - an inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writres. Udaipur- The kingdom of Mewar was ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for over 1200 years from Chittorgarh before Maharana Udai Singh II founded Udaipur in 1568 following the final sacking of their hill fortress. In sharp contrast to its spartan and martial persona are lakes, hills, temples, gardens and fairy-tale palaces that make Udaipur the most romantic and enchanting place in Rajasthan. The city of Lakes, Udaipur is a lovely blend of water, lush green hills that set fire and passion in poet. Its palaces are straight out of a fairy-tale book.
Places to visit Udaipur
The largest Palace complex of Rajasthan is a completely white structure standing majestically on a hill surrounded by crenellated walls on the bank of Lake Pichola. It is a conglomeration of courtards, pavilions, terraces corridors rooms and hanging gardens. The main entrance is through the triple arched gate. The Tripolia with eight marble porticos. The maharanas were weighed under the gate in gold, the the equivalent amount of which was distributed among the populace. The suraj Gokhada, the balcony of the sun, is where the suryavansi maharanas of mewar presented themselves to the people in time of trouble to restore their confidence. The "Mor Chowk' known for its exquisite peacock mosaics in glass and the Chini Chitrashala noted for its blue and white ceramics and Dutch inlaid tile work, Manak Mahal for glass and porcelain figures and Krishna Vilas for miniature painting.
Jagdish Temple Built in 1651 AD by Maharana Jagat Singh, this indo-Aryan temple is the largest and most beautiful temple of Udaipur located within easy walking distance from the Palace gate. It is an impressive, beautifully proportioned structure, covered with carved friezes and heavily decorated inside.
Saheliyon Ki Bari (Gardens of the maids of Honour)
This small ornamental garden was a popular relaxing spot where royal ladies came for a stroll and hence the name. The garden has many fountains in its four delightful pools, chiselled kiosks and marble elephant.
Atop the Moti Magri or Pearl hill, overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake is the memorail of the Rajput hero Maharana Pratap with a bronze statue of the Maharana.
Bharatiya Kala Kendra
The intersting collection exhibited by this Indian folks arts museum includes folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments, folk deties and paintings.
Lake Pichola stands the exquisite fairy tale Lake Palace, seemingly afloat on the tranquil waters that reflects the rugged hills that surround it. Designed to beat the heat and dust of summer, the Lake Palace or the Jag Niwas also known as Jagmahal was built by Maharajah Jagat Singh II in 1754. The pretty white marble palace is now a luxury Grand Heritage hotel that attracts thousands of guests each year.
The picturesque lake that entranced Maharana Udai Singh. It was later enlarged by the founder. The lake is surrounded by hills, Palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. Two islands Palaces Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) on the lake are breathaking magnificence.
Jag Mandir Island
The lovely palace was built by Maharan Karan Singh as a hideout for Shah Jahan ( Prince Khurram), This palace inspiried him to built the lovely Taj Mahal. It is located in the lake Pichola, it has lovely garden & has exquisite carving which worth to see. You can visit the palace (Entry fee - Rs. 175/-) & have dinner there. Its better to book the dinner in advance
A beautiful Lake, overlooked by number of hills on the three sides and the Pratap Memorail on the north was built by Maharana Fateh Singh. In the midde of the lake is Nehru park - a lovely garden island with a baot shaped cafe accessible by an enjoyable boat ride.
Best Time to Visit Udaipur : -
Rajasthan and particularly Udaipur is rich in cultural and heritage tourist attractions and famous for its Lakes and palaces and summer is too hot here and so best time to visit udaipur is from Mid July to Mid April.