“UDAIPUR”, the capital of the former princely state of Mewar is a beautiful city in Rajasthan, India. Udaipur city is also referred to as the “Venice of the East”, the “Most Romantic City of India” and the “Kashmir of Rajasthan”. Udaipur the “City of Lakes” is one among the most romantic and most beautiful cities of India. The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure water lakes, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravalis with a population around 500.000, founded in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh II.
A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur city of Rajasthan state is a fascinating blend of sights, sounds and experiences – an inspiration for the imagination of the poets, painters and writers. Udaipur’s kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the Lake Pichhola is an enticing sight.
Udaipur is a popular tourist destination in India. The lakes, palaces and lively workspaces and culture attract foreign and domestic visitors. It is a favourite marriage destination. Many celebrities, including film stars, business families, and politicians chose Udaipur to hold marriage ceremonies and parties. Udaipur have three interconnected lakes – the Fateh Sagar Lake, the Lake Pichhola and the smaller Swaroop Sagar Lake; along with forts, palaces, temples, gardens, mountains and narrow lanes lines withdrawn with stalls, relives the reminisces of a heroic past, valor and chivalry.
Udaipur city is Located at 24°35′N 73°41′E / 24.58°N 73.68°E / 24.58; 73.68, It has an average elevation of 598.00 metres & it is easily accessible from all the major cities of India including Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Jaipur.
Famous places in Udaipur:
City Palace complex is actually a conglomeration of buildings added by various Maharanas, the palace manages to retain a surprising uniformity of design.
Building was started by maharana Udai Singh II. The palace is surmounted by balconies, towers & cupolas and there are wonderful views over the lake and the city from the upper terrace. Main entrance is from northern end through the Baripol of 1600 and the Tripolia Gate of 1725 , with its eight carved marble arches. It was once custom for Maharanas to be weighed under the gate and their weight in gold or silver distributed to the populace. The City Palace extends for a long stretch along the east bank.
Beautiful Lake Pichola was enlarged by Maharaja Udai Singh II after he founded the city.
Lake Pichola is a lake that has two islands, Jag Niwas and the Jag Mandir.
He built a masonry dam, known as the Badipol, and the lake is now 4km long and 3 km wide. Nevertheless, it remains fairly shallow and can actually dry up – in severe droughts it’s possible to walk to Jagniwas and Jagmandir island. A handful of crocodiles are believed to inhabit the more remote parts of the lake, near the inhabited sections of the shore.
This lake is 4 km long and 3 km wide, originally built by Maharana Udai Singh II. There are many ghats, like the bathing and washing ghats, which can be approached through boats from the City Palace of Udaipur (Bansi Ghat). In the heart of the lake the Lake Palace stands, which is now converted into a heritage palace hotel. The lake remains fairly shallow even during heavy rains, and gets dry easily in times of severe drought.
Jag Mandir is another island in Lake Pichola.
Which is known for its garden courtyard. Shah Jahan took refuge here while revolting against his father. There is a restaurant run by the HRH group of hotels.
Moti Magri or Pearl Hill,
Atop the Moti Magri or Pearl Hill, overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake is the memorial of the Rajput hero Maharana Pratap with a bronze statue of the Maharana astride his favourite horse “Chetak”. More details are available at Maharanapratap.net, a collection of facts and figures on Maharana Pratap and his life.
Sajjan Garh offers a panoramic overview of the city’s lakes, palaces and the surrounding countryside.
Sajjan Garh, a formar monsoon palace 1100 ft. high above the surrounding and 3100 ft. from sea level, was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1884. The palace looks its best during the rainy season. It offers a panoramic overview of the city’s lakes, palaces and surrounding country side. The hillside is thickly wooded and the former rulers maintained this as a royal shooting preserve. The palace provides a beautiful view of the sunset
Fateh Sagar Lake is situated in the north of Lake Picholas.
It was originally built by Maharana Jai Singh in the year 1678 AD, but later on reconstructed and extended by Maharana Fateh Singh after much destruction was caused by heavy rains. In 1993-1994, the water vanished from the lake, but in 2005-2006, the lake regained its water.
Dudh Talai is a beautiful laid out rock garden in Udaipur.
It was once used as a bathing ground. Sunset view in Pichhola Lake and panoramic view of the old Udaipur city and its palaces can be enjoyed from here. Another attraction of this garden is the musical fountain. The local handicraft market is very close to this garden. Dudh Talai, situated adjacent to the City Palace, is 24 km from Udaipur Airport.
Saheliyon ki Bari or the “Garden of the maids of honour”.
Saheliyon ki Bari or the “Garden of the maids of honour”, brings to the fore the unique life-style of the royal ladies who once strolled in this gardens. This spectacular garden has four pools and five fountains, each one with a different look, embelished with delicately chiselled kiosks and elephants in marble. It also has a Science Laboratory with different types of reptiles, frogs and specimens for the visitors.
Shilpgram, a craft village 3km west of Fateh Sagar, has displays of traditional houses from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa and Maharashtra.
Literally meaning a “Craftsmen’s Village” is a living ethnographic museum depicting the enormous diversities in craft, art & culture between various Indian states, but the exquisite terracotta work mainly in dark red and dark brown sand material along with the wooden carvings are the forte of this ethnic village . Shilpgram comprises 26 huts set in 70 acres of natural surroundings at the foot of the Aravali Hills.A colourful craft festival during winter seasons to the whole set up induces viatanity and zeal.
Sukhadia Circle, a large round about in the city’s northern suburb of Panchwati, on the road to Ranakpur and Mt. Abu.
The centrepiece of the Circle is a large, three-tiered fountain just over 21 m. high, with scalloped dishes surmounted by a wheat-ear motif, representing prosperity. Illuminated at night, it is now a well-known landmark. Its foundation was laid in 1968 and was opened in 1970. The Circle is a popular recreational centre and meeting place. A circular pond surrounds the fountain; nearby are pleasant gardens. Families and friends come together, especially at night, when music plays. Children particularly enjoy the experience: they float toy boats in the central pond, where odd duck-shaped pedallos (paddle boats) vie for space; there is even a mini train nearby. Sukhadia Circle commemorates the memory of Udaipur’s MOHAN LAL SUKHADIA, one-time Chief Minister of Rajasthan and a native of Udaipur.
The Jagdish Temple is a large Hindu temple in the middle of Udaipur.
A big tourist attraction, the temple was originally called the temple of Jagannath Rai, but is now called Jagdish-ji. It is a major monument in Udaipur. The Jagdish Temple is raised on a tall terrace and was completed in 1651. It attaches a double storeyed Mandapa (hall) to a double – storied, saandhara (that having a covered ambulatory) sanctum. The mandapa has another storey tucked within its pyramidal samavarna (bell – roof) while the hollow clustered spire over the sanctum contains two more, non – functional stories. Lanes taking off from many of the sheharpanah (city wall) converge on the Jagdish Temple. It was built by Maharana Jagat Singh Ist in 1651 A.D. It is an example of Indo – Aryan architecture.
PRATAP GAURAV KENDRA RASHTRIYA TIRTH is a new Tirth at Manoharpura, Badgaon in Udaipur city in the Rajasthan state of Bharat.
Started by the Veer Shiromani Maharana Pratap Samiti, This project aims at providing information about historical idol maharana pratap of mewar and its past. This project aims at providing details about ancient heritage with the help of modern instruments. Pratap Gaurav Kendra is aimed at providing detailed information about the history and achievements of the king of mewar Maharana Pratap.
Under the Sun Aquarium built at Fateh Sagar Pal (promenade), the newly constructed 125-meter long gallery will play host to 156 varieties of both fresh water and sea-fish procured from 16 countries which have been showcased in specially built tanks. The visitors would get a feel of being inside an ocean and can have a close look at the carp species.
This will be the first of its kind virtual fish aquarium in the country. The aquarium will have 216 species of fishes brought from 16 countries across the world.
Vintage and Classic Car Museum Udaipur’s brilliant history of the Mewar dynasty has a lot of interesting factors about it. Many of the characteristics of the glamorous Rajput rulers set them apart from others of their time, and with their blend of Mughal and Rajasthani culture and tradition in architecture, the royal families of Mewar enjoyed quite a life.
Although there are a lot of things in Udaipur that capture the luxurious lifestyle of the Mewar royals, the Vintage and Classic Car Museum is one of the best ways to witness how grand it used to be back then. Many of the most amazing vehicles used by the Mewar dynasty in Udaipur that have been presented at the Vintage Car Museum.
Sajjangarh Biological Park is a zoological garden located in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. This biological park is situated just beneath the Monsoon Palace (also known as Sajjangarh Palace), around 4 km from the city center. The zoo has different varieties of animals and birds which have been brought from different parts of world.
At present, it houses 60 animals of 21 species including tigers, panthers, lions, ostriches, alligators, rhesus monkeys etc. Within two months of its inauguration, the park has received more than 46,000 visitors in a month, generating a revenue of Rs 14 lakh for the forest department, which is a record in itself.
Ahar Archaeological Museum is known for its various architectural features and sculptures pieces date back to 1700 BC.
A historic tenth century metal figure of Buddha is a special attraction in the museum. There are rare pieces of earthen pots which are of historical importance.Located at 3 km distance from Udaipur city, around Ahar museum there are about nineteen cenotaphs of Maharanas, where they were cremated. Among all of them cenotaph of Maharana Amar Singh, who reigned from 1597 to 1620 is more attractive.
Old Flag Udaipur
was the capital of the Rajput kingdom of Mewar, ruled by the Sisodia clan.
The founder of Udaipur was Rana Udai Singh, father of Maharana Pratap. The ancient capital of Mewar was Nagda, located on the Banas River northeast of Udaipur. Legend has it that Maharana Udai Singh came upon a hermit while hunting in the foothills of the Aravalli Range. The hermit blessed the king and asked him to build a palace on the spot and it would be well protected. Udai Singh established a residence there. In 1568 the Mughal emperor Akbar captured Chittor, and Udai Singh moved the capital to the site of his residence, which became the city of Udaipur. As the Mughal empire weakened, the Sisodia ranas, and later Maharanas, reasserted their independence and recaptured most of Mewar except the fort of Chittor. Udaipur remained the capital of the state, which became a princely state of British India in 1818. After India’s Independence in 1947, the Maharaja of Udaipur acceded to the Government of India, and Mewar was integrated into India’s Rajasthan state.
Sisodias, or the Guhilots (Suryavansh), have ruled the Mewar region since V.S 191,[clarification needed] were against Mughal dominion, and tried to distance themselves from them. Being a mountainous region and unsuitable for heavily armoured Mughal horses, Udaipur remained unmolested from Mughal influence in spite of much pressure. Maharana Fateh Singh of Udaipur was the only royalty who did not attend the Delhi Durbar for King George V in 1911. This fierce sense of independence earned them the highest gun salute in Rajasthan, 19 against the 17 each of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bundi, Bikaner, Kota and Karauli. Rosita Forbes, who passed this land during the decline of the British Raj, described it as “like no other place on earth”.