Udaipur is the most beautiful, popular and wonderful
travel destination of India. It has been rated as the world's number
one travel destination. It is blessed with natural beauty which
includes havelies, mountains, lakes and palaces displaying
magnificent architectural designs.
The lakes, palaces, lively
workspaces and culture attract foreign and domestic visitors. Every
year thousands of travellers visit Udaipur to witness its marvellous
beauty and charm. It is
a favourite marriage destination. Many celebrities, including film
stars, business families, politicians choose Udaipur to hold marriage
ceremonies and parties.
PLACES TO SEE
City Palace, Udaipur
City Palace is the main travel attraction on Udaipur. Located on the
eastern bank of Lake Pichola, it has a series of palaces built at
different times from 1559. The balconies of the palace provide
panoramic views of the "Jag Niwas" (the Lake Palace Hotel). They
also have views of Jag Mandir on one side and the city of Udaipur on
the other. Its main entrance is through the triple-arched gate - the
Tripolia, built in 1725. The way now leads to a series of
courtyards, overlapping partitions, terraces, corridors and gardens.
There is a Suraj Gokhda, where the maharanas of Mewar presented
themselves in the times of trouble to the people to restore
confidence. The Mor-chowk (Peacock courtyard), gets its name from
the mosaics in glass decorating its walls. The chini chitrashala is
noteworthy while a series of wall paintings of Krishna are on
display in Bhim Vilas. There are numerous other palaces such as
Dilkhush mahal, Sheesh mahal, Moti mahal and Krishna vilas - in
memory of a princess of striking beauty who poisoned herself to
avert a bloody battle for her hand by rival princes. Now the palace
contains many antique articles, paintings, decorative furniture and
utensils and attracts thousands of visitors every day.
The Lake Palace was built in 1743-1746. It is made of marble and
is situated on Jag Niwas island in Lake Pichola. It was originally
built as a royal summer palace, but is now a luxury hotel.
Jag Mandir Island Palace
Jag Mandir is another beautiful island place in Lake Pichola which
is known for its garden courtyard. It gives a look of floating
palace. Shah Jahan took refuge here while revolting against his
Monsoon Palace also known as Sajjan Garh Palace, is the highest view
point of Udaipur, here you can the bird's eye view of Udaipur. The
summer resort of the Maharajas is atop the hill overlooking all of
the lakes. This palace had a way to collect rain water for
consumption all year around.
The Jagdish Temple is a large Hindu temple in the middle of Udaipur.
It was built by Maharana Jagat Singh Ist in 1651 A.D. It is an
example of Indo - Aryan architecture. This temple is a great example
of architecture and art. The area is the main tourist place in the
city. You can also find some special kind of things like Rajasthani
dress, paintings etc.
Fateh Sagar Lake
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
Lake Pichola has two islands, Jag Niwas and the Jag Mandir. 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.
Sahelion ki Bari was laid for a group of forty-eight young women
attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of her
dowry. The gardens set below the embankment of the Fatah Sagar Lake
have lotus pools, marble pavilions and elephant-shaped fountains.
These fountains are fed by the water of the lake gushing through
ducts made for the purpose.
Gulab Bagh and Zoo
A rose garden laid out by Maharaja Sajjan Singh is situated near the
palace on the east side of Lake Pichhola. A library in the garden
has a collection of ancient handwritten manuscripts and books. Some
of the part of the Satyarth Prakash have been written in this
library. Styarth Prakash stup is situated in Gulab Bagh. Within the
garden, there is a zoo with tigers, leopards, Chinkara gazelle,
birds, and many wild animals. Children can enjoy mini train, track
of which covers the main part of the garden and the zoo.
A rock and fountain garden and the sunset point from which one can
enjoy the sunset view in Lake Pichhola and a panoramic view of the
old city. Also one can enjoy the Aerial tramway (rope way) which
connects one of the dudh talai gardens to Karni Mata temple.
Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal
A museum of folk arts. It also hosts puppet shows in its auditorium.
Maharana Pratap Memorial or Moti Magri
Atop the Moti Magri or Pearl Hill, overlooking the Fatah Sagar Lake
is the memorial of the Rajput hero Maharana Pratap with a bronze
statue of the Maharana astride his favourite horse "Chetak".
Bohara Ganesh Ji
This temple is situated near old railway station (Thokar) and M L S
University. This is old and famous Ganesh Temple with standing
statue of Shree Ganesh Ji considered very fruitful (Chamatkarik).Thousands
of Bhaktas(devotees) come here every Wednesday.
This is a park situated in the middle of Fatah Sager Lake. This park
covers about 41 acres (170,000 m2), with flower gardens and a lily
pond. It was inaugurated on the birth anniversary of the first Prime
Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. The garden overlooks the
ancient Moti Mahal of Maharana Pratap and gives a view of the
Aravalli hills on three sides.
This is an old building built right on the waterfront of Lake
Pichola at Gangori Ghat. The haveli now stages Rajasthani
traditional dance and music.
Located about 2 km east of Udaipur is a cluster of cenotaphs of the
Maharanas of Mewar. There are about nineteen cenotaphs of Maharanas
cremated there. One cenotaph is that Maharana Amar Singh, who
reigned from 1597 to 1620. Nearby is also Ahar Museum, where on
display is limited but very rare earthen pottery, as well as some
sculptures and other archaeological finds. Some pieces date back to
1700 BC, and a tenth-century metal figure of Buddha is a special
A crafts village located northwest of Udaipur, Shilpgram hosts an
annual crafts fair which is one of the biggest in India; people from
different states in the country have stalls showcasing their art and
Neemach Mata Temple
This temple is located on a green hill in the Dewali area of Udaipur.
It has both stairs and an uphill slope way to climb, which is around
800 meters. Below this area is located new bohra colony named as
Burhani Nagar, and a new Masjid is named as Burhani Masjid. This area
is very peaceful, very near to Saheleion ki badi and Fateh Sager.
Udaipur Solar Observatory
Asia's only solar observatory, the Udaipur Solar Observatory, is
situated on an island in the middle of the Lake Fatah Sagar.
Sukhadia Circle (Square) is a large roundabout in the city's
northern suburb of Panchwati, on the road to Ranakpur and Mt. Abu.
The Circle is a popular recreational centre and meeting place.