Udaipur exudes the glamour and projects larger than life magnum opus, just like a Bollywood movie. The lavish palaces, luxuries of life, romantic ballads, dates, chivalry; all belongs to Udaipur. Crafted with precision, Udaipur enjoys the laid back attitude of Lakes, golden past of heritage hotels and huge palaces and artistic temples. Dotted with infinite number of tourist hotspots, the vacationers can satiate their senses by spending some time in their serene domains. There are infinite number of palaces and forts where vacationers could get an opportunity to discover the incredulous past of the region.
Major Tourist Locations
An artificial fresh water lake created in the year 1362 AD, Lake Pichola features two islands in the middle namely Jagmandir and Jagniwas. Earlier, both the islands had their own palaces, which are now converted into heritage hotels in the city known as Lake Palace and Lake Garden Palace consecutively. Surrounded by marble temples, family mansions, and bathing ghats, the lake offers serene and majestic views.
Jag Niwas - Lake Palace Hotel is the icon of Udaipur with mesmerizing location and delightful views. This romantic edifice was built over 1.5 Hectares island by Maharaja Jagat Singh II in 1794 as the Royal Summer Palace. Jagmandir Palace - the Lake Garden Palace is said to have inspired the mighty Taj Mahal. Shah Jahan, the then Prince Khurram, stayed here while heading a revolt. Bordered by a row of sculpted elephants, the island’s grandeur is highlighted by the impressive dome shaped chhatri.
City Palace and Museum
Located on the east side of Lake Pichola, The Udaipur City Palace flaunts majesty by being one of the most beautiful palatial structures. Originally built by Maharana Uday Singh II, the city palace comprises a number of small and big palaces, museums and gardens. Built in granite and marble, the palace holds distinction by conglomerating Rajasthani, Mughal, Medieval, European and Chinese Architectural principles together, defining the grandeur of this edifice. The palatial complex too provides a fine view of the lake and the Udaipur city from its upper terraces.
Fateh Sagar Lake is the pride of the City of Lakes - Udaipur. Located in the north of Pichola, it is an artificial lake constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1678. This lake hosts three small islands, the largest with 4 km2 area features Nehru Park, a popular garden with a restaurant and a zoo; the second island is an address of a public park with an impressive water-jet fountain and the third one houses the Udaipur Solar Observatory (USO). Blue waters of the Fateh Sagar Lake amidst the green backdrop have Udaipur the soubriquet of ‘the second Kashmir’.
Garden of the Maidens (Sahelion ki Bari)
The small leisure garden was laid down for 48 women attendants of a Princess who accompanied her after marriage. Though spread over a small area, this quaint garden features lotus pools, colorful elephant shaped fountains, marble pavilions, exotic plants and a small museum. Set below the embankment of the Fateh Sagar Lake, these gardens offer a green retreat in the dry lands of Rajasthan.
Monsoon Palace (Sajjan Garh)
Formerly known as the Sajjan Garh Palace, Monsoon Palace overlooks Lake Pichola on the top of a hill as a fairy tale castle. Earlier an astronomical center, it was transformed into Monsoon Palace and hunting lodge for hunters at the wildlife hinterland. It was named as Monsoon Palace as it offers panoramic views of city’s lakes, clouds, palaces and countryside beauty. Also, the palace had a way to collect rain water for consumption all year around.
Best time to travel - September to March
How to reach there
By Air Maharana Pratap Airport is just 24km from the city centre linked by all Indian air service providers.
By Train The traveler can get in to the city of romance - Udaipur by railways. The railway station is only four kilometer from the city center and is connected by all important cities of the country.
By Road Linked by the ambitious Golden Quadrilateral Project, roads to Udaipur are well paved and fit for private vehicles.
Just 90 km travel from Udaipur, and one can find the immaculately sculpted marble Jain temple. Dedicated to Adinatha, the majestic temple, with its distinctive domes, shikhara, turrets and cupolas rises in splendour from the hill slope. The temple has four faces, pointing towards four cardinal directions and hence the cosmos. Apart from this, Ranakpur also houses Neminatha and Parasnatha Jain Temples, along with much older Sun Temple which is located just opposite Adinatha Temple.
Built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1685, Jaisamand Lake is proud to be Asia's second-largest artificial lake. The manmade wonder came into being when a marble dam across the Gomati River was built. Just 48 km away from Udaipur, the lake is spread over the 87 km² and is adorned with beautiful Chhattris around 330 m long high embankment. Also known as Dhebar Lake, Jaisamand’s Marble Dam is 300 Meters long and forms a part of the "Heritage Monuments of India". The dam also has the Hawa Mahal Palace, winter Capital of the erstwhile Maharana’s of Mewar.
Jodhpur is more commonly known as the Blue City due to the blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. Founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a Rajput chief of the Rathore clan, Jodhpur city consists of exquisite Palaces, Forts & temples all of which may be enjoyed as part of Jodhpur's city tour.
Jaisalmer is a tawny golden land known for its grandeur of havelis and palaces in the north east Rajasthan. With miles and miles of desert expanse and camel safaris, Jaisalmer evokes a number of exotic images about rustic Rajasthan.
Desert Delight, Bikaner holds the northernmost spot in the Indian desert circuit and is famous for tawny deserts, ethnic camel safaris, Bikaneri Namkeens and Rich Indian Sweets.
A hub of cultural affinity, Ajmer is surrounded by the green Aravalli Mountains. Once ruled by Prithvi Raj Chauhan, Ajmer is now a popular pilgrim spot famous for Dargah Sharif Tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti and Pushkar, the only temple of Lord Brahma. The Picturesque Pushkar Lake is also a sacred spot for Hindus.
An oasis in desert, Mount Abu features the highest peak in the Aravalli Range of Rajasthan. Home to rivers, lakes, waterfalls and evergreen forests, Mount Abu is a home to a number of Dilwara Jain temples.
Mount Abu (190 km), Ajmer (274 km), Jodhpur (275 km), Jaipur (405 km), Jaisalmer (574 km), Bikaner (507 km)
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