Udaipur, Rajasthan

 Colorful and chaotic yet mysterious and exotic – this is Udaipur for you. This enchanting city in Rajasthan draws thousands of tourists each year. Known as the ‘city of lakes’, Udaipur is awash with nostalgia and color of an era gone by. It is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Rajasthan.

History

Udaipur is steeped in history. This city is the jewel of Mewar kingdom, which was ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for nearly 1200 years. There is also an interesting legend associated with it. It is said that Maharana Uday Singh, the founder of the city went hunting in the forests one day. There he met a hermit meditating on a hill overlooking the Lake Pichola. The holy man showered his blessings on the king and advised him to build a palace on a fertile valley washed by streams. Maharana followed the holy man’s instructions and founded Udaipur in 1559 A.D.

 Attractions

Udaipur has a host of attractions to lure the travelers. It is a fairytale city which has lakes, museums and galleries and magnificent palaces and forts. It is difficult to explore whole of Udaipur in a single visit. Here is a list of some of the prominent tourist attractions.

 

Lake Pichola

Lake Pchola, Udaipur

Lake Pchola, Udaipur

This beautiful water body is set at the backdrop of mountains. The azure blue waters of the large lake reflect the limpid mountains standing tall behind it. Maharana Udai Singh II enlarged the lake by flooding Picholi village which gives the lake its name.

City Palace & Museum – Just overlooking the lake is Udaipur’s largest palace – the City Palace. The palace façade is 244m long and 30 meters high. The palace architecture is imposing with hanging balconies, towers and cupolas towering the lake. The main part of the palace has been converted into a museum housing variety of artifacts that belonged or were used by royal families.

Fateh Sagar

Fatha Sagar , Udaipur

Fatha Sagar , Udaipur

It is lake located one kilometer north of Lake Pichola.  It is a popular local hangout. Seasonal in nature, this lake dries up during summers. Guarded by hill on all sides, this lake was constructed by Maharana Jai Singh In 1888 and re-constructed in 1678.

Gulabh Bagh – A beautiful rose garden planned and laid out by Maharana Sajjan Singh is located near the palace east of Lake Pichola.

 

 

 

 

Saheliyon ki Bari

Saheliyon ki Bari

Saheliyon ki Bari

Located north of the city this building is well maintained with fountains, kiosks a lotus pool and marble elephants.

 

Jagdish Temple

Jagdish Temple Udaipur

Jagdish Temple Udaipur

This Indo – Aryan temple built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651 can be reached by a steep flight of stairs flanked by elephant statues.

Crystal Gallery – The awesome gallery is located at Fateh Prakash Palace Hotel. Maharaja Sajjan Singh ordered this rare crystal from England but died before it arrived.  All the items stayed unpacked for 110 years.

The list of Udaipur tourist attractions is endless. Getting around Udaipur is easy and comfortable as it has a reasonably good bus service. Taxi and auto-rickshaws are unmetered. For travelers who want to explore the city in a leisure mood bi-cycle is the best option. RTDC and many companies have attractive tour packages to the main sites.

Tourists visiting Udaipur can make good sense of the opulence and splendor of the royal families and their lifestyle.