placed amid lakes and dotted with ornate buildings, is renowned as one of
the most romantic cities in the world.Udaipur is located southwest of Jaipur
near the border with Gujarat state at the southern end of the Aravalli
Range. Built around the crystal clear waters of the lake Pichola,Udaipur has
many sobriquets to its credit - the City of Lakes and the Venice of the East
being some of them. Several fascinating places around Udaipur include the
impressive Chittorgarh fort, the marvellous Jain Temples of Ranakpur and
Nathdwara. Udaipur attracts a multitude of tourists during the famous Mewar
festival, which marks the advent of spring.
Udaipur is situated in the valley of Aravallis in the southern Rajasthan.
It lies at a distance of 405 km from Jaipur and 663 km from Delhi.
The best time to visit Udaipur is in between October to March. Maximum
temperature reaches a high of above 38°C, while winters see a downfall
to a low of below 11°C.
The majestically huge white City Palace located in the
heart of Udaipur and towering over the lake Pichola, was originally built by
Maharana Udai Singh of the Sisodia Rajput clan. It was later extended to its
present form by the subsequent Maharanas. Although a conglomerate of
buildings were added later by different Maharanas, the Palace managed to
retain its uniformity of design.
Built in granite and marble, and encircled by balconies, towers and
crenellated fort walls, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan stands on a
crest over looking the Pichola Lake. It is a heritage building, which
showcases the finest elements of Rajput culture and their arts.The City
palace of Udaipur offers stupendous views from the terrace over the water to
the hills. It was built in seven phases around the mid-16th century.
Lake Palace -
Built by Maharana Jagat Singh II around
1628 to52 as a summer palace to escape the extreme heat of Rajasthan, the
palace is indeed a reverie in pure white marble. Formerly called the Jag
Mandir, the palace is an amazing confection of delicate columns, filigreed
screens, cupolas and fountains. Now converted as a luxury hotel, it reflects
the photogenic face of Udaipur.
Saheliyon ki Bari -
The "garden of the maids of
honour", Sahelion-ki-Bari was designed and laid out early in the
eighteenth century as a retreat for ladies of the royal household to spend
their time in comfort. The lotus pool, fountains, lawns, flowerbeds, and
marble pavilions all combine to make it a captivating place.
Commanding the skyline of Udaipur is the "Monsoon
Palace" of Sajjangarh. Abandoned by the royal family soon after its
construction in 1880 due to the impossibility of pumping water to the
palace, it offers an unrivalled view of the city's lakes, palaces and the
Jagdish Temple -
About 150 meters north of the City
Palace, lies the Indo-Aryan Jagdish Temple built by Maharaja Jagat Singh in
1651. It enshrines a black stone image of Lord Vishnu as Jagannath or Lord
of the Universe. Also, there is a brass image of the Garuda in front of the
Kumbhalgarh Badal Mahal -
Located atop the remote
Aravali hills is the Fort of Kumbhalgarh. It is 84 kms from Udaipur and is
known as the second principal fortress in Rajasthan after Chittaurgarh .The
most formidable of the 32 forts constructed by Maharana Kumbha in the
fifteenth century, it contains many fine temples, beautiful palaces and well
laid-out gardens. The fort has a great historical significance. It has the
distinction of never being successfully captured. The Badal Mahal or the
Cloud Palace inside it offers a wonderful bird's eye view of the surrounding
countryside. Attached to it is the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary.