The wonderland called Udaipur was founded in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh of Mewar. The city also called the city of Lakes - is famous for its magnificent palaces, beautiful havelis, temples, lake and the vibrant bazaars. The main structure dominating the city is the City Palace besides Lake Pichola. It is a massive and magnificent structure built at the eastern shore of the lake. It is a complex of various palaces and buildings built by the rulers of the clan between the 16th and 20th centuries. The palace and its various buildings offer a visual delight in the form of a refined blend of Rajput and Mughul architecture.
Reasons to visit
The tourist attractions in Udaipur include the magnificent palaces, serene lakes and the crafts village. The city is famous for the three palaces namely The City palace, The Jag Mandir Palace, and the Jag Niwas palace (also known as the lake palace). Besides Lake Pichola, the Fateh Sagar Lake and the Jaisamand Lake add to the beauty and tranquil ambience of the city. The Jaisamand wildlife sanctuary is a wonderful wildlife destination near Udaipur.
The most enchanting tourist attraction of Udaipur - the Lake Palace (also known as Jag Niwas) is a beautiful island palace built by Maharana Jagat Singh II in 1754. Situated on picturesque Lake Pichola, the white marble structure appears like emerging out of the shimmering blue waters on the lake, creating a spellbound effect on visitors.
One of the largest royal complexes in Rajasthan - the City Palace is situated on a promontory on the picturesque Lake Pichola. The complex has 11 beautiful Mahals (palaces) with balconies and towers, offering a breathtaking view of the lake and the city. Its Durbar Hall, which had been used as a venue for formal occasions like state banquets and meetings, has most luxurious interiors highlighted by some of the largest chandeliers in the world. The Palace also houses a Museum exhibiting a rich collection of artifacts.
Jag Mandir is another beautiful island palace on Lake Pichola built by Maharaja Karan Singh in 1615 AD. The palace once sheltered the Mughal prince Khurram (later Emperor Shah Jehan who built the world-famous Taj Mahal) who rebelled against his father Jehangir in the 1620's. The Palace has a giant stone sculpture of elephants and an impressive chattri (cenotaphs) that add to its beauty.
The Saheliyon-ki-Bari Garden was built in early 18th century AD as a retreat for ladies of the royal household to spend their time in leisure. The enchantingly beautiful Garden is famous for its lotus pool, fountains (in the shape of birds), lush green lawns, flowerbeds, and marble pavilions, offering a breathtaking view to visitors.
Located in the vicinity of the famous Saheliyon-ki-Bari Garden, Fateh Sagar is a beautiful lake, built by Maharana Fateh Singh in 1678. A canal built at the beginning of the 20th century connects it to the Lake Pichola. Nehru Park, a popular garden island with a boat-shaped café, is situated in the middle of the Lake.
Udaipur is famous for its handicrafts, Silver and Gold jewelry.
Major Indian festivals like the Holi and Diwali are
celebrated with traditional fervor and joy.
How to get there
By Road : A wide network of bus service link Udaipur with several destinations. Some of the important distance are Agra 630 km, Ahmedabad 262 km, Jaipur 406 km, Jodhpur 275 km and Mount Abu 185 km.
By Air : Debock Airport is 24 km from the city centre, daily Indian Air lines flights connect Udaipur with Jodhpur, Jaipur, Aurangabad, Mumbai and Delhi.
By Rail : Udaipur is directly linked by rail with major cities.
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