There is no city in Rajasthan as romantic as Udaipur, even tough the place is replete with forts, palaces and grandiose, fantastic hilltops forts and gripping legends of chivalry and heroism. Indeed, with its bewitching Palaces, fantastic hilltop forts and gripping legends of chivalry and serene lakes, Uaipur looks as tough it has been lifted from the fairytale book. The Oasis in the desert has become s jewel of India's tourism industry where thousands of people flock every year to take its picturesque view.
The Bygone Udaipur
A passionate saga, Udaipur has been hailed as a city of peace and the 'Venice of the East'. It has been the smiling capital of the Sisodia Rajputs ever since Maharana Udai Singh II laid the foundation stone in 1559 AD. Its magnificent palaces and island-palaces, in the backdrop of misty mountains and lakes, beckon you to plan memorable family holidays in a unique heritage city.
Known for its tradition of royal hospitality, present day Udaipur straddles many worlds. While time seems to stand still in the opulent palaces, in the quaint bazaars of the city, the business is noisy and busy. Here cyber cafes operate cheek-by-jowl with ancient temples. In the City Palace Complex, grand palaces and resorts have lovingly preserved the original lifestyle of royal Rajasthan. You can spend hours within the City Palace, marveling at its architectural grandeur. It's time you let yourself be overwhelmed by history unfolding before you. The Lake Palace is the superb example of the cultural Rajasthan. It is full of havelis, mansions and palaces. Udaipur enjoys many green gardens as there plenty of water in the state.
Udaipur- Jewel in the desert
The City Palace : Verging on the Lake Pichola is the exquisitely built City Palace, a wonderful construction made out of marble and granite. The largest palace in Rajasthan, its excellent workmanship makes it a must on every visitor's itinerary. The three mahals - Baari, Dilkush and Moti, the Suraj Gokhada of the Sun Balcony and the Mor Chowk are known for its beautiful peacock mosaics; the shrine of Dhuni Mata and the Museum of Rana Pratap are the main highlights of this complex.
Jagdeesh Temple: Situated very near to the City Palace, the Jagdish Temple has some of the most captivating sculpted figures and heavily decorated interiors. At a short distance is the Sahelion-ki-Bari or the Garden of Maidens, which has four pools and delicately carved kiosks and elephants in marble.
The Lake Palace: This marble palace that seems to be floating on the Lake Pichola is undoubtedly the main attraction of Udaipur. Now a luxury hotel, this palace can be accessed by boat from the city palace which overlooks it.
Ahar : Archaeological ruins that date back to 4000 B.C. are found here. A museum stands next to the excavation site. Also of interest are the beautiful cenotaphs of kings near the Gangabhairu tank.
Built by Maharana Udai Singh II is a shallow lake. A handful of crocodiles are believed to inhabit the Lake near the remote areas. It extends a considerable distance along the east banks. You can wander around to some shore or some bathing ghats.
Fateh Sagar : North of Lake Pichola, this lake has become a popular hangout as night joints for couples. Overlooked by number of hills, it was originally built in 1678. A pleasant drive winds along the east bank and in the middle of the Lake is Nehru Park , a popular garden island with a boat shaped cafe`.
Saheliyon Ki Bari : The Saheliyon Ki Bari is the North of City. This small ornamental garden is well maintained, with fountains, Kiosk, marble elephants and a delightful lotus pool.
Shilpgram : Shilpgram, a crafts village 3 kms west of Fateh Sagar, was inaugurated by Rajiv Gandhi in 1989. It is an interesting place for four states - Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa and Maharastra - ans there are daily demonstration of musicians and dancer or artisans from various states.
Other attractions in Udaipur include Krishna Vilas, Sajjan Niwas and Gulab Bagh, Machchalaya Magra, Doodh Talai, Jag Mandir, and the Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum.
- Tourist Office- Regional Tourist Office, Fateh Memorial, Surajpole.
- The nearest airport at Udaipur is Debock and the Udaipur railway station is well- connected to other parts of Rajasthan and India.
- The best time to go to Udaipur is during October to March.