is situated on the banks of the lovely Lake Pichola
and the lake of Fatehsagar, in Southern Rajasthan,
the Eden like Udaipur, cocooned by the Aravalli
Hills, is a dotted with numerous beautiful palaces,
domes, shrines among other top tourist attractions.
Udaipur is situated around the shimmering clear
blue water lakes, which whisper the mood of a bygone
The city was founded in 1567
AD by Maharana Udai Singh on the advice of a sage.
Udaipur was last of the numerous Mewar capitals. It
was in Udaipur that legendary Maharana Pratap was
born. He was obsessed with Chittaur and the past
glories of the Sisodia clan possessed his mind.
Maharana Pratap left Udaipur to win back Chittaur
from the Mughals. But he failed in his attempts and
Udaipur remained the capital of Mewar till India got
her independence. The memory of the failure of noble
Pratap gives Udaipur its pervading mood of nostalgic
The city acquires its scenic beauty from the
Aravallis. Three lakes- Pichola, Fateh Sagar and
Udai Sagar make it an oasis in the desert.
Udaipur is known as the ' City of Lakes'. The two
most scenic and famous lakes of the city are Lake
Pichola and Lake Fateh Sagar.
Lake Palace : One
of the most romantic cities in Rajasthan, Udaipur is
also known as the city of lakes. The marble palaces,
beautifully laid out gardens and the lakes make
Udaipur seem almost like a mirage in the desert.
The founder of Udaipur, Maharana Udai Singh, was
overcome by the misfortunes that his old capital of
Chittaurgarh had to face due to repeated attacks by
the Mughal armies. On the advice of a holy man, Udai
Singh shifted his capital to the banks of Lake
Pichola- the city was named Udaipur after him.
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
Other attractions in Udaipur include Krishna Vilas,
Lake Fateh Sagar,Sajjan Niwas and Gulab Bagh,
Machchalaya Magra, Doodh Talai, Jag Mandir, and the
Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum.
The City Palace
the lake Pichola is the City Palace, a marvel of
marble and granite. The largest palace in Rajasthan,
its exquisite worksmanship makes it a must on every
visitor's itinerary. The three mahals - Baari,
Dilkush and Moti, the Suraj Gokhada of the Sun
Balcony, the Mor Chowk Known for its beautiful
peacock Mosaics ; the shrine of Dhuni Mata and the
Museum of Rana Pratap are the highlights of this
Close to the City Palace is the Jagdish Temple which
houses some imposing sculpted figures and heavily
ornamented 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. Built in the early 18th
century, this is now a popular tourist spot.
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
shores of Fateh Sagar Lake was built a garden for
the 48 young girls waiting to be sent to the royal
house as part of dowry. This garden is laid with
extensive lawns, fountains and shady walking lanes.
There are four pools with dainty kiosks and
fountains with elephant trunks for spouts. These
gardens appear discrete and impeccable in taste.
Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal: This is a museum of folk
arts, which has rich
collection of folk dresses, ornaments, puppets,
masks, dolls, folk musical instruments and
paintings. World famous puppeteers put shows here,
on request in advance.
Jaisamand lake : 48
kms from the city, this artificial lake was built in
17th century by Maharana Jai Singh. The marble 'Chhatris'
along the embankment add grace to this second
largest lake in Asia. On either sides of the lake
were built the palaces for the favourite queens of
the King. People of the Bhil tribe still inhabit the
islands in Jaisamand lake.
Pratap Memorial: Erected atop Modi Magri is this
equestrian bronze statue of the valiant hero,
Maharana Pratap. Sajjan Garh, Gulab Bagh, Dudh Talai
Park, the Sunset point are also the places to be