Udaipur, the ‘city of lakes’ is one the most romantic and beautiful cities.It was founded in 1559 by Maharaja Udai Singh.The white marble palaces,scenic still blue lakes,beautiful gardens and temples all combine to a most peaceful experience. The breathtaking Lake Palace (Jag Niwas) located in the middle of the vast Pichola Lake is a fine example of architecture. The grand City Palace on the banks of the lake along with the Monsoon Palace (Sajjan Garh) on the hill above enhance the beauty of this magnificent city. Udaipur is also the centre for performing arts, crafts and its famed miniature paintings
City Palace of Udaipur
The grand City Palace is an architectural marvel constructed by Maharana Udai Singh on the east bank of Lake Pichola.Built over 400 years by other rulers it is now a massive series of 11 heritage palaces.The awe inspiring palace has courtyards,terraces,balconies,cupolas,hanging gardens and antiques showcasing the culture and art of the Rajput era.
City view Udaipur
Internal view of City Palace
City Palace of Udaipur
Boat ride Lake Pichola Udaipur
Created in 1362, the pristine blue waters of Lake Pichola beckon you to one of the largest,most beautiful lakes of Udaipur. This artificial freshwater lake with its island palaces and the backdrop of the Aravallis make it the major tourist attraction. Surrounded by majestic palaces, temples, ghats and elevated hills a boat ride on the Lake Pichola is the best way to enjoy the ethereal beauty of this lake.
Lake Palace Udaipur
THE LAKE PALACE
The gleaming white marble Lake Palace located in the middle of the vast Pichola Lake was built on Jag Niwas island in 1746 by Maharana Jagat Singh II as his summer retreat. Enveloped in romance it was a pleasurable residence of the king and his queens.The unparalled architecture,gorgeous paintings and intricate crystal work provide a glimpse into the life of Mewar royalty.To preserve its heritage it was converted into a luxury hotel with rooftop terraces and musicians playing in the alcoves.
Monsoon Palace Udaipur
On the far side of Lake Pichola cut into the hillside is Sajjangarh.Also known as the Monsoon Palace, it offers a panaromic view of the lakes and countryside of Udaipur.Built in 1884 by the Mewar Maharana Sajjan Singh the white marble palace has high turrets surrounding a grand central courtyard.
Fateh Sagar Lake Udaipur
FATEH SAGAR LAKE
Among one of the four lakes of Udaipur city, located north of Lake Pichola is a beautiful artificial lake,Fateh Sagar Lake. Built in 1680 by Maharana Fateh Singh the small islands now house the Nehru park and an observatory.Since the lake dries up during drought conditions it is now under the National Lake Conservation Plan of the Government of India.
Saheliyo ki bari Udaipur
SAHELION KI BADI
On the shores of Fateh Sagar Lake is this most beautiful garden, Saheliyon-ki-Bari built by Maharana Sangram Singh to give his queen respite from the politics of his court.A later ruler added an imposing pavilion of fountains, apparently imported from England. Extensive lawns and shady cool walking lanes make it a lovely place to relax.
Ek Ling ji Temple
Almost 22km away from Udaipur, dedicated to Lord Shiva is Eklingji Temple ,one of the most famous temples of Rajasthan.
Jagdish Temple Forms part of the buildings in the City Palace Complex.Dedicated to Lord Vishnu the temple has beautiful statues and intricate carvings and an atmosphere of serenity .
Mother in Law-Daughter in Law Temple
23km from Udaipur in Nagda, is the Sahastrabahu or Saas-bahu temple still attractive enough to amaze the passerby. Legend has it that in the 10th or 11th century King Mahipala of the Kachchhwaha Dynasty got a temple constructed for his wife who was a devotee of Lord Vishnu.Later the second temple was made for his daughter- in- law who was a devotee of Lord Shiva.The walls of the temple sport amazing carvings and the architecture is amazing.
Miniature art of Udaipur
Rajasthan is one of the cultural centres of miniature art painting in India.There are many art schools dedicated to this art form and are a major tourist attraction in Udaipur.Recreation of Mughal miniatures are on display in many side street side stalls.You can sign up for classes for a day or two to learn to paint this art yourself.
Bagore ki Haweli
BAGORE KI HAVELI
Situated near Lake Pichola was built in the 18th century by Amir Chand Bawda, a mi9nister in the court of Mewar.Later it became the residence of Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore.It is now a museum which houses antique collections showcasing the culture of Mewar.All its 100 rooms retain the royal touch and its architecture is splendid.In the evenings there are shows to attract the tourists