Udaipur was once the capital of the former princely state of Mewar. Located in the heart of the Aravalli Mountains in Rajasthan, this beautiful city of India is famous for its lakes and palaces.
Also referred to as the "Venice of the East", the "Most Romantic City of India" and the "Kashmir of Rajasthan" (with reference to Dal Lake), this enchanting old & modern town reminisces its heroic past, valor and chivalry that it once lived.
Dotted with numerous forts, palaces, temples, gardens, mountains and narrow lanes with stalls; Udaipur is also known for its three famous lakes namely the Fateh Sagar Lake, the Lake Pichhola and the Swaroop Sagar Lake.
Things to See in Udaipur
Udaipur City Palace
The splendid City Palace of Udaipur is one of the most beautiful structures of the city. It overlooks the fascinating Lake Pichola and was originally built by Mahrana Uday Singh II. The unique aspect of this complex is that its architectural design which is a rich blend of Rajasthani, Mughal, Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture is extremely eye catching.
Key destinations in City Palace
Amar Vilas -
Amar Vilas is the highest point of the City palace. It has wonderful hanging gardens with fountains, towers and terraces.
Badi Mahal -
Also known as Garden Palace, Badi Mahal is the exotic central garden palace of City palace. It is situated on a 27 M high natural rock formation.
Durbar Hall -
Built within the Fatepraksh Palace, the Durbar Hall was used by the royal ladies to observe the court proceedings. It has some unusually large chandeliers and weapons of the Maharajas.
Fatehprakash Palace –
This is now run as luxury hotel and is inaccessible to public viewing.
Jagadish Temple -
Located 150 M North of the City palace, Jagadish temple is an Indo-Aryan architectural style temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Krishna Vilas –
This is another chamber in Fatehprakash Palace. It has rich collection of paintings that portray royal lifestyle.
Manak Mahal -
This palace has a raised alcove inlaid completely made up of mirror glass.
Mor Chowk or Pecock Sqaure –
This structure is a pillared hall with glass and mirror mosaic decorations. There is an adjoining chamber, called the Kanch-ki-Burj that has mosaic of mirrors adorning the walls. The Badi Charur Chowk, another building within this chowk, is a smaller court for private use.
Zenana Mahal or Women's Palace -
The Zenana Mahal or women’s quarters is an exquisitely designed building with alcoves, balconies, colored windows, tiled walls and beautiful floors.
Rang Bhawan –
This was the palace which used to contain royal treasure. There are temples of Lord Krishna, Meerabai and Lord Shiva, located here.
Sheesh Mahal -
The palace of mirrors and glasses is a shrine of Dhuni Mata. It is located in the complex of City Palace.
The Saheliyon ki Badi, the Sukhadia Circle, the Udaipur Solar Observatory, the Gulab Bagh, the Zoo, the Doodh Talai, the Nehru Garden, the Bagore-ki-Haveli and the Ahar Museum are some of the other unique destinations that are worth viewing while touring Udaipur.
EXCURSIONS AROUND UDAIPUR
Udaipur offers great excursions to its outskirts. Explore some of the following great escapades on the city outskirts.
– 22 km north of Udaipur
An important historical site 40 km from the city of Udaipur
Jagat Temple -
Located at a village named Jagat, 58 km south-east of Udaipur
Located 65 km from the city of Udaipur, this is a small town mainly known for its temples
Located besides Bagela Lake at a distance of 23 km in the north-west of Udaipur
HOW TO REACH UDAIPUR
By Road -
Udaipur is connected by major road link between Mumbai and Delhi. The Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh road transport corporation operate buses to Udaipur from various region.
By Rail -
Udaipur is on the western railway network. The railway station is about 4 km from the city center. Udaipur is directly connected by rail with Delhi, Jaipur, Ajmer and Jodhpur.
By Air -
Indian Airlines Daily connects Udaipur from Jodhpur, Jaipur, Mumbai and Delhi. Dabok airport is 24 Km away from the city