is a city as romantic as a dream, with marble palaces gently afloat in a
lake surrounded by low lying hills and other impressive palaces dominating
the skyline with their many turrets and cupolas, imposing doorways and
delicately chiselled windows.
The lake here was artificially
created in the 14th century, two hundred years before the city was founded
by the Maharanas of Chittorgarh as the capital of the indomitable Mewar. A
bastion wall encircles it. There were five gates armed withiron spikes and
the largest palace in Rajasthan, the City Palace, stands on the ridge,
overlooking the steel blue waters of the Lake Pichola.
If the City
Palace is imperial with its multicoloured mosaics, mirror work inlaid tiles
and roof gardens on the lake are no less than sumptuous. Courts, fountains,
apartments and gardens embellish them and decorated with arabesques of
coloured stones, they are startling pleasure palaces, a rich experience that
can now be captured as they have been converted into modern resorts.
Prime Attractions of
Udaipur » City Palace
place stands white and majestic set on a hill. It is surrounded by walls for
battlements at the entrance is a triple arched gate, called the Tripolia
which was built in 1725. Another monuments which has its own charm is the
Suraj Gokhada (the balcony of the sun) Here the Maharanas of Meware came
before the people during troubled times to restore confidence in them. The
blue and white ceramics of Chini Chitrashala are extremely fascinating.
» Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum
Folk arts museum houses fantastic collection of folk dresses, ornaments,
puppets, masks, dolls musical instruments and painting.
» Lake Palace
the state of vast stretches of sand is situated Udaipur, with enchanting
lakes and lush greenery. This places oozes with beauty and is a symbol of
romance, the most appealing place for poets, painters, travelers and
writers. This fascinating capital of Mewar is surrounded by hills and is
situated on the edge of three lakes. This city full of enchanting tales has
a remarkable past, with episodes of heroism and splendor. This mesmerizing
place is lived by narrow streets with coloured stalls, gardens, temples and
palaces. Udaipur which means the city of Dawn, the beauty of this place is
breath-taking. » Saheliyon-ki-Bari
garden which means 'Garden of Maidens' is a symbol of the fascinating
lifestyle of the royal ladies, who once strolled through these gardens.
Housing a number of fountains in the four pools, ornated with delicately
carved kiosks and elephants, this garden offers a mesmerizing view.
» Pichhola Lake
The lake is surrounded
by hill palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. This legendary lake
had enchanted Maharana Udai Singh. »
The prominently situated temple dedicated to Lord
vishnu and Lord Jagannath was built by Maharaja Jagat Singh I in 1651 A.D.
This splendid temple serves as a remarkable landmark.
Shopping in Udaipur
Shopping can be a pleasure at the Hathipole, Chetak Circle,
Clock Tower, Palace Road and Bapu Bazaar. Rajasthan Government also has its
own Handicraft emporium. The shops of Udaipur have plenty of exquisite items
to offer. The dainty folk toys, brightly coloured garments, hand printed
textiles, batiks, and tie & dye sarees and fabrics to name few.
'Pichwais' or wall hangings painted on cloth are world renowned for their
vivid colours and themes. The craftsmanship is at its peak in the metal
images and chunky silver jewellery. Climate of
The lakes surrounding Udaipur regulates the climate, which is
pleasant than in any other city in Rajasthan. The summers are hot and
winters are cold but the temperature does not rise to extremes. The rainfall
is less, around 61 cms annually.
Places to Stay in
Udaipur has accommodation options available for all categories
of tourists. The best options, if one does have enough money to spend, are
the heritage hotels, which are grand, royal, and bring alive the bygone
How to get there
The City of Lakes is well connected by
air services. The Dabok Airport is 21 kms from the city centre.
Railway has trains from all over the
country to destination Udaipur. The Palace On Wheels covers this magnificent
city during its eight day package tour. »
There are bus services from tourist places in Rajasthan ,
Gujarat and Delhi.