The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around
the azure water lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the
Aravallis. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences
and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and
writers. Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples,
gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of
a heroic past, epitomizing valour and chivalry. Their reflection
in the placid waters of the Lake Pichhola is an enticing sight.
Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar-a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia
dynasty for 1200 Years. The foundation of the city has an
interesting legend associated with it. According to it, Maharana
Udai Singh, the founder, was hunting one day when he met a holy
man meditations on a hill overlooking the Lake Pichhola. The
hermit blessed the Maharana and advised him to build a palace at
this favorable located spot with a fertile valley watered by the
stream, a lake, an agreeable altitude and an amphitheatre of low
mountains. Maharana followed the advise of the hermit and founded
the city in 1559 A.D.
Overlooking the aquamarine
expanses of the Lake Pichhola stands the splendid City Palace-a
marvel in granite and marble. Of the original eleven gates of the
Udaipur City, only five remain. The Suraj Pol the original or Sun
Gate on the eastern side is the main entrance to the city.
Exquisite lake palaces of Udaipur shimmering like jewels on Lake
Pichhola are overwhelming in splendor. Several places of interest
around Udaipur, including the majestic, Chittaurgarh, the
mountain fortress of Kumbhalgarh, beautiful Jain temple of
Ranakpur, Eklingji and Nathdwara and the cool retreat of Mt. Abu,
make the visit to Udaipur a memorable one.
In Summer: 38.3 C (Max) -
28.8 C (Min)
In Winter: 28.3 C (Max) - 8 C (Min)
City Palace Udaipur: -
A majestic architectural
marvel towering over the lake on a hill surrounded by crenelated
walls, it is a conglomeration of courtyards, pavilions, terraces,
corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. The main entrance is
through the triple arched gate, the ‘Tripolia’ with
eight marble porticos. The Maharana were weighed under the gate
in the gold, the equivalent amount of which was distributed among
Saheliyon-ki-Bari Udaipur: -
small ornamental garden was a popular relaxing spot where royal
ladies came for a stroll and hence the name. The garden has many
fountains in its four delightful pools, chiseled kiosks and
The Suraj Gokhada Udaipur: -
The balcony of the sun, is
where the Suryavanshi Maharanas of Mewar presented themselves to
the people in time of trouble to restore their confidence. The
‘Mor Chowk’ known for its exquisite peacock mosaics
in glass and the ‘Chini Chitrashala’noted for its
blue and white ceramics are other attractions in the palace.
Gulab Bagh Udaipur: -
A spectacular rose garden
laid out by Maharana Sajjan Singh. A library in the garden has a
rare collection of ancient handwritten manuscripts and books.
Fateh Sagar Udaipur: -
A beautiful lake,overlooked
by a number of hills on the three sides and the Pratap Memorial
on the north was built by Maharana Fateh Singh. In the middle of
the lake is Nehru Park-a lovely garden island with a boat shaped
café accessible by an enjoyable boat ride.
Pichhola Lake Udaipur: -
The picturesque lake that
entranced Maharaja Udai Singh. It was later enlarged by the
founder. The lake is surrounded by hills, palaces,temples,
bathing ghats and embankments. Two island palaces,Jag Mandir and
Jag Niwas(Lake Palace) on the lake are of breathtaking
Kumbhalgarh Fort Udaipur( 84 km): -
The second principal fortress
in Rajasthan after Chittaurgarh, it is perched atop the
Aravallis.Built in the 15th century by Maharana Kumbha, it
extends over 12 km and enclose many temples,palaces and
gardens.The fort renovated in the 19th century. The Badal Mahal
or Cloud Palace offers a spectacular bird’s eye view of the
surrounding countryside. Closeby is the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife
Sanctuary with a rich variety of wildlife. The Fort is accessible
only by jeep from Kelwara through the seven gates.
Air : I. A. connects
Udaipur with Bombay, Delhi, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Aurangabad.
Rail: Udaipur is connected by rail with Ahmedabad,
Chittorgarh, Bombay via Ahmedabad, Delhi and Jaipur.
Road: By road Udaipur to Ahmedabad 262 km, Bombay 739 km,
Delhi 670 km, Jaipur 407 km, Chittorgarh 115 km and Mount Abu 185
Bus : Regular bus services connect Udaipur to Ahmedabad,
Chitorgarh, Eklingji, Falna, Jaisamad, Kankroli, Mt. Abu,
Nathdwara, Ranakpur & Rishabhdeoji.