• Arjun Sehgal
  • August 13, 2017

The Most Incredible Places to Visit in Udaipur

Known by a number of aliases like Venice of the East, city of lakes and the Kashmir of Rajasthan. Udaipur is the land of Royal Rajputs that was established in the year 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh of the Sisodia clan of Rajput. It was established as the new capital of the Mewar kingdom and was named after its founder. This small city is located on the bank of Banas Lake and cover has an area of 37 km

Despite its limited province, the beauty of Udaipur is spell-bounding. From the traditional taste of ‘Dal-Bati-Churma’ to the engrossing narrow streets, fascinating temples, palaces and havelis are the incredible features of this place. The puppet shows, a wide range of handicrafts and hand looms remain to attract uncountable tourists from every corner of the world.

The Best places to visit in Udaipur

When it comes to Rajasthan, Udaipur is the most magnificent place to visit. The elegant palaces, glorious havelis, the graceful lakes, the spiritual temples and the crowded market are the major highlights of this city.

1. The City Palace

It is known as one of the biggest palaces in Rajasthan and was built by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559. This beautiful building is located on the bank of lake Pichola. The Maharanas lived and administered their kingdom from this palace and thus the complex was considered as an important historic landmark.

2. Udaipur Lake Palace

Formerly known as ‘Jag Niwas’ or ‘Jan Niwas’, this white marble complex was constructed under the guidance of Maharana Jagat Singh II in 1743 and was completed in 1746. The palace faced east for the inhabitants to pray to ‘Surya’.

3. Monsoon Palace

Established in 19th century ‘Sajjan Garh Palace’ or Monsoon Palace is built on top of Bansdara hills overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake by Maharana Sajjan Singh. This palace was primarily built to view the monsoon clouds and hence called ‘Monsoon Palace’.

4. Jag Mandir

Situated on the island of Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir is also known as ‘Lake Garden Palace’ was constructed under the supervision of Maharana Amar Singh and completed under the monitoring of Maharana Jagat Singh I in 1652. This royal family used this for hosting parties but interestingly this became an inspiration to Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan when he was shelter here after rebelling against his father- Jahangir. It is lit up at night, and the sight makes for one of Udaipur’s most lasting and beautiful memories.

5. Jagdish Temple

This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is one of the oldest temples of Udaipur. One of the major monuments, the temple was originally called the temple of Jagannath Rai but is now called Jagdish-ji and continued to be worshipped after its completion in 1651.

The Best places to stay in Udaipur

1. Taj Lake Palace

Rising out of Lake Pichola like a dream, the Taj Lake Palace was built by Maharana Jagat Singh II in 1746. The service is still fit for royalty, and the décor gorgeously tasteful both inside and out. Stay in one of the 83 rooms, avail of their butler service and never leave.

2. The Oberoi Udaivilas

Built over 50 acres across the sloping banks of Lake Pichola, Oberoi Udaivilas is an architectural achievement with its canal- linked lakes, and labyrinth of interconnecting domes and corridors. The views are precious, across their gardens and beyond, and are perfect for al fresco dining or your evening aperitif.

3. The Leela Palace

This luxury hotel on the banks of Udaipur’s Lake Pichola fits in with the city’s low-slung skyline. Two restaurants and a bar, in addition to the ESPA spa and salon are to be found on the property. With 80 rooms including eight suites, you’ll feel like modern-day royalty

4. Lake Pichola Hotel

 the waters of Lake Pichola, this family-run hotel, set in a haveli
 is one of the oldest in Udaipur. It exudes charm and prettiness, with elegant arches, overhanging bougainvillea, and splendid views across the lake, from the ground floor verandah, or from Upré, their fantastic rooftop restaurant.

The Lakes of Udaipur

Apart from the magnificent palaces and hotels, the historic city of Udaipur also has five major lakes listed and described below:

1. Lake Pichola

Surrounded by hills, gardens, temples and havelis, Lake Pichola an artificial fresh-water lake named after the nearby village Pichola was created in 1362 AD. The lake is surrounded by family palaces, temples, bathing ghats, Jag Niwas, Jagdish temple and the lake has breathtaking charm at the time of sunset.

2. Fateh Sagar Lake

This artificial lake was constructed in 1678 has splendid scenic beauty. Surrounded by Aravalli Mountains, the lake embraces three small islands and one captivating water jet fountain. It is connected with Lake Pichola via a canal.

3. Jaisamand Lake or Dhebar Lake

The second largest artificial lake, also known as Dhebar Lake was created in 1685 by Rana Jai Singh. The summer palaces of the Queens of Udaipur surround Dhebar Lake on all sides. It also has wildlife sanctuary named as ‘Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary’

4. Udai Sagar Lake

Udai Sagar Lake is another spectacular lake that is located at a distance of about 13 km in the east of Udaipur. The construction of the lake was started in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh and got completed in 1565. Udai Sagar Lake extends to 4 km in length, 2.5 km in width and deep to the extent of 9 meters at the maximum. Actually, Udai Sagar Lake was the result of a dam that took its start in 1559.

5. Doodh Talai Lake

This lake is located adjacent to Lake Pichoi and is surrounded by small hills. The Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park and the Manikya Lal Verma Garden are part of the Doodh Talai Lake Garden.The gardens have heart throbbing beauty and it is at par at the time of sunset. This garden is made of rocks and fountains and has a spectacular view.

Other stunning places to visit in Udaipur

1. Ahar Museum

This place has an impressive cluster of cenotaphs of the Maharanas of Mewar. The site contains more than 250 cenotaphs of the maharajas of Mewar which were built over approximately 350 years. Some sculptures and archaeological findings, coins, pottery, earthen pots, iron objects etc. are on display here date back to 1700 BC.

2. Vintage Car Museum

Established on 15th Feb 2000, it is one of the best places for car lovers. It consists of all the vehicles of Maharanas of Mewar both past & present. Interestingly all of them are in working condition.

3. Saheliyon ki Bari

It is one of the prominent tourist destination in the city of Udaipur meaning ‘Garden of the Maidens’ was built by Maharana Sangram Singh II in 1734. The garden was designed by the king himself and was presented to the queen. This popular leisure spot was the relaxing point for the royal ladies.

Having said all, you must be now convinced enough to visit Udaipur to begin your journey inside this amazing heritage center ?

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