|» Location :
||115 km From Chittorgarh,
|» Tourist Attractions :
||Lake Palace, City Palace
|» Best Time To Visit :
||October to April
Udaipur 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.
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
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.
Attractions of Udaipur
City Palace, the majestic white royal building towers itself on a hill
and is surrounded by crenellated walls. The palace was completed in its
present form by the contribution of many rulers. Originally started by Udai
Singh, the later additions were so carefully planned and integrated with the
original building that it becomes difficult to believe that the building was
not conceived as a whole. The city palace stands along the shores of Lake
Pichola. Jaisamand Lake :
48 kms from the city,
this artificial lake was built in 17th century by Maharana Jai Singh. The
marble 'Chhatris' along the embankment add grace to this second largest lake
in Asia. On either sides of the lake were built the palaces for the
favourite queens of the King. People of the Bhil tribe still inhabit the
islands in Jaisamand lake. Lake
The Lake Palace hotel amazes and delights you at every
turn. Every inch of it is made of pure white marble, slender carved columns,
fountains, filigreed screens and swimming pool, created for the private
frolics of a princess. It is the early morning musical cacophony of birds
and white masses of bougainvillea drooping over a rippling lily-pond that
attracts the tourist. Saheliyon ki Bari :
of the maids of honour", Sahelion-ki-Bari was designed and laid out
early in the eighteenth century as a retreat for ladies of the royal
household to spend their time in comfort. The lotus pool, fountains, lawns,
flowerbeds and marble pavilions all combine to make it a captivating place.Sajjangarh
Commanding the skyline of Udaipur, on the distant mountain range, is
the "Monsoon Palace" of Sajjangarh which is visible from the city.
Deserted by the royal family soon after its construction in 1880 due to the
impossibility of pumping water to the palace, it offers an unrivalled view
of the city's lakes, palaces and the surrounding countryside.
|» Places to
Stay in Udaipur
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 eras.
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.
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. Air :
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. Road :
are bus services from tourist places in Rajasthan , Gujarat and Delhi.