km From Chittorgarh, Rajasthan
Attractions: Lake Palace,
City Of Lakes
To Visit: October To
In the harsh terrain of the hills and
ravines of Aravallis, flourishes the city of
lakes, Udaipur. One of the most romantic
places in India, Udaipur is situated around
the shimmering clear blue water lakes, which
whisper the mood of a bygone era.
The city was founded in 1567 AD by Maharana
Udai Singh on the advice of a sage. Udaipur
was last of the numerous Mewar capitals. It
was in Udaipur that legendary Maharana
Pratap was born. He was obsessed with
Chittaur and the past glories of the Sisodia
clan possessed his mind. Maharana Pratap
left Udaipur to win back Chittaur from the
Mughals. But he failed in his attempts and
Udaipur remained the capital of Mewar till
India got her independence.The memory of the
failure of noble Pratap gives Udaipur its
pervading mood of nostalgic wistfulness.
The city acquires its scenic beauty from the
Aravallis. Three lakes- Pichola, Fateh Sagar
and Udai Sagar make it an oasis in the
Udaipur is known as the ' City of Lakes'.
The two most scenic and famous lakes of the
city are Lake Pichola and Lake Fateh Sagar.
Lake Pichola is surrounded by hills,
palaces, temples, bathing ghats and has two
island palaces- Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir.
Lake Fateh sagar lies to north of Pichola
and was built by Maharana Jai Singh but it
got the name of Fateh Singh who rebuilt its
dam. Both the lakes are breathtakingly
beautiful and one can take a cruise on their
waters. The sunset over these lakes is a
sight to be cherished.
City Palace: This majestic white royal
building towers itself on a hill and is
surrounded by crenellated walls. The palace
stands along the shores of Pichola. more...
Lake Palace: This former summer residence of
the royal family has now been converted into
a fabulous hotel. more...
Sahelion-Ki-Bari: On the shores of Fateh
Sagar Lake was built a garden for the 48
young girls waiting to be sent to the royal
house as part of dowry. This garden is laid
with extensive lawns, fountains and shady
walking lanes. There are four pools with
dainty kiosks and fountains with elephant
trunks for spouts. These gardens appear
discrete and impeccable in taste. more...
Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal: This is a museum
of folk arts, which has rich collection of
folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks,
dolls, folk musical instruments and
paintings. World famous puppeteers put shows
here, on request in advance.
Pratap Memorial: Erected atop Modi Magri is
this equestrian bronze statue of the valiant
hero, Maharana Pratap. Sajjan Garh, Gulab
Bagh, Dudh Talai Park, the Sunset point are
also the places to be seen.
Jagdish Temple: Dedicated to Vishnu, this
temple was built in 1651 AD by Maharana
Eklingji: 22 kms from the city is a temple
complex of 108 temples enclosed by high
walls. Built in 1734 AD, the temples are
dedicated to the royal deity Ekling ji. The
complex has been chiselled out of sandstone
and marble. It has an ornate 'mandap' or
pillared hall, the canopy of a huge
pyramidical roof composed of hundreds of
Nathdwara: This temple is one the most
celebrated Vaishnava shrines of Lord Krishna
or Nathji. Thousands of pilgrims visit this
shrine during the festivals. Foreigners are
not allowed in the temple and photography is
prohibited. It is located 48 kms from
Kankroli: Known as Dwarkadhish, this temple
is an important Vaishnava temple and ranks
very high among the temples of the
Vallabhacharya. 65 kms from the city.
Ranakpur: (98 Kms) Famous for the beautiful
Jagat (58 Kms): The tenth century Ambika
Mata Temple is well preserved in all its
Rishabhdeoji (65 Kms): Popularly known as
Kesariyaji because of the large saffron
offerings, this temple is dedicated to the
Jain Tirthankara Rishabhdeoji.
Nagda: This ancient place in Mewar is famous
for their intricate carvings of the graceful
'apsaras'. 23 kms from the city.
Haldighati: This place, 40 kms from Udaipur,
has immense historical importance. It was at
Haldighati in 1576 AD that armies of
Maharana Pratap and Mughal Emperor Akbar
clashed. A 'chhatri' with delicate white
marble columns is dedicated to the
indomitable hero and his loyal charger.
Kumbhal Garh Fort: Kumbhalgarh Fort was
built by Maharana Kumbha in the 15th
century. Perched on the Aravallis, this is
the second most important fort in Rajasthan
after the Chittaurgarh Fort. Nearby is the
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. more...
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
Rajsamand lake (66 Kms): This is dam built
by Maharana Rai Singh in 1660.
HOW TO GET THERE
Air: The City of Lakes is well connected by
air services. The Dabok Airport is 21 kms
from the city centre.
Rail: 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: There are bus services from tourist
places in Rajasthan , Gujarat and Delhi.
PLACES TO STAY
The Lake Palace Hotel is considered to be
among the best hotels around the world. The
Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation
provides various categories of rooms and
dormitory at the Kajri Hotel. Apart from the
hotels, there are Tourist guest houses and
municipal guest houses. There are
dharamshalas and the railway offers its
retiring rooms at nominal rates. Paying
guest accommodations are also available.
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
Shilpgarm Festival - The 10 day festival is
a treat for the visitor to an array of
exquisite art and craft. Shilpgram hosts the
Mewar Festival - The onset of spring brings
the Mewar festival. During the festival, the
tradition and culture of Rajasthan dominates
every other thing in one's mind. more...
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.
Tourist Office - Tourist Information Bureau
(Govt. of Rajasthan) Kajri Tourist Bungalow,
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.
Ajmer- 264 Kms
Chittaurgarh- 112 Kms
Mount Abu- 185 Kms
Ranakpur- 90 Kms.
Nathdwara 48 Kms.
Kankroli- 65 Kms.
Population: About three lakhs
Main Languages: Rajasthani, Hindi, English