Also known as the City of Lakes, Udaipur is considered as a shining gem in the crown worn by the state of Rajasthan. Surrounded by the charming hills of the Aravalli ranges, the place showcases an abundance of natural beauty, grand temples and not to forget the breathtaking architecture which makes the place a must-visit destination in India.
Situated in a valley which is surrounded by four lakes, the city has plenty of offerings, both natural as well as man-made ones, which make the place one of the most beautiful and memorable destinations. Have a look at some of the major attractions here and make sure to visit them.
Bagore Ki Haveli
The palace comprises of over 100 rooms which are fine examples of modern and classical forms of art. The interiors of the structure are further decorated with grand mirror works and preserve Mewar paintings, which are found on the walls of the Queen's Chamber.
At dusk, the palace is lit up and organises traditional dance and music performances. The haveli indeed looks absolutely stunning with the glowing lights at night and is a perfect place to explore the ancient architecture and lifestyles of the royal family.
This beautiful lake lies right at the heart of Udaipur and is believed to have been constructed by a local nomad in the 14th century. However, the lake was consolidated by the Mewar ruler, Rana Udai Singh II, in the 16th century.
Across its banks one would come across ghats, havelis, the charming city palace and it is dotted with a large number of islands which are home to a number of palaces.
The City Palace is a vast complex which is considered as the largest palace in the state of Rajasthan. The palace was first built by Maharana Udai Singh in the 16th century and has been renovated by the successive rulers. Package tours covering all the museums begin from the entrance of the palace in Badi Pol.
Out of the many, the City Palace Museum is the best and it showcases a series of courtyards, private chambers and other structures which are interconnected by narrow passages. One would come across the traditional Mewari paintings, multihued mosaics and excellent mirror work across the structure.
The Tombs At Ahar
The cenotaphs at Ahar belong to the kings of Mewar which are located at a distance of about 2 km from the city of Udaipur. The area is home to more than 250 tombs of the various kings which are built over 350 year ago. One would come across about 19 chhatris which are constructed to mark the cremation of the 19 kings of the place.
Jagdish Temple is a large temple complex which is located at the heart of the city, close to the royal palace, and was built in the year 1651, an interesting factor about this shrine is that it has never faced a single disruption in its worship ever since.
The temple was originally named Jagannath Rai; however, it is now known as Jagdish Ji. The structure is constructed on an heightened platform and is an excellent example for the Maru-Gurjara style of architecture. A short walk from the city palace would take you to gates of this grand structure.
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Also known as the Monsoon Palace, Sajjan Garh is a hilltop palace which overlooks the Fateh Sagar Lake. Named after Maharana Sajjan Singh of the Mewar dynasty who built this structure in the year 1884, the palace opens out to panoramic views of the city's lakes, palaces and surrounding areas.
Built in pure white marble, atop the Bansdara Peak of the Aravalli ranges at an altitude of 3100 ft above sea level, Sajjan Garh overlooks the Lake Pichola below.
The original plan was to build a nine-storeyed complex as an astronomical centre to keep a watch on the movement of the monsoon clouds in the area and to provide employment to the people of the region.
Saheliyon Ki Bari
Saheliyon Ki Bari is an important landmark in the city and is home to a large number of fountains, kiosks, a lotus pool and marble elephants.
The garden was built by Rana Sangram Singh for the group of 48 women attendants who accompanied a princess to the city as part of her dowry. The garden is set below an embankment of the Fateh Sagar Lake and is well known for its marble pavilions, fountains and other architectural marvels.