IntroductionOne of the most romantic cities in all of India, Udaipur is better known as the City of Lakes. The marble palaces, the beautiful gardens and the placid blue lakes enhance the beauty of the city.
It is situated along the national Highway No. 8. It is 1900 ft. about the sea level and situated among the Aravali Hills. It was founded in 1599 AD by Maharana Udai Singh and was named by his name.
City Palace UdaipurThis is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, construction of which was started by Udai Singh. This white marble architectural marvel, standing majestically on a hill is surrounded by crenellated walls. This huge edifice 30.4 meters high and 244 meters long was added on to, by later rulers, but the additions are so well planned and integrated, it is entrance to the palace is through 'Hathi Pol' (the Elephant Gate) along the main street of the old city, past the Jagdish temple.
The 'Bara Pol' or Great Gate takes one into the first court leading to the Tripolia Gate which has eight carved marble Torans or archways. One is now led to a series of courtyards, overlapping pavilion terraces, corridors and hanging gardens. Here, the eye catches the Suraj Gokhada (Balcony of the sun) where the 'Suryavanshis' (descendants of the Sun God) - the Maharanas of Mewar appeared before their people to sort out their problems. The Mor Chowk taked its name from the fascination colored glass mosaics of peacocks which decorate the walls. The Chini Chitrashala is especially attractive with its blue and white ceramics while the wall paintings of Lord Krishna's life at Bhim Vilas Palace command attention. The other palaces are Dilkhush Mahal, Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Krishna Mahal. The Government Archaeological Museum in City Palace is very rich in artifacts and worth visiting.
Jagdish TempleJagdish Temple is one of the famous temples of Udaipur. Located in the City Palace complex of Udaipur, this temple is made in the Indo-Aryan style of architecture. In 1651, Jagdish temple was built by Maharana Jagat Singh, who ruled Udaipur during 1628-53. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Laxmi Narayan), the preserver of the Universe. It is celebrated for being the largest temple in the city of Udaipur. The gateway of this temple can be sited at a distance of 150 meters from the Bara Pol of the City Palace.
Bagore ki Haveli / West Zone Cultural CentreBagore Ki Haveli is an ancient building that stands on the platform of Gangori Ghat in the vicinity of Pichola Lake. The splendid architecture of the mansion boasts of delicate carved work and excellent glass work. In the eighteenth century, Bagore Ki Haveli was built by Amir Chand Badwa, who was the Chief Minister at the Mewar Royal Court in earlier times. When Amar Badwa died, the building came under the possession of Mewar State.
In 1878, the Haveli made the abode to Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore, who further incorporated three stories to the main structure. Since that time, the mansion came to be known as Bagore Ki Haveli (Mansion of Bagore). The mansion that used to serve the royalty of Mewar was left vacant for around 50 years. During this long period of desertion, the building deteriorated to an extent. In 1986, the building was handed over to the West Zone Cultural Centre (WZCC).
Lake PicholaThe legendary Pichhola lake Udaipur that entranced Maharana Udai Singh, it is surrounded by hill palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. Lake Pichola, situated in Udaipur city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, is an artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD, named after the nearby Picholi village. It is one of the several contiguous lakes, and developed over the last few centuries in and around the famous Udaipur city. The lakes around Udaipur were primarily created by building dams to meet the drinking water and irrigation needs of the city and its neighborhood. Two islands, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir are located within Pichola Lake, and have been developed with several palaces to provide views of the lake.
Karni Mata RopewayThe ropeway to Karnimata temple was constructed to enable a large number of devotees who visit Karnimata Temple and other historic sites at Machhala Hill. The foot pathway, normally used by people, provides access to the top through a steep gradient. The Ropeway system has made it possible for all to visit the historical sites. Ropeway in Udaipur is newly introduced and is most important tourist attraction. It is installed between two mountains right on the bank of Lake Pichola. The view from the Gondolas is breath taking and if you have passion for photography you must not miss this. It is from here that you can click best view of Udaipur including Lake Pichola, Lake Fateh Sagar, magnificent City Palace complex, Sajjangarh Fort and above all artistic landscaped Aravali mountains on the other side of the lake. Do not miss the sun setting across lush green Aravali Hills across Lake Pichola. It takes no time to visit ropeway being in the heart of the City. It is located in the main tourist area and can be best visited in the evenings followed by mouth water cuisines.
FatehsagarLake Fateh Sagar, located to the north of Lake Pichola, which is an artificial lake constructed by Maharana Jai Singh in 1678. It is dotted by hills and woodlands. There is a canal linking the two lakes via Swaroop Sagar and Rang Sagar Lake. Nehru garden in the middle of the lake was originally known as the Jag Niwas, It took three years to build and was inaugurated in 1746.
Saheliyon ki BariThis garden of the maids of honour, brings to the fore, the unique lifestyle of the royal ladies, who once strolled through these gardens. This spectacular garden has numerous fountains in four pools, embellished with delicately chiseled kiosks and elephants. Sajjan Garh Fort [Monsoon Palace]
This Monsoon Palace dominates the skyline, and is visible from most parts of the city. Sajjan Garh Palace Udaipur affords a spectacular view of the city - its lakes, palaces and the surrounding countryside.
Royal Cennatophs / Ahar MahastaiyaAhar is located at a distance of 3 kilometers from the City Palace in Udaipur, Rajasthan. Ahar has had several names in the past such as Aghatpur, Ahad, Aitpoor, Anandpura or Gangodbhav Tirtha. Historians say that the Ahar town was founded around 950AD by Rawal Allat of Mewar. He built the city on the ruins of the Harappan site of Tambavati Nagri, the city of the ancestors of King Vikramaditya before he shifted to Ujjain. It is also said that Ahar was the ancient capital of Mewar, the residence of the Gehlot rulers later known as the Sisodias, ancestors of the present Ranas.
Visit timing Ahar Museum Udaipur : Morning 10:00 am to 05:00 Pm
Admission : Indians - INR 5 and Foreigners - INR 10;
Photography is not allowed.
The excavations done at Ahar Udaipur by the Archaeological Department of the State have revealed the remains of the Chalcolithic era of Rajasthan dating back to nearly 3750 years. Ancient temples, sculptures, coins, pottery and mounds from the ashes of volcanic eruptions are also found in abundance here at Ahar.