If you are wondering what to do in Udaipur , you should know that in it you can visit palaces, temples, bazaars or historic buildings, which will make you know the most cultural and authentic part of the city. Udaipur is considered one of the most romantic places in the subcontinent.
Udaipur is a city located at the foot of the Aravalli mountains, located in the south of Rajasthan, in the north-western part of India. This city is known as the City of lakes or the Venice of the East because there are several lakes around it.
The City Palace of Udaipur is the largest palace in Rajasthan. It was built in 1559 by the Maharana Udai Singh II. It has an extravagant style architecture and is located on a hill with panoramic views of the city and its surroundings.
You can enter through two accesses: at the north end, through the Badi Pol door or through the Sheetla Mata door, to the south. The most common is to enter through the north door where the eight arches that commemorate the eight times that the maharajas distribute their weight in gold and silver among the population. The palace is full of balconies, towers, stupas and has spectacular views of the lake and large spaces.
Fateh Sagar Lake
Lake Fateh Sagar is an artificial lake that is located north of Lake Pichola. He was commissioned to build the Jaja Singh Maharaja in 1678. Within the lake there are three small islands. The first one is the Nehru Garden, the second a public park with a fountain and the third one is the Solar Observatory of Udaipur, the only one in Asia.
It is a lively and romantic place in the city where you can take boat trips to visit the Nehru Garden, which is a beautiful park full of flowers and ponds with a restaurant and a small zoo
Lake Pichola is the center and soul of the city . The life of the city revolves around this lake. It is 4 km long and 3 km wide and was built by Udai Singh II when it ordered the construction of the Badi Pol dam flooding the city of Pichola. On its banks there are several ghats where the faithful bathe to purify themselves.
The sunset on the lake is most impressive. The best views are from Promenade, Hanuman Ghat, Ghat Ganguar and, best of all, in Ambrai Ghat. If there is enough depth, you can take a boat ride from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In Lake Pichola there are two islands:
it is occupied by the Lake Palace, a former summer palace built in 1743, now converted into a five-star hotel and is world famous because several Octopussy scenes of James Bond were filmed there.
On this island there is a palace that says the legend that served as inspiration to build the Taj Mahal. It has a wonderful row of marble elephants.
The lake was built to the village of Badi 12 km from the city of Udaipur. It is a lake of artificial fresh water. It was built under the command of Maharana Raj Singh I (1652-1680) to counteract the devastating effects of hunger.
It has an area of 155 km2. It is one of the main tourist attractions of Badi.
Lake Doodh Tala
It is a small pond located southeast of Lake Pichola and is usually very busy. Next to the lake is the Manikya Lal Verma , a modern rock garden with a musical fountain from which there are very good views of the city. From there you can contemplate the sunset. There is a cable car that goes up to the Karni Mata temple.
Saheliyon ki Bari
They are gardens built in the 18th century by King Maharana Sangram Singh as a gift for women of the royal court. For that reason, it is known as the Garden of the Maidens.
It is one of the most impressive places in the city, open to the public. It is on the shores of Lake Fateh Sagar. There are extensive paths of shrubs, marble fountains and sculptures and an infinite number of exotic plants and flowers. Inside the gardens there is a museum where you can see everyday objects of the royal palace. Know more about the Palace on Wheels tariff in inr and plan your trip now!!
Jag Mandir Palace
It is one of the most recognized palaces in the city. It has three floors and is built in yellow stone and white marble. Construction began in the 17th century and was commissioned by Maharana Karan Singh to hide Prince Shah Jahan there. You must bear in mind that you arrive at the temple by boat, since it is in the middle of a lake.
The patio is one of the most emblematic places, built with black and white tiles. The decoration is Islamic style to please the prince more than Karan Singh.
It is the most important Hindu temple in the city , created in 1651. It is flanked by figures of elephants and horsemen and has a long staircase to access the temple. It is a Jain temple, a religion very present in Rajasthan, whose most outstanding precept is non-violence, to the point of not being able to kill living organisms. There is a lot of life inside the temple. There you will find s adhus dressed in their bright tunics talking amicably.
The Monsoon Palace
The Monsoon Palace was built by Maharaja Sajjan Singh in 1884 to be used as a summer residence. It is located on the top of a mountain and is made of white marble.
From the palace you can see the sunset over Lake Pichola. It has spectacular views of the lakes and the entire city. It is about 5 km from the city. Cars and tuk-tuk are prohibited at the entrance of the site but there are vehicles that regularly climb the palace.
This museum is located 2 km from the city of Udaipur and is a good place to discover the past of the city and its surroundings. The museum has collections of ceramics, terracotta and artifacts, among other works, some of which with a great antiquity (from 1700 BC). There is also a collection of ancient sculptures.
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Published by Kristin Perry