About Udaipur

Udaipur, also known as the City of Lakes, is located in the state of Rajasthan about 400 kms southwest of the state capital, Jaipur and 250 km from Ahmedabad.
 

Udaipur was founded in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh II as the final capital of the erstwhile Mewar kingdom, located to the southwest of Nagda, on the Banas River, the first capital of the Mewar kingdom. Legend has it that Maharana Udai Singh II came upon a hermit while hunting in the foothills of the Aravalli Range. The hermit blessed the king and asked him to build a palace on the spot, assuring him it would be well protected. Udai Singh II consequently established a residence on the site.

In 1568, the Mughal emperor Akbar captured the fort of Chittor, and Udai Singh moved the capital to the site of his residence, which became the city of Udaipur. As the Mughal empire weakened, the Sisodia ranas, and later Maharanas (also called the Guhilots or Suryavansh), who had always tried to oppose Mughal dominance, reasserted their independence and recaptured most of Mewar except for Chittor. Udaipur remained the capital of the state, which became a princely state of British India in 1818. Being a mountainous region and unsuitable for heavily armoured Mughal horses, Udaipur remained safe from Mughal influence in spite of much pressure. The Rajvansh of Udaipur was one of the oldest dynasties of the world.

Lake Palaces

Lake Palace Udaipur

City Palace

City Palace

Places to See in Udaipur

City Palace:

City Palace

The city Palace was built concurrently with establishment of the Udaipur city by Maharana Uday Singh, in 1559 and his successor Maharanas over a period of the next 300 years. It is considered the largest royal complex in Rajasthan and is replete with history

Located with the picturesque backdrop of rugged mountains, beside the Pichola Lake on its shore, the city palace complex painted in gleaming white color has been compared to the Greek islands, such as the Mykonos.

The famous structures or palaces viewed from the Lake Palace appear like a fort. They are interlinked inside the complex through a number of chowks or quadrangles with zigzag corridors (planned in this fashion to avoid surprise attacks by enemies). Tourists are advised to check on the opening timings & entry charges applicable.
Distance from the Hotel: 3.5 Kms.

Jagdish Temple:

Jagdish Temple

Built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651, Jagdish Temple is a large Hindu temple in the middle of Udaipur in Rajasthan. A big tourist attraction, the temple was originally called the temple of Jagannath Rai but is now called Jagdish-ji. 
It is a major monument in Udaipur.
Distance from the Hotel: 3 Kms.

Rana Pratap Smarak:

Rana Pratap Smarak

Maharana Pratap Memorial, also known as Pratap Smarak, is an accomplishment of the efforts of Maharana Bhagwat Singh Mewar with the aid of a public trust in the year 1651

A structure built on top of Moti Magri (Pearl Hill), overlooking the Fatah Sagar Lake, Maharana Pratap Memorial comprises of a bronze statue of Rajput Hero Maharana Pratap riding on his loyal and favourite horse 'Chetak'. It is believed that Chetak was a faithful horse who was extremely devoted towards Maharana Pratap and stood by his master till the end.

Chetak was killed in the battle of Haldighati in 1576 that took place between the Rajputs and Mughals. 
Distance from the Hotel: 7 Kms.

Gulab Bagh:

Gulab Bagh

The Gulab Bagh is the largest garden in Udaipur, it covers an area of around 100 acres. The garden has numerous species of roses and hence it is called Gulab Bagh. The credit of starting the Gulab Bagh goes to Maharana Sajjan Singh, who started it in the year 1878.

The original garden encompassed a Lotus Pond, and trees such as Mango, Guava, Bor, Mulbury, Rayan, Pomegranate, Bananas, Sapota, Tamarind, Litchi, etc. with the names inscribed on the name plates in Hindi and English, along with their botanical name. Also present was a small pond that was later demolished in order to make way for the water works complex.

Throughout history, the garden has played host to countless Flower and Vegetable shows, with the first one organized in the year 1888 by Maharana Fateh Singh.
Distance from the Hotel: 3 Kms.

Solar Observatory:

Solar Observatory

The Udaipur Solar Observatory is situated on an island in the middle of the Lake Fatehsagar. The sky conditions at Udaipur are quite favourable for solar observations. The large water body surrounding the telescopes decreases the amount of heating of the surface layers.

This decreases the turbulence in the air mass and thereby improves the image quality and seeing.
The main objective of obtaining the high spatial and temporal resolution observations of solar photospheric and chromospheric activity is to understand the various dynamic phenomena occurring on the surface of the Sun.
Distance from the Hotel: 7 Kms.

Fateh Sagar Lake:

Fateh Sagar Lake

In 1687, Maharana Jai Singh first constructed the lake overlooked by a number of hills on the three sides and the Pratap Memorial on the north but two hundred years later the earthen bund which formed the lake was washed away during floods, and thereafter Maharana Fatah Singh, in 1889, built the 'Connaught Dam' on Lake Dewali to mark the visit of Duke of Connaught, son of Queen Victoria. The dam enlarged the lake, and it was later renamed, Fateh Sagar Lake.

In the middle of the lake is Nehru Park - a lovely garden island with a boat shaped cafe accessible by an enjoyable boat ride. Blue waters of the lake and the backdrop of green has given the soubriquet of 'the second Kashmir' to Udaipur town.
Fateh Sagar Lake recently overflowed on 13 September 2014.
Distance from the Hotel: 7 Kms.

Sahelion-Ki-Bari:

Sahelion ki Bari

Maharana Sangram Singh built this in the mid-18th century. The 'garden of the maidens' brings to mind the lifestyle of the ladies of the court.

The delightful gardens reflect their discreet and impeccable taste. There are four pools with dainty kiosks.All around are flowerbeds, lawns, pools and fountains protected by a series of walls and shady trees.

The fountains of the Sahelion-Ki-bari function solely by water pressure and no pumps are used. The garden has a lotus pool and a sitting room decorated with paintings and glass mosaic. The whole ambience is flavoured by reminiscence of those beautiful belles enjoying themselves in lavish environs. Tourists are advised to check on the opening timings & entry charges applicable.
Distance from the Hotel: 6 Kms.

Sajjangarh Fort:

Sajjangarh Fort

The 18th century Summer Resort or the Monsoon Palace of the Maharajas, Sajjangarh Fort is set atop a hill overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake. Built by its namesake Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1884, The Fort lies about 5 km to the west of Udaipur city in Rajasthan, India. The fort today stands as a small palace with scenic surroundings that can be approached both by car and boat.

A palatial residence in the state of Rajasthan, the Fort was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1884. The fort was built by the Maharana as an observatory that would facilitate watching the progress of the monsoon clouds over the surrounding areas. Hence, the palace is also referred at times as Monsoon Palace Udaipur. It is believed that Maharana Sajjan Singh had planned to build a 9 storey observatory at the site, but his dream could not be fulfilled because of his untimely death at the mere age of 26. The Fort offers breathtaking views of the surrounding lakes, palaces and the countryside around.

It is situated on a hill top, at a height of 3100 feet above sea level, and about 1100 feet above the Fateh Sagar Lake. The palaces of the fort look like a tiara on the head of a rocky hill, the one atop which the fort stands majestically. The rocky crag is huge and offers a panoramic view of the surrounding hills, lovely lakes and snow-white palaces.
Distance from the Hotel: 11 Kms.

Jag Mandir Palace:

Jag Mandir

Jagmandir Palace is a historic 17th century palace redeveloped as a complete destination: with its all-day cafe, stylish-dining restaurant, bar and spa designed to uplift moods and spirits.

The picturesque Jagmandir Island Palace today plays host to 21st century guests, Corporate, Leisure travellers & Celebrities from all over the world for whom ceremonial parties and mega-events are seamlessly organised. Year after year, Jagmandir Island Palace continues to make news in the global glamour world for the exclusive 'regal experiences' it offers.

Guests are ferried to Jagmandir Island Palace, the palace synonymous with a defining episode of history when the Mughal Prince Khurram sought refuge here in 1623. His stay at the Gol Mahal inspired him, as Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan, to build the Taj Mahal in Agra.
Distance from the Hotel: 3 Kms.

Shilpgram:

Shilpgram

The crafts village, located north west of the city, is a must see place for those who want to see the cultural heritage of India, its handicrafts and more. Opened by the late Rajiv Gandhi, it is an interesting place with traditional houses from four states Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa and Maharashtra.

There are demonstrations by musicians, dancers and artisans from different states. The festive season sees huge crowds. Shilpgram hosts crafts fair every year which is one of the biggest in India, people from different states in the country hold their stalls showcasing their art and crafts work.
Distance from the Hotel: 10 Kms.

Bagore Ki Haveli:

Bagore Ki Haveli

This is a very congenial old building built right on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar built it in the eighteenth century. The palace has over hundred rooms and some very interesting display of costumes and modern art.

The glass and mirror in the interiors of the Haveli delicate work and well preserved too. It also preserves a fine example of Mewar Painting on the walls of Queen's Chamber. The two peacocks made from small pieces of colored glasses are fine examples of glasswork.

After the death Badwa the building became the property of Mewar State. It came to be occupied by Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore who built the palace of the three arches also in 1878 and it acquired its name of Bagore-Ki-Haveli, the house of Bagore. After independence the structure lay in neglect until 1986 when it housed the West Zone Cultural centre.

The Haveli now stages delightful evening's entertainment; the pleasurable performance of Rajasthani traditional dance and music in the moody surroundings of the Haveli. It is an ideal place for an evening entertainment while enjoying the view of Lake Pichola.
Distance from the Hotel: 3.5 Kms.

Lake Palace:

Lake Palace

Lake Palace is one of the most romantic places on this earth. The Palace situated amidst the scenic Pichola Lake offers a heavenly view to the onlooker. The imposing Aravalli Hills on one side and soaring palaces on the other, make the perfect background to this beautiful Lake Palace. Raised in white marble, Lake Palace was constructed by Maharana Jai Singh II in 1746. The magnificent Palace stretches across a four-acre island creating a dream-like impression.

Originally, the Palace was named as Jag Niwas after the name of the Maharana. In the present times, it is popular by the name of Lake Palace. Jag Niwas was conceived in the mind to offer a summer resort to the royalty of Udaipur. In the later years, the Palace was used as the summer resort by the descendants of Jagat Singh. The amazing exteriors would make you crave to peep once inside the beautiful Lake Palace. On entering this astonishing Palace, you would feel that you are in the seventh heaven to find everything just perfect.

The wonderful architecture of the Lake Palace will send shivers down your spine. Lake Palace has a series of courtyards that are aligned with numerous columns, terraces, beautiful fountains and well laid gardens. Lake Palace also comprises several rooms by the name of Bada Mahal, Khush Mahal, Ajjan Niwas, Phool Mahal and Dhola Mahal that add to the beauty of graceful palace. These exotic rooms are decked with carved arches, paintings, crystal work, stained glass work, inland stones of pink and green lotus leaves.

In the last few years, this palace has been transformed into a Hotel that is managed by the Taj Group.
Distance from the Hotel: 3.5 Kms.

About Udaipur