Best Things to do in 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.
1. City Palace
It is the largest palace complex of Rajasthan. The white structure stands majestically on a hill. The main gates to the palace are Hath pol, Bara Pol, and Tripolia Gate. The city palace is about 4 km from our hotel.
2. Monsoon Palace
The summer resort of the Maharajas is atop the hill overlooking all of the lakes. This palace had a way to collect rainwater for consumption all year around. One can view the entire city from here.
3. Sahelio Ki Bari
Sahelion ki Bari was laid for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of her dowry. The gardens set below the embankment of the Fatah Sagar Lake have lotus pools, marble pavilions and elephant-shaped fountains.
An exquisite delight of arts and craft. The Shilpgram nestles in the lap of Aravalis. An annual Shilpgram Utsav (1st 10th Dec), shows the depth and multifacets of Indian art and cultures
5. Jagdish Temple
The Jagdish Temple was built by Maharana Jagat Singh Ist in 1651 A.D. It is an example of Indo – Aryan architecture. This temple is a great example of architecture and art. The area is the main tourist place in the city. You can also find some special kind of things like rajasthani dress, paintings etc
6. Jag Mandir
Jag Mandir is another island in Lake Pichola which is known for its garden courtyard. Shah Jahan took refuge here while revolting against his father. This white wonder is the best example of Mughal Rajput architecture. It lies amidst the turquoise water of Lake Pichola.
7. Fateh Sagar Lake
Fateh Sagar Lake is famous for evening family gathering and the Street Food.
8. Maharana Pratap Memorial
Atop the Moti Magri or Pearl Hill, overlooking the Fatah Sagar Lake is the memorial of the Rajput hero Maharana Pratap with a bronze statue of the Maharana astride his favourite horse Chetak.