Also, Udaipur is called the city of lakes and is known as the Venice of the east. The finest example of its cultural and architectural explosion is the Palace of Lake on Jag Niwas Island in the middle of Pichola Lakes. Along with the Monsoon Palace, the grand City Palace on the banks of the lake compliments the palace, on the hill above. Also the centre for its famed miniature paintings and performing arts, craft is Udaipur. During the season a centre of attraction is the Shilp Gram festival. A very famous tourist destination is Udaipur in India.
Founder of Udaipur is Maharaja Udai Singh II after his citadel Chittorgarh was sacked by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1568. Udaipur was less vulnerable than Chittorgarh surrounded by lakes, Aravali Ranges and forests. Maharana Udai Singh was succeeded by Maharana and he was died in 1572. From subsequent Mughal attracts Pratap was valiantly defended Udaipur. At the Haldighati, the most revered Rajput icon and gallantly fought the Mughal is Maharana Pratap in 1576.
Mewar has a history of bloody battles until the intervention of British and continuously defied foreign invaders in the 19th when a treaty was signed to Udaipur protected. Udaipur merged in the Indian union upon independence.
This royal City Palace was constructed by Maharana Udai Singh and he initiated in the palace construction but succeeding Maharanas added several palaces structures to the complex retained a surprising uniformity to the design. The Hati Pol, the Elephant gate is the entry to the palace. The Big gate or the Bari Pol brings you to the Triple gate (Tripolia). Once a custom was City Palace that the Maharana would weigh under this gate in silver and gold which was distributed to the populace and now it is also the main ticket office. An accumulation of many structures is the City Palace which are Badi Mahal, Chini Chirashala, Bari Pol, Zenana Mahal, Fatehprakash Palace, Krishna Vilas, Tripolia, Hathi Pol, Sheesh Mahal and much more.
Fateh Prakash Palace
At the Fateh Prakash Palace, it is like being cocooned in authentic royal luxury, the HRH group the grand heritage palace. As you walk along the corridors lined, the warmth of royal hospitality greets you with large Mewar school’s paintings that flourished in the 17th through 19th century.
The Lake Palace
It is located on the Jag Niwas Island and covers the island whole of 1.5 hectare in the Pichola Lake middle. The Lake Palace was meant as a royal summer palace which was built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1743 and now this palace was converted into a hotel of five star palaces. Images of this palace in the middle of the lake is like a fairy tale books leaf straight out with an amazing taste of intricate craftsmanship and themes of ethnic using the textiles and this palace is a magical and all over highlight of handicrafts the beauty that is simply beyond compare the lake around makes a murmur of pleasant with its waves of rippling and lapping that adds to the memorable moments.
Lake Pichola derives its name from Pichola Village was submerged and after Maharana Udai Singh founded the city he enlarged the lake. Now lake is 3 km wide and 4 km long and he built a masonry dam which known as Badipol. This scenic lake encloses the Jag Mandir and the Island of Jag Niwas. Along its eastern banks, the City Palace extends. Largest, oldest and an artificial lake is the Pichola Lake in the city. To look at its calmness and beauty thousands of tourists visit this lake.
Fateh Sagar Lake
Fateh Sagar Lake is delightful, woodland and a hill bordered was constructed by Maharana Jai Singh to the Pichola Lake north. An artificial lake is Fateh Sagar Lake dug up in 1678 via Rang Sagar and Swaroop Sagar Lakes a canal links the two, it was reconstructed by Maharana Fateh Singh. From the lake, the pretty Nehru Island as well as an islet bearing a solar observatory rises.
Maharana Jai Singh had built this scenic artificial lake. The second largest lake is JAISAMAND LAKE in Asia. A small Shiv temple marks the grace of the lake and has elegant step leading to the marble and water Chhatri on its bank. The palaces built are on either side for the queens of favorite king. The best place is this spot to spend some time with family which is surrounded by pleasant surroundings. The place is a must visit away from the chaos of the town being situated.
Lies their royal lake with a magnificent dam on the way to Kumbhalgarh which is created in the 17th century offers a panoramic view of the sunset by pretty Torans and Chhatris and attractive pavilions numbers. Vividly inscribed are stunning sculpture and Sanskrit verses in storing a small Nathdwara’s counterpart. One of the five famous lakes is Rajsamand Lake in Udaipur. This lake lies between Kankroli and Rajnagar which is located at 66 km in the north of Udaipur.
City Palace Museum
Now preserved as a museum displaying a large is the main part of the palace and diverse artifacts array. The armoury museum exhibiting a huge collection of protective gear is the down steps from the entrance the lethal two pronged sword of weapons including. Then entered is the City Palace museum through the Ganesh Deori which means the Lord Ganesh’s door.
A living ethnographic museum depicting the enormous diversities is a “Craftsmen’s Village” is the literally meaning of Shilpgram Museum in art, craft and culture between various states of India but the terracotta work of exquisite mainly in dark brown and dark red the forte of this ethnic village are sand material along with the wooden carvings. At the foot of the Aravali Hills, Shilpgram comprises 26 huts set in 70 acres of natural surroundings. During winter seasons a colorful craft festival to the whole set up induces zeal and viatanity.
An impressive cluster of cenotaphs is Udaipur of the Maharanas of Mewar which is located about 2 km east. About 19th Maharanas cenotaphs cremated there. Maharana Amar Singh is the most striking cenotaph who reigned from 1597 to 1620. Very rare earthen pottery where on display is limited, also Ahar Museum is nearby. One of the most famous tourist attractions is Ahar Museum in Udaipur.
Vintage Collection of Classic Car Museum
The Garden Hotel comprises the collection within the grounds a variety of classic and interestingly rare vehicle of transportation some stately and vintage such Morais, Cadalec and Chevalate etc, while the other are fast and sleek. A paradise for vintage car lovers is Vintage Collection of Classic Car of Udaipur which located in the premises of Garden Hotel.
This temple is famous for its temples complex which is situated 20 km from Udaipur. Also it is known as Kailashpuri or the abode of Shiva built on a shore of a small lake surrounded by hills. The temple was built by Bappa Rawal on the 72 roomed Jain temple sides which was the first Jain saint had a four faced idol of Adinathji. The main temple is made in white marble the first built of this main temple is in 728AD. An icon of Lord Shiva the four faced image of Mahadev is worshipped as Eklingji.
Nathdwara was built in the 18th century which is situated in the north east of Udaipur about 48 km. Nathdwara is popular as the residence of Shri Nathji one of the Lord Krishna’s popular icons and also known as the Apollo of Mewar. Shri Nathji has several animals engraved on it and is made from a large black stone. It is famous for handmade paintings of pichhwai and terracottas. Annakuta is the largest known festival of Nathdwara which is the traditional worship continuation of Govardhana Hill.
It is famous only for its Ambika Mata Temple better known as the Khajuraho of Rajasthan which was built in 961AD. The size of temple is small but quite a detailed one and dates back to the period of Pratihara. Jagat Temple has a towered altar, (columned prayer hall) a mandapa with projections on two sides and a small porch in front. The mandapa ornamented panels and has decorative windows on the south and north edged by carved.
Rise in the shape of pyramid in a number of eavelike rows, the roof has additional alcoves. Also protected by an angled eave is the porch. The prayer hall ceiling panels and carved with pendant medallions and multi lobed motifs are the porch. Also the mandapa has a dancing Ganesha’s carved panel. The pretty engravings have also amply compensated the doorway that leads to the altar that houses an image of small Ambika.
It was founded by Nagaditya in the 6th century and was the ancient capital of Mewar. From Nagda, the Mewar rulers had ruled for seven generations till the Bappa Rawal’s time (728AD). Along by the Muslim invaders, it had not been left and between 1222 and 1229 AD, it was plundered by Altamash.
Now, the Nagda’s ancient capital has the ruins of some Shiva, Jain and Vishnu temples to prove that it wasn’t behind when speaking of architecture. The Sas- Bahu pair is the most important temples that have survived the test of time and are said to be as old as 11th century. The temple of Jain built during the rule of Rana Kumbha to Adbhutji (the peculiar one) was so named for the idol of strange within its shrine. The Jain saint Shanti Nath is the nine foot high odd image in the temple.
The first Jain Tirthankara is Rikhabdev which is popular only for its temple dedicated to Lord Rikhabdev. It is also claimed as the Lord Vishnu’s 8th avatar by the Vaishnavas. But at present is under the control of the Rajasthan state, the temple belongs to the Svetambara sec of the Jains. Better known as Kesariyaji is the temple, which is put on the forehead, derived from kesar or saffron, of the idol of the Lord. Owing to the black image of the idol who worships the idol the Bhils, tribals call it Kalaji. At this place, the Rikhabdev town is also known as the Bhil Dhula had once protected the idol and worshipped it. Very loyal to this Lord are the Bhils and an oath always taken by uttering the Kalaji named.
By Road: All the major cities, it has developed a brilliant road linked with almost. The state frequency as well private buses is regular and amazing. Here, to drive one can hire taxis.
By Train: It is well linked with other cities of Rajasthan as well as India.
By Air: From the Udaipur city Dabok or Maharana Pratap Airport is located at a 22 km distance. All the major cities of India where from the many domestic airlines connect the city including Kolkata, Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai.