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Udaipur || City of Lakes in mid of Indian Desert

Category : All, Destinations · by Mar 18th, 2015

I am not gonna advice you that visit this city of Lakes or not..just have a glance & decide yourself & I am confident before the end of this story you have already packed your bags 😉

Fantastical palaces, temples, havelis and countless narrow, crooked, colourful streets add the human counterpoint to the city’s natural charms. Take a step back from the hustle, however, and Udaipur still has its magic, not just in its marvellous palaces and monuments, but in its matchless setting. The tranquillity of boat rides on the lake, the bustle of its ancient bazaars, its lively arts scene, the quaint old-world feel of its better hotels, its scattering of genuinely good restaurants, its endless tempting shops and some lovely countryside to explore on wheels, feet or horseback are the tempting parts of this city.

Royal palaces, beautiful gardens, miraculous lakes are a perfect visit to energize you, a way to get out from day to day life. Just reach the city of lakes & you will feel the miracle.

Let’s have a journey through Udaipur- City of Lakes in mid of Indian Desert.

 

Lakes you must visit

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Lake Pichola

1- Lake Pichola

Pichola Lake derives its name from Pichola Village was submerged and Maharana Udai Singh enlarged the lake after he founded the city. He built a masonry dam known as Badipol and lake is now 4 km long and 3 km wide. This picturesque lake encloses the Jag Niwas Island and the Jag Mandir. And, the City Palace extends along its eastern banks.

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Fateh Sagar Lake

2- Fateh Sagar Lake

This delightful lake, bordered by hills and woodland was constructed by Maharana Jai Singh to the north of Lake Pichola. It is an artificial lake dug up in 1678, reconstructed by Maharana Fateh Singh. A canal links the two, via Swaroop Sagar and Rang Sagar Lakes. The beautiful Nehru Island as well as an islet bearing a solar observatory rises from the lake. The lake lies on the northwest of main Udaipur city.

3- Jaisamand Lake

Maharana Jai Singh had built this picturesque artificial lake. It the second largest lake in Asia. The lake has elegant step leading to the water and marble Chhatri (cenotaphs) on its bank and a small Shiv temple marks the grace of the lake. On either side are the palaces built for the king favourite queens. The local tribe for Bhils still inhabit the island.

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Rajsamand Lake

4- Rajsamand Lake

On the way to Kumbhalgarh lies their royal lake with a magnificent dam created in the 17th century offers a spectacular views of the sunset adorned by beautiful Torans and Chhatris And number of attractive pavilions. Stunning sculpture and Sanskrit verses are vividly inscribed in store a small counterpart of Nathdwara.

Forts & palaces

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The City Palace

1- The City Palace

City Palace towers over the Pichola Lake. Maharana Uday Singh initiated in the construction of the palace but succeeding Maharanas added several palaces and structures to the complex retained a surprising uniformity to the design. The entry to the Palace is from the Hati Pol, the Elephant gate. The Bari Pol or the Big gate brings you to the Tripolia, the Triple gate. It is now the main ticket office. Balconies, cupolas and towers surmount the palace to give a wonderful view of the lake.

The main part of the palace is now preserved as a museum displaying a large and diverse array of artefacts. The City Palace museum is then entered through the Ganesh Deori meaning the door of Lord Ganesh. This leads to the Rajya Angan, the royal courtyard that is the very spot where Maharana Udai Singh met the sage who told him to find a city here.

Other Famous Palaces to Visit:

2- Fateh Prakash Palace

3- The Lake Palace

Monuments & Havelies in Udaipur

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.

Maharana Pratap Memorial: An impressive bronze statue of Maharana Pratap and his favorite and loyal horse, who was fiercely protective about his master and stood by him till his last breath, stands at the top of Moti Magri (Pearl Mount) overlooking Fateh Sagar

Museums in Udaipur

City Palace Museum: The main part of the palace is now preserved as a museum displaying a large and diverse array of artefacts. Down steps from the entrance is the armoury museum exhibiting a huge collection of protective gear, weapons including the lethal two-pronged sword.

Shilpgram Museum: Literally meaning a “Craftsmen’s Village” is a living ethnographic museum depicting the enormous diversities in craft, art & culture between various Indian states. Shilpgram comprises 26 huts set in 70 acres of natural surroundings at the foot of the Aravali Hills. A colourful craft festival during winter seasons to the whole set up induces viatanity and zeal.

Other famous Museums: Ahar Museum, Vintage Collection of Classic Car Museum

Temples in Udaipur

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Eklingji-Temple

Jag Mandir : This is the other island palace in Lake Pichola, which was constructed by Maharana Karan Singh as a hideout for Prince Khurram the estranged son of Emperor Jehangir the implacable foe of the Maharana.

Jagdish Mandir: Built by Maharana Jagat Singh I in 1651 the temple enshrines a black stone image of Lard Vishnu. There is a brass image of Garuda the Lord bird carrier.

Eklingji: A RELIGIOUS COMPLEX Northern region of Mewar (22 Kms) It houses 108 temples chiselled out of sandstone and marble,  this temple of Eklingji was built in 734 AD. Enclosed by high walls, it is devoted to Eklingji (A form of Shiv Deity adored under the epithet of EKLINGA).

Nathdwara: Nathdwara lies 48 kms from Udaipur and literally means the gateway to the Lord. This great Vaishnavite shrine was built in the 17th century on spot exactly defined by the Lord himself.

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Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary

Udaipur Wildlife Sanctuary

Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary is located in the most rugged of the Aravali in Pali, Rajsamand and Udaipur districts of Rajasthan. It takes name after the impressive historic fort of Kumbhalgarh, which come into view over the Park. It is 578 sq Kms in area and at an altitude of 500 to 1,300m. It is home to a very large variety of wild life, some of which are highly endangered species. The wild life includes wolf, leopards, sloth bear, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, smabhar, nilgai, chaisingh (the four horned antelope), chinkara and hare. The bird life at Kumbhalgarh is also gratifying.

How to Reach Udaipur

Udaipur is easily reachable from all the major cities of the country including Delhi, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Ahemdabad and Jaipur. Udaipur is well-connected by rail, road and air. The city of Udaipur has an excellent network of road to ensure you a comfortable journey. When talking about railways, Udaipur city railway station provides the best services to its passengers. If you are travelling by air, Udaipur Airport at Dabok, will offer you the quality services to add your comfort.

By Air

Udaipur Airport namely Maharana Pratap Airport is located near Dabok at a distance of 22 kms from the city of Udaipur. Many domestic airlines connect the city to all the major cities of India including Jaipur, Mumbai, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Regular air services are available for Delhi and Mumbai.

By Rail

Udaipur Railway Station is located at a comfortable distance from the city of Udaipur. Rajasthan Railways connects Udaipur station with all the other cities of Rajasthan as well as India. There are frequent trains which run to and from Udaipur connecting Jaipur, Mumbai and Delhi. One can also travel to this beautiful city by the luxurious Palace on Wheels .

By Road

Udaipur is well connected by road to major cities in India. Brilliant road network ensure people to enjoy a relaxed journey to and from Udaipur.

Best season to visit- September to March

You regret if you don’t see this beautiful City of Lakes- Udaipur in your lifetime. Pack your bags & get ready.

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