is situated in the western part of India in the Aravali Hills of Rajasthan.
This beautiful city was founded by Maharaja Udai Singh in 1559 AD and is
named after him. Udaipur is also known as the city of lakes as you can see
lakes everywhere. It is one of the most romantic cities in Rajasthan because
of the marble palaces, beautifully laid out gardens and lakes. Udaipur is
now one of the most visited tourist spots in India. Thousands of tourists
visit this city every month from all over the world.
Some of the Places of Udaipur
Saheliyon ki Bari
Maharaja Sangram Singh built it first but it way destroyed by heavy rains
then Maharaja Fateh Singh rebuilt this place. This place has five beautiful
fountains, which are called Swagat Fountain, Savan Bhadon, Kamal Talai,
Raslila and Bin Badal Barsat. In the old times this place was meant for
queens and their friends so it is called Saheliyon ki Bari.
Nehru Island Park
It beautiful garden is situated in the middle of Fateh Sagar Lake on an
island. Beautiful flowers and fountains make it an ideal place for tourists.
Boats are available to take visitors to the island.
This is the largest garden of Rajasthan, which covers 100 acres of land. It
was built by Maharaja Sajjan Singh (1874-1884). A library and a zoo are also
situated in this garden.
It is situated on Moti Magari in the city. There is a bronze statue of
Maharana Pratap risidin his horse Chetak. There are some ruins behind this
statue, which were built by Maharaja Udai Singh in 1554 A.D. for his
residence. Panoramic view of Udaipur city can be seen from this place.
Fateh Sagar Lake
Maharaja Jai Singh built it in 1679 and Maharaja Fateh Singh got it rebuilt
in 1884 A.D.
Pichhu Banjara built it during the reign of Maharaja Lakha in 1362. It is
the oldest lake of Udaipur. It is 3 miles long 2 miles wide and 30 feet
deep. Two palaces are situated in the middle of lake on two islands, which
are known as Jag Nivas and Jag Mandir.
Lake Palace (Jag Nivas)
This famous palace was built by Maharaja Jagat Singh in 1746. At present
there is a hotel, known as Hotel lake palace.
Maharana Amar Singh started the construction of this Palace in 1615. And
Raja Karan Singh completed it in 1622. Later on it was extended by Maharana
Jagat Singh. In 1622 when Shahjahan rebelled against Jahangir and took
Shelter with Maharana Karan Singh then he was kept here. It is said that
great tombs and garden of this palace inspired him to make the Taj Mahal.
Maharana Udai Singh started building the biggest palace of Rjasthan on the
Shore of Pichhola Lake in 1559. Rai Angan is the oldest portion of this
palace, which was built by Maharana Udai Singh in 1565. Every Maharana was
crowned here for the first time.
This beautiful temple is situated on 25 high platforms and is about 200 feet
from the Raj Mahal Palace. It was completed by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1653.
This temple contains the idols of Lord Vishnu and Godess Laxmi.
This museum situated near the Palace contains dresses of different part of
Rajasthan, old coins, armaments, pictures and statues. It also contains the
turban of Shahjahan which he exchanged with Maharana Karan Singh as a token
of friendship in 1622.
It was built by Maharaja Sajjan Singh 1884. It is situated on the highest
peak of Udaipur. It was completed by Maharaja Fateh Singh. The city of
Udaipur can be seen from here.
Tourist Places near Udaipur
Jai Samundra Lake
This huge lake is 58 kms away from Udaipur .it is also known as Dhebar. It
was built by, Maharaja Jai Singh in 1691. It is 10 miles wide, 6 miles long
and 100 feet deep. The islands in this lake are inhabited by the Bhils
(tribals). They use traditional wood boats to travel. This lake is a part of
game sanctuary established by the state government.
At a distance of 64 km from Udaipur is the Rishabhdeo ji temple. The
paintings of girnar & architecture of the temple are worth seeing. The
idol of Rishabhadeo is 4 feet high and made of black stone.
The temple of Ekling ji is 30 kms away from Udaipur. Maharaja Bappa Rawal
built the temple of Ekling ji. Ekling ji is said to be presiding deity of
Mewar Empire and every government work was done by the name of Ekling ji.
There are four-mouthed black idol of Shiva in the temple. The height of the
temple is 60 feet and diameter is 50 feet. The architecture of the temple
represents different aspects of architecture.
Temple of Nagda
The temple of Nagda is 5 kms away from Ekling ji. Nagda was established by
Nag Ditya in 8th century. It was turned to ruins due to Mughal attacks. The
temple of Sans Bahu is beautiful specimen of architecture. There
is a Jain temple of Shantinath, which has 8 feet high idol made of black
marble. It was made in 1437 AD during the reign of Rana Kumbha.
Kankroli is 70 km from Udaipur. It is famous for its Dwarkaji temple. This
city was established in 1672 by Maharaja Raj Singh and therefore it is also
known as Raj nagar. It is only 10 miles away from Nathdwara.
The temple of chaar bhuja ji is 35 km from Kankrole. The Gurjars of this
village worship the temple. There is an idol of chaar bhuja ji in the
temple. The glasswork inside the temple is very beautiful. A fair is held
here every year on Bhadra Shukla Ekadashi (Hindi calendar date) during which
many people come here.
It is the place where the famous battle Haldhi Ghati was fought between
Akbar and Maharana pratap in 1576. In this battle Chetak (Maharana Prataps
legendry horse) breathed his last. The tomb of Chetak is also here. The soil
of this place is red and yellow.
The Jain temple Ranakpur
This temple is 95 km from Udaipur. It is a unique specimen of art and
architecture. Being surrounded by the Arawali hills, it is famous all over
the worked. It was built by Dham Shah Porval Jain during the reigns of
Maharaja Kumbha in 1432. Maharaja Kumbha loved architecture and he helped to
complete this temple.
Kumbhalgarh Fort is the second most important fort of Rajasthan after
Chittorgarh. Located at a distance of 64 kms from Udaipur in Rajasmand
district, Kumbhalgarh Fort is easily accessible from the city of Udaipur.
This unconquerable fortress is secured under the kind protection of the
Aravali ranges. Kumbhalgarh Fort was built by Maharana Rana Kumbha in the
15th century. The fort derived its name from the same factor.
Climate and Best Time to visit
The climate of Udaipur is very hot and dry during summer. The summers start
in month of April and last till end of September. Winters are pleasant with
temperature dropping upto 3ºC during the night. The best time to visit
this desert place is during the months of October to March.
How to reach Udaipur
Udaipur is connected by major road link between Mumbai, Delhi and Ahmedabad.
The Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh road transport
corporation operate buses to Udaipur from various region.
Udaipur is on the western railway network. The railway station is about 4 km
from the city center. Udaipur is directly connected by rail with Delhi,
Jaipur, Ajmer and Jodhpur.
Indian Airlines Daily connects Udaipur from Jodhpur, Jaipur, Mumbai and
Delhi. Dabok airport is 21km away from the city.