is situated around the shimmering clear blue water
lakes, which whisper the mood of a bygone era.
The city was founded in 1567 AD by Maharaja Udai Singh
on the advice of a sage. Udaipur was last of the
numerous Mewar capitals. It was in Udaipur that
legendary Maharana Pratap was born. He was obsessed
with Chittaur and the past glories of the Sisodia clan
possessed his mind. Maharana Pratap left Udaipur to
win back Chittaur from the Mughals. But he failed in
his attempts and Udaipur remained the capital of Mewar
till India got her independence. The memory of the
failure of noble Pratap gives Udaipur its pervading
mood of nostalgic wistfulness.
The city acquires its scenic beauty from the Aravallis.
Three lakes- Pichola, Fateh Sagar and Udai Sagar make
it an oasis in the desert.
wondered what luxury in the royal times was all about!
Welcome to Palace On Wheels, a luxury train that
carries with it an ambience of the Rajputana era and
an exciting fairytale journey, which takes the visitor
to the imperial cities of Rajasthan every single day.
The coaches also carry out an image of the Rajput
states with beautiful interiors. Last but not the
least the "Royal Treat" for the passengers
on board include saloons, bar lounges & libraries
in every coach as well as restaurant and organized
is known as the ' City of Lakes'. The two most scenic
and famous lakes of the city are Lake Pichola and Lake
Pichola is surrounded by hills, palaces, temples,
bathing ghats and has two island palaces- Jag Niwas
and Jag Mandir. Lake Fateh sagar lies to north of
Pichola and was built by Maharaja Jai Singh but it got
the name of Fateh Singh who rebuilt its dam. Both the
lakes are breathtakingly beautiful and one can take a
cruise on their waters. The sunset over these lakes is
a sight to be cherished.
City Palace: This majestic white royal building
towers itself on a hill and is surrounded by
crenellated walls. The palace stands along the shores
Lake Palace: This
former summer residence of the royal family has now
been converted into a fabulous hotel.
Sahelion-Ki-Bari: On the shores of Fateh Sagar
Lake was built a garden for the 48 young girls waiting
to be sent to the royal house as part of dowry. This
garden is laid with extensive lawns, fountains and
shady walking lanes. There are four pools with dainty
kiosks and fountains with elephant trunks for spouts.
These gardens appear discrete and impeccable in taste.
Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal: This is a museum of
folk arts, which has rich collection of folk dresses,
ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical
instruments and paintings. World famous puppeteers put
shows here, on request in advance.
Pratap Memorial: Erected atop Modi Magri is
this equestrian bronze statue of the valiant hero,
Maharana Pratap. Sajjan Garh, Gulab Bagh, Dudh Talai
Park, the Sunset point are also the places to be seen.
Jagdish Temple: Dedicated to Vishnu, this
temple was built in 1651 AD by Maharaja Jagat Singh.
22 kms from the city is a temple complex of 108
temples enclosed by high walls. Built in 1734 AD, the
temples are dedicated to the royal deity Ekling ji.
The complex has been chiselled out of sandstone and
marble. It has an ornate 'mandap' or pillared hall,
the canopy of a huge pyramidical roof composed of
hundreds of knots.
This temple is one the most celebrated Vaishnava
shrines of Lord Krishna or Nathji. Thousands of
pilgrims visit this shrine during the festivals.
Foreigners are not allowed in the temple and
photography is prohibited. It is located 48 kms from
Kankroli: Known as Dwarkadhish, this temple is
an important Vaishnava temple and ranks very high
among the temples of the Vallabhacharya. 65 kms from
Ranakpur: (98 Kms) Famous for the beautiful
Jagat (58 Kms): The tenth century Ambika Mata
Temple is well preserved in all its splendour.
Rishabhdeoji (65 Kms): Popularly known as
Kesariyaji because of the large saffron offerings,
this temple is dedicated to the Jain Tirthankara
Nagda: This ancient place in Mewar is famous
for their intricate carvings of the graceful 'apsaras'.
23 kms from the city.
Haldighati: This place, 40 kms from Udaipur,
has immense historical importance. It was at
Haldighati in 1576 AD that armies of Maharana Pratap
and Mughal Emperor Akbar clashed. A 'chhatri' with
delicate white marble columns is dedicated to the
indomitable hero and his loyal charger.
Kumbhal Garh Fort: Kumbhalgarh Fort was built
by Maharana Kumbha in the 15th century. Perched on the
Aravallis, this is the second most important fort in
Rajasthan after the Chittaurgarh Fort. Nearby is the
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary.
lake: 48 kms from the city, this artificial lake
was built in 17th century by Maharaja Jai Singh. The
marble 'Chhatris' along the embankment add grace to
this second largest lake in Asia. On either sides of
the lake the palaces were built for the favourite
queens of the King. People of the Bhil tribe still
inhabit the islands in Jaisamand lake.
Rajsamand lake (66 Kms): This is dam built by
Maharaja Rai Singh in 1660.
The City of Lakes is well connected by air
services. The Dabok Airport is 21 kms from the city
Rail: Railway has trains from all over the
country to destination Udaipur. The Palace On Wheels
covers this magnificent city during its eight day
Road: There are bus services from tourist
places in Rajasthan,Gujarat and Delhi.
Palace Hotel is considered to be among the best
hotels around the world. The Rajasthan Tourism
Development Corporation provides various categories of
rooms and dormitory at the Kajri Hotel. Apart from the
hotels, there are Tourist guest houses and municipal
guest houses. There are dharamsalas and retiring
rooms, paying guest accommodations are available at
Festival - The 10 day festival is a treat for the
visitor to an array of exquisite art and craft.
Shilpgram hosts the festival.
Mewar Festival - The onset of spring brings the
Mewar festival. During the festival, the tradition and
culture of Rajasthan dominates every other thing in
can be a pleasure at the Hathipole, Chetak Circle,
Clock Tower, Palace Road and Bapu Bazaar. Rajasthan
government also has its own handicraft emporium. The
shops of Udaipur have plenty of exquisite items to
offer. The dainty folk toys, brightly coloured
garments, hand printed textiles, batiks, and tie &
dye sarees and fabrics to name few. 'Pichwais' or wall
hangings painted on cloth are world renowned for their
vivid colours and themes.
lakes surrounding Udaipur regulates the climate, which
is pleasant than in any other city in Rajasthan. The
summers are hot and winters are cold but the
temperature does not rise to extremes. The rainfall is
less, around 61 cms annually.