Places to visit in Udaipur
Udaipur is often referred to as the Venice of the East due to its azure water lakes and lush green hills of the Aravallis. One of the most beautiful sights of Udaipur is the Lake Palace, located in the middle of Lake Pichola. Jaisamand Lake, the second-largest man-made sweet water lake in Asia, is also located here. Sajjangarh (Monsoon Palace) and the City Palace add to the architectural beauty of the city. Zinc and marble are also abundant in the city. The observatory in Lake Fateh Sagar is the only one of its kind in India, located on an island and modeled after the observatory in Big Bear Lake in Southern California. Shilpgram Festival, which runs from 21 Dec to 30 Dec, attracts a lot of people interested in arts and crafts. Maharana Udai Singh II founded Udaipur in 1553 as the new capital of the Mewar Kingdom. The city is located in the fertile Girwa Valley, southwest of Nagda, which was the first capital of Mewar.
Udaipur's largest and oldest lake is Lake Pichola. The City Palace offers an opportunity to explore the large and shallow Lake Pichola, one of the biggest lakes in India. Nearly a kilometer of the City Palace complex runs along the lakeshore. Ancient temples, hilly regions, palaces, and bathing Ghats surround it in all directions. You wouldn't want to miss this place if you're on your honeymoon tour or visiting with your spouse. This lake is the perfect place to watch the sunset and to come back to it time and time again. A sunset cruise is also available. Explore the different means and make the most of it.
Udaipur City Palace
The City Palace towers over Lake Pichola. Views of the lake and city can be enjoyed from the palace's balconies, cupolas, and towers. The magnificent City Palace is composed of four major palaces and several minor palaces. Today, the main part of the palace is a museum displaying artifacts.
Originally a summer palace, it was called Jagniwas and is now a hotel. On the island near Jagmandir in Lake Pichola, this palace, which faces east, was built between 1743 and 1746. Black and white marble walls are decorated with semi-precious stones and ornamented niches. Its courtyards are lined with gardens, fountains, pillared terraces, and columns.
Sajjangarh Palace is also known as Monsoon Palace. The Bansdara Mountain, located 940 meters above sea level, is one of Udaipur's most renowned tourist attractions. This massive mountain surrounds Pichola Lake. During the reign of the Mewar kings, the palace was used to observe the progress of the clouds. It was also used as a summer retreat by the Mewar Kings.
The Ahar Museum is located near an impressive cluster of cenotaphs of the Maharanas of Mewar. The museum is home to a small, but a rare collection of earthen pottery. You can also view sculptures and archaeological finds, some dating back to 1700 BC. A metal Buddha figure from the 10th century is a special attraction.
Fateh Sagar Lake
One of the most beautiful places to see in Udaipur is Fateh Sagar Lake. Udaipur's second-largest artificial lake is located in the north-western part of the city. The lake is surrounded by the massive Aravalli Hills and is well known for its boating activities. The lake is 44 feet deep at its deepest point. Especially in the evenings, tourists enjoy cycling or walking around the lake, and there are many food stalls to enjoy as well.
Saheliyon Ki Bari
The Garden of the Maidens or Saheliyon Ki Bari was built by Maharana Sangram Singh in the early 18th century. The awe-inspiring development catered to the maids who accompanied the Princess of Udaipur to her husband's hearth (part of the dowry given by the Maharana). Pretty women were dancing, singing, and making merry here, and the beautiful marble elephants, fountains, a lotus pool, and kiosks attest to the wealth of the era.
Udaipur sightseeing tours can include a visit to Eklingji Temple, another popular tourist destination. It is a pilgrimage site near Udaipur where people pay their respects. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and features excellent architecture, which attracted history buffs. The temple is a double-story building with a beautifully carved tower built in a pyramidal style. High steps lead down to the serene waters of the temple pond on the temple's outer walls. It is worth visiting the temple for its beauty.
An example of the Indo-Aryan style of architecture, Jagdish Temple was built in 1651 and continues to be one of the most famous temples in and around Udaipur. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the structure is an architectural marvel with carved pillars, graceful ceilings, and painted walls. This three-storied temple was built by Maharana Jagat Singh I.
Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal
Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal is a cultural institution devoted to the study of folk art, culture, songs, and festivals of Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh. In addition to propagating folk culture, the museum exhibits artifacts of Rajasthani culture.
Bagore KI Haveli
By Lake Pichola, at Gangaur Ghat, is Bagore-ki-Haveli. Amar Chand Badwa, the Mewar premier, built it in the 18th century. Over a hundred rooms of the palace display costumes and modern art. Glass and mirrors in the interiors are arranged in classical haveli style.
Udaipur will surely mesmerize you with its regal past, grand edifices, vibrant bazaars, and absolute serenity. Though the city is home to many unique attractions some of the top tourist attraction is mentioned above. Enjoy your time in Udaipur don’t forget to read Travographer for more.