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Udaipur

Lake City
Romantic and divine, Udaipur is much more than an oasis in the desert with its beautiful lakes, exquisite palaces and architectural heritage and deserves the nickname of ‘the Venice of the East’. The Lake Palace situated on Jag Niwas Island in the midst of Lake Pichola is the supreme example of its delicate architecture and refined culture. The banks of the lake have another beautiful building to boast of - the magnificent City Palace. Known for its arts and crafts and miniature paintings, Shilp Gram festival is a favorite tourist attraction of the city. Maharana Udai Singh II founded Udaipur in 1568 after he lost Chittorgarh to Mughal Emperor Akbar. It is believed that a saint meditating on a hill near Lake Pichola guided him to establish his capital here as it is surrounded by Aravallis, forests and lakes that makes it a safer place than Chittorgarh. His heir Maharana Pratap was a legendary hero who is still revered for his valor and chivalry and being the most ferocious Rajput warrior who gave a tough time to the Mughals all his life.

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City Palace:
Built by Maharaja Udai Singh, the gorgeous City Palace is a marvel in marble, situated on the banls of Lake Pichola. Majestically set on a hill, it is flooded with balconies, towers and cupolas alonf with the superb views of the lake and the city that can be cherished from the upper terraces. Surrounded by fortification walls, it has a triple arched gate at the entrance called Tripolia, which was built in 1725. A perfect amalgamation of Medieval European and Chinese architecture, the palatial complex has a number of astonishing buildings, well-planned gardens and fountains.

Lake Palace:
The Lake Palace is situated on the Jag Niwas Island in the middle of the Lake Pichola. It used to be a pleasure palace for the royal family in summers and has now been turned into a heritage hotel. Dreamy location, romantic ambience, fairy tale delicate craftsmanship and the interiors based on ethnic themes using textiles and handicrafts all over are simply outstanding.

Jag Mandir:
The first island palace of Lake Pichola, Jagmandir was built by Maharana Karan Singhji in 1622 AD and was intented to be a pleasure palace for regal parties and functions. It has served as a refuge for Moghul Emperor Shahjahan when he was a prince against the wrath of his father in a family dispute in the seventeenth century. The legend says that Jagmandir was the inspiration behind the world-famous Taj Mahal, which Shah Jahan built in the memory of his deceased wife, Mumtaj.

Lake Pichola:
Maharana Udai Singh II significantly distended the gorgeous Lake Pichola as a defense measure, when he founded Udaipur. Cradled amongst hills, gardens, havelis, temples and ghats, Lake Pichola is the picturesque spotlight of Udaipur. The lake sports two islands palaces - Jagniwas (popularly known as Lake Palace) and Jagmandir. Visitors can enjoy boat rides which can be extremely enjoyable in the backdrop of the setting sun.

Lake Fateh Sagar:
Lake Fateh sagar is an artificial lake constructed by Maharana Jai Singh in 1678 to the north of Lake Pichola. It is fringed by hills and woodland. There is a canal linking the two lakes via Swaroop Sagar and Rang Sagar Lakes. Nehru Island on the lake is just as beautiful as well as an islet bearing a solar observatory that seems to rise from the lake.

Sahelion Ki Bari:
On the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake, a beautiful garden was built for the 48 maidens meant to be a part of the dowry of the princess. Widespread lawns, gushing fountains and dappled walking lanes characterize the garden. The garden has four pools with graceful kiosks and fountains that sport elephant trunks for spouts. These gardens appear distinct and immaculate in taste.

Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal:
The museum has on its display a wide array of folk arts, which has affluent collection of folk outfits, curios, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments and beautiful paintings. Visitors can also request for shows from world renowned puppeteers.

Maharana Pratap Memorial:
Erected atop Modi Magri (Pearl Mount) near Fateh Sagar Lake, is an impressive equestrian bronze statue of the gallant hero, Maharana Pratap. The legendary and loyal horse ‘Chetak’ is as famous as his rider for his courage and fearlessness. The ruins of one of the first Udaipur’s forts and an appealing Japanese rock garden are nearby interesting spots to visit. 

CLIMATE:
Pleasant winters and scanty rainfall characterizes the climate of Udaipur. Though temperature rises to 40ºC in summers, but mostly it is tolerable and is around 30's.


WHERE TO EAT:
There are plenty of eateries in Udaipur where you can find the spicy piquant Rajasthani delicacies along with almost all the continental and Chinese mouth-watering dishes. There is Lake Palace, which offers a royal cuisine with a perfect environment that befits the regal splendor of the bygone era. The Shiv Niwas Palace Hotel, Gallery Restaurant at Fateh Prakash Palace Hotel and Amet-ke-Haveli are other popular places that serve you with exotic dishes, elegant ambience and picturesque backdrops.

FAIRS AND FESTIVALS:

Mewar Festival coincides with Gangaur Festival in Chaitra (according to the Hindu calendar), which usually falls in March or April. It is mainly held to welcome ‘Spring’, the season of blossoms. As it coincides with the Gangaur festival, people dressed in colorful attires take out a procession of the images of Isar and Gangaur and the Gangaur Ghat at Lake Pichhola. The idols are then sent for boating for an hour in special boats and there is much rejoicing and songs are sung. Then comes the time for cultural events where one can see the culture of Rajasthan through songs, dances and other programmes that are organized. At the end of the festival, there is a beautiful display of fireworks.

Baneshwar Fair is held from Magh Shukla Ekadashi (11th day of the lunar month) to Magh Shukla Purnima (Full moon day) according to the Hindu calendar, that is, for five days in February or March at a small delta formed by the rivers Som and Mahi in Dungarpur, which is just 13 km from Udaipur. Predominantly a tribal fair of Bhils, Baneshwar fair features Ras-lila (local plays) that takes place at night in the Lakshmi-Narain Temple and the traditional folk songs of Bhils that are high-pitched and sung while they sit around a bonfire in the night.

SHOPPING ATTRACTIONS:
Beautiful local arts and crafts and countless shops flood the markets of Udaipur. The tourists love to buy hand painted fabrics, silver jewellery, folk toys, colorful tie-dye and batik saris and clothes, turbans, miniature paintings done in Rajput style and ‘Pichwais’, the brightly colored and themed wall hangings. One may shop for splendid metal images of gods and goddesses that are made in the nearby village of Molalla. The popular shopping spots are a cluster of stalls on the Lake Palace road, near Rang Niwas Palace Hotel and Jagdish Temple. Hathipole, Clock Tower, Chetak Circle and Bapu Bazaar are other favorite places to shop from.

How To Reach Udaipur

By Air : Udaipur has a good network of air services linking it to from New Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad and Mumbai. Nearest airport is Dabok Airport, which is 21 km from the city centre.

By Train : It is well connected to and from all the major cities of India such as Chittrogarh, Ajmer, Jaipur andDelhi.

By Road : The roads are smooth and link Udaipur to various major cities of India such as Delhi, Jaipur,Chittrogarh, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Indore, Kota, Mount Abu and Mumbai.

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