Known to be one of the most romantic cities of Rajasthan, Udaipur is well known as “City of Lakes.” The peaceful blue lakes, the marble palaces and the beautiful gardens help enhance the beauty of the city. Udaipur was founded by Maharana Udai Singh II in 1568. The finest late example of this exclusive cultural explosion is the Lake Palace; however, the city is full of temples, palaces and havelis ranging from modest to extravagant. Udaipur is also proud of its own heritage as the centre for performing arts, crafts and paintings. The serene environment and eloquent views have made the city more striking and many Bollywood and Hollywood movies have also been shot at the picturesque locations in Udaipur.
The Major Attractions of Udaipur
Lake Pichola: It is this picturesque lake around which Udaipur was established. Lake Pichola was expanded just after the city was founded by Maharaja. This lake is surrounded all over by palaces, hills, temples, embankments and bathing ghats. Two island palaces Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir on lake are of breathtaking magnificence. Adding to its marvelous beauty are the lately installed Musical foundations that dance to riot of colors and tunes of music.
Lake Fateh Sagar: Its lies to Pichola’s north. It is extremely beautiful and you can even take a cruise on water. The Sunset on these lakes is the real moment that you will cherish forever.
City Palace: This is located over the lake Fateh Sagar and is known to be the largest palace in Rajasthan. This palace has many towers, balconies and cupolas. Its upper terraces offer an extremely beautiful view of the city and the lake. The main part of this palace is converted into a big museum now. The displayed items include Mor Chowk with remarkable mosaics of peacock, Ruby Mahal with porcelain and glass figures and the Manak. Beautiful mirror works are displayed in Moti Mahal, while Krishna Vilas has an extraordinary collection of miniatures.
Lake Palace: A dream island palace sparkling on mirror calm Pichola, Lake Palace is one among the most mind-blowing and romantic hotels in the world. It is a favorite with travelers both foreign and domestic.
Moti Magri: It is an unmatched bronze statue overlooking Fateh Sagar of the gallant hero Maharana Pratap, killed in Haldighati battle. Hundreds of people climb the trees lined uphill way to pay homage. This path to top traverses elegant gardens, like the Japanese Rock Garden.
Shilpgram: It is a crafts village located 3 km west of Lake Fateh Sagar and is a real treat for your soul. Products by the various dancers, musicians, and artisans from diverse states take you in an exclusive world of customs and traditions and draw you close to the spirit of India.
It’s an ethnographic museum showing the life styles, customs, traditions, folk arts of tribal and rural people of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Daman, Goa, etc. There are numerous huts constructed in conventional architectural styles using local building material and mud to reflect the ethnic and geographical variety of western India.
Jagdish Temple: The Jagdish temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu. Built during the mid of 17th century by Raja Jagat Singh, this Indo-Aryan fashioned temple is one of the most popular and largest Vishnu temples in Northern India. It enshrines a black colored stone image of Vishnu as Jagannath, the Lord of Universe. The Jagdish temple’s pagoda, 79 ft high is fully covered with curved frieze of dancers, horsemen, elephants and musicians. Its archway is impressive as well.