An Oasis in the Desert, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure water
lakes, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravalis. Situated in the southern
part of Rajasthan, India, it is known for enchanting historical places. The
white palaces, exquisitely laid out gardens and the lakes make Udaipur seem
almost like a mirage in the desert. The founder of Udaipur was Maharana Udai
Singh and the city was named Udaipur after his name.
Enchanting City Palace
Overlooking the aquamarine expanses of the lake Pichhola stands the
splendid City Palace - a marvel in granite and marble. The three Mahals -
Baari, Dilkush and Moti are known for its beautiful peacock mosaics ; the
shrine of Dhuni Mata and the museum of Rana Pratap are the highlights of
this complex. Built in the early 18th century, City Palace is surrounded by
beautifully constructed Jagdish Temple, which houses some imposing sculpted
figures and heavily ornamented interiors and Sahelion-ki-Bari or the Garden
of Maidens, which has four pools and delicately carved kiosks and elephants
The Lake Palace
This lake palace was built in the 17th century on a natural foundation of 4
acer of rock. This palace have beautiful courtyards lined with columns,
pillared terraces, fountains and gardens. The rooms are decorated with
cusped arches, inland stones of pink, and green lotus leaves and painted
Places to visit
Pratap Museum possess some of the oldest sculptures and inscriptions. The
antique paintings of Mewar, the turban of prince Khurram later on called
Shahajahan, who built world famous Taj Mahal has also been displayed here.
The temple of Jagannath Rai, now called Jagdishji, is a major monument and
should be seen carefully. Raised on a tall terrace and completed in 1651, it
is a tribute alike to the tenacity of its builders and the resilience of the
art - tradition it represents
A beautiful laid out "Rock Garden" from where one can enjoy
sunset view in Lake Pichhola and panoramic view of old city. Musical
Fountain is an added attraction for the visitors.
Gulab Bagh & Zoo
A spectacular rose garden laid out by Maharana Sajjan Singh, is situated
near the palace on east side of Lake Pichhola. Along with animals such as
tigers, leopards, chinkara and many wild animals, a library in the garden
has a rare collection of ancient handwritten manuscripts and books.
Pratap Smarak (Memorial)
Atop the Moti Magri or Pearl Hill, overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake is the
memorial of the Rajput hero Maharana Pratap with a bronze statue of the
Maharana astride his favorite horse "Chetak".