Stretching over an area of around 37 sq kms, Udaipur was made the
capital of the Mewar kingdom (Sisodia dynasty) soon after it was founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 AD. Udaipur or the ‘City of Dawn’ is hugely unlike the other barren places of Rajasthan. Its location in the midst of forested hills makes it look like an oasis in the desert region. The history and legends associated with the land as well as it breathtaking scenic beauty makes Udaipur one of the most sought after destination in the state of Rajasthan.
No matter what interests the tourists, Udaipur makes sure that its guests do not go back disappointed and dejected. It has so many attractions in store that tourists invariably find one or the other place or activity which suits their taste and budget. The hues and colours of the city is completely delightful and a tourist visiting this city cannot help marvelling at its wonderous beauty.
Lake Pichola -
Lake Pichola is the most important attraction in the city of Dawn not only because of its
excellent beauty, but also because it has a historical significance attached to it. It was this lake that prompted Maharana Udai Singh to shift his age old capital from Chittorgarh which was situated atop a hill. The lake got its name from the little village that inhabited its bank in those times. Occupying an area of 1.5 sq kms, this lake shimmers when the beaming sunrays touch the water body. Its beauty at any point of time is simply awe inspiring. With the Aravali hills enhancing its beauty, the lake offers its visitors numerous bathing ghats, shrines and palaces which are located not only around the lake, but also in the middle of it. These palaces and shrines contribute to increase the spectacular image of the lake. The lake can be best enjoyed by taking a boat cruise.
- The most famous attraction around lake Pichola is the City Palace. The City Palace dominates the Lake Pichola and was built by Maharana Udai Singh. Entrance to this gorgeous palace is through many gates, though the most famous of all is the Hati Pol or the Elephant Gate. Within its premises, the palace houses various other arches, courtyards, overlapping pavilions, terraces, corridors and hanging gardens. The interiors of the palace is richly carved with mirror work, glass work and colourful murals. Outside the palace, the colourful lawns add to the beauty and colour of this splendid palace. This white marble palace, because of its exquisite beauty has attracted numerous tourists from not only India but also from abroad.
- Right in the middle of the lake Pichola stands the Lake Palace. A beautiful white marble structure, this palace seems to emerge from the pure water of the lake. Built by Maharana Jagat Singh in the year 1754, the island is situated on the rocky island of founded and named by the same Maharana. The beauty of the palace, as it appears during the day or moon lit night is unparalleled. The palace has now been converted into a heritage hotel where the tourists receive a royal treatment while on their trip ti the magnificent city of Udaipur.
Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum -
A visit to this museum is a must for all those tourists who wish to know more about the history and culture of Rajasthan on the whole. Established by Padmashree Devilal Samar in the year 1952, the museum is a storehouse of dresses, dolls, masks, musical instruments, paintings and the famous puppets of Rajasthan. This museum provides a deep insight into the life and culture of the native people.
Gulab Bagh -
Considered by many as the best garden in India, Gulab bagh offers its visitors a colourful spectacle to adore. Laid down on the orders of Maharana Sajjan Singh in the 18th century, the garden encloses within its boundary, a library and a zoo. The former is a repository of valuable handwritten manuscript while the latter provides a home to animals like tigers, leopards and chinkara. To sum up in a word, a visit to this garden is simply unforgettable.
» By Air -
Dabok Airport is the nearest airport which is 24 kms away from Udaipur. Flights from this airport connect to all major cities like New Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad and Mumbai.
» By Rail -
Railways connect Udaipur to and from Chittrogarh, Ajmer, Jaipur and Delhi.
» By Road -
Frequent bus services are available to take tourists to and from Udaipur. The cities connected to Udaipur by road include Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Delhi, Jaipur ,Chittrogarh, Indore, Kota, Mount Abu and Mumbai.
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