Places to visit in Udaipur
Places to visit in Udaipur – The best Udaipur Tourist Places
Planning to visit the City of the lakes. Here is a list of best places to visit in Udaipur for an unforgettable experience. If you are in the planning phase this would help you decide how long you should plan to stay to cover all the places to visit in Udaipur.
The city of Maharana Udai Singh which dates back to 1553 is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the State of Rajasthan. Surrounded by the Aravalli mountains, City of Udaipur enjoys excellent weather round the year.
However the months from October till April are the preferred months to visit when the weather is at its best.
City Palace Udaipur
Situated on the Banks of Lake Pichola, the City Palace served as the administrative seat and the personal residence of the Maharanas. One of the largest City Palaces in the State of Rajasthan, a visit to the City Palace of Udaipur, takes you through the glory of bygone era.
With the additions done by the subsequent rulers of Udaipur, the palace was made even more splendid. The Palace now has an assortment of Mahals, courtyards, pavilions, corridors, terraces, rooms and hanging gardens.
Visit the museum here to see some of the finest elements of Rajput arts and culture – from colourful paintings to the typical architecture found in Rajasthani palaces.
Saheliyon Ki Bari | Garden of the Maidens
Saheliyon ki Bari or Garden of the Maidens, built by Maharana Sangram Singh in the 18th century to please his princess, depicts the lavish lifestyle of the Royal Ladies, with it’s pools, lily ponds, flowers, marble fountains, flowers, etc.
With it’s four ornated pools with delicately chiselled kiosks, Creating a picture of the bygone era are the elephants in marble (each elephant sculptured out of a single piece of stone) and lions carved out of marble serving the purpose of the fountains.
The Garden rests on the banks of the Fatehsagar lake at a slightly lower elevation due to which a natural flow of water was created using gravity to make all the fountains work.
Jag Mandir Udaipur
Jagmandir or Jag Island Palace is yet another jewel in the lake pichola and is located on the southern side of the lake and occupies the island with the same name known as Jag Island. Also referred as “Lake Garden Palace” is was built in the 1620 by Maharana Karan Singh II and added to by his successor.
The 5th Mughal Emperor Shahjehan (more popularly knows as the builder of the Taj Mahal) after his rebellion against his father had taken refuge at this very island. The central structure Gul Mahal, a domed pavilion was specially built for Khurram (as he was known before he took on the title of Shahjehan) by Maharana Karan Singh
Photo credit Patrick Barry
Jagdish Temple Udaipur
Located very close to the City Palace is the famous Jagdish Temple, dedicated to the Hindu Lord Vishnu, it was earlier known as the temple of Jagannath Rai (one of 1000 names of God Vishnu).
The temple has an Inspiring architecture which showcases the Indo- Aryan architectural style and has been built keeping the rules of Vastushastra, the Hindu architectural science in mind.
Reached by climbing 32 steps, The first two floors of the Jagdish Temple have 50 pillars each. Each pillar has intricate carvings which showcases the craftmanship. The mandap (prayer hall), a porch and a pyramidal spire add to the beauty of the temple
Lake Pichola & Lake Palace
The jewel in the crown of Udaipur is the Lake Pichola and in the middle of it the glistening Lake Palace Hotel. The city of Udaipur was founded on the banks of this very Lake Pichola which is an artificial fresh water lake, and was created in the year 1362 AD.
Pichola Lake is surrounded by beautiful gardens, temples, havellis and ghats. In 1899, Rudyard Kipling mentioned the lake in one of his ‘Letters of Marque’, where he wrote, “If the Venetian owned the Pichola Lake, he might say with justice, ‘see it and die’”
In the Middle of the Lake is the famous Lake Palace which was a former summer palace of the royal family of Mewar, and now has a Luxury Hotel managed by the Taj Hotels. Seen from a distance this appears to be floating on the lake giving it a mystical appearence.
On the Banks of the Lake are 2 more world class Hotels, The Oberoi Udai Villas and The Leela Udaipur.
Once can enjoy a boat ride on the Lake Pichola which takes you around the lake with an option to stop at the Jag Mandir. The lake Palace is only for Resident Guests.
Picture Courtsey Jonathon Laroche
Fatehsagar lake Udaipur
Located on the north-western side of Udaipur, Fateh Sagar Lake is amongst the most popular tourist attractions in the city. This artificial lake was originally built in 1678 by Maharana Jai Singh but the additions were made along its banks by Maharana Fateh Singh. Owing to this, the lake was named after him.
Fatehsagar Lake has 2 main attractions, the Nehru Garden showcasing diverse plants, trees & bird life and a Solar Observatory.
The sky conditions at Udaipur are quite favourable for solar observations. Since the observatory is situated amidst a large mass of water, air turbulence which occurs due to ground heating by sun’s rays is decreased.
If one has some free time and inclined towards Vintage cars, then the Vintage Car Museum is worth a vist. This is located on the Lake Pichola Road and has the private collection of the Vintage cars belonging to the royal family.
If you enjoy Cultural Performances then a Good Place to view these is at Bagore ki Haveli which is located on the Gangaur Ghat on the banks of Lake Pichola.
Day Trips from Udaipur
If you have the time, then these 2 are excellent day trips from Udaipur.
Chittorgarh Fort (Delhi Udaipur Highway) 112 Kms around 2.30 Hours one way. If driving from or to Delhi this can be done enroute.
Ranakpur Jain Temples (Jodhpur Udaipur Route) 95 Kms around 2 Hours one way. If driving to and from Jodhpur this can be done enroute.
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There is perhaps no other fort which has a more compelling story and has been a witness to the valour of brave rajputs than Chittorgarh Fort. Thrice has this fort been a witness to defeat at hands of the enemies and thrice has the Chittorgarh fort witnessed Johar, where the women to preserve their pride self immolated themselves, and it still stands tall.
Chittorgarh Fort stands strong as a citadel in the state of the forts and palaces. Although there are many monuments in Rajasthan to be seen and admired but Chittorgarh Fort built in the 7th century AD, today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the erstwhile capital of the Mewar rulers.
The fort complex comprises seven gates, two towers, and 65 structures which makes it one of the largest fort not only in India but also Asia.
Ranakpur Jain Temple – Ranakpur
Tucked away in the Aravalli hills around 2 hours from Udaipur and 4 from Jodhpur, lies The renowned Jain temple at Ranakpur.
Spread over an area of 4,500 square yards and consisting of 29 halls, the temple is one of the most important of the five major pilgrimage centres of Jainism.
Local legend has it that Dharma Shah, a local Jain businessperson, started construction of the temple in the 15th century following a divine vision. The temple honors Adinath, the first Tirthankar of the present half-cycle (avasarpiṇī) according to Jain cosmology.
The town of Ranakpur and the temple are named after the provincial ruler monarch, Rana Kumbha who supported the construction of the temple.
Distinguished all across the globe for its brilliant architecture, the intricate designs of the turrets and the cupolas add to its magnificence.
The uniquely carved 40 feet high 1,444 pillars strongly support the edifice. It is believed that they are uncountable because of the pattern in which they are placed.
They are so perfectly placed that it is quite difficult to see the Chaumukhi (four-faced) image of Tirthankara Adinath from any point of the temple. The prime attraction of these extraordinary pillars is that no two pillars are alike.
Each one has a unique look and is engraved with beautiful carvings of mythical goddesses playing flute in various postures.
There you have a list of the best places to visit in Udaipur with 2 additions which are outside of Udaipur. We wish you a Great Journey and hope you enjoy your stay in Udaipur.
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