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- The City
The famous "white"
city of Rajasthan state, Udaipur stands on the banks of
the lake Pichola, its many white marble palaces reflecting
in the lake's calm waters. Udaipur is voted one of the
most romantic cities of India.
Apart from the city-palace, there are a number of other
beautiful palaces around town. Indeed, one palace is built
on an island in the lake and is now turned into the world
famous "Lake Palace Hotel". The palace is built
in such a way so that seems to float effortlessly on the
blue waters of the lake. A number of ex-palaces and mansions
are converted into hotels to cater for the luxury traveler.
Due to an abundance of water, there are a number of gardens
in and out of town. There are a number of reservoirs surrounding
the town, along with a few forts and ancient ruins. Udaipur
is an excellent base for taking day trips to the surrounding
countryside and historical places.
PLACES OF INTEREST
CITY PALACE AND MUSEUM
Towering over the Pichola Lake on a hill lies the
imposing City Palace, a majestic marvel of architecture.
It is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Although
a conglomeration of buildings constructed by various
Maharanas over a period of time, the complex still
manages to retain a uniformity of design. The palace
has many courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors,
rooms and hanging gardens. One can get a magnificent
view of the lake and the city from the upper terraces
of the palace
The main part of the palace has now been preserved
as a museum. You get to see the beautiful mosaics
of peacocks at the Mor Chowk, the glass and mirror
work in the Manak Mahal and Moti Mahal, and a beautiful
collection of miniatures in Krishna Vilas.
Built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat
Singh, the temple is located at about 150 metres
north of the entrance to the City Palace. The temple,
built in Indo-Aryan style, is the largest temple
of Udaipur. Here you can have a look at a black
stone image of Lord Vishnu, who has been enshrined
here as Jagannath, lord of the universe. A brass
image of Garuda lies in front of the temple.
To the north of the city lies Saheliyon-Ki-Bari,
a garden of the maids of honour. This small ornamental
garden has many fountains, delightful lotus pools,
chiselled kiosks and marble elephants.
Commenced by Maharana Karan Singh,
the island palace takes its name from Maharana Jagat
Singh who had made a number of additions to it.
The island has an impressive chhatri (cenotaph)
carved from grey blue stone and is flanked by a
row of enormous stone elephants. It is believed
that Prince Khurram (later Shah Jahan) was given
refuge here when he was leading a revolt against
his father Jehangir. From the balconies, you get
a superb view of the lake and the city.
LOK KALA MANDIR
Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandir, the Indian folk arts
museum, has interesting exhibits that include folk
dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk
musical instruments, folk deities and paintings.
You can also watch puppet shows that are held here
About 4 km in length and 3 km wide,
the picturesque Pichhola Lake is fringed with hills,
gardens, havelis, ghats and temples. The lake was
enlarged by Maharana Udai Singh II after he founded
the city. The two islands on the lake, Jag Mandir
and Jag Niwas, present a magnificent sight. One
of the major attractions here are the boat rides.
The boats leave regularly from the City Palace jetty
(known as Bansi Ghat) and take you on a pleasant
trip around the lake including a visit to Jag Mandir
Island and other ghats around the lake.
This beautiful lake, constructed in 1678, lies to
the north of Lake Pichola. The lake, built by Maharana
Fateh Singh, is overlooked by a number of hills
on three sides and the Pratap Memorial on the north.
The east bank of the lake has a pleasant drive along
it. In the middle of the lake is Nehru Parka lovely
garden island that has a boat-shaped restaurant
in it. The island can be accessed only by boat.
The Udai Sagar Lake lies 15 km east
of Udaipur. It was built Maharana Udai Singh in
order to provide the city with secure water supply
in case of a war besides agricultural and leisure
purposes. The lake is around 4 km long and 2.5 km
wide with a maximum depth of around 9 metres. Today,
the waters of the lake are used in the nearby zinc