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UDAIPUR - The City of Lakes

UDAIPUR - The City of Lakes 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.

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.
Jagdish Temple - UdaipurJAGDISH TEMPLE
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.
Saheliyon ki Bari - UdaipurSAHELIYON KI BARI
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.
Jag Mandir - UdaipurJAG MANDIR
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.
Bhartiya lok Kala Mandir - UdaipurBHARTIYA 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 daily.
Pichola Lake - UdaipurPICCHOLA LAKE
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.
Fateh Sagar - UdaipurFATEH SAGAR
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.
Udai Sagar - UdaipurUDAI SAGAR
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 smelter.

General Information

Area : 37 sq.km.
Altitude : 577 metres
Climate : Mean Max.       Mean Min.           Clothing
Summer : 38.10C              27.70C               Light Tropical
Winter : 23.30C              05.50C               Woolen
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