Founded by Maharaja Udai Singh of the
Sisodia dynasty in 1559, Udaipur is situated at the banks of Lake Pichola
and surrounded by mountains, lakes and forests. With its lakes and
mountains, it is almost like a mirage in the vast sandy desert of Rajasthan.
Over the years, Udaipur has earned numerous names for itself because of its
impressive beauty like the 'City of Dawn', 'Lake City', 'Jewel of Mewar' and
'Venice of East'. It is one of the most famous cities of India and is
visited by tourists from both India and abroad in large numbers.
Places of interest in Udaipur
The City Palace - Built by Maharaja Udai Singh, the City
Palace is a wonderful structure of marble & granite that overlooks Lake
Pichola. The City Palace has exquisitely carved and intricately sculptured
palatial structures that enchant tourists with their spectacular beauty. It
is one of the most important attraction that a tourist must visit during his
trip to Udaipur
The Lake Palace - The Lake Palace is yet another place
that tourists must visit during their trip to Udaipur. The palace is nearby
the City Palace and gives an impression of floating in the lake Pichola. One
of the most beautiful palaces in the world, the Lake palace is a classic
example of Rajasthani architecture.
Sahelion Ki Bari - Sahelion Ki Bari or the garden of
maidens is also very close to the City Palace and is a major tourist spot.
The garden was built by Maharaja Sangram Singh, the garden is a perfect
place for picnic and enjoyment. There is also a museum that displays the
objects used by the people of royal household.
Fateh Sagar & Nehru Park - Overlooked by a number of
hills from three sides and the Pratap Memorial on the north, this is a
spectacular lake built by Maharana Fateh Singh. In between the lake is Nehru
Park - a breathtaking garden island with a boat shaped cafe approachable by
an enjoyable boat ride.
Jag Mandir - Standing in the middle of the Lake Pichhola
is the island palace Jag Mandir, where prince Khuman Singh, (best known as
emperor Shahjahan, who the built the world famous Taj Mahal), sought refuse
from his father emperor Jahangir. This three story building was completed by
Maharana Jagat Singh Ist in 1652 A.D.
Shopping in Udaipur
Shopping in Udaipur, tourists come across beautiful handicrafts and
jewelleries that are a complete delight for them. Other than this folk toys,
images of gods and goddesses and painted fabrics are the most popular buys
for tourists. Shops around the Lake Palace and Jagdish temple offer abundant
opportunities to tourists to buy these items. These beautiful items become a
memory for lifetime for tourists visiting Udaipur.
Air - Udaipur is connected to Delhi via Jaipur by both
Indian airlines flight and Jet airways flight. Both the airlines operate
direct flights to Udaipur from Mumbai, Jaipur and Jodhpur.
Rail - Udaipur is connected to Delhi, Jaipur, Ajmer,
Chittaurgarh and Ahmedabad. Those tourists who are travelling from Mumbai
can reach Udaipur by train via Ahmedabad.
Road - If tourists want to travel by road then like
Jaipur, Udaipur is also connected to Delhi by national highway no 8.
Roadways also connect Udaipur to Ajmer, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Jodhpur. Bus
services are available from Gujrat, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. For
tourists visiting Udaipur, transportation never poses a problem.