Today I will talk about the lake city, Udaipur. Udaipur also known as Venice of the East. Udaipur is one of the most beautiful cities surrounded by aravali mountain range, situated in Rajasthan State. This city was founded by Maharana Udai singh 2 in 1559 AD. He built it around a series of artificial lakes . the city served as the capital of the kingdom of Mewar after Mughal emperor Akbar besieged its earlier power-centre Chittorgarh. Udaipur is one of the most picturesque destinations in the country. Colonel James Tod of the East India Company, who was also a scholar, aptly described the city as “the most romantic place in the Indian sub continent”. Here we suggest if you are planning to visit the city you should write it in your checklist.
- Bagore ki Haveli
Bagore-ki-Haveli is located by Lake Pichola, at Gangaur Ghat. Amar Chand Badwa, the then Prime Minister of Mewar, built it in the 18th century. The massive palace has over a hundred rooms that display costumes and modern art. This haveli Reflecting Mewar’s rich heritage, Bagore ki Haveli has huge courtyards, balconies, jharokhas, archways, cupolas and a fountain. With around 138 rooms, the interiors of the Haveli are decorated with alluring glasswork and murals, including the chambers of the royal ladies, renowned for intricate stained glass windows
- Sajjangarh Fort/ Mansoon Palace
Sajjangarh Fort also called Monsoon Palace is located at Bansdara Peek of aravali hill. Maharana Sajjan singh built it with white marble in 1884. It was supposed to use for astronomical center but due to premature death of maharana Sajjansingh this palace was mostly used for hunting lodge. It offers spectacular views of city and the areas around.
- Ekling ji Temple
Situated 22 km far from the Udaipur city. It has been said that sri ekling ji is the god of maharana’s. dedicated to lord shiva the temple was built in 734 AD and has been modify & repaired so many times. It has 50 foot tall idol of lord shiva made with black marble. One of the the best time to visit this temple is in shivratri.
- Dinner at Jagmandir
Jagmandir is a palace built on an island in lake pichola The construction was begin in 1620 and completed in 1650. The royal family used this palace as summer palace and for hosting royal parties. It says that prince khurram was stayed here once when he rebelled against his father Emperor Jahangir. Nowadays a luxury restraunt The Dharikhana, Jagmandir running in this palace. If you want to do a romantic dinner with your loved one at this lavish, royal restraunt you have to book the table in advance.
- Ahar Cenotaph
Ahar Cenotaph is located 2 km far from city center. The ahar cenotaphs are group of cenotaph. It has 372 cenotaphs of kings and queens of Mewar and was built over 400 years. The most striking cenotaph is of maharana sangram singh. It has 6 pillars with an octagonal dome at center supported by 8 small pillars. There is also a metal figure of Lord Buddha that dates back to the 10th century along with grain pots, skin scrubbers, balls and seals belonging to 1st century BC. You should take some time to stop by and see the beautiful Ahar.
- Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Sajjangarh Biological park and wildlife sanctuary situated in the downhill of bans dhara hills. This park is a home of reptiles, Tigers, nilgai, Sambhar, wild boar, panthers and jackals. This sanctuary opens in 2015. It also has an artificial lake named jiyan sagar, which is also known as Bari Lake or Tiger lake. This lake wa s contructed by Maharana Raj Singh in 1664 AD. This santucary closed by Monsoon palace and you can visit the park if you are interested in wildlife and nature.
- Jagdish Temple
The Jagdish Temple, formerly known as the Temple of Jagannath Rai, is a major part of the City Palace in Udaipur. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu and is considered as the largest temple in the city. Representing the Indo-Aryan architectural style, this temple was built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh of Udaipur. It has a three-storied structure with magnificent carved pillars, painted walls and decorated ceilings. There are 50 pillars on the first and second floors. The height of the top of the temple is 79 feet on which statues of musicians and dancers can be seen along with elephants and riders. The image of Garuda (half man and half eagle) protects the door of Lord Vishnu.
- City Palace
The City Palace located over Lake Pichola. The balconies, cupolas, and towers of the palace give a wonderful view of the lake and the surrounding city. This complex actually consists of four major and several minor palaces that collectively form the magnificent City Palace. The construction was started in 1559 AD by Maharana Udai Singh II. After that it was built over a period of 400 years with contributions from several rulers of Mewar Dynasty. In the museum you can witness some of the royal artifacts.