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About Udaipur

Udaipur is situated in the western part of India in the Aravali Hills of Rajasthan. This beautiful city was founded by Maharaja Udai Singh in 1559 AD and is named after him. Udaipur is also known as the city of lakes as you can see lakes everywhere. It is one of the most romantic cities in Rajasthan because of the marble palaces, beautifully laid out gardens and lakes. Udaipur is now one of the most visited tourist spots in India. Thousands of tourists visit this city every month from all over the world.

Some of the Places of Udaipur

Saheliyon ki Bari

Maharaja Sangram Singh built it first but it way destroyed by heavy rains then Maharaja Fateh Singh rebuilt this place. This place has five beautiful fountains, which are called Swagat Fountain, Savan Bhadon, Kamal Talai, Raslila and Bin Badal Barsat. In the old times this place was meant for queens and their friends so it is called Saheliyon ki Bari.

Nehru Island Park

It beautiful garden is situated in the middle of Fateh Sagar Lake on an island. Beautiful flowers and fountains make it an ideal place for tourists. Boats are available to take visitors to the island.

Sajjan Nivas Garden

This is the largest garden of Rajasthan, which covers 100 acres of land. It was built by Maharaja Sajjan Singh (1874-1884). A library and a zoo are also situated in this garden.

Pratap Memorial

It is situated on Moti Magari in the city. There is a bronze statue of Maharana Pratap risidin his horse Chetak. There are some ruins behind this statue, which were built by Maharaja Udai Singh in 1554 A.D. for his residence. Panoramic view of Udaipur city can be seen from this place.

Fateh Sagar Lake

Maharaja Jai Singh built it in 1679 and Maharaja Fateh Singh got it rebuilt in 1884 A.D.

Pichhola Lake

Pichhu Banjara built it during the reign of Maharaja Lakha in 1362. It is the oldest lake of Udaipur. It is 3 miles long 2 miles wide and 30 feet deep. Two palaces are situated in the middle of lake on two islands, which are known as Jag Nivas and Jag Mandir.

Lake Palace (Jag Nivas)

This famous palace was built by Maharaja Jagat Singh in 1746. At present there is a hotel, known as Hotel lake palace.

Jag Mandir

Maharana Amar Singh started the construction of this Palace in 1615. And Raja Karan Singh completed it in 1622. Later on it was extended by Maharana Jagat Singh. In 1622 when Shahjahan rebelled against Jahangir and took Shelter with Maharana Karan Singh then he was kept here. It is said that great tombs and garden of this palace inspired him to make the Taj Mahal.

Raj Mahal

Maharana Udai Singh started building the biggest palace of Rjasthan on the Shore of Pichhola Lake in 1559. Rai Angan is the oldest portion of this palace, which was built by Maharana Udai Singh in 1565. Every Maharana was crowned here for the first time.

Jagdish Temple

This beautiful temple is situated on 25 high platforms and is about 200 feet from the Raj Mahal Palace. It was completed by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1653. This temple contains the idols of Lord Vishnu and Godess Laxmi.

Pratap Museum

This museum situated near the Palace contains dresses of different part of Rajasthan, old coins, armaments, pictures and statues. It also contains the turban of Shahjahan which he exchanged with Maharana Karan Singh as a token of friendship in 1622.

Sajjan Garh

It was built by Maharaja Sajjan Singh 1884. It is situated on the highest peak of Udaipur. It was completed by Maharaja Fateh Singh. The city of Udaipur can be seen from here.

Tourist Places near Udaipur

Jai Samundra Lake

This huge lake is 58 kms away from Udaipur .it is also known as Dhebar. It was built by, Maharaja Jai Singh in 1691. It is 10 miles wide, 6 miles long and 100 feet deep. The islands in this lake are inhabited by the Bhils (tribals). They use traditional wood boats to travel. This lake is a part of game sanctuary established by the state government.

Rishabhdeo Ji

At a distance of 64 km from Udaipur is the Rishabhdeo ji temple. The paintings of girnar & architecture of the temple are worth seeing. The idol of Rishabhadeo is 4 feet high and made of black stone.

Eklingji

The temple of Ekling ji is 30 kms away from Udaipur. Maharaja Bappa Rawal built the temple of Ekling ji. Ekling ji is said to be presiding deity of Mewar Empire and every government work was done by the name of Ekling ji. There are four-mouthed black idol of Shiva in the temple. The height of the temple is 60 feet and diameter is 50 feet. The architecture of the temple represents different aspects of architecture.

Temple of Nagda

The temple of Nagda is 5 kms away from Ekling ji. Nagda was established by Nag Ditya in 8th century. It was turned to ruins due to Mughal attacks. The temple of ‘Sans Bahu’ is beautiful specimen of architecture. There is a Jain temple of Shantinath, which has 8 feet high idol made of black marble. It was made in 1437 AD during the reign of Rana Kumbha.

Nathdwara

Nathdwara is 55 km from Udaipur. Devoted to Lord Krishna, Shrinathji Temple houses a black stone image of lord Krishna. Legend goes that that the statue was brought from Vrindavan in 1669 to protect it from Aurangazeb. The wheels of the cart carrying the statue were stuck in the deep mud while passing through Nathdwara, and consequently the Srinathji temple was built on the spot with the permission of the then Rana of Mewar at Nathdwara.

Kankroli

Kankroli is 70 km from Udaipur. It is famous for its Dwarkaji temple. This city was established in 1672 by Maharaja Raj Singh and therefore it is also known as Raj nagar. It is only 10 miles away from Nathdwara.

Chaar bhujaji

The temple of chaar bhuja ji is 35 km from Kankrole. The Gurjars of this village worship the temple. There is an idol of chaar bhuja ji in the temple. The glasswork inside the temple is very beautiful. A fair is held here every year on Bhadra Shukla Ekadashi (Hindi calendar date) during which many people come here.

Haldi ghati

It is the place where the famous battle Haldhi Ghati was fought between Akbar and Maharana pratap in 1576. In this battle Chetak (Maharana Pratap’s legendry horse) breathed his last. The tomb of Chetak is also here. The soil of this place is red and yellow.

The Jain temple Ranakpur

This temple is 95 km from Udaipur. It is a unique specimen of art and architecture. Being surrounded by the Arawali hills, it is famous all over the worked. It was built by Dham Shah Porval Jain during the reigns of Maharaja Kumbha in 1432. Maharaja Kumbha loved architecture and he helped to complete this temple.

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh Fort is the second most important fort of Rajasthan after Chittorgarh. Located at a distance of 64 kms from Udaipur in Rajasmand district, Kumbhalgarh Fort is easily accessible from the city of Udaipur. This unconquerable fortress is secured under the kind protection of the Aravali ranges. Kumbhalgarh Fort was built by Maharana Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. The fort derived its name from the same factor.

Climate and Best Time to visit

The climate of Udaipur is very hot and dry during summer. The summers start in month of April and last till end of September. Winters are pleasant with temperature dropping upto 3ºC during the night. The best time to visit this desert place is during the months of October to March.

How to reach Udaipur

By Road

Udaipur is connected by major road link between Mumbai, Delhi and Ahmedabad. The Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh road transport corporation operate buses to Udaipur from various region.

By Rail

Udaipur is on the western railway network. The railway station is about 4 km from the city center. Udaipur is directly connected by rail with Delhi, Jaipur, Ajmer and Jodhpur.

By Air

Indian Airlines Daily connects Udaipur from Jodhpur, Jaipur, Mumbai and Delhi. Dabok airport is 21km away from the city.