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UDAIPUR
DISTANCE FROM MAJOR CITIES
Ajmer: 131 km
Jaipur: 274 km
Jodhpur: 259 km
Ranakpur: 90 km
BEST TIME TO VISIT: November to February

Royal Capital of a divine dynasty, languid lake city or ‘city of sunrise’, Udaipur, was founded in 1567 by Maharana Udai Singh, a descendant of the legendary Sisodias of Mewar.

Dotted with marble palaces, hibiscus - laden gardens and fountain pavilions, Udaipur appeals to the imagination of poets and painters, travellers and writers like no other city in the country. The city's inherent romance and beauty and its remarkable past redolent with episodes of heroism and splendour, continue to enthral the visitor even today. Udaipur, the City of Dawn, looms up like a vision in white. Surrounded by hills and mountains and set on the edge of three lakes which lead on to a fertile plain - it is a truly enchanting city. Narrow streets lined with vividly coloured stalls, gardens, temples and palaces mirrored in the placid blue waters of lake Pichhola, add to the magic of Udaipur.


Places to see in Udaipur

THE CITY PALACE

The well-fortified City Palace is a majestic white monument perched high up on a hill. The main entrance, a triple arched gate named the Tripolia, built in 1725, is a marvel worth seeing. The Suraj Gokhada, the Balcony of the Sun, where the Suryavanshi Maharanas of Mewar, presented themselves in times of trouble to the people to restore their confidence, is another fascinating monument. The Chini Chitrashala is noteworthy for its blue and white ceramics.

JAGDISH TEMPLE

Built in 1651 A.D, by Maharaja Jagat Singh I; it is the largest and most splendid temple in Udaipur.

BHARATIYA LOK KALA MUSEUM

This Indian folk arts museum displays a rich collection of folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls musical instruments and paintings.

SAHELIYON-KI-BARI

This garden of the ‘maids of honour’, brings to the fore the unique lifestyle of the royal ladies, who once strolled through these gardens. This spectacular garden has numerous fountains in four pools, embellished with delicately chiselled kiosks and elephants.

FATEH SAGAR

Built by Maharana Fateh Singh, this elegant lake is surrounded on three sides by hills and the Pratap Memorial on the north. One can indulge in boat rides on the rippling waters, and row across to the Nehru Park - an island garden.

PICHHOLA LAKE

The legendary lake that entranced Maharana Udai Singh, it is surrounded by hill palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments..

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