Udaipur is referred to as the "Venice of the East", the "Most Romantic City of India" and the "Kashmir of Rajasthan" (a reference to Dal Lake) and not without reason. Tourists flock to this enchanting old & modern town in the heart of the Aravalli Mountains, which offers three interconnected lakes within the town - the Fateh Sagar Lake, the Lake Pichhola and the smaller Swaroop Sagar Lake; along with forts, palaces, temples, gardens, mountains and narrow lanes lines withdrawn with stalls, relives the reminisces of a heroic past, valor and chivalry.
Udaipur City Palace is one of the architectural marvels of Rajasthan. Standing on the east bank of the Lake Pichola this majestic construction is a series of palaces built at different times from 1559. The balconies of the City Palace provide panoramic views of "Jag Niwas" (the Lake Palace Hotel), Jag Mandir on one side and the city of Udaipur on the other. The Tripola is the main entrance which was built in 1725. Suraj Gokhda is the famous window balcony used by the Maharanas to interact and motivate the public during any crisis times.The maharanas were weighed under the gate in gold, the equivalent amount of which was distributed among the populace.It is also famous for best destination wedding place.
Gulab Bagh is located on the Lake Palace Road, on the banks of Lake Pichola. It was known as Sajjan Niwas Bagh, the largest garden of Rajasthan, sprawled over 100 acres of land. Due to the presence of many varieties of roses, not very common in India, the garden acquired the name Gulab Bagh or Rose Garden. It is a peaceful garden, a virtual forest of flowers, on the rim of the city area. The garden has an attractive toy train in the premises to keep the children engaged. It also houses a zoo with a number of animals like chinkara, leopards, tigers and birds.
Sukhadia circle is located in the northern suburb of Udaipur city. The circle also known as Sukhadia square has attractive water fountain set in three levels that represents prosperity. With a beautiful Pond and garden around it this Sukhadia circle is popular as an evening outing area. The attraction is also a popular place of recreation for the entire family with boating facility in the pond and toy trains running in the park. Its foundation was laid in 1968 and was opened in 1970. The Circle is a popular recreational centre and meeting place. A circular pond surrounds the fountain; nearby are pleasant gardens.
The Sajjangarh Fort is 5 Km west of the city of Udaipur. It is built on Bansdara Mountain on an altitude of 944 meters above the sea level. Sajjangarh was built as a fort with defensive mechanism in place however it was also used as a palace for recreation and pleasure of the royal families. The fort was the royal summer residence of Mewar kings, at the same time due to the high altitude it was used to monitor the progress of monsoon during the rainy season. Hence this palace is also popularly known as Monsoon Palace. An excellent view of the lakes, surrounding hills and majestic palaces of Udaipur provide a treat to the eyes of the tourists visiting this fort.
The Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum is located in the Chetak circle in Udaipur. It is a very popular museum that exhibits the brilliant collection of folk articles of Rajasthan. This collection ranges from typical rural-dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings.
Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum was started as an initiative to preserve and cherish the local arts and culture. At the entrance of the Museum the big hall displays the theatre objects. The next hall is a collection of tribal folk musical instruments and ornaments. Following this hall, you would reach to a puppet theater. You can actually watch a puppet show that occurs at regular intervals. On the opposite side of this theater, there are designs of henna handprints, decorated cow dung floors and terra-cotta ‘devras’ (small shrines).
This is an island palace in Lake Pichola,one of the best tourist place which was constructed by Maharana Karan Singh as a hideout for Prince Khurram the estranged son of Emperor Jahangir the implacable foe of the Maharana. The reason for the aid was that the prince was the son of a Rajput mother. It is also said that Shah Jahan [prince Khurram] derived some of these ideas for the Taj Mahal from this palace when he stayed there in 1623-24. The island has some striking carving including a row of elephants that looks as though they are guarding the island. The exquisitely carved chhatri in grey and blue stone is another example.
A majestic architectural marvel towering over the lake on a hill surrounded by crenallated walls, it is a conglomeration of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. The main entrance is through the triple arched gate, the "Tripolia" with eight marble porticos. The maharanas were weighed under the gate in gold, the equivalent amount of which was distributed among the populace. It is tourist attraction place to visit.
Built by Maharana Jagat Singh I in 1651 the temple enshrines a black stone image of Lord Vishnu. Jagdish Mandir is famous for its spiritual value. One of the most famous tourist attraction place in Udaipur. There is a brass image of Garuda the Lord bird carrier. The exterior and the plinth are covered with base relief of alligators, elephants, horsemen and celestial musicians rise in tiers. Chanting, bells and music can be heard throughout the day. It is city's largest and most splendid temple of Udaipur.
Literally meaning of Ship Gram is "Craftsmen's Village", it is a living ethnographic museum depicting the enormous diversities in craft, art & culture between various Indian states, but the exquisite terracotta work mainly in dark red and dark brown sand material along with the wooden carvings are the forte of this ethnic village . Shilpgram comprises 26 huts set in 70 acres of natural surroundings at the foot of the Aravali Hills. A colourful craft festival during winter seasons to the whole set up induces viatanity and zeal.
Saheliyon ki Bari or the "Garden of the maids of honour", brings to the fore the unique life-style of the royal ladies who once strolled in this gardens. The most popular tourist space in Udaipur,City of Lakes. This spectacular garden has four pools and five fountains, each one with a different look, embelished with delicately chiselled kiosks and elephants in marble. It also has a Science Laboratory with different types of reptiles, frogs and specimens for the visitors.
This delightful lake, bordered by hills and woodland was constructed by Maharana jai Singh to the north of Lake Pichola. It is an artificial lake dug up in 1678, reconstructed by Maharana Fateh Singh A canal links the two, via Swaroop Sagar and Rang Sagar Lakes.Most famous tourist place in Udaipur, also famous for the variety of food available here. The beautiful Nehru Island as well as an islet bearing a solar observatory rises from the lake.