Well known as the Venice of India, Udaipur is the famous ‘City of Lakes’ and is popular tourist hub. Emerging from the desert country of Rajasthan, this city is admired for its scenic beauty and ancient eloquence. Udaipur is also the historic capital of the previous kingdom of Mewar embellished with beauteous Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake and Lake Swaroop. This old city from the era of royalty still adorns the elegance and charms of the splendid Rajputana genre.
With a history of Rajput grandeur the city is one of the main tourist attractions in Rajasthan. The city with serene lakes, the backdrop of Aravalli Mountains and the spectacular palaces is an amazing site while on an India tour. The town is surrounded by three main interconnected lakes- Fateh Sagar Lake, Pichola Lake and Swaroop Sagar Lake. The Lake Pichola is one of the most popular sites for tourist in Udaipur; the lake owns one of the most extravagant palace hotels- Lake Palace Hotel on one of its islands.
History of Udaipur :
Ruled by Ranawats from the Sisodia clan, Udaipur is the erstwhile capital of the Rajput kingdom of Mewar. Rana Udai Singh was the founder of Udaipur and thus the city was named after his own name. The original capital of Mewar was Chittor which was located on the Banas River which flows in the northeast region of Udaipur. According to the legend following a common practice amongst royalty, Maharaja Udai Singh once while hunting met a hermit at the foothills of the Aravalli Ranges. The hermit then blessed him and asked him to build his palace at the same spot which will be well protected by his blessings.
Udai Singh therefore established his private setting there and it actually proved itself as a protective shield for the Maharaja. In 1568 when Chittor was captured by Mughal Emperor Akbar, Udai Singh moved his capital to Udaipur. As the Mughal Empire was distorted, the Maharajas again got claim of their properties except the fort of Chittor. Udaipur therefore remained the capital of the state and after India’s independence the city was integrated into the Rajasthan state of the country and a favourite tourist attraction in Rajasthan.
The city of Udaipur is embellished with a wide variety of options for sightseeing this effervescent country includes all the shades of a princely state and hence an Udaipur tour is one for a lifetime.
- City Palace : Situated on the banks of Lake Pichola, City Palace is a massive complex of palaces. These palaces are now renovated into magnificent hotels and hence provide the visitors to enjoy an Udaipur tour in a royal style. This hotel complex contains some of the most magnificent palace hotels and thus is a famous tourist attraction in Udaipur.
- Lake Palace : Formerly known as the Jag Niwas, this incredible citadel took around three years to build. The composition of the palace is purely that of marble and in the current times is one of the elegant luxury hotels in the region.
- Jag Mandir : Constructed on the southern island of Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir, is a palatial structure constructed in yellow sandstone and marble. Owned by the Mughal Emperors the palace is constructed in typical Islamic architecture and therefore is another major tourist spot in Udaipur.
- Government Pratap Museum : This old museum in the city holds the time back with a great collection of old sculptures and inscriptions from the bygone era. The antique paintings from the kingdom of Mewar and these sculptures are ways to explore the city much closely and hence are one of the main tourist attractions in Udaipur.