Entitled as the ‘world’s best city’ in a poll by Travel and Leisure magazine, this beautiful city of lakes, Udaipur, has never been away from the sight of a travel buff. Also known as ‘Venice of the East’, ‘Most Romantic City of India’ and ‘Kashmir of Rajasthan’, it has acquired all the love from tourists. It’s not merely to say, but one must definitely encounter its charismatic and alluring beauty. And when it’s about Udaipur, you certainly cannot miss on these places of historical importance:
City palace, on the banks of Pichola Lake, constructed by Maharana Udai Mirza Singh in the 16th century is a blend of European, Medieval and Chinese style of architecture. The size of the Palace, its courtyards, hanging gardens, pavilions…all leave you mesmerized. One cannot admire enough the exclusive paintings hanging on the walls adds to the exoticism of this Palace. Main part of the Palace is now converted into a museum, where some exclusive artifacts and the armory is displayed. While you are here try to attend the Mewar Light and Sound Show organized every evening.
Bagore Ki Haveli
Built by Amir Chand Badwa, in the 18th century, this flawless beauty has now turned into a museum, which retains the royal touch of the building. Showcasing the Mewar culture, its collection includes hand fans, copper boxes, jewelry boxes and much more. Once here, you cannot prevent yourselves getting stunned by its splendid architecture.
Bagore Ki Haveli
Located approx. 84 kms north of Udaipur, this fort was constructed by Maharana Kumbha, in the 15th century. Something that makes it really famous is the reason that it’s the birth place of the King of Mewar, Maharana Pratap. Resting between the thirteen mountain peaks of Aravalli, this fort is also surrounded by a thick 15 kms long wall. Known to be the highest fort in Rajasthan, this will obviously let your mind boggle. While you are here, do make a visit to ‘Haldi Ghati’ the place famous for the great battle of Maharana Pratap.
This 4 km long and 3km wide lake is a landmark and vital identity of Udaipur. You can enjoy a boat trip, making a stop at the beautiful islands, the two most famous being Jagniwas and Jagmandir. While visiting Jagniwas Island, you also visit the famous Lake Palace. Likewise while you are visiting Jagmandir Island, do visit the famous Jag Mandir Palace. So when you’re in Udaipur, you ought to visit this place, no matter what.
One of the most famous temples of Rajasthan, Eklingji temple is situated approx. 22kms in the north of Udaipur. The town is called Kailash Puri. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is patron deity of the ruling family of Mewar. The temple has been rebuilt and refurnished over the period by several rulers of Mewar. Its stunning architecture is marvelous, with beautiful outer walls and carved towers. You will find this temple full of mesmerizing fragrance. The Shivlinga is garlanded by a silver snake. The temple also has a four-faced black marble idol of Lord Shiva (Eklingji). The silver statue of Lord Shiva’s sacred bull Nandi has been created just outside the temple.
Fateh Sagar Lake
Fateh Sagar Lake was built by Maharana Jai Singh in the year 1678. Situated besides Moti Magri hill, it stretches to 2.4kms in length and 1.6kms in width. To admire its beauty, you can drive around the circumference of the lake which is a serpentine route and offers beautiful views of the Lake as also the Aravalli Hills. The lake has three small islands around, Nehru Park being the largest having its own restaurant and a zoo. This place also forms a perfect picnic spot, where you can also enjoy a boat ride.
Fateh Sagar Lake
Constructed by Maharana Jagat Singh, located at the lower end of Jagdish Chowk, Jagdish temple is dedicated to Lord Laxmi Narayan. It is known to be the largest temple in Udaipur. It’s three-storied with a wonderful architecture. At the entrance there are two huge while marble elephants, which have been colorfully caparisoned. The porch inside the temple has beautiful carvings of people singing and dancing. 23.3 meter high temple stands up high, gracefully touching the skyline of Udaipur.
Vintage & Classic Car Collection
To have a close look at the royalty of Udaipur, make a visit to the Vintage Classic Cars Museum and have a look at the car collection of the Maharajas. Located within the grounds of Garden Hotel, one can see vintage and classic cars like Cadillac, Morris, Chevrolet, Rolls-Royce Phantom and many more. A look at these car would certain leave you impressed.
Vintage & Classic Car Collection Udaipur
Apart from the places listed above, there are few more places where you can visit like Moti Magri, Shilpgram, Monsoon Palace, Ambrai Ghat, Ahar and Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum. I am sure your visit to Udaipur will bring memories you shall cherish lifelong.