An Insight :Udaipur is known as the city of lakes and is also one of the most romantic cities in Rajasthan. The beautiful gardens, marble palaces and lakes make Udaipur look like a mirage in the desert. Udaipur is also called - Jewel of Mewar - as it was ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for a consecutive duration of 1200 years.
|Lets Explore Udaipur - The City of
Lakes Sightseeing in Udaipur :
The most memorable site of Udaipur is its Lake Palace, shimmering like a jewel on the Lake Pichola, former residence of the princes of Mewar and today a magnificent luxury hotel.
Lake Pichola -Hills, temples, palaces, bathing ghats and embankments, surround this picturesque lake built by Maharajah Udai Singh. The two breathtaking palaces - Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) - also stand amidst this lake.
City Palace -The City Palace on the banks of the Lake Pichola is a collection of rooms, corridors, terraces, pavilions, hanging gardens and courtyards. The City Palace of Udaipur built in 1559 is a must-visit for all tourists to Udaipur. It offers a panoramic view of the "Jag Niwas" (Now the Lake Palace hotel) and the "Jag Mandir". The Mor-Chowk (Peacock courtyard) and the Chini Chitrashala are the most noteworthy features of City Palace with a series of wall paintings of Krishna.
|Jagdish Temple -Built in 1651 by Maharaja
Jagat Singh, this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located in
the centre of the old city. The temple has a black marble image of Lord
Vishnu, which is unusual for the northern part of the country, where
statues of Gods are normally in marble.
Sahelion Ki Bari - The "garden of the maids of honour", Sahelion-ki-Bari was designed and laid out early in the eighteenth century as a retreat for ladies of the royal household to spend their time in leisure. The lotus pool, fountains, lawns, flowerbeds, and marble pavilions all combine to make it a captivating place.
Eklingji and Nagda Temples These temples dating as far back as the 7th century are located just a short distance from Udaipur.
Nathdwara - 48 km from Udaipur is Nathdwara "Gateway to God, an important pilgrim center of the Hindus. Home to one of the most revered 17th century temple, Nathdwara, attracts thousands of devotees from all over India especially during the festivals of Diwali, Holi and Janmashtami. The shrine, dedicated to Krishna - known also as Nath, one of the most popular incarnations of Vishnu, is said to be the second richest temple in India after Tirupati in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Ranakpur - The famous temple complex of Ranakpur, 90km north of Udaipur, is considered to be one of the five holiest places of the Jains. The shrines boast wonderful marble works, which put them at a par with those of the more famous Dilwara group at Mount Abu and Shatrunjaya near Palitana in Gujarat.The main shrine known as Chaumukha temple (four faced temple) is dedicated to Adinath, the first Jaina Tirthankar (the ford maker), whose four-faced image is enshrined in the sanctum sanctorum. It was built in 1439 on land donated to the Jains by Rana Kumbha of Mewar.
Other temples are dedicated to Parshvanath and Neminath. Also in the compound is a contemporary Hindu temple dedicated to Surya, the Sun god.
|Where is Udaipur?
By Air - Udaipur is well connected by air to Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Mumbai.
By Rail - Udaipur is well connected by rail with Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
By Road -Udaipur is well connected by road to Jaipur (400 kms), Jodhpur (275 kms) and Ahmedabad (260 kms).