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Udaipur

Udiapur is the capital of Mewar, a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years. It is a lovely lakeside Udaipurcity, encircled by hills and mountains, and set on the edge of three lakes. The city's narrow streets lined by bright coloured stalls, gardens, temples and palaces reflect in the calm blue waters of lake Pichhola. Maharana Udai Singh founded the city in 1559 A.D. Originally there were nine gates to enter the city. Of the remaining five original gates, the Suraj Pol or Sun Gate on the eastern side is the main entrance to the city.Indian travel agent gives special discounted hotel from budget hotels to Deluxe hotels in India. Udaipur is a major domestic airport in the country. Indian Airlines connects Udaipur with Jodhpur, Jaipur, Aurangabad, Mumbai and Delhi with regular flights. Udaipur is directly linked by rail with Delhi, Jaipur, Ajmer, Chittaurgarh, Jodhpur and Ahmedabad. Udaipur is also well connected by road with other major centres of the state.

City Palace
Completely white and majestic, the City Palace complex is an architectural marvel that stands on a hill surrounded by crenallated walls. It is a collection of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. Its main entrance is through the triple arched gate, the Tripolia with eight marble porticos. The gate was built in 1725. The Maharanas were weighed under the gate in gold and an equivalent amount in value was distributed among the populace. The Suraj Gokhada or the Balcony of the Sun is another fascinating monument. During the times of trouble, it is where the Suryavanshi Maharanas of Mewar, presented themselves to the people to restore their confidence. The 'Mor Chowk' known for its exquisite peacock mosaics in glass and the Chini Chitrashala noted for its blue and white ceramics are other interesting places in the complex.

Jagdish Temple
Built in 1651 AD, by Maharana Jagat Singh I, this Indo-Aryan temple is the largest and most splendid temple in Udaipur. The temple has beautiful sculpted images.

Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandir
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Saheliyon-ki-Bari
This garden of the maids of honour brings to the front, the unique lifestyle of the royal ladies, who once strolled through these gardens. This magnificent garden has numerous fountains in four pools and delicately chiselled kiosks and elephants.

Fateh Sagar
Built by Maharana Fateh Singh, this beautiful lake is surrounded on three sides by hills, and the Pratap Memorial on the north. In the middle of the lake is Nehru Park, a lovely Garden Island with a boat shaped caf?. One can indulge in boat rides and row across to the Nehru Park.

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Pichhola Lake
Hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments envelop this renowned lake that once spellbound Maharaja Udai Singh. Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas(Lake Palace) are the two magnificent palaces in the lake.

Ahar
Located 3 km from Udaipur, Ahar is the ancient capital of Sisodias where stand the royal cenotaphs of the Maharanas of Mewar. It has a small government Museum where a rare collection of antiquities including earthen pots, iron objects and other art items excavated in the region is exhibited

Sajjan Garh
This Monsoon Palace dominating the skyline is visible from most parts of the city. It offers a panoramic overview of the city's lakes, palaces and the surrounding countryside.

Gulab Bagh
It is a spectacular rose garden laid out by Maharana Sajjan Singh. Few gardens in India offer such spectacular beauty, as this garden. A library in the garden has a rare collection of ancient handwritten manuscripts and books.

Eklingji (22 km)
Built in 734 A.D. Eklingji is a beautifully sculpted temple complex with 108 temples within its walls. The temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva. The walled complex encloses and elaborately pillared hall or 'mandap' under a large pyramidal roof and has four-faced image of Lord Shiva in black marble.

Kumbhalgarh Fort (84 km)
Kumbhalgarh is the second principal fortress in Rajasthan after Chittaurgarh, Maharana Kumbha built it atop the Aravallis in the 15th century. The fort extends over 12 km and has many temples, palaces and gardens. The Badal Mahal or Cloud Palace offers a spectacular bird's eye view of the surroundings. The Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is nearby. The Fort is accessible only by jeep from Kelwara. Indian Travel Agent offers Visit India and explore India.

Jaisamand Lake (48 km)
Maharana Jai Singh built this artificial lake in the 17th century, the second largest in Asia. Graceful marble chhatris flank the embankment. Beautiful summer palaces for the Udaipur queens are located on the banks of the lake. Jaisamand Island Resort and Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary are also worth visiting.

Ranakpur (90 km)
Ranakpur is the home of a group of beautifully sculptured Jain temples those lie in the tranquil valley of the Aravallis. One of the five holiest places of the Jains, the temples are surrounded by a wall. These temples were built in the 15th century during the reign of Rana Kumbha. The principal Chamukha Temple sprawiling over 48000sq.ft, dedicated to Tirthankara Adinath, has 29 halls supported with 1444 pillars. Two temples dedicated to Neminath and Parsvanath, facing the main temple, has beautiful carvings similar to those of Khajuraho. An 8th century sun temple nearby has polygonal walls richly decorated with carvings of warriors, horses and solar deities riding chariots.Special Holidays with very attractive and discounted packages and hotel bookings.

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