Udaipur

Tourist Places to Visit in Udaipur

Known as the City of Lakes, Udaipur was the former capital of the Mewar Kingdom. It is a city founded by Maharana Udai Singh and is located in the western part of Rajasthan. The city is the centre for performing arts and crafts and is often referred to as the Venice of the East. The city is a hub of various beautiful palaces and lakes. The city also has plenty of copper and zinc mines. The culture and the locations of the palaces of the Rajputs of Udaipur make it a popular tourist destination. The Shilpgram festival of Udaipur, held sometimes around the New Year is a great hub of arts and crafts that pulls in great crowds of people from all over India. Jaisamand Lake, the largest artificial lake in Asia, is situated in Udaipur. The city is much famous for its architectural beauty of the impressive highly ranked palaces. Udaipur has one of the best solar observatories in Asia. There’s a lot to explore in Udaipur.

The City Palace, a collection of four major and several minor palaces, is a magnificent palace on the banks of Lake Pichola. The tourists can get a wonderful view of the lake and the surrounding city from the balconies and towers of the palace. It was built by Maharana Udai Singh. Every palace inside the City Palace is designed in a unique way and decorated with mirrored tiles, paintings, glass work and ornamental tiles. Today, the main section of the palace has been transformed into a museum but still, the works bring to life the opulence of the era. The museum is a large collection of artifacts and is full of interest for the art lovers.

The original name of the Lake Palace was Jag Niwas Palace that served as a summer palace. The walls of the palace are made of black and white stones and decorated with semi-precious stones. The palace is famous for its gardens, fountains and pillared terraces. Near to Lake Palace is the Jagmandir Palace, also called the ‘Lake Garden Palace’. The palace was used by the royal family as their summer resort and for hosting parties. Another one is the Ahar museum that gains special attention of the tourists by a 10th century metal figure of Buddha. The museum is also known for its profusion of earthen pottery. The Pichola Lake is named after a village, Pichola. The lake is the house of the islands of Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir and along its eastern bank lays the City Palace. Sunset is the best time to take a boat ride in the lake and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Lake and City Palaces.

The most famous temple of Udaipur is the Jagdish Temple. The architecture of the temple depicts the Indo-Aryan style. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is three-storied. The Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park provides a spectacular view of Jag Mandir, Lake Palace, Lake Pichola and City Palace. It is a beautiful garden having musical fountains and a ropeway to the Karni Mata Temple.

Udaipur could be reached by road, rail or air. It is easily accessible by road from every major city of India. Udaipur is best to visit during festivals and especially at the time of New Year when the festival of Shilpgram is celebrated.