Udaipur, a city in Rajasthan, is steeped in tradition and has a rich history. Udaipur used to be the capital of the Mewar dynasty and the city was established by Maharana Uday Singh II in 1559. The city has earned many epithets to its credit like the ‘Venice of the East’, and ‘Lake City’ but its most prominent nickname is ‘City of Palaces’. The city is well-known throughout the world for its lakes. For its palaces that were mostly built during the Rajput era.
Where it is located
Udaipur is situated in Southern Rajasthan and is situated at a height of 1,962 ft above sea level. The best time to visit Udaipur is from the middle of September till early April. Udaipur has a continental type of climate with extremely hot and dry summers and chilly winters with scanty rainfall. But the days remain sunny throughout the year.
Udaipur attracts tourists from all over the world because of its numerous historical sites, especially palaces and lakes. Many of the palaces have now been converted to imposing hotels and resorts that are booked by celebrities for staging high-profile parties and marriage ceremonies.
Exotic tourist destination
Your tour of India would be incomplete if you give the city of Udaipur a miss. Almost all tourists and travelers, who plan to visit most of the popular tourist spots in India, invariably include Udaipur in their itinerary. As the city has so many captivating sites and enchanting attractions, it almost always figures in the tour schedules of travelers. Some of the sites that appeal to one and all visiting Udaipur are listed below.
The City Palace which flanks the Lake Pichola is in fact a cluster of palaces that were built-in an integrated manner since 1559. One gets splendid views of the Lake Palace Hotel (Jag Niwas) from the numerous galleries of the palaces. Visit the Suraj Gokhda, Mor-Chok or the Peacock Courtyard. The palaces hold a rich treasure trove of paintings, antique furniture and other memorabilia.
As the name gives away, it served as a repository for rain water and met the water needs of the inhabitants throughout the year. It also doubled up as a summer resort for Maharajas. It is situated on top a hill and offers a bird’s eye view of the entire city.
The Jagdish Temple was constructed by Maharana Jagat Singh in the year 1651. It is a splendid specimen of Indo-Aryan architecture. It lies in the heart of the city and the area surrounding the temple is the principal tourist area of Udaipur.
Fateh Sagar Lake
Fateh Sagar Lake is on the northern fringe of Lake Pichola. It was built-in 1678 AD by Maharana Jai Singh but Maharana Fateh Singh made refurbishment and extensions later on after heavy damage was caused due to excessive rainfall.
There are many other spots in Udaipur that’ll hold you in thrall. Those are Lake Pichola, Gulab Bagh ,Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal, Maharana Pratap Memorial, Nehru Garden, Udaipur Solar Observatory, and so on. Udaipur is well-connected by road, rail and air.
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