is the jewel of Mewar kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years.
The foundation of the city has an interesting legend associated with it.
According to it, Maharana Udai Singh, the founder, was hunting one day when
he met a holy man meditations on a hill overlooking the Lake Pichhola. The
hermit blessed the Maharana and advised him to build a palace at this
favorable located spot with a fertile valley watered by the stream, a lake,
an agreeable altitude and an amphitheater of low mountains. Maharana
followed the advise of the hermit and founded the city in 1559 A.D.
Attractions of Udaipur
The City Palace
A majestic architectural marvel towering over the lake on a hill surrounded
by crenallated walls, it is a conglomeration of courtyards, pavilions,
terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. The main entrance is through
the triple arched gate, the "Tripolia" with eight marble porticos.
The maharanas were weighed under the gate in gold, the euivalent amount of
which was distributed among the populace.
It is situated in the Fateh Prakash Palace is a breath taking collection of
crystals. Maharana Sajjan Singh mainly ordered these crystals from F & C
Osler England. But he could not see the crystals because of his untimely
death. The crystal item includes tables, sofa sets, dinning table, dressers,
fountains and even beds besides a whole array of washing bowls, decanters
and perfume bottles.
This is the other island palace in Lake Pichola, which was constructed by
Maharana Karan Singh as a hideout for Prince Khurram the estranged son of
Emperor Jehangir the implacable foe of the Maharana. The reason for the aid
was that the prince was the son of a Rajput mother. It is also said that
Shah Jahan [prince Khurram] derived some of these ideas for the Taj Mahal
from this palace when he stayed there in 1623-24. The island has some
striking carving including a row of elephants that looks as though they are
guarding the island. The exquisitely carved chhatri in grey and blue stone
is another example.
Built by Maharana Jagat Singh I in 1651 the temple enshrines a black stone
image of Lard Vishnu. There is a brass image of Garuda the Lord bird
carrier. The exterior and the plinth are covered with base relief of
alligators; elephants, horsemen and celestial musicians rise in tiers.
Chanting, bells and music can be heard throughout the day. It is the largest
and most splendid temple of Udaipur.
Saheliyoon ki Bari
This small ornamental garden was a popular relaxing spot where royal ladies
came for a stroll and hence the name. The garden has many fountains in its
four delightful pools, chiselled kiosks and marble elephants.On the eve of
his departure from Mewar, Col.Tod had shifted to it so as to have some
needed solitude. Much later, a thoughtful had located a library in it !
Fateh Sagar Lake
This delightful lake, bordered by hills and woodland was constructed by
Maharana jai Singh to the north of Lake Pichola. It is an artificial lake
dug up in 1678, reconstructed by Maharana Fateh Singh A canal links the two,
via Swaroop Sagar and Rang Sagar Lakes. The beautiful Nehru Island as well
as an islet bearing a solar observatory rises from the lake.
How To Get There - Udaipur
Udaipur is well connected to all the major cities which includes Delhi,
Mumbai, Calcutta, Jodhpur, Jaipur.
Udaipur is connected to many major cities of India. There are daily trains
from Delhi, Jaipur.The best train between Delhi and Udaipur, the daily
Chetak Express. Trains take around 12 Hrs from Jaipur to Udaipur.
Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe & air conditioned buses
from Jaipur, Delhi, Ahmedabad to Udaipur. The roads are very good, and it
takes around 8-9 hr. from Jaipur. You can also come by taxi from Jaipur and