Places to See in Udaipur – sightseeing : Udaipur is an old city in Rajasthan famous for its heritage and historical importance. A city of colors and festivals, the cultural aspect of Udaipur is far from being what it is generally expected of a place which is situated on the lands of the dry lifeless Thar Desert. The Pichola Lake and the Fatehsagar Lake adorn the city with their picturesque view and the royal city speaks about its heritage through the series of forts, palaces, temples and gardens. Udaipur is essentially called the Venice of the East for its multitude of emerald blue lakes and lush green hills which contribute in making Udaipur one of the most romantic locations in India. Over the years, innumerable numbers of tourists have been drawn to this place.
City Palace – the City Palace is a series of palaces which stand gloriously on the banks of Lake Pichola. The places were built since the year 1599. The entrance to the City Palace is from the Hati Pol or the Elephant Gate. There is an exorbitant museum at the pain part of the City Palace which preserves valuable artifacts like armory and other weapons like the protective gear and the two pronged sword. The view from the balcony of the palace is panoramic. The Jag Niwas and the Jag Mandir can be seen from one side and the entire city of Udaipur from the other side.
Maharana Pratap Memorial – a congenial ancient building, standing right in the front line of the Lake Pichola at the Gangotri Ghat is the Maharana Pratap Memorial. This is situated on the top of the Moti Magri or the Pearl Hill. There stands a bronze statue of the real Rajput hero, Maharana Pratap Singh astride “Chetak”, his favorite horse.
Fateh Prakash Palace – the Fateh Prakash Palace is one of the most royal and authentic palaces of Udaipur. While walking through the grand corridors of the palace the large paintings of the Marwa School can be seen, adorning the walls that flourished during the seventeenth to nineteenth century. Currently, it is utilized as one of the royal hotels of Rajasthan.
Lake Pichola – the Lake Pichola imparts a pictorial view across the city Udaipur. The lake was initially built by Mharana Udai Singh as the Badipol Dam. Currently the Lake has a size of 4 km length and 3 km breadth. The lake encloses the Jag Niwas and the Jag mandir at one side and the City Palace at the other side.
The Lake Palace – presently being transformed into a royal five star hotel, the Lake Palace was commissioned by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1743. The entire area covered by the palace of 1.5 hectare is stationed on the Jag Niwas Island in the center of the Lake Pichola. The white marble palace rising out of the turquoise tinged waters has beautiful courtyards lined by fountains, pillared terraces and magnificent gardens. The rooms too are strikingly good with painted mirrors cusped arched decorations. A few days here can take anybody’s breath away.
Kumbhalgarh Fort – situated 64 km north of Udaipur, the Kumbhalgarh fort is one of the most important forts of the Chittorgarh Mewar region. Rana Kumbha built the fort in the fifteenth century cradled in the contours of the Aravali hills. The fort always remained unconquered by the opposition forces due to its inaccessibility. Apart from its location being on a hostile topography, the fort has a beautiful birds view atop of it. The fort also has a large compound where walking down the lanes does account for an experience.
Bagore Ki Haveli This is a very congenial old building built just right on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar built it in the Eighteenth century. The Haveli has over hundred rooms and some very interesting display of costumes and modern art. The glass and mirror in the interiors of the Haveli delicate work and well preserved too. It also preserves a fine example of Mewar Painting on the walls of Queen’s Chamber. The two peacocks made from small pieces of colored glasses are fine examples of glasswork.
Jagdish Temple: The temple of Jagannath Rai, now called Jagdishji, is a major monument and should be seen carefully. It was built by Maharana Jagat Singh Ist in 1651 A.D. It is a good example of Indo – Aryan architecture. Raised on a tall terrace and completed in 1651, it is a tribute alike to the tenacity of its builders and the resilence of the art – tradition it represents. It attaches a double storeyed Mandapa (hall) to a double – storied, saandhara (that having a covered ambulatory) sanctum. The mandapa has another storey tucked within its pyramidal samavarna (bell – roof) while the hollow clustered spire over the sanctum contains two more, non – functional stories. Lannes taking off from many of the sheharpanah (city wall) converge on the Jagdish Temple and walking leisurely through them brings you face with the many layers of the cultural palimpsest that Udaipur is.
Sajjangarh palace : also known as Monsoon Palace located at a peak Bansdara Mountain as high as about 944 m above the sea level, is a gigantic palace overlooking the famous Pichola Lake. The palace’s construction was started in 1883 by Maharana Sajjan Singh, the palace was used as summer retreat for Mewar Kings and also as a Monsoon Palace, to watch the progress of Monsoon clouds. The palace is located at a scenic spot, views of Aravalli mountains and Pitchola lake from the Palace is really enchanting. This palace continues as a popular tourist’s destination due to its historical importance and marvelous architecture.
Rose Garden : The gorgeous Rose garden that was laid out by Maharana Sajjan is spread over a sprawling 100 acre area and has an ornate display of exotic rose species,orchids, fruit trees and other flora. This is located to the east side of lake Pichola. The garden also houses Saraswati Bhawan Library that boasts of some prized collection of hand written books and manuscripts. If you are an animal lover too then the zoo in the garden has quite a large number of animals and birds to please you, particularly the big cats. There is also a museum with a fine collection of interesting artifacts, antique household items and some other articles of curiosity.
Bhartiya lok Kala mandal was founded by Padma Shri Devi Lal Samar in 1952. The main objective of the Institute is to conduct studies on the folk art, songs and festivals of regions like Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh etc and to revive a vanishing folk culture. The institute has a puppet unit that trains children, teachers and other artists in the art of puppetry, as this is a very powerful non-conventional educative medium. It also boasts of regular performances that are a feast to behold. A group of 25 artists go on tour, both within India and abroad with a repertoire of puppet-shows and various folk dances. Their performances have brought the Institute a number of honours on a national and international level.
Dudh Talai: This place used to be the bathing ground of the city in its glorious days. Rock garden is famous for its panoramic sunset view where the Sun drowns into the Pichola Lake. You would also be able to enjoy a grand view of Old Udaipur city and the city place. One modern attraction has been added to this delightful place in form a musical fountain. Rock garden is locally referred to as “Manikyalal”
Saheliyon Ki Bari : This is one of the most beautiful and leisure places in Udaipur, which a Rajput king got made for the 48 maids of his queen. The attractions of this place are beautiful floral gardens, marble structures and floorings, carved structures and amazing fountains.
Eklingji : This sandstone and marble temple built in 734 A.D. is a complex of 108 temples enclosed by high walls and is devoted to the presiding deity of Maharans of Mewar. The walled complex encloses and elaborately pillared hall of mandap under a large pyramidal roof and has four-faced image of Lord Shiva in black marble.
Haldighati : Haldighati is historic place where the battle between Maharan Pratap and Emperor Akbar was fought in 1576 A.D. There is a Chhatri dedicated to the faithful horse of Maharana Pratap ‘Chetek’.
Crystal Gallery: The Crystal Gallery in Fateh Prakash Hotel overlooks the grand Durbar Hall. It has a rare collection of Osler’s crystal ordered from England by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1877. It includes crystal chandeliers and crystal furniture like chairs, dressing tables and a bed. A visit is recommended.