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Tourist Places of Udaipur, Rajasthan

25. May 2013 by Admin 0 Comments

 

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Well connected by bus, tonga, auto-rickshaw and taxi to the main city.

Touted as one of the biggest palaces in Rajasthan, the City Palace was built by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559. Witnessing a number of additions with each successive ruler of the Mewar kingdom, the palace today is a beautiful combination of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture. Standing as a toast to the rich heritage of India, the majestic gateways here portray incredible intricacy. Notable places of interest here are Amar Vilas, Badi Mahal, Moti Mahal, Durbar Hall and Jagdish Mandir.

The City Palace of Udaipur is known to be one of the most expensive monuments for visitors all over the world. It is said that viewing the full palace can cost up to INR 10000 per person. Amazed? Well it does cost a bomb, but only because it has something exquisite to offer.

 

Bagore ki Haveli

 

Tourist Places of Udaipur, Rajasthan

 

Silent corridor and creepy rooms in the days, the courtyard of Bagore ki Haveli are decorated in the traditional fineries of Rajasthan in the evenings. Watch women with stack of earthen pots dance to local beats or watch the puppets shake and move to the songs like live beings! The greatest part about this show is that it is done in both Hindi and English, making it foreigner friendly. Don’t forget to take your mosquito disgusting as the lights can attract them and you don’t want to become their food.

If you visit the Haveli in the daytime, you can see the rooms of this 18th century haveli furnished in the traditional way. Some rooms have interesting cultural displays, including one gigantic turban that is touted as the world's largest.

 

Vintage Car Museum

 

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The Vintage Car Museum is situated in the centre on the city, inside the premises of the Garden Hotel.

Housing the car collection of His Highness, the Maharaja of Udaipur, the Vintage Car Museum is surely going to mesmerise you. Watch all the grandeur associated with royalty come to life in front of your eyes at this museum where you will see an impressive collection of cars like the Rolls Royce Phantom, Cadillac, Mercedes and Austin Martin.

The ticket include a welcome drink and a guided tour, and the guide gives some valued insights on the make and age of the cars. Let your fingers do the clicking and don’t go home without a handful of awesome pictures. If you are from the lucky ones getting hitched in Udaipur, you can also hire your special ride from this collection!

 

Saas Bahu Temple

 

 

Saas Bahu Temple is not a very popular tourist spot. A good bet is to stop over here while you are on your way to the famous Eklingji Temples. The place is situated 2 km off NH 8 in Village Nagda, best connected by cab.

With a tongue-in-cheek name like that, this one is bound to catch your attention. Though this temple is no longer functional, it is totally worth the visit for its sheer architectural beauty. Old stones slowly losing their colour to the trials of time and housing tranquility in the grooves of their age old carvings characterise this two temple complex.

What adds to the aesthetic charm of this one is its location by a small lake and mustard fields, making it a postcard worthy beauty. Constructed in the 7th century and ravaged by the Mughals in the 14th century, this temple has survived the turns of history gracefully. Try to engage the caretaker here in conversation, he has a wealth of information which he is more than willing to share.

 

Ahar Cenotaphs

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The Cenotaphs are located 2 km off the city limits. You can hitch an autorickshaw and the round trip should cost less than INR 125.

Scattered around the starting of the weathered Aravalis are beautiful cenotaphs that commemorate the valour and courage of the erstwhile Maharajas of the Mewar Kingdom. With over 250 cenotaphs that are praised for their delicate carvings and intricate inlay work, the Ahar Cenotaphs are a mind blowing sight located 2 km north of Udaipur.

The Ahar Museum which house antique and excavations from the 10th century is also located here. Since the place is a little less visited by tourists, you might find no attendants to let you into the place. This isn't much of a spoiler though, there is so much to see around and so much to click, you are bound to have a great time.

 

Lake Palace

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The Lake Palace is one building that can be called poetry in marble without a doubt.  Standing tall in the middle of the azure waters of Lake Pichola, this magnificent structure was built as the summer palace of Maharana Jagat Singh in 1743. The winding courtyards, sprawling gardens and gentle, splashing fountains here display the best of craftsmanship from all over Rajasthan are bound to leave one awestruck. Do make it a point to click a handful of pictures here, to make sure you take home memories of this fantastical wonder home.

 

Known as the Jagniwas Palace earlier, this property is now taken over by the Taj Group of Hotels. Still living in all its former glory, it was voted the Best Romantic Hotel of Asia.

 

Monsoon Palace

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It is best to take a cab or your own vehicle when you drive to Monsoon Palace, which is located off city limits.

Perched atop a hill and overlooking the City of Lakes, the Monsoon Palace is located at a distance of 5km from the main town of Udaipur. Formerly known as the Sajjan Garh Palace, this palace is a mesmerising structure with its multiple jharokas, pillars and balconies.

Encasing history in every brick, this structure was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1884 to observe clouds and predict rains. He aimed to build the Monsoon Palace as a 9 storey structure in the design of an astronomical hub, but due to his premature death at the age of 26, this project was stalled. The project was then completed by Maharana Fateh Singh and also started to double as the royal retreat.

An inside secret: this is one of the best places to enjoy a sunset in Udaipur.

 

Pichola Lake

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This one is the easiest to find. Just ask any autorickshaw, rickshaw, cab or bus driver and you will be on your way to Lake Pichola.

Sprawling on for about 4 km, Lake Pichola is the crowning glory of City of Lakes - Udaipur. This artificial lake was made in the 14th century to cater to the shortage of water in the region. The crystal waters of the lake with the backdrop of the Aravali hills was what impressed the erstwhile Maharanas of Rajasthan and leaves spectators awestruck even today. The most amazing aspects of this lake are the four islands that speck its surface: Jag Mandir Island, Jag Niwas Island, Arsi Vilas Island and Mohan MandirIsland.

 

James Bond lovers should surely make it a point to visit the lake, as the movie Octopussy (1983) was shot here. When you are enjoying a boat ride in the calm waters of the lake, ask your guide to narrate the tale of Natini's curse to get a taste of local legends and fables.

 

Jagdish Temple

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The Jagdish Temple is nested in the City Palace complex, well connected to the city of Udaipur by autorickshaw, rickshaw and cab.

Dedicated to the preserver of the universe, Lord Vishnu, the Jagdish Temple stands in the City Palace complex. While two elephants will greet you at the doorway, you will find an idol of the half man-half eagle Garuda after the first flight of stairs. Famous for its intricately carved pillars and doorways (you will find 50 on both its floors, each with unique carvings), the main shrine of this temple houses a massive four armed image of Lord Vishnu, carved out of a single black rock. Surrounding the main shrine are smaller shrines of Goddess Shakti, Lord Shiva, the Sun God and Lord Ganesha. This ancient temple is over three centuries old and was built by Maharana Jagat Singh in the Hindu “Vastushastra” style.

Do remember to take a walk around this temple clockwise, as doing so brings good luck.

 

Saheliyon Ki Bari

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The Saheliyo ki Bari is a major tourist attraction located towards the north of Udaipur. Thanks to its popularity, it is not difficult to reach the place.

Constructed by Maharana Sangram Singh in the 18th century to please his little princess, Saheliyon ki Bari is a stunning symbol of the grandeur of the emperors of Rajasthan. In her childhood, the princess demanded rain in the middle of the scorching heat and the king sanctioned the construction of Saheliyon ki Bari, a garden of rhythmic fountains and Lilly ponds.

Now a place of recreation replete with fountains, flowers, gardens, a museum and a lotus pond, this place was earlier a retreat of the kings and queens away from the political worries of the court. For the interested parties, there is also a small museum inside the Gardens where mostly stuffed animals are displayed. If you want a reposeful time in the company of melodious pitter patter of rainfall, you know where to go.

 

Fateh Prakash Palace

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The Fateh Prakash Palace is located inside the City Palace Complex, which is easily accessible by road from all parts of Udaipur.

This palace is now converted into a heritage hotel run by HRH group of hotels under its original name.

Sitting proudly on the eastern shore of Lake Pichola, this palace is the gift of Maharana  Fateh Singh to the City of Lakes to Udaipur. An interesting fact about this palace is that the foundation stone to the Durbar Hall Sabhagaar was laid by Lord Minto, the Viceroy of India, which marks a time of amicable relationships between Maharajas and British colonialists. Take walks in these corridors lined with paintings of the Mewar School and lose yourself to the colour, grandeur and celebration of a bygone era all at the Fateh Prakash Palace.

You are in for an absolute treat if you happen to visit the Fateh Prakash Palace at the time when there is an ongoing celebration/event as all the royal practices are formality of occasions is still maintained. This experience is one like no other, for sure!

 

Karni Mata Temple

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The ropeway for the temple is located near the entrance of City Palace.

Perched atop the Machla Hill and accessible by a winding staircase of 1050 stone steps or a rope way, the Karni Mata Temple is devoted to the female saint Karni Mata, a reincarnation of Goddess Durga.

The temple is basically a very simple place which is greatly revered by the locals. Most tourists skip this temple, but travelling families like it for the children's love of rope way rides. Once you take the rope way up from the city palace, you will land at cafeteria sort of place, from where the temple is still about 100-150 metres away. If you spot a white mouse rushing by in this temple, don't squeal, but consider yourself lucky as this is considered fortunate. The height of this temple gives it marvellous views of the city of Udaipur, especially Lake Pichola.

 

Gulab Bagh

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Gulab Bagh is located near City Palace, a pleasant walk or short auto ride away from the entrance to the City Palace complex will take you there.

Built during 1850s by Maharana Sajjan Singh, Gulab Bagh is touted as the largest garden of Rajasthan and is spread over an area of about a hundred acres. Famous for its delicately organised rose beds, this garden is a delight for both adults and children. Come here to soak in the green beauty in the heart of the desert state Rajasthan or to soak in the energy of the walking tracks here, you are bound to go back mesmerised. Leave your kids at the amusement park or zoo here, while you check out the more quiet quarters of this garden like the Victoria Hall Museum and Library. One of the best places in Udaipur to spend early mornings and late evenings.

  

Fateh Sagar Lake

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Fateh Sagar Lake is one name you say and every local will point you to the right direction. It is well connected by public transport.

Another jewel in the glittering lake cluster of Udaipur, the Fateh Sagar Lake was constructed in the year 1678 by Maharna Jai Singh. When the dam of this lake was destroyed two centuries later due to a flood, Maharana Fateh Singh constructed this lake again and rechristened it to Fateh Sagar Lake. Located to the north of Lake Pichola, this pear shaped lake is a photographer’s delight with its three islands of immense greenery and a gushing fountain right in the middle.

Come here to witness the Hariyali Amavasya Mela, a local festival celebrated in July/August, which will unfold the myriad colours of Rajasthan right before your eyes. This two day festival is devoted to the celebration of womanhood, and a unique feature of this fair is that it only allows women to participate in the celebrations! In the mood for some sporty fun? Head here for a thrilling experience of high speed boating!

 

Rajasmand Lake

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Situated 66 km to the north of Udaipur city, the Rajasmand Lake is surely going to blow your mind with its wealth of marble structures and turquoise waters. Constructed on the Gomti River by Maharana Raj Singh in 1660, this lake is also popularly known as the Rajsamudra Lake.

An embankment of beauteous white marble adorns the southern end of the lake, giving the lake a dream like quality. On this embankment, you will find the 'Raj Prasasti’, a collection of 27 marble slabs which relate the history of the Mewar Kingdom. Acknowledged as the longest etchings in all of India, the 1017 stanzas of the Raj Prasasti make for a glorious sight, which is bound to remain with you for a long time.

Close your eyes, let the waves gently rock your boat and get transported into a world of complete repose. The lake, with its abundance of life and great volumes will surely leave you wondering whether you are in the desert state of Rajasthan at all!

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