Tourist Places in Udaipur
The architectural superiority of the City Palace personifies the essence of Udaipur tourism. This towering palace on the banks of Lake Pichola was originally built by Maharana Uday Singh II. Through an assortment of palaces big and small, courtyards, pavilions, corridors and hanging gardens, the City Palace narrates a spectacular tale of Rajasthan's royalty. The palace interiors are built entirely of granite and marble, have intricately designed mirror work, silver work, marble work, inlay work, coloured glass work, murals and paintings, each distinctly juxtaposed on the surface of balconies, towers and cupolas. The breathtaking view of Lake Pichola from Amar Vilas, the highest point of the palace, is a perfect icing on the cake.
Lake Pichola is an entirely man-made lake created in the year AD 1362 and named after the Picholi village close by. It has the undisputed distinction of being an immensely beautiful lake in the world. Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir, the two islands in the midst of the tranquil waters of Lake Pichola, form a perfect backdrop for the renowned Lake Palace. A boat ride is truly rewarding as you get to explore all corners of the lake's mesmerising beauty.
Fateh Sagar Lake
Originally built by Maharana Jai Singh in 1678 and later reconstructed by Maharana Fateh Singh, the Fateh Sagar Lake is an artificial lake whose crystal clear blue waters, together with the surrounding greenery, remind you of Kashmir. Three small islands located within the periphery of the lake house interestingly built public parks and water jet fountains. The Udaipur Solar Observatory, which is one of its kind in Asia, is located on the third island of the lake. Several boats are found anchored at the bottom of the Moti Magri Hill and can be used to access these sites.
Shiv Niwas Palace
Maharana Fateh Singh is credited for giving shape to this wonderful palace called the Shiv Niwas Palace, which is located in the southern part of the City Palace complex. Shiv Niwas Palace, a three-storied crescent-shaped building, was originally used to welcome dignitaries associated with the Mewar royal family. Today it is the best 'Heritage Hotel' in Rajasthan in the "Heritage Grand" category that is famous as much for its unparalleled elegance as for its hospitality. Authentic royal charm is the signature style of this hotel; every room is exclusively designed with original furniture and portraits of the royal family.
The unique Indo-Aryan style architecture dominates the facade of the Jagdish Temple, which was built in 1651 by the erstwhile ruler of Udaipur, Maharana Jagat Singh. Located in the City Palace complex of Udaipur, Jagdish Temple is largely dedicated to Lord Vishnu, whose idol made of black stone is found enshrined within the temple premises. The main shrine of the temple also houses a huge brass idol of Garuda, the mount of Lord Vishnu. Intricate sculpture and carvings adorn the surface of pillars, walls and ceilings of this three-tiered temple. The high-end architectural work embellished on the spire, around 79 feet high, has made the Jagdish Temple a cynosure of all eyes.
Situated atop the Banasdara hills of the Aravali Mountains, the Monsoon Palace, often referred to as Sajjangarh Fort, was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh of the Mewar dynasty in 1884. Built with the ultimate purpose of watching the monsoon clouds together with predicting the weather conditions, the Monsoon Palace also enabled the Maharana to view his ancestral home in Chittorgarh. Owing to its location, the palace offers a bird's eye view of the Udaipur city, including lakes, palaces and even the surrounding countryside. The best time to visit it is during the rainy season, when the palace seems to get engulfed in clouds and gives a feeling of other-worldliness.
Sahelion Ki Bari
Built by Maharana Sangram Singh, this is a beautiful garden with large flowerbeds, lawns, pools, fountains and trees. It offers fantastic glimpses of the lifestyle of the court-ladies.
Located in an island amid the Lake Pichola, this is a beautiful palace with elegant stone carvings. Maharana Karan Singh built this palace to give shelter to Prince Khurram, the estranged son of Emperor Jahangir. Many say that Shah Jahan was inspired by its architecture to some extent.
This temple complex is located a little away from Udaipur and houses 108 temples built of sandstone and marble. A black stone image of Lord Vishnu and brass image of Garuda are enshrined in the one of the temples. Elaborate stone carvings adorn the temple walls.