Udaipur is a royal city.It had been the capital of Mewar rulers for many years. The romantic city of Udaipur has a long history behind its origin. Once, Maharana Udai Singh met a holy sage when he was on his hunting expedition in the Aravalli Hills.
The Sage advised the King to establish a kingdom in the fertile valley that would be secured by the elevated Aravalli Hills. Subsequently, Maharana Udai Singh laid the foundation stone of Udaipur in 1557 A.D.
It is also known as the "City of the Lakes" as well as the "Venice of India”.
Sightseeing Places in Udaipur
Jag Mandir : Jag Mandir, with its lush gardens and marble chambers with colored stone was built in 1620. Eight stone elephants stand solemn guard present at its entrance.
During 1623 and 1624, this island palace provided refuge to Prince Khurram while he rebelled against his father.
Lake Pichola : The Lake Palace is situated on the Jag Niwas Island and covers the whole of 1.5 hectare of the island in the middle of the Pichola Lake. It was built by Maharana Jagat Singh.
Once it was a royal palace, now it is a five star hotel. Every part of it is made of pure white marble, slender carved columns, fountains, filigreed screens and swimming pool, created for the private frolics of a princess.
This Lake Palace Hotel is regarded as one of the best hotels in the world.
Jag Niwas : Jag Niwas, or the Lake Palace, was built between 1734 and 1751. It was once a royal summer retreat and now it is converted into world’s great hotels. It is also famous for film shooting.
Both Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas can be viewed on a boat tour of Lake Pichola.
Jagdish Mandir : It was built in 17 century. It has an enormous black stone image of Vishnu in its profusely sculptured main temple.
The entrance is surrounded by stone elephants, and a beautiful bronze image of Garuda stands in front of the temple.
How to reach Udaipur
By Air : Nearest airport is Maharana Pratap Airport, Udaipur which is linked with Jaipur, Jodhpur, Aurangabad, Delhi and Mumbai.
By Rail : Udaipur Station is linked with Delhi with the recently launched Mewar Express from Nizamuddin Station.
By Road : Udaipur is on NH8 which connected Delhi to Mumbai via Jaipur and Ahmedabad.