Udaipur

Udaipur “the city of dawn”  “the city of lakes” is the most romantic and beautiful city of India. It was founded by Maharana Udai Sing in 1559 A.D. on the shores of Pichhola Lake. Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar, it was once epicenter of heroism valour and chivalry.

How to get there

Airways : The Dabok Airport is situated 24 kms from the city. It is connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Jaipur and Jodhpur through some private airlines.
Railways: It is directly connected with the major centers in north and west like Delhi, Jaipur, Ajmer, Chhitaur, Jodhpur and Ahmedabad.
Roadways : It is well connected by a good road network with most of the tourists and business centers.

Particulars About Udaipur
Area : 37 sq. km.
Altitude : 577 metres
Languages : Hindi, English, Marwari and Rajasthani.
Rainfall : 61 cm
Temperature : Summer : Max. 38.3 0C Min.28.8 0C
Winter : 28.3- 11.6 0C
Clothing : : Summer Light Tropical Winter Heavy Woollen.
Best Season : September to March.

Prime sites to visit :-

City palace- It is marvelous structure in white over the lake on a hill. The main entrance is through Hathi Pole. After that there is a Suraj Gokkade kn as ‘’Balcony of the Sun’’, Maharanas of Mewar Presented themselves to the people in the time of trouble. Mor chowk is famous for its vivid peacock mosaic in the glass. Crystal art gallery and Govt. archeological museum are also worth viritiy.
Lake Palace- It is one of the beautiful palaces in the world. Also kn as Jag Niwas built in 1746 A.D. It looks as the white wonder arises out of the waters of lake Pichhola. It is a very fine example of Mughal. Rajput architecture.
Jagdish temple-It was built in 1651 A.D. by Maharana Jagat dedicated to lord Vishnu Sculpted images of this temple are noteworthy.
Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal- This is an Indian folk art musem. It includes folk dress, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings.
Bagore ki haveli- This is famous for musem and the architecture, situated at the banks of Pichhole Lake.
Saheliyon ki bari- This was a popular relaxing spot for royal ladies. This has many fountains in its four Poole with dainty kiosks and marble elephants.
Pratp Memorial- It was built on the top of hill of Moti dungri overlooking the fateh sagar in memory of Maharana Pratap and his faithful Chetak.
Fateh Sagar- Constructed by Maharana Jai Singh and Fateh Singh. In the middle of lake is Nehru Park an island with boat shaped cage and enjoyable boat ride.
Pichhole Lake- The Lake is surrounded by hills palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. There are two island places Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) and Jag Mandir.
Sajjangarh- This is the palace for the monsoon dominating the skyline of city. One can have a very beautiful sunset view from here.

Excursions-

Shilpgram-It was established in 1989 A.D has display of art and crafts. It is 3 kms. Away from Udaipur. The ten days annual shilpram utsav held from 21st to 31st December represents the diversity of Indian art and culture.
Ekling ji temple- It is a beautiful temple complex with 108 temples within its campus. The temple was dedicated to lord Shiva, the family deity of Mewar rulers. It has four-faced image of Lord Shiva in black marble.
Risha bhadeoji- It is dedicated to Jain Pilgrim also kn as kesaryaji.
Holdighati- It is a historical site. As the memorable battle between Maharana Pratap and Mughal Emperor Akbar fought in 1576 A.D. A chhatri of Rana’s horse chetak is situated here.
Kankroli-there is an important and popular temple devoted to Lord Krishna. It is known as Dwarkadhish.
Nathdwara- The most popular Hindu pilgrimage site which is dedicated to srinathji or Lord Krishna has a black marble statue. This was brought from Mathura in 1669 A.D. It was more then 600 yrs old.
Jaisamand Lake- The second largest artificial Lake in Asia was built in 1685 A.D. by Maharana Jai Singh. It is 51 kms away from Udaipur. Jaisamand Island Resort is also worth Visiting. Jaisamand wildlife sanctuary house rich also wildlife in their natural habitat.
Ranakpur- It is 96 kms from Udaipur built in 19th century A.D. IN the tranquil valley of Aravlli, there exist sculptured Jain temples. Here the main temple “chaumukha temples” is dedicated to the Tirthankara Adinath. Two other Jain temples dedicated to Neminath and Parshwanath.
Dudh Talai- A beautiful site from where one can view enjoy sunset in Lake Pichhola and pleasant view of old city.
Nagda- The historical site was renowned for the Sahatrabahu temple with interesting architecture and carvings. Jain temple of Adbuatji are also worth visiting

Khmbhalgarh- The fort was 90 kms North- west of Udaipur built in 15th century by Maharana Kumbha amidst the hills of Arvvallis. This is the second important fort of Rajasthan after chittourgahr. There are many temples, palaces and garden in the fort which are of great interest. The important among them is the Badal Mahal or Cloud Palace. Which offers a pleasant view of the surrounding area? Nearby is the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife sanctuary, houses a wide variety of wildlife.

Chittourgarh- It is the Perfect backdrop for block buster. Allauddin Khilji was first to Sack chittaur in 1303 A.D. He was so besotted by beauty of Padmini that he has as desire to possess her. But that noble queen preferred death to this dishonor and committed “Jauhar”. This happens many times with different Rains. So chittaur is kn as “land of Jauhar”.

Scenic beauty worth seeing-

The fort- Built by the later Maurya rulers in 7th century A.D. It is perched on a hill top has many historical monuments.
Vijay stambh- This is nine story’s structure containing sculptures of Hindu deities it was built in 1440 A.D. by Maharana Kumbha. Also kn as “Victory Tower”.
Kirti Stambh- It was built in 12th century A.D. by Jain Tirthankara Adinathji. This is 22 meter high tower.
Rana Kumbha’s- Palace- The is the most massive min the fort of chittaur. The palace is to here underground.
Sellans- where Rani Padmini and others committed Jauhar.
Padmini Palace- It was very magnificent building from where Raja Ratan Singh showed a of Padmini to Alauddin khilji and after this of her beauty, he want to possess her.
Khumbha shyam temple- This temple was built in indo army style in the reign of Raja Kumbha kalika Mata temple- Formerly it was established sum temple in 8th century but later it was converted into kalika mata temple in 14th century A.D. This is deducted to the symbol of power and value “Goddess kali”.
Govt. museum- It is a beautiful example of and buildings in the forts is worth visiting.
Gardens and Park- Pratap Park, Meera Park and Nehru Park are very beautiful park. Another garden Khwaja rose garden at saw is 13 kms away from chittaur.

Excursions

Bassi Village and wildlife sanctuary- It is 25 kms away from chittaur. This is enrooted Bundi a marvelous village hrs historical fort, temples and kunds. It has famous for woodcraft and sculptures. Bassi a wildlife sanctuary has and area of 50sq kms. It has variety of animals and migratory birds before visiting the sanctuary; a prior permission is must from District forest office (DFO).

Sanwariyaji temple- this is an important pilgrimage centre dedicated to Lord Krishna situated on the chittaur Udaipur road.
Marti Kundia temple- This temple is popularly kn as “Haridwar of Mewar”. It is a sacred place dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Sita mata sanctuary Dhariyavad –According to a legend. Sita,”wife of lord Rama” stayed here in Rishi Valmiki’s Ashram after exited by Lord Rama.
Thickly wooded forest spread over the Aravalli ranges and malwa pleateu.
Deogarh- this is an ancient fort near pratapgarh with some beautiful palaces.