Top Destinations of Udaipur

Udaipur is famously known as the “Venice of the East” and the “City of Lakes”. Udaipur is rich in cultural background and has great location with great history. The architect of the palaces in Udaipur during the period of Rajputs provides scenic beauty of nature with royal touch. Here are some of the top destinations of Udaipur which you cannot miss if you arrive to Udaipur:

  1. City Palace

In the year 1559, the City Palace was constructed by Maharana Udai Singh. This palace is situated on the bank of Lake Pichola. The architect of City Palace is a mixture of Chinese, European and Medieval style with is unique feature in itself. The City Place is comprises of 11 magnificent palaces.

All these palaces were built during different periods and rulers of the Udaipur city. Each palace is of the combination of numerous courtyards, pavilions, gardens, terraces, lawns and many more. Every palace architect is huge in it and has various types of antique pieces with exclusive painting on the wall.

City palace

  1. Bagore Ki Haveli

It is also situated near to the Lake Pichola. This Haveli was constructed in 18th century by the chief minister of the Royal court of Mewar, Amir Chand Badwa. Further, in 1878 the Haveli become the residence of the king, Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore and is today popularily called as Bagore Ki Haveli.

Afterwards, the Haveli was transformed into museum, keeping in mind to retain its royalty touch. The museum represents the culture followed by the people of Mewar which also includes the unique collection of antique pieces like jewellery boxes, hand fans, vessels, pots used by Rajputs at that time. This magnificent building has at least 100 rooms which has stunning location, thanks to the unique style of their architect. If you went to the city of lakes, then make sure not to miss the evening shows conducted by local hides.

  1. Kumbhalgarh Fort

In the 15th century, Kumbhalgarh Fort was constructed by the king, Maharana Kumbha. The speciality behind this fort is that, it is the birthplace of the great warrior and king of Mewar, Maharana Pratap Singh. This is the highest and among the strongest forts of Rajasthan.

Every tourist gets stunned at the sight of this Kumbhalgarh Fort which stands formidably on 1180m high. Moreover, this fort is protected by the 13 mountain peaks of Aravali Hills.

Also, for the protection purpose, the fort is surrounded by almost 15kilometres long thick wall. The first longest wall in the world is The Great Wall of China, whereas the wall the Kumbhalgarh Fort is the second longest wall in the world.

If you really want to enjoy the architect and unique beauty of Udaipur then you cannot miss this Fort on your visit to City Udaipur.

Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan, India

  1. Pichola Lake

The city is flooded with the man made wonders which are dominated by nature and well known for its art and architect. Another famous place of the Udaipur is Lake Pichola, dominance of nature beauty. The Lake Pichola was created by Rana Udai Singh II in 1362 A.D. This lake is surrounded by various natural things like, huge hills.

The Lake is covered with magnificent palaces, bathing ghats and temples. The island formed by Lake Pichola and cruise in it are the spots of tourist attraction. It is pretty sure that you will enjoy the great time with nature.

Some of the great views and experience are, sun set view, boat cruise especially at the time of sun set. The sunset view is stunning as you can see that the sun goes down in Lake and the formation of various colors at the time of sunset.

The view of palaces of Udaipur looks stunning at night if you see it from the Lake Pichola. Hence, don’t ever miss this place if you go to Udaipur to enjoy the blend nature beauty with human’s wonders.

People crossing Lake Pichola on a boat near the City Palace in Udaiper, also known as the City of Lakes, Rajasthan, India

  1. Sajjan Garh

If you love nature’s beauty more than the wonders made by man, then you will definitely love Sajjan Garh. Undoubtedly, in comparison to other palaces in Udaipur, this palace in small but it has nature scenic beauty.

Although, the palace condition was not maintained well but the view of sun set is great from this palace. In 1884, this palace is constructed by the king, Maha Rana Sajjan Singh.

The main objective behind the construction of this palace was to ensure the arrival of monsoon and prediction of seasons as well.

Almost nearly 1000 feet above the sea level, you can enjoy the view of Udaipur city from this palace which is next to breathtaking and guarantees of a wow factor from every visitor.

History of Udaipur

Udaipur is among the royal and romantic cities of India. It had been the capital of Mewar, which is a kingdom ruled by Sisoda dynasty for almost 1200 years. This city has a legend behind its origination; one day King namely Maharana Udai Singh met a holy man, meditating on the Aravalli Hills when he was on hunting expedition. He counselled the king for the establishment of king’s kingdom on the fertile valley which is being protected by the Aravalli Hills.

Thus, the establishment of Udaipur city subsequently started and was built in the name of Maharana Udai Singh in 1553. It is considered as one of the largest royal city in Rajasthan and has its own beautiful and creative history behind it.

Moreover, the Rajput kingdom of Mewar’s previous capital was Chittorgarh where Maharana Udai Singh was successor of the Sisodia dynasty. The Sisodia dynasty was believed to be among the oldest ruling family in the whole world.
Also, it has been recognized as one of the most powerful kingdoms in Rajasthan. However, the main reason behind the shift of capital from Chittorgarh to Udaipur was the continuous attack of enemies on their previous capital.

udaipur palace

Just prior to the moving of their capital from Udaipur to Chittorgrah was that the Mewar kingdom had been flourished in Nagda (almost 30 kilometres towards the north side of Udaipur), established by the first Mewar Maharana, Guhil in 568 AD. Afterwards the capital was moved to Chittorgarh in 8th century where almost Sisodia dynasty ruled for 80 years. In 1537, the king of Mewar that is, Maharana Udai Singh II were close to the worst situation where he was almost in a situation to lose control over the forts in the wars against the Mughals.

For his new kingdom, King chose another site which was near to Lake Pichola to establish his new kingdom. Since the location was protected from the lakes, forest and Aravalli hills from all side. Thus, choose this site for his new capital much before when the Mughal Emperor Akbar claim the area of Chittor. Chittor area was attached by the Akbar, Mughal emperor in 1568. However, to overcome this situation and preserve his kingdom, Maharan Udai Singh shifted his whole kingdom from Chittor to Udaipur.

As the area under the Udaipur was naturally protected by nature and slowly and gradually it was transformed into beautiful and fully fledged city. Then the Sisodia recapture their freedom and thus won lots of parts of Mewar but with an exception of the fort of Chittorgarh.

In 1818, Udaipur was continued as the capital of Mewar until it becomes one of the princely states of British rule in India. In 1947, when India got independence from British rule, Maharaja grants his whole place of Udaipur to the Government of India. During this period Udaipur was merged as a part of state Rajasthan.

According to the present scenario, it is being enjoyed as the favourable position in the state Rajasthan. Thus, Udaipur is well known for its royal touch and its great beauty of nature. This place is flooded with numerous amounts of ancient monuments, palaces, beautiful lakes and architectural temples. Hence, welcomed by various people from many parts of the country and word every year to enjoy this ancient land of Royalty.

The first architect built up by Maharana Udai Singh was Royal Angan. The early structure of this building was built as a Royal courtyard or you can say “Rai Angan”, which was the beginning of this beautiful city. After the death of Maharana Udai Singh in the year 1572, the rein of power was overtaken by his son Maharana Pratap Singh. Then he was defeated by the king Akbar in the battle of Haldighati in the year 1576.

Thus, trouble was remained constant for few years more in the city of Udaipur. In 1736, the Marathas attach Udaipur and then in 19th century this place is conquered by the Britishers under a treaty signed by Mewar. When India got Independence in 1947, Mewar kingdom along with other princely states of Rajasthan was merged with the India in 1949 and makes a complete state of India, named as Rajasthan.

 

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However, the successors of the Maharanas retained their ownership of palaces of Udaipur and always enjoyed the trust of their city people. Now, they are running Mewar trust from the income generated from the tourist and heritage hotels which have been established at some parts of their palaces.