What Venice is to the west, Udaipur, the city of lakes,
is the most romantically exotic spectacles of the east. Maharana Udai
Singh II founded Udaipur in 1568 after his citadel Chittorgarh was sacked
by Mughal Emperor Akbar. For Akbar it was the most humiliating victory
as there were no prisoners of war to fetter; thirty thousand Rajputs laid
down their lives (jauhar) rather than sacrifice their freedom.
Udaipur embarked on the finest architectural and cultural explosion shaping
in the middle of Pichola Lake the Lake Palace on Jag Niwas island complimented
further by the grand City Palace rambles across four acres, surrounded by
Aravalli hills. The hilltop Sajjangarh Fort, the monsoon palace, commands
a magnificent view of the city besides lakes Fatehsagar and Jaisamand, initially
the world’s biggest artificial lake. The picturesque beauty of the city
with numerous places of interest with history is hard to encompass in words!
Places of Interest
City Palace towers over the Pichola Lake. Maharana Uday Singh initiated
in the construction of the palace but succeeding Maharanas added several
palaces and structures to the complex retained a surprising uniformity to
the design. The entry to the Palace is from the Hati Pol, the Elephant gate.
The Bari Pol or the Big gate brings you to the Tripolia, the Triple gate.
Vintage Collection of Classic Car
The collection within the grounds of the Garden Hotel comprises a variety
of classic and interestingly rare transportation vehicles; some stately
and vintage like Cadalec, Chevalate, Morais etc., while the others are sleek
and fast .
Fateh Prakash Palace
It's like being cocooned in authentic royal luxury at the Fateh Prakash
Palace, the grand heritage palace of the HRH group. The warmth of royal
hospitality greets you as you walk along the corridors lined with large
paintings of the Mewar school that flourished in the seventeenth through
Pichola Lake derives its name from Pichola Village was submerged and Maharana
Udai Singh enlarged the lake after he founded the city. He built a masonry
dam known as Badipol and lake is now 4 km long and 3 km wide.
The Lake Palace
The Lake Palace is located on the Jag Niwas Island and covers the whole
of 1.5 hectare of the island in the middle of the Pichola Lake. Built by
Maharana Jagat Singh in 1743 it was meant as a royal summer palace and now
converted in to a five star palace hotel.
This is the other island palace in Lake Pichola, which was constructed by
Maharana Karan Singh as a hideout for Prince Khurram the estranged son of
Emperor Jehangir the implacable foe of the Maharana. The reason for the
aid was that the prince was the son of a Rajput mother.
Fateh Sagar Lake
This delightful lake, bordered by hills and woodland was constructed by
Maharana jai Singh to the north of Lake Pichola. It is an artificial lake
dug up in 1678, reconstructed by Maharana Fateh Singh A canal links the
two, via Swaroop Sagar and Rang Sagar Lakes. The beautiful Nehru Island
as well as an islet bearing a solar observatory rises from the lake.
Sahelion Ki Bari
Maharana Sangram singh builds this in the mid 18th century. The 'garden
of the maidens' brings to mind the lifestyle of the ladies of the court.
The delightful gardens appear discreet and in impeccable taste. There are
four pools with dainty kiosks, and all around are flowerbeds, lawns, pools
and fountains protected by a series of walls and shady trees.
Maharana Pratap Memorial
An impressive bronze statue of Maharana Pratap and his favorite and loyal
horse, who was fiercely protective about his master and stood by him till
his last breath, stands at the top of Moti Magri (Pearl Mount) overlooking
Built by Maharana Jagat Singh I in 1651 the temple enshrines a black stone
image of Lard Vishnu. There is a brass image of Garuda the Lord bird carrier.
The exterior and the plinth are covered with base relief of alligators;
elephants, horsemen and celestial musicians rise in tiers. Chanting, bells
and music can be heard throughout the day. It is the largest and most splendid
temple of Udaipur.
Palace on Wheels
7 Nights / 8 Days
Places to Visit :
Delhi - Jaipur - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Sawai Madhopur
- Chittaurgarh - Udaipur - Bharatpur - Agra - Delhi
14 Nights / 15 Days
Places to Visit :
Delhi - Mandawa - Khimsar - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer
- Udaipur - Chittorgarh - Ajmer - Jaipur - Ranthambhore - Agra - Delhi
19 Nights / 20 Days
Places to Visit :
Delhi - Agra - Chambal - Bharatpur - Sariska -
Jaipur - Ranthambhore - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Rohetgarh - Delhi