is situated around the shimmering clear blue water lakes,
which whisper the mood of a bygone era.
The city was founded in 1567 AD by Maharana Udai Singh on the
advice of a sage. Udaipur was last of the numerous Mewar
capitals. It was in Udaipur that legendary Maharana Pratap was
born. He was obsessed with Chittaur and the past glories of
the Sisodia clan possessed his mind. Maharana Pratap left
Udaipur to win back Chittaur from the Mughals. But he failed
in his attempts and Udaipur remained the capital of Mewar till
India got her independence. The memory of the failure of noble
Pratap gives Udaipur its pervading mood of nostalgic
The city acquires its scenic beauty from the Aravallis. Three
lakes- Pichola, Fateh Sagar and Udai Sagar make it an oasis in
RAJASTHAN TRAIN TRAVEL
PALACE ON WHEELS
Ever wondered what luxury in the royal times was all about!
Welcome to Palace On Wheels, a luxury train that carries with
it an ambience of the Rajputana era and an exciting fairytale
journey, which takes the visitor to the imperial cities of
Rajasthan every single day. The coaches also carry out an
image of the Rajput states with beautiful interiors. Last but
not the least the "Royal Treat" for the passengers on board
include saloons, bar lounges & libraries in every coach as
well as restaurant and organized shopping facilites.
Udaipur is known as the ' City of Lakes'. The two most scenic
and famous lakes of the city are Lake Pichola and Lake Fateh
Lake Pichola is surrounded by hills, palaces, temples,
bathing ghats and has two island palaces- Jag Niwas and Jag
Mandir. Lake Fateh sagar lies to north of Pichola and was
built by Maharana Jai Singh but it got the name of Fateh Singh
who rebuilt its dam. Both the lakes are breathtakingly
beautiful and one can take a cruise on their waters. The
sunset over these lakes is a sight to be cherished.
City Palace: This majestic white royal building towers itself
on a hill and is surrounded by crenellated walls. The palace
stands along the shores of Pichola.
Lake Palace: This former summer residence of the royal family
has now been converted into a fabulous hotel.
Sahelion-Ki-Bari: On the shores of Fateh Sagar Lake was built
a garden for the 48 young girls waiting to be sent to the
royal house as part of dowry. This garden is laid with
extensive lawns, fountains and shady walking lanes. There are
four pools with dainty kiosks and fountains with elephant
trunks for spouts. These gardens appear discrete and
impeccable in taste.
Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal: This is a museum of folk arts,
which has rich collection of folk dresses, ornaments, puppets,
masks, dolls, folk musical instruments and paintings. World
famous puppeteers put shows here, on request in advance.
Pratap Memorial: Erected atop Modi Magri is this equestrian
bronze statue of the valiant hero, Maharana Pratap. Sajjan
Garh, Gulab Bagh, Dudh Talai Park, the Sunset point are also
the places to be seen.
Jagdish Temple: Dedicated to Vishnu, this temple was built in
1651 AD by Maharana Jagat Singh.
Eklingji: 22 kms from the city is a temple complex of 108
temples enclosed by high walls. Built in 1734 AD, the temples
are dedicated to the royal deity Ekling ji. The complex has
been chiselled out of sandstone and marble. It has an ornate 'mandap'
or pillared hall, the canopy of a huge pyramidical roof
composed of hundreds of knots.
Nathdwara: This temple is one the most celebrated Vaishnava
shrines of Lord Krishna or Nathji. Thousands of pilgrims visit
this shrine during the festivals. Foreigners are not allowed
in the temple and photography is prohibited. It is located 48
kms from Udaipur.
Kankroli: Known as Dwarkadhish, this temple is an important
Vaishnava temple and ranks very high among the temples of the
Vallabhacharya. 65 kms from the city.
Ranakpur: (98 Kms) Famous for the beautiful Jain temples.
Jagat (58 Kms): The tenth century Ambika Mata Temple is well
preserved in all its splendour.
Rishabhdeoji (65 Kms): Popularly known as Kesariyaji because
of the large saffron offerings, this temple is dedicated to
the Jain Tirthankara Rishabhdeoji.
Kumbhal Garh Fort: Kumbhalgarh Fort was built by Maharana
Kumbha in the 15th century. Perched on the Aravallis, this is
the second most important fort in Rajasthan after the
Chittaurgarh Fort. Nearby is the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife
Jaisamand lake: 48 kms from the city, this artificial lake
was built in 17th century by Maharana Jai Singh. The marble 'Chhatris'
along the embankment add grace to this second largest lake in
Asia. On either sides of the lake were built the palaces for
the favourite queens of the King. People of the Bhil tribe
still inhabit the islands in Jaisamand lake.