Udaipur was founded in 1553 by Maharana Udai Singh II as the new capital of the Mewar Kingdom. It is located in the Girwa Valley to the southwest region of Nagda. Udaipur is also known as the first capital of Mewar. Often this city is referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’, and the city of lakes Udaipur is located around azure water lakes and is hemmed in by lush green hills of Aravallis.
Saheliyon Ki Bari
Saheliyon Ki Bari is a major tourist destination in Udaipur. This garden is famous for its lush green lawns, marble art, and fountains. Saheliyon Ki Bari also stands for “Garden of maids” in English. This well-esteemed garden is located on the embankment of Fateh Sagar Lake. Maharana Sangram Singh built the Gardens of maids in the 18th century for the royal ladies. The Garden of Maids is actually a good place to visit by any visitor to this city. The lotus pool, marble elephants sprinkling water, crystalloid fountains and other attractions truly provide a picturesque sight to behold.
Udaipur City Palace is the architectural wonders of Rajasthan. It is located on the edge of Lake Pichola. Udaipur City Palace is the most prominent tourist attraction of Udaipur. It is often perceived as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. The gates of City Palace are known as “Pols”. ‘Bara Pol’ is the main gate to the City Palace complex that will take you to the first courtyard. After passing ‘Bara Pol’ gate, you will see a triple arched gate, which is known as ‘Tripolia’. Between these two gates, there is an eight marble arches or Toranas, where Kings used to weigh themselves with gold and silver. Besides Tripiolia, there is an arena where elephant fights were staged. After passing from ‘Tripolia’, you would come across the ‘Elephant Gate’ or the ‘Hathi Pol’. Everything in the palace is magnificent, architecture, antiques, and special paintings hanging on the walls, etc.
The Monsoon Palace
The Monsoon Palace of the Maharajas is also known as Sajjangarh Fort is set atop a hill overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake. Built by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1884, this Sajjangarh Fort lies about 5 km to the west of Udaipur city in Rajasthan, India. This fort today stands as a small palace with scenic surroundings that can be approached both by car and boat. This fort is situated on a hilltop, at a height of 3100 feet above sea level, and about 1100 feet above the Fateh Sagar Lake. The palaces of the fort which are located at the top of the rocky hill look like a tiara.
Jagdish Temple is located in the Udaipur; it is made in the Indo-Aryan style of architecture. In 1651, this temple was built by Maharana Jagat Singh, who ruled Udaipur during 1628-53. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Laxmi Narayan), the preserver of the Universe. The gateway of this temple can be sited at a distance of 150 meters from the Bara Pol of the City Palace. This three-storied temple comprises beautifully carved pillars, decorated ceilings, painted walls, and lush halls. During 1628-53, 1.5 million rupees were spent to raise this structure. The spire of the main temple is around 79 feet high that undoubtedly dominates the skyline of Udaipur. This Shikhar (spire) is wreathed with elephants, musicians, sculptures of dancers and horsemen making it truly a sight to behold.
Vintage Car Museum
This museum is located just a few kilometers away from the magnificent City Palace, Vintage Car Museum is an awesome place for automobiles and car lovers. The Vintage Car Museum was unveiled to the general public on 15 February 2000. It was inaugurated by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, founder of the National Motor Museum in England. This Vintage & Classic Car Collection is a combination of car collection and a museum, showing all those vehicles that belong to the Maharanas of Mewar till date. The original former Mewar State Motor Garage has housed a collection of these cars and it currently serves as this museum. It also houses one of the original Shell petrol pumps, which is still assumed to be in usable condition. Even when some vehicles is over seventy years old, each one of them is still kept in working condition.
Gulab Bagh and Zoo
Gulab Bagh was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh Ji in 1881. The Garden has around 66.5 acres of land is stocked with plants that are rich in medicinal benefits. It is spread over 100 acres. Elements in the garden include many toy trains, many gardens, a lake, library, temple, mosque, zoo, food area, playground, a government office, and tube well. There is a mini-zoo which is a little away from the orchards of the rose garden within the garden. There are very few species of animal species found in this zoo, which include wide-eyed owls and there is enough room to roam around it, such as a toy train which is open to children and adults. There is a huge artificial water body, called Kamal Talai, which connects the beauty of the Garden and the palace like a religious place Navalakha palace to visit the parents.
Shilpgram is a craftsmen’s village and it has enclosed twenty-six huts constructed in traditional architectural styles. These huts display many houses that hold decorative articles. It is the most popular tourist place in Udaipur, located at the foothills of Aravali Mountains. It is most popular for the famous Shilpgram Festival which is conducted every year. This is a great platform to perform the local arts. This place is situated 7 km west of Udaipur near Lake Fateh Sagar. Shilpgram spreads over 70 acres around Aravali. Inside it rural art has been imagined as a living museum to portray the lifestyle of people and tribals.