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Udaipur

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Udaipur, also known as the City of Lakes, is situated 1900 feet about the sea level in the Aravali Hills. This beautiful city was founded by Maharaja Udai Singh in 1559 AD and is named after him. One of the most romantic cities in Rajasthan, Udaipur is also known as the city of lakes. The marble palaces, beautifully laid out gardens and the lakes make Udaipur seem almost like a mirage in the desert.

Climate of Udaipur

The climate of Udaipur is tropical, with the mercury staying between a maximum of 42.3°C and a minimum of 28.8°C during summers. Winters cold with the maximum temperature rising to 28.8°C and the minimum dipping to 2.5°C.

History of Udaipur

Maharana Udai Singh II founded Udaipur in 1568 after his citadel Chittorgarh was sacked by Mughal Emperor Akbar. The legends says that Udai Singh was guided by a holy man meditating on the hill near Pichola Lake to establish his capital on this very spot. Surrounded by Aravali Ranges, forests and lakes this place was less vulnerable than Chittorgarh.

Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar a kingdom ruled by the Siodia dynasty for 1200 years. The foundation of the city has an interesting legend associated with it.Accordaing to it, Maharana UdaiSingh, the founder,was hunting one day when met a holy man meditating on a hill overlooking the Lake Pichhola. The hermit blessed the Maharana and advised him to build a palace at this favourably located spot with a fertile valley watered by the stream,a lake, an alttitude and an ampitheatre of low mountains. Maharana followed the advised of the hermit and founded the city in 1559 AD.

Tourist Attractions in Udaipur

City Palace: Standing on the east bank of lake Pichola, is a massive series of palaces built at different times from 1559 A.D.The balconies of the palace provide panoramic views of “Jag Niwas” (the world wide famous Lake palace hotel), Jag Mandir on one side and on the other the city of Udaipur. Its main entrance is through the triple-arched gate – the Tripolia, built in 1725. The way now leads to a series of courtyards, overlapping parations, terraces, corridors and gardens – a harmonic profusion hard to describe. There is a Suraj Gokhda, where the maharanas of Mewar presented themselves in the times of trouble to the people to restore confidence.

Lake Palace: Originally known as the Jag Niwas, took three years to build and was inaugurated in 1746. Nothing but marble is used in the composition of this palace. It is now a luxury hotel.
City Palace and Museum: Pratap Museum, While entering the City palace the straight way go to the Government Pratap Museum housed with old sculptures and inscriptions. The antique paintings of Mewar, the turban of prince Khurram later on called Shah Jahan, who built world famous Taj Mahal has also been displayed here as a token of friendship of Maharana Khazan Singh. Next to Fateh Prakash Palace, houses beautiful glass and mirror works.

Jag Mandir: Another island in the Lake Pichola, which is known for its beautiful garden courtyard. Shah Jahan took refuge here while revolting against his father.

Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal: An excellent museum of folk arts. Also hosts great puppet shows in its auditorium.

Maharana Pratap Memorial or Moti Magri: Atop the Moti Magri or Pearl Hill, overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake is the memorial of the Rajput hero Maharana Pratap with a bronze statue of the Maharana astride his favourite horse “Chetak”.

Sajjangarh Fort: The summer resort of the Maharajas is atop the hill overlooking all the lakes. This palace had an ingenious way to collect rain water for consumption all year around.the city in 1559 AD.


How to Reach Udaipur

By Air
Maharana Pratap Airport or Dabok Airport is 24 km from the city centre, Dairy Indian Airliness flights connect Udaipur with Jodhpur Jaipur aurangbad, Mumbai and Delhi.

By Train
Udaipur is directly linked by rail with major cities some important train connection are : 9643 Express (Delhi SaraiRohilla-Jaipur-Ajmer-Chittaurgarh-Udaipur.)

By Road
A wide network of bus service link Udaipur with several destinations. Some of the important distance are Agra 630km, Ahmedabad 262 km Jaipur 406 km. Jodhpur 275km and Mount Abu 185km.

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