Places to Visit in Udaipur
Udaipur also known as the Royal House of Mewar: Legend has it that the Sisodias of Mewar are descended from Lord Rama whose life story is told in India's great epic, the Ramayana. The chronicles of the bards tell us that in the sixth century Vallabhai was sacked by strangers from the west.
The Queen of Vallabhai, Pushpavati, who was on a pilgrimage offering prayers for her unborn child, heard of the destruction of Vallabhai and the death of her husband while traveling through the Aravalli hills in the north. Despairing, she took refuge in a cave, and there gave birth to a son whom she called Guhil, In the seventh century the Guhil moved north, and down to the plains of Mewar, changing their name to Sisodia, after a village they encountered on the way. Rana Pratap (ruled 1572-97) was palace one of the great warrior kings of right, Mewar.
City Palace is the largest palace in Rajasthan. A majestic architectural marvel towering over the lake on a hill surrounded by crenellated walls, it is a conglomeration of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, balconies, corridors and rooms. The main entrance is through the triple arched gate, the ‘Tripolia’ with eight marble porticos.
Saheliyon-ki-Bari is a small ornamental garden which is a popular relaxing spot where royal ladies came for a stroll as the name suggests. The garden has many fountains.
Jagdish Temple was built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651. This Indo-Aryan temple is the largest and the most beautiful temple of Udaipur with enshrine of a black stone image of lord Vishnu.
Ahar is the ancient capital of Sisodias, 3 km from city centre has a rare collection of antiquities including earthen pots, iron objects and other art items are displayed in a government museum.
Sajjan Garh is called as a Mansoon Palace. Maharana Sajjan Singh built it in the late 19th centaury. The palace is illuminated at night and from a distance looks like some thing out of a fairy tail. It also offers overview of the city’s lakes, palaces and the surrounding countryside.
Some of the other places worth visiting are Pichhola Lake, Fatehsagar Lake and Shilpgram.
The airport at Udaipur air links it with other major cities of India like Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Aurangabad, andMumbai.
The railway network connects Udaipur with Delhi, Chittor, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Ajmer, and Jodhpur.
Udaipur can be easily reached by road as well linking it to tourism destinations in Rajasthan and neighboring states of Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.