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UdaipurThe Lake City
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.

The founder of Udaipur
Maharana Udai Singh, was overcome by the misfortunes that his old capital of Chittaurgarh had to face due to repeated attacks by the Mughal armies. On the advice of a holy man, Udai Singh shifted his capital to the banks of Lake Pichola- the city was named Udaipur after him.

Get Abosrbed In
City Palace
Well fortified City Palace stands white and majestic on a hill. The main entrance, a triple arched gate named the Tripolia, built in 1725, is a marvel. The Suraj Gokhada, the Balcony of the Sun, where the Suryavanshi Maharanas of Mewar, presented themselves in times of trouble to the people to restore their confidence, is another fascinating monument. The Chini Chitrashala is noteworthy for its blue and white ceramics.

The Suraj Gokhada
The balcony of the sun, is where the Suryavanshi Maharanas of Mewar presented themselves to the people in time of trouble to restore their confidence. The ‘Mor Chowk’ known for its exquisite peacock mosaics in glass and the ‘Chini Chitrashala’ noted for its blue and white ceramics are other attractions in the palace.

Fateh Sagar
Built by Maharana Fateh Singh, this elegant lake is surrounded on three sides by hills and the Pratap Memorial on the north. One can indulge in boat rides on the rippling waters, and row across to the Nehru Park - an island garden.

UdaipurPichhola Lake
The picturesque lake that entranced Maharaja Udai Singh. It was later enlarged by the founder. The lake is surrounded by hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. Two island palaces, Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) on the lake are of breathtaking magnificence.

Not to Overlook - Excursions
Jaisamand Lake
Some 49 km from Udaipur. A stunningly situated artificial lake, built in the 17th century A.D. by Maharana Jai Singh is the second largest in Asia.

Ranakpur
Some 90 km from Udaipur. Nestled in the Aravalli ranges, near the village of Sadri lies the Ranakpur temple complex, one of the biggest and the most important cluster of Jain temples in India. The Chaumukha Temple, or Four Faced Temple, is the main temple in the complex and dates back to the 15th century. Built in marble, the temple has 29 halls supported by more than 1400 pillars, all distinctly carved, no two of which are alike.

Kumbhalgarh Fort
The Fort is about 84 km from Udaipur. The second principal fortress in Rajasthan after Chittaurgarh, it is perched atop the Aravallis.Built in the 15th century by Maharana Kumbha, it extends over 12 km and enclose many temples, palaces and gardens.The fort was renovated in the 19th century.

Travellers Factoid
Location : In Rajasthan
Language : Rajasthani, Hindi, Considerable % of People speaks English.
Climate : Moderate
Best time to Visit : Through out the year
Speciality : Lovely antique silver jewelry
Getting There
By Air : Indian Airlines daily connects Udaipur with Jodhpur, Jaipur, Aurangabad, Mumbai and Delhi. Dabok Airport is 21 Km. from the city centre.
By Rail : Udaipur is on the Western Railway meter gauge network. The Railway Station is about 4 Km. from the city centre. Udaipur is directly connected by rail with Delhi, Jaipur, Ajmer, Chittaur, Jodhpur and Ahmedabad.
By Road : Udaipur is connected by National Highway No. 8, the major road link between Mumbai and Delhi. The Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh Road Transport Corporation operate buses to Udaipur from various regions. Private bus companies also operate in the region during night hours. The State Transport Bus Stand is on City Station Road, NH 8, Udiapole.


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