India - Udaipur City Information

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Udaipur City Information

Udaipur is the City of Lakes founded by Maharana Udai Singh.

The city referred as the 'Venice of the East' is one of the most romantic destinations in India.

It has marble palaces, lakes, temples, cenotaphs and rugged hills. It also has proud heritage as a centre for the performing arts, painting and crafts. 

Places of Interest:

City Palace - The magnificent palace built in granite and marble majestically towers over the Pichola Lake. The main gates to the palace are Hathi Pol, Bara Pol and Tripolia gate.

Lake Pichola - Lake Pichola with exceptional scenic beauty is surrounded by hills, embankments, bathing ghats, shrines and palaces.

Lake Palaces - Jag Nivas This palace built by Maharana Jagat Singh II, as a summer residence of the rulers is now converted to Lake Palace Hotel. It has Mughal-Rajput style of architecture with ancient paintings, stain glass windows, antique furniture and an impressive array of fountains, and bath reservoirs. 

Fateh Sagar Lake - This artificial lake has an island Nehru Park and a huge fountain. 

Maharana Pratap Smarak (Memorial) - Moti Magri or Pearl Hill is a memorial to the Rajput hero Mahrana Pratap. There is a statue of Maharana in bronze alloy astride his favourite horse-'Chetak'.

Jagdish Temple - It is an Indo-Aryan Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and was built by Maharana Jagat Singh. The temple stands on a rectangular platform and has a porch supported by pillars and a sanctum crowned by a spire.

Shilpgram - This is a rural arts-and-craft village having recreation huts from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Goa. 
 
Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum - This Museum has a collection of dresses, ornaments, dolls, masks, folk deities, musical instruments and paintings.
 
City Palace Museum - The museum has a fascinating collection of coins, portraits of former rulers of Mewar, narrative wall paintings, armoury and a turban of Khurram (Emperor Shah Jahan).
Ahar Museum - The Museum has the collection of very old earthen pottery, terracotta toys, 10th century sculptures and other historic artifacts.

Saheliyon ki Bari - Saheliyon ki Bari or Garden for the Maids of Honour of the queen is built by Maharana Sangram Singh. This garden has beautiful fountains, pools with delicately chiseled kiosks and elephants in marble.

Gulab Bagh or Rose garden - This garden laid out by Maharana Sajjan Singh has a mini train for children. It also has a library with a rich collection of rare books and manuscripts.
Nehru Island Park - The Park is on an island in the middle of Fateh Sagar Lake comprising fountains and a boat shaped instrument.

Sanjay Park - This garden is famous for flower-beds.

Nehru's Children Park - The Park has spacious lawns around a pond. There are boat rides and slides incorporating elephants, camels, horses and goats.

 

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