Udaipur 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.
How to reach Udaipur
By Road -Udaipur is connected by major road link between Mumbai and Delhi. The Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh road transport corporation operate buses to Udaipur from various region.
By Rail -Udaipur is on the western railway network. The railway station is about 4 km from the city center. Udaipur is directly connected by rail with Delhi, Jaipur, Ajmer and Jodhpur.
By Air - Indian Airlines Daily connects Udaipur from Jodhpur, Jaipur, Mumbai and Delhi. Dabok airport is 21km away from the city.
Places of tourist interest
Saheliyon ki Bari - Maharaja Sangram Singh built it first but it way destroyed by heavy rains then Maharaja Fateh Singh rebuilt this place. This place has five beautiful fountains, which are called Swagat Fountain, Savan Bhadon, Kamal Talai, Raslila and Bin Badal Barsat. In the old times this place was meant for queens and their friends so it is called Saheliyon ki Bari.
Nehru Island Park - It beautiful garden is situated in the middle of Fateh Sagar Lake on an island. Beautiful flowers and fountains make it a ideal place for tourists. Boats are available to take visitors to the island.
Sajjan Nivas Garden - This is the largest garden of Rajasthan, which covers 100 acres of land. It was built by Maharaja Sajjan Singh (1874-1884). A library and a zoo are also situated in this garden.
Pratap Memorial - It is situated on Moti Magari in the city. There is a bronze statue of Maharana Pratap risidin his horse Chetak. There are some ruins behind this statue, which were built by Maharaja Udai Singh in 1554 A.D. for his residence. Panoramic view of Udaipur city can be seen from this place.
Fateh Sagar Lake - Maharaja Jai Singh built it in 1679 and Maharaja Fateh Singh got it rebuilt in 1884 A.D.
Pichhola Lake -Pichhu Banjara built it during the reign of Maharaja Lakha in 1362. It is the oldest lake of Udaipur. It is 3 miles long 2 miles wide and 30 feet deep. Two palaces are situated in the middle of lake on two islands, which are known as Jag Nivas and Jag Mandir.
Lake Palace (Jag Nivas) - This famous palace was built by Maharaja Jagat Singh in 1746. At present there is a hotel, known as Hotel lake palace.
Jag Mandir - Maharana Amar Singh started the construction of this Palace in 1615. And Raja Karan Singh completed it in 1622. Later on it was extended by Maharana Jagat Singh. In 1622 when Shahjahan rebelled against Jahangir and took Shelter with Maharana Karan Singh then he was kept here. It is said that great tombs and garden of this palace inspired him to make the Taj Mahal.
Raj Mahal - Maharana Udai Singh started building the biggest palace of Rjasthan on the Shore of Pichhola Lake in 1559. Rai Angan is the oldest portion of this palace, which was built by Maharana Udai Singh in 1565. Every Maharana was crowned here for the first time.
Jagdish Temple - This beautiful temple is situated on 25 high platforms and is about 200 feet from the Raj Mahal Palace. It was completed by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1653. This temple contains the idols of Lord Vishnu and Godess Laxmi.
Pratap Museum - This museum situated near the Palace contains dresses of different part of Rajasthan, old coins, armaments, pictures and statues. It also contains the turban of Shahjahan which he exchanged with Maharana Karan Singh as a token of friendship in 1622.
Sajjan Garh- It was built by Maharaja Sajjan Singh 1884. It is situated on the highest peak of Udaipur. It was completed by Maharaja Fateh Singh. The city of Udaipur can be seen from here.