Udaipur also known as the City of Lakes, is a city, a Municipal Council and the administrative headquarters of the Udaipur district in the state of Rajasthan in western India. It is located 403 kilometres (250 mi) southwest of the state capital, Jaipur, 248 kilometres (154 mi) west of Kota, and 250 kilometres (155 mi) northeast from Ahmedabad. Udaipur was the historic capital of the former kingdom of Mewar in Rajputana Agency. Apart from its history, culture and scenic locations, it is also known for its Rajput-era palaces.
Standing on the bank of lake Pichola, are massive series of palaces built at different time commencing from 1559 A.D. The balconies of the palace provide panoramic view of "Jag Niwas" (Now world wide famous Lake palace hotel), Jag Mandir on one side and on the other the city of Udaipur.
It's 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. The Mor-Chowk (Peacock Courtyard), get its name from the vivid mosaics in glass decorate its walls. The Chini Chitrashala is noteworthy while a series of wall paintings of Krishna are on display in Bhim Vilas.
There are numerous other palaces Dilkhush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal and Krishna Vilas- in memory of princess of striking beauty who poisoned herself to avert bloody battle for her hand by rival princess.
Now the palace is housed with many antique articles, paintings, decorative furniture and utensils which attracts thousands of visitors every day
Also known as the Mansoon Palace, it was built as an observatory by Maharana Sajjan Singh and was originally planned as a ninteen storeyed structure. However the Maharana died prematurely and the plans were curtailed. This now derelict palace dominates the skyline from its position 2468 feet high on top of Bansdara Mountain and is clearly visible from most parts of Udaipur. It affords splendid views of the City and the surrounding countryside.
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In the middle of lake Pichhola is the island palace Jag Mandir where prince Khuman Singh Later known as emperor Shahjahan who built world fame Taj Mahal, sought refuse from his father emperor Jahangir. This three story building was completed by Maharana Jagat Singh Ist in 1652 A.D.
In the mutiney of 1857 A.D., the Indian regiments stationed at Neemach (M.P.) rebelled. English officers and women with their children had taken refuge in a village named Dungla, Maharana Swaroop Singh had then brought to Udaipur in safety and then kept them in comfort on the island of Jag Mandir untill order was restored.
West Zone Cultural Centre in Udaipur has set up an artisan's village called - Shilpgram, 3 Kms west of Udaipur. It is a living ethnographic museum depecting life style, traditions, customs and folk arts of the rural and tribal people of the states of Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujrat, Goa, Daman, etc. There are several huts constructed in the traditional architectural style using mud and local building material to reflect the geographical and ethnic diversity of the different states of west zone of India.
The rural artisans and folk artists reside here and perform in the natural surroundings in a village environment. Every year, more than a lakh visitors visit this village which is spread out in an area of 55 acres, surrounded by Aravali mountains. The Shilpgram Utsav organised every year from 23rd December to January 1st, attracts massive crowd creating a scene of rural market fair and festival with live performance of folk artist from different parts of the country. The Terracotta Museum, the museum of masks, folk and musical instruments are of particular attraction. More about Shilpgram and Shiplgram Utsav (Festival).
Jagdishji, is a major monument and should be seen carefully. Raised on a tall terrace and completed in 1651, it is a tribute alike to the tenacity of its builders and the resilence of the art - tradition it represents. It attaches a double storeyed Mandapa (hall) to a double - storied, Saandhara (that having a covered ambulatory) sanctum. The mandapa has another storey tucked within its pyramidal Samavarna (bell - roof) while the hollow clustered spire over the sanctum contains two more, non - functional stories. Lannes taking off from many of the Sheharpanah (city wall) converge on the Jagdish Temple and walking leisurely through them brings you face with the many layers of the cultural palimpsest that Udaipur is. It was built by Maharana Jagat Singh Ist in 1651 A.D. It is a good example of Indo - Aryan architecture.
Saheliyon ki Bari
Udaipur is city of lakes and gardens, big and small. The Sahelion-ki-Bari is a fine specimen. On the eve of his departure from Mewar, Col.Tod had shifted to it so as to have some needed solitude. Much later, a thoughtful had located a library in it ! This small ornamental garden was a popular relaxing spot where royal ladies came for a stroll and hence the name. The garden has many fountains in its four delightful pools, chiselled kiosks and marble elephants.
Vintage Collection of Cars
Vintage and Classic Car Collection Udaipur, India, IN The maharajas' Vintage and Classic Car Collection is well worth a look and comprises just over 20 very individual and valuable vehicles. Located within the grounds of the city's Garden Hotel, visitors will be able to enjoy some examples, including a rather gorgeous Cadillac from the late 1930s. Particularly impressive is the actual Rolls Royce Phantom, which made a memorable appearance in the James Bond movie, Octopussy, filmed in the city many years ago. Udaipur museum open: daily - 09:00 to 11:00 and 14:00 to 18:00 Udaipur museum admission: charge, concessions.
A spectacular rose Garden laid out by Maharana Sajjan Singh, is situated near the palace on east side of Lake Pichhola. A library in the garden has a rare collection of ancient handwritten manuscripts and books. Within the garden, there is a zoo with tigers, leopards, chinkara and many wild animals and birds are being kept.
While visiting the Udaipur we had the first sight of Udaipur Ropeway. Instantly we decided to take a ride. The ropeway plies between Deen Dayal Park near Lake Pichola and Karni Mata Mandir on top of Machchala Hill. Deen Dayal Park is located near the Doodh Talao. The view of the royal Udaipur city from the ropeway is worth seeing.
The Location where this Biological park is situated is foothills of Basandhara hills in west of Udaipur. These hills lost their greenery owing to irresponsible harnessing of biological and non-biological resources much beyond the sustainable limits. The zoo has different ranges of animals and birds which have been brought from different parts of World. At present, including tigers, panthers, lions, ostriches, alligators, rhesus monkeys etc.
Bagore ki Haveli
The Bagore ki Haveli, situated in Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan, is a place of unrivalled splendor. This is a very congenial old building built right on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat, the haveli was constructed by the Prime Minister of Mewar, Amir Chand Badwa in the eighteenth century. The haveli is characterized by several beautiful costumes and pieces of modern art, that have been spread across the over hundred rooms for display. This apart the interiors of this beautiful mansion boasts of superb glass and mirror work along with a Mewar painting in the Queen's Chamber. Following the construction of the haveli and the death of its creator, Amarchand, the building was taken over by Royal family of Mewar, and Nath Singh, a relative of the maharani, occupied it.