Udaipur, the Lake City of India, is a picturesque and romantic city in Rajasthan. Situated on the scenic Lake Pichola along with two other beautiful lakes, Udaipur was founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1599 AD. One of the most favorite destinations for holiday makers and honeymooners, Udaipur is famous for its shimmering lakes, enchanting lake palaces, amazing temples, lovely colorful markets and last but not least for its festivals. Known for its scenic beauty and cultural charm, Udaipur offers a perfect blend of sights and sound, and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers. A tour to Udaipur promises to be a wonderful experience for its visitors. You too can experience the enchantment of Udaipur, on tours to Udaipur, with India Travel Portal.

Udaipur is located southwest of Jaipur near the border with Gujarat state. It is at the southern end of the Aravali Mountain Range. It is about 400 km from Jaipur, 570 km from Jaisalmer and 660 km from Delhi. Udaipur has a number of beautiful tourist attractions that include enchanting lakes, fairytale palaces, lovely gardens, museums, and temples.

Things to See in Udaipur

Lake Palace: The most enchanting tourist attraction of Udaipur, the Lake Palace (also known as Jag Niwas) is a beautiful island palace built by Maharana Jagat Singh II in 1754. Situated on picturesque Lake Pichola, the white marble structure appears like emerging out of the shimmering blue waters on the lake, creating a spellbound effect on visitors.

City Palace: One of the largest royal complexes in Rajasthan, the City Palace is situated on a promontory on the picturesque Lake Pichola. The complex has 11 beautiful Mahals (palaces) with balconies and towers, offering a breathtaking view of the lake and the city. Its Durbar Hall, which had been used as a venue for formal occasions like state banquets and meetings, has most luxurious interiors highlighted by some of the largest chandeliers in the world. The Palace also houses a Museum exhibiting a rich collection of artifacts.

Jag Mandir: Jag Mandir is another beautiful island palace on Lake Pichola, built by Maharaja Karan Singh in 1615 AD. The palace once sheltered the Mughal prince Khurram (later Emperor Shah Jehan, who built the world-famous Taj Mahal) who rebelled against his father Jehangir in the 1620's. The Palace has a giant stone sculpture of elephants and an impressive chattri (cenotaphs) that add to its beauty.

Saheliyon-Ki-Bari: The Saheliyon-ki-Bari Garden was built in early 18th century AD as a retreat for ladies of the royal household to spend their time in leisure. The enchantingly beautiful Garden is famous for its lotus pool, fountains (in the shape of birds), lush green lawns, flowerbeds, and marble pavilions, offering a breathtaking view to visitors.

Jagdish Temple: Jagdish Temple is the largest and the most beautiful temple in Udaipur, built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651 AD. Dedicated to lord Vishnu, the temple is famous for its beautiful sculpted images and towering Shikara.

Fateh Sagar: Located in the vicinity of the famous Saheliyon-ki-Bari Garden, Fateh Sagar is a beautiful lake, built by Maharana Fateh Singh in 1678. A canal built at the beginning of the 20th century connects it to the Lake Pichola. Nehru Park, a popular garden island with a boat-shaped café, is situated in the middle of the Lake.

Other not to be missed tourist attractions in Udaipur include the Maharana Pratap Memorial, Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum, Monsoon Palace, Shilpgram, Rose Garden, and many more.

Things to Do in Udaipur

Udaipur offers an exciting range of activities to its visitors. You can enjoy excursions to some fascinating tourist attractions nearby that include Kumbalgarh Fort, Jaisamand Lake, Rajsamand Lake, Nagda, Haldighati, Nathdwara and Ranakpur Jain Temples. On tours to Udaipur, you can also enjoy shopping for folk toys, hand printed textiles, dyed sarees, metal images, silver jewelry, and the Pichwal wall hangings. Udaipur is also famous for its colorful and vibrant festivals. Visit Udaipur during Mewar Festival (held every year in April) to experience the real charm of the city. An exciting boat cruising on the shimmering blue waters of Lake Pichola offers a breathtaking view of the lake palaces and surroundings.

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