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Udaipur - The City of Lakes Udaipur, Rajasthan
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Udaipur, also known as the City of Lakes, is one of the top most tourist destinations in the state of Rajasthan in western India. Udaipur was the historic capital of the former kingdom of Mewar in the erstwhile Rajputana. It is set amidst the Aravalli Ranges of Rajasthan, the elevated hills and the beautiful lakes provide a picture-perfect backdrop to the Udaipur city. The city has its own allure and is undeniably one of the most romantic cities of the World and subsequently, also known as the 'Venice of East'.

 

Apart from its glorious history, culture and scenic locations, it is also known for its Rajput-era palaces. The Lake Palace, for instance, covers an entire island in the Pichola Lake. Many of the palaces have been converted into luxury hotels. Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar in this city are considered some of the most beautiful lakes in the state.

Udaipur is famous for its captivating lakes, but the city has many more attractions that catch the attention of the tourists with their charm. Lake Palace of Udaipur has been accredited for being one of the most romantic places all across the globe. The massive forts of Udaipur, grab the interest of people with their sheer structure and architecture. The beautiful temples create a sense of aestheticism with their spiritual ecstasy. Udaipur also boasts of various museums, palaces, gardens, monuments and colorful festivals that allure tourists to visit the city for once.

 

History

Udaipur was founded in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh II as the final capital of the erstwhile Mewar kingdom, located to the southwest of Nagda, on the Banas River, the first capital of the Mewar kingdom. Legend has it that Maharana Udai Singh II came upon a hermit while hunting in the foothills of the Aravalli Range. The hermit blessed the king and asked him to build a palace on the spot, assuring him it would be well protected. Udai Singh II consequently established a residence on the site. In 1568 the Mughal emperor Akbar captured the fort of Chittor, and Udai Singh moved the capital to the site of his residence, which became the city of Udaipur.

 

As the Mughal Empire weakened, the Sisodia, who had always tried to oppose Mughal dominance, reasserted their independence and recaptured most of Mewar except for Chittor. Udaipur remained the capital of the state, which became a princely state of British India in 1818. Being a mountainous region and unsuitable for heavily armored Mughal horses, Udaipur remained unmolested from Mughal influence in spite of much pressure.

 

After India's Independence in 1947, the Maharaja of Udaipur acceded to the Government of India, and Mewar was integrated into India's Rajasthan state

 

 Orientation

A tourist’s itinerary in Udaipur inevitably revolves around the sites of the erstwhile rulers; the magnificent palaces, the huge lakes, the beautiful gardens and the cenotaphs built with extraordinary architectural finesse. All these places today dutifully echo a fictional history of Sisodia Rajput rulers of Mewar is famous for their virtues, victories, and fierce independence.

 

Udaipur offers numerous tourist attractions to gratify the thirst of tourists. Places of interest could be different for different persons. The beautiful palaces of the city depict the lavish lifestyle of the ancient rulers. The temples of Udaipur are known for their striking architecture and impressive structures. The gardens of Udaipur would definitely help you to lighten up with their refreshing appeal. Apart from these, the city has one of the best solar observatories worth visiting.

 

Also, the region has much to offer to its discerning visitors from the lap of its natural escapades to go availing rural sojourns, back packing, wilderness camping, trail blazing, horse safaris, local festivals and much more to be on the off-the-beaten track.

 

Udaipur remains a richly rewarding place to visit, and although it's possible to take in most of the sights in a few days, many people spend at least a week exploring the city and the various attractions scattered about the surrounding countryside.

 Getting there

Location

In southern Rajasthan, amidst the Aravallis hill range of Rajasthan and bounded by its two beautiful lakes, Pichols and Fateh sagar, and River Ahar.

 

Distance

It is located 403 km southwest of the state capital, Jaipur, 276 km southeast of Jodhpur and 250 km northeast from Ahmedabad

 Fast Facts
Name Udaipur - The City of Lakes Best Time To Visit October to March
Location Udaipur   Rajasthan   West   India  
Open From 0000-00-00  To 0000-00-00 Type Historical & Romantic destination
Temperature Summar   35-40º      Winter   4-10º      Rainy   30-35º
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