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Tourist attractions in Udaipur

Udaipur city, also known as the 'City of Lakes' and 'Venice of East', is a very popular tourist destination in Rajasthan, India.[1] The capital of the former princely state of Mewar, and considered as one amongst the most romantic cities of India, Udaipur is a land around the azure water lakes, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravalis.The city is a blend of sights, sounds and experiences.With its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes, the city carries the flavor of heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry.[2] Voted the Best City in the World in 2009 by the Travel + Leisure magazine,[3] Udaipur is now amongst the favourite wedding destinations for Indian as well as foreign nationals .[4]

Some of the key tourist destinations are:[5][6]

Contents

  • Ahar Cenotaphs 1
  • Badi Lake 2
  • Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal 3
  • City Palace 4
  • Bagore ki Haveli 5
  • Fateh Sagar Lake 6
  • Gulab Bagh and Zoo 7
  • Haldighati Pass 8
  • Jag Mandir 9
  • Jagdish Temple 10
  • Lake Palace 11
  • Pichola Lake 12
  • Monsoon Palace 13
  • Moti Magri 14
  • Neemach Mata Temple 15
  • Saheliyon ki Bari 16
  • Sajjangarh Biological Park 17
  • Shilpgram 18
  • Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park 19
  • Maharana Pratap Memorial(Moti Magri) 20
  • Sukhadia Circle 21
  • Places nearby 22
  • References 23

Ahar Cenotaphs

The Ahar Cenotaphs are a group of royal cenotaphs of the Maharanas of Mewar, located about 2 km east of Udaipur. It has about nineteen cenotaphs of various Maharanas cremated, including one of Maharana Amar Singh, who reigned from 1597 to 1620. Nearby is also Ahar Museum, where on display is limited but very rare earthen pottery, as well as some sculptures and other archaeological finds. Some pieces date back to 1700 BC, and a tenth-century metal figure of Buddha is a special attraction.

Badi Lake

Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal

Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal, a cultural institution, is engaged in studying folk art, culture, songs and festivals of various regions of India, including Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. It also aims at popularizing and propagating folk arts, folk dances and folk literature.

City Palace

City Palace, a 400-year-old palace, is located on the east bank of the Lake Pichola. It comprises a series of vilas, halls, gateways, courtyards, overlapping parations, terraces, corridors and gardens.

Bagore ki Haveli

This is an old building built right on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. The haveli now stages Rajasthani traditional dance and music.

Monsoon Palace at the hilltop

Fateh Sagar Lake

Fateh Sagar Lake is an artificial lake situated to the north of the Lake Pichola, in the north-west of Udaipur city, around 6 km from Udaipur City Railway Station. It was named after Maharana Fateh Singh of Udaipur and Mewar.

Gulab Bagh and Zoo

A rose garden laid out by Maharaja Sajjan Singh is situated near the palace on the east side of Lake Pichhola. A library in the garden has a collection of ancient handwritten manuscripts and books. Some of the part of the Satyarth Prakash have been written in this library. Styarth Prakash stup is situated in Gulab Bagh. Within the garden, there is a zoo which used to have tigers, leopards, Chinkara gazelle, birds, and many wild animals, but now most of these animals are moved to Sajjangarh Biological Park. Children can still enjoy mini train, track of which covers the main part of the garden and the zoo.

Haldighati Pass

Jag Mandir

Jagdish Temple

Lake Palace

Lake Palace (formerly known as Jag Niwas) is a luxury hotel, which has 83 rooms and suites featuring white marble walls. The Lake Palace is located on the island of Jag Niwas in Lake Pichola, Udaipur, India, and its natural foundation spans 4 acres (16,000 m2).Built between 1743 and 1746 under the direction of the Maharana Jagat Singh II (62nd successor to the royal dynasty of Mewar) of Udaipur,the private summer resort of the erstwhile royal family was turned into a luxury hotel.The hotel has been ranked as amongst the best luxury heritage hotels in the country over the past years.[7]

As both a royal abode and luxury hotel, the Taj Lake Palace has captured the affection of the likes of Lord Curzon, Vivien Leigh, Queen Elizabeth II, the Shah of Iran, the king of Nepal and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy . The palace has also served as a shooting location for several Indian and foreign language movies.

The hotel is accessible by boats made available by the hotel.

Pichola Lake

Lake Pichola,an artificial fresh water lake created in the year 1362 AD, is one of the several contiguous lakes in the city . The lake was built by Banjara, a gypsy "Banjara" tribesman who transported grain, during the reign of Maharana Lakha. Later, Maharana Udai Singh, impressed by the charm of this lake with the backdrop of green hills, founded the city of Udaipur on the banks of the lake and also enlarged the Lake by constructing a stone masonry dam in the Badipol region on the shore of the Lake There are four islands on the lake:

  • Jag Niwas, where is built the Lake Palace.
  • Jag Mandir, with the palace of the same name.
  • Mohan Mandir, from where the king would watch the annual Gangaur festival celebration.
  • Arsi Vilas,a small island which was an ammunition depot, but also a small palace. It was built by one of the Maharanas of Udaipur to enjoy the sunset on the lake. It is also a sanctuary catering to a variety of birds, including tufted ducks, coots, egrets, terns, cormorants and kingfishers.[8]

The Sisarma stream, a tributary of the Kotra River, drains a catchment of 55 km2 from the Aravalli Mountains and contributes to the flows in the lake. The other end of the lake is connected to the Swaroop Sagar lake which itself joins Lake Fatehsagar. At several locations where the lake narrows, ornamental arch bridges have been built to span the waterway between the banks.

Octopussy, a 1983 James Bond film, was filmed in the precincts of the Lake Palace.

The Lake Pichola is approachable by road from the Udaipur City. Local buses, Tongas, auto-rickshaws and taxis provide the needed transport.With the City Palace and various Ghats along the banks of the lake, one may walk along the shore. Boat ride services are available as well.

Monsoon Palace

Moti Magri

Neemach Mata Temple

Saheliyon ki Bari

Sajjangarh Biological Park

Sajjangarh Biological Park, a zoological garden, is situated just beneath the Monsoon Palace (also known as Sajjajgarh Garh Palace), around 4 km from the city center. The zoo houses vast varieties of animals and birds brought in from different parts of the world. At present, it has more than 60 animals of 21 species including tigers, panthers, lions, ostriches, alligators, rhesus monkeys etc. Within two months of its inauguration, the park has received more than 46,000 visitors in a month, generating a revenue of Rs 14 lakh for the forest department, which is a record in itself.[9]

Shilpgram

Shilpgram is a rural arts and crafts complex, situated 3 km west of the city of Udaipur. The center is spread over an undulating terrain of about 70 acres of land, surrounded by the Aravali mountains. The complex was established with a purpose to depict the lifestyles of the folk and tribal people of the region. With an objective of increasing awareness and knowledge about the rural arts and crafts, the Shilpgram provides opportunity to rural and urban artists to come together and interact through the process of camps and workshops.

As a living ethnographic museum, this arts and crafts complex enables one to capture a glimpse into the rural Indian lifestyle and to learn about the culture of the region and the common cultural practices and occupations of the Western Indian regions.

The Shilpgram Festival is organised every year from 21 December to December 31. The Shilpgram Fair, a part of the festive celebrations, serves as a destination for hand woven clothes, embroideries, mirror works and handicrafts. The festival provides opportunities for learning the craft skills through various workshops. Cultural programmes including theatre and folk musical and dance performances, during the evening and the local food stalls draw the attraction of many visitors and of the city residents alike.

Shilpgram is easily accessible by road via auto rickshaws and taxi services.

Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park

It is a garden developed around the Dudh Talai by Urban Improvement Trust (UIT) Udaipur, the local development authority. Visitors may enjoy watching Musical Fountain here. A rope way has been setup here to reach Karni Mata Temple at the top of Machhla Mangra.

Maharana Pratap Memorial(Moti Magri)

Atop the Moti Magri or Pearl Hill, overlooking the Fatah Sagar Lake is the memorial of the Rajput hero Maharana Pratap with a bronze statue of the Maharana astride his favourite horse "Chetak".[10]

Sukhadia Circle

Places nearby

  • Nathdwara - Shri Nathdwara (a pathway to Lord Shri Krishna) lies 48 km from Udaipur and literally means the gateway to the Lord. Devotees throng the shrine in large numbers during occasions of "Janmashtmi", the day of the Lord's birth, and other festivals like Holi. It is famous for its pichwai paintings, with Shri Krishna in the centre and is recognized for profuse use of gold colour.
  • Ranakpur - A village that is home to one of the most important Jain temples. 1400+ marble pillars support the temple. Opposite the Jain temple is the much older Sun Temple. Located in Pali District, 110 km north of Udaipur.
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  • Haldighati - A mountain pass in Rajsamand District that hosted the battle between Rana Pratap Singh of Mewar and the Mughal emperor Akbar. Now a memorial site.
  • Kumbhalgarh - A 15th-century fortress, built by Rana Kumbha of Mewar, with 36 kilometres of walls. Over 360 temples are within the fort. It also has a wildlife sanctuary. Located in Rajsamand District, 90 km from Udaipur. The vista from the top of the palace typically extends tens of kilometers into the Aravalli hills.
  • Mount Abu - A popular tourist hill station.
  • Eklingji - Eklingji is a temple complexes situated nearly 22 km in the north of Udaipur. It was built in 734 A.D. and consists of 108 temples chiseled out of sandstone and marbles; it is devoted to the royal family of Mewar.
  • Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the most rugged of the Aravali in Pali, Rajsamand and Udaipur districts of Rajasthan. It takes its name after the historic fort of Kumbhalgarh, which comes into view over the Park. It is 578 km² in area and at an altitude of 500 to 1,300 metres. It is home to a very large variety of wildlife, some of which are highly endangered species. The wildlife includes wolf, leopards, sloth bear, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, smabhar, nilgai, chaisingh (the four horned antelope), chinkara, and hare.
  • Kankroli and Rajsamand Lake: Dwarakadish Temple, Nau Choukiya, JK Tyre factory
  • Adinda Parshwnath:A famous jain temple of "Parshwnath ji",42 kilometre from Udaipur. It was only south faced jain temple in India.
  • Rishabhdeo: also known as "Kesariya ji" or "Kala Baoji" Famous Jain pilgrimage center sacred to Jains and local tribals, local name is Dhulev.
  • Jagat: Known as Khajuraho of Rajasthan, famous for Jagadambeshwari Durga temple.
  • Bambora: fort and Idana mata temple nearby.
  • Jaisamand Lake: Second biggest man-made lake in the Asia. Very picturesque and beautiful lake has many inhabitable islands.
  • Udaisagar Lake: One of the five prominent lakes of Udaipur, built by Maharana Udai Singh in 1565.
  • Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary: It is said that Sita spend her exile period here in Guru Valmiki ashram, here are many places related to Sita and Luv-Kush. Sita also go into mother Earth's lap here it is near Bansi, Barisadri and Dhariyawad, famous for flying squirrel, teak forest, tiger and very big fair of Sitamata is also organized every year in May. Jakham dam is also inside this sanctuary.
  • Baneshwar:120 km from Udaipur on Banswara road near Sabla, Jakham, Som and Mahi river are merged here, every year Kumbh for Aadiwasi's in January month organised.
  • Galiakot (Mazar-e-Seyadi Fakhruddun Shaheed)
  • Dungarpur: Gap sagar, city palace
  • Banswara:Mahi dam and Tripura Sundari temple
  • Chavand-The Third Capital of Mewar and also the place where Great Maharana Pratap spent his last 21 years.
  • Bhinder: fort, pond, temples, Drgah Sultan-ji-Shahhed.
  • Kanor: Adeshware Ji is an ancient Jain Temple near Kanore, about 3 km
  • Bandoli: near Chawand, Maharana Pratap's canopy is situated here
  • Mayaro ki Gufa; Rana Pratap used to keep his arms and ammunitions here.
  • Molela - A village near Haldi Ghati famous for its red pottery "terracota".
  • Kamal Nath- near Jhadol, it is said that Ravana the demon king of Lanka worshiped here of Lord Shiva and offer his head instead of lotus flower to God. Rana Pratap also stayed here for some time after Haldighati war.
  • Matrikundia: it is known as Prayag of Mewar, holi place near Rashmi on Banas river bank.
  • Sanwaliaji Temple: 70 km east from Udaipur famous krishna temple.
  • Avari Mata temple: 80 km in east from Udaipur
  • Jhakham Dam: in Sita mata century
  • Salumber: fort, pond, temples, famous for Hadi Rani's sacrifice.
  • Charbhuja ji: at Gadbor village in Rajsamand district, one of the char-dham of Mewar, 90 km in north from Udaipur.
  • Sardar garh: fort and lotus (Kamal) shaped Alakh mandir [self-realization place of Mahatma Bhuri Bai]
  • Laksmanpura: famous for Ram Jharokha,village of notable saint Sri Guman Singh ji, 25 km east from Udaipur
  • Nauwa: near Khemli 20 km from udaipur, self -realization place for yogivirya Baoji Chatur Singh ji Mewar.
  • Bemla: famous for Kurabadia Bheruji, beautiful land-scape, Bemleshwar mahadev, dhuni.
  • Tidi Dam: 40 km in south of Udaipur near Zawar mines
  • Som Kagdar Dam: 65 km in South of Udaipur and near Kherwara
  • Som-Kamala-Amba Dam: near Aaspur
  • Nandeshwar ji: 11 km south-west from Udaipur on Jhadol road.
  • Ubeshwar ji:19 km west from Udaipur
  • Mansi Wakal dam: 60 km from Udaipur
  • Keleshwar Mahadeo: 29 km west of Udaipur
  • Jhameshwar Mahadeo: 22 km in south of Udaipur, mahadeo temple, Ambika mata temple, water fall and picnic spot
  • Baghdada:Crocodile park and habitate center, 12 km south of Udaipur
  • Statue of Shiva: Situated at the beautiful village "Menar" between Udaipur and Chittor - 45 km, eastern to Udaipur. This Statue is on the bank of Bhram Sagar.

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