Amongst the numerous tourist attractions of Udaipur, the more prominent ones are:
Built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1743, Lake Palace is situated on the
Jag Niwas Island in the middle of Lake Pichola. It was constructed to
serve as a summer palace for the royalty and covers an area of 1.5
hectare. Textiles and handicrafts used in ethnic themes all over the
palace make it a mesmerizing sight. Presently, the palace has been
converted into a five star hotel.
A fusion of Medieval European and Chinese architecture, the City Palace
was built by Maharaja Udai Singh. This marble monument is situated on
the eastern banks of Lake Pichola. Numerous balconies, towers and
cupolas of the palace provide a marvelous view of the lake and the city
below. A triple arched gate called Tripolia, built in 1725, provides the
entry to the palace.
Udaipur, Rajasthan sightseeing tour is incomplete without a visit to
this lake. An artificial lake, Lake Pichola was constructed by Maharana
Udai Singh II after he founded the city of Udaipur. The lake is 4 km
long and 3 km wide and encloses the Jag Niwas Island and the Jag Mandir.
One of the most scenic spots of Udaipur, Lake Pichola also houses the
City Palace on its eastern banks.
Built by Maharana Karan Singh, Jag Mandir was meant to serve as a
hideout for Prince Khurram, the estranged son of Emperor Jehangir.
Located on the other island palace in Lake Pichola, the palace has some
exquisite carvings. The examples of carvings include a row of carved
elephants guarding the island, grey and blue stone carved chhatri, etc.
Built by Maharana jai Singh in 1678, Fateh Sagar Lake lies to the north
of Lake Pichola. Maharana Fateh Singh reconstructed it later. The
attractions of the lake include the beautiful Nehru Island as well as an
islet housing a solar observatory.
Sahelion Ki Bari
Sahelion ki Bari, the garden of maidens, was built by Maharana Sangram
Singh in the mid 18th century. Pools with elegant kiosks, flowerbeds,
lawns, pools, fountains, along with an array of trees make this garden
eye-catching. There is also a sitting room decorated with paintings and
glass mosaics in the garden.
Maharana Jagat Singh I built the Jagdish temple, dedicated to Lord
Vishnu, in 1651. It houses an image of Lord Vishnu in black stone, along
with a brass image of Garuda, his carrier. Covering the exterior and the
plinth are base relief of alligators, elephants, horsemen and celestial
musicians, rising in rows. It is the largest temple in Udaipur.
Bagore ki Haveli
One of the places to see in Udaipur is the Bagore ki Haveli. Amir Chand
Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar built this palace on the waterfront
of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. An eighteenth century monument, it has
on display an array of costumes and modern art. Delicate and exquisite
glass and mirror work adorn the interiors of the Haveli. After the death
of Badwa, Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore occupied the building. It was
then that the palace acquired the name of Bagore-ki-haveli (the house of
Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandir
Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandir is a museum exhibiting a collection of folk
arts, consisting of folk outfits, curios, puppets, masks, dolls, folk
musical instruments and beautiful paintings, etc.