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Udaipur City Tour

Venice of The East UdaipurThe city of Dawn,Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure water lakes, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravalis.A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty.Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sounds and experiences an inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers.

Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar a kingdom ruled by the Siodia dynasty for 1200 years.The foundation of the city has an interesting legend associated with it.Accordaing to it,Maharana UdaiSingh, the founder,was hunting one day when met a holy man meditating on a hill overlooking the Lake Pichhola.

The hermit blessed the Maharana and advised him to build a palace at this favourably located spot with a fertile valley watered by the stream,a lake, an alttitude and an ampitheatre of low mountains.Maharana followed the advised of the hermit and founded the city in 1559 AD.

Overlooking the aquamarine expanses of the Lake Pichhola stands the splendid City Palace a marvel n granite and marbel. Exquisite lake palaces of Udaipur,shimmering like jewelson the Lake Pichhola are overwhelming in splendour.

What To See

Tourist Attractions in Udaipur Jaswant Thada :
Close to the fort complex, lies the Jaswant Thada, this 19th century royal cenotaph built in white marble in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II and three other cenotaphs, which stands nearby. The cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh holds the rare portraits of the rulers and Maharajas of Jodhpur. A visit inside the cenotaphs, with some villagers of the region, would bring forward the reverence they still hold for their brave kings.
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Government Museum :
This museum has a rich collection of weapons, textiles, miniature portraits, local crafts and images of Jain Tirthankars. It is situated in the middle of the Umaid public gardens.

Umed Garden :
Umed garden covers an area of 82 acres. developed by Maharaja Umed Singh, it has green lawns, towering Ashoka trees, roses and seasonal flowers, museum, fountains, library and a zoo.In 1978 'Walk-in Avery' was made where one could see different types of birds-local, African and Australian parrots, ducks, rabbits etc; in their natural environment. A large cage for bears opposites, foxes, deers, lions, leopard etc. educate children and mesmerise people with nature's beauty.

Raj Ranchhodji Temple :
Raj Ranchhodji TempleIt was made by queen Jadechi Rajkanwar after the death of the husband king Jaswant Singh. Major Part of the temple is made of red sandstone, carved with beautiful filigiri work. The heart of the temple has the statue of Ranchhodji made of black marble.It has green, yellow and blue glasses fixed on its main door.

Achal Nath Shivalaya :
Achal Nath ShivalayaAchal Nath Shivalaya was constructed by Nanak Devi, queen of Rao Ganga. The construction was completed on 21st May 1531. A large water reservoir called Bawari was made near the Shivlinga which is known as Ganga Bawari. The Garbh Griha, Mandap and Kirtan Bhawan of the temple are made of carved Chhitar stone.

Siddhnath :
Siddhnath Shiv temple is located between Takhat Sagar hills. On the unprepared road going from the right of filter house on Jodhpur, Chopasani Road, on crossing the stairs made by cutting rocks, one can reach Siddhnath temple. Many years ago it was an absolutely deserted place. And because of that only a hermit Veetragi Narain Swami started staying here. He was a highly worshipped and respected saint, known in the nearby areas. Once a handicapped saint named Gaurishanker. Later he was known as Nepali Baba. He had only four fingers in each of his hand and foot.made a big temple by cutting stones, which is now known as Siddhnath.

Ganesh Temple :
The area which is called Ratanada was named after a dog called Rata. About 150 years ago a teacher Radidas in a place called Gorunda saw a statue of Vinayakji in the hills of Ratanada. The statue was eight feet high and five feet wide.

Eklingji Temple :
The Eklingji City abode of some most beautiful shrines is situated about 12 miles to the North of Udaipur in Rajasthan. Located at a distance of 22 km from Udaipur, Eklingji is a massive structure encompassing numerous ancient temples, chiseled out of sandstone and marble. The temple was constructed in AD 734 to procreate the sanctification of Lord Shiva, the supreme power.

Jaisamand Lake, UdaipurThe temples of Eklingji are splendidly modeled and are sanctified to Lord Shiva, sentinel deity of Mewar. The Maharajas of Mewar - who considered them selves to be regent (Dewans) under Eklingji, regarded this deity as the implicit emperor.

Jaisamand Lake :
Jaisamand LakeA stunningly situated artificial lake,built in the 17th century AD Maharana Jai Singh is the second largest in Asia.Graceful marble chhatris flank the embankment and beautiful summer palaces of the Udaipur queens are built on either side of the lake. Jaisamand Island Resort is also worth visiting.

Mewar Festival :
The festival of Marwar is held to honour the heroes of Rajasthan, every year in the month of Ashwin (Sept-Oct) in the city of Jodhpur. The festival is celebrated for two days and takes place during the full moon day of Sharad Poornima. The massive Mehrangarh fort and the impressive Umaid Bhawan Palace which are symbols of might and valour of the Rajputs, make Jodhpur an ideal location for the festival.

Forts in Udaipur Kumbhalgrah Fort :
Classified as the 'City of Lakes', Udaipur has a great deal to offer to tourists and holiday makers in terms of architecture, tradition, cuisine and culture. Whatever aspect you choose, you'll find the city equally fascinating. Forts, however, have perhaps taken the lead in every single city of Rajasthan, the land of myths and legends.
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The Kumbhalgarh Fort, located 64 north of Udaipur city, represents the whole of Mewar Region after the Chittogarh Fort. Snuggled up in the Aravalli Ranges, the Kumbhalgarh Fort was built by Rana Kumbha around 15th century. The characteristic features of the fort include inaccessibility to the fort and uncongenial vicinity. For the same reason, the fort remains unconquered.

Palaces in Udaipur City Palace :
As the hub of Udaipur the City Palace stands majestically on the hill guarded by crenellated fort walls. A riot of arches, domes, turrets, crenellations and chattris crown the steep fortress.

In contrast to its rugged exterior, the inside presents a delicate and feminine world of beauty with lavish use of marble, mirror work, frescoes, wall paintings, a profusion of colored glass, fluted columns, inlay work, silver doors, fountains and gardens.

A series of courtyards, jharokhas, chattris, terraces, corridors, stairways, over planning pavilions and hanging gardens form an astonishing and harmonious whole.

Umaid Bhawan Palace :
Umaid Bhawan Palace The romantic looking Umaid Bhawan Palace was actually built with the purpose of giving employment to the people of Jodhpur during a long drawn famine. The royal family of Jodhpur still lives in a part of the palace.Another part of the palace houses a well-maintained museum, displaying an amazing array of items belonging to the Maharaja and the royal family - weapons, antiques & fascinating clocks, crockery and trophies.

Lake Palace :
Lake Palace in UdaipurLake Palace of Udaipur is among the world's best palaces. It was built in 17th century by Maharaja Jagjit Singh. The palace is built on the island in middle of Lake Pichola.

Rai-ka-Bag Palace :
This palace is situated near Raika Bag palace railway station. It was constructed in 1663 by Hadiji, queen of king jaswant Singh-I. King Jaswant Singh-II liked this palace very much. He mostly stayed in the octagonal bunglow of this palace. In 1883 when Swami Dayanand Saraswati came to Jodhpur, his sermons were arranged for the public in the public ground of this palace. Even Jaswant Singh used to listen to Swami Dayanand in this palace only. Now income tax office functions in this palace.

UdaipurWhat To Do

Shopping in Udaipur - M.I. Road Udaipur, the City of Lakes, offers a number of enticements in terms of architecture, traditions, cuisine and culture. Besides all these, visitors find one more obvious reason to make a trip to this land of myths and legends. Shopping in the city presents one with a number of fine options. There are interesting souvenirs to carry back home. So, while in Udaipur don't try to leave without promenading through its shopping markets.

Souvenirs In Store
Visitors are truly spoilt for choices as options and items abound. One can have buys including exquisite dyed fabrics, hand printed textiles, wooden toys, wall hangings, jewellery items, miniature paintings, painted wooden boxes, marble/ wood carvings, brass wares, elaborate traditional attire, interesting puppets, kundan jewellery, pottery, terracotta crafted idols of gods and goddesses, precious and semi-precious stones.
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