Forts & Palaces
by Maharaja Udai Singh, the gorgeous City Palace is a marvel in marble,
situated on the banls of Lake Pichola. Majestically set on a hill, it is
flooded with balconies, towers and cupolas alonf with the superb views
of the lake and the city that can be cherished from the upper terraces.
Surrounded by fortification walls, it has a triple arched gate at the
entrance called Tripolia, which was built in 1725. A perfect
amalgamation of Medieval European and Chinese architecture, the palatial
complex has a number of astonishing buildings, well-planned gardens and
The Lake Palace is situated on the
Jag Niwas Island in the middle of the Lake Pichola. It used to be a
pleasure palace for the royal family in summers and has now been turned
into a heritage hotel. Dreamy location, romantic ambience, fairy tale
delicate craftsmanship and the interiors based on ethnic themes using
textiles and handicrafts all over are simply outstanding.
The first island palace of Lake
Pichola, Jagmandir was built by Maharana Karan Singhji in 1622 AD and
was intented to be a pleasure palace for regal parties and functions. It
has served as a refuge for Moghul Emperor Shahjahan when he was a prince
against the wrath of his father in a family dispute in the seventeenth
century. The legend says that Jagmandir was the inspiration behind the
world-famous Taj Mahal, which Shah Jahan built in the memory of his
deceased wife, Mumtaj.
Maharana Udai Singh II
significantly distended the gorgeous Lake Pichola as a defense measure,
when he founded Udaipur. Cradled amongst hills, gardens, havelis,
temples and ghats, Lake Pichola is the picturesque spotlight of Udaipur.
The lake sports two islands palaces - Jagniwas (popularly known as Lake
Palace) and Jagmandir. Visitors can enjoy boat rides which can be
extremely enjoyable in the backdrop of the setting sun.
Lake Fateh Sagar
Lake Fateh sagar is an artificial
lake constructed by Maharana Jai Singh in 1678 to the north of Lake
Pichola. It is fringed by hills and woodland. There is a canal linking
the two lakes via Swaroop Sagar and Rang Sagar Lakes. Nehru Island on
the lake is just as beautiful as well as an islet bearing a solar
observatory that seems to rise from the lake.
Sahelion Ki Bari
On the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake, a
beautiful garden was built for the 48 maidens meant to be a part of the
dowry of the princess. Widespread lawns, gushing fountains and dappled
walking lanes characterize the garden. The garden has four pools with
graceful kiosks and fountains that sport elephant trunks for spouts.
These gardens appear distinct and immaculate in taste.
Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal
museum has on its display a wide array of folk arts, which has affluent
collection of folk outfits, curios, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical
instruments and beautiful paintings. Visitors can also request for shows
from world renowned puppeteers.
Maharana Pratap Memorial
Erected atop Modi Magri (Pearl
Mount) near Fateh Sagar Lake, is an impressive equestrian bronze statue
of the gallant hero, Maharana Pratap. The legendary and loyal horse Chetak
is as famous as his rider for his courage and fearlessness. The ruins of
one of the first Udaipurs forts and an appealing Japanese rock
garden are nearby interesting spots to visit.
Forts and palaces are the major tourist attractions of Udaipur. Read to know more about the famous prime attractions of Udaipur, Rajasthan.