City of Lakes, Venice of the East, Kashmir of Rajasthan, Most Romantic city of India are merely some of the names given to the lovely city of Udaipur. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur city of Rajasthan state is a fascinating blend of sights, sounds and experiences; an inspiration for the imagination of the poets, painters and writers.
Udaipur’s kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavour of heroic past, epitomizing valour and chivalry.
There are numerous sightseeing options in Udaipur. Some of the must visit places of Udaipur are the Bagore Ki haveli, the splendid palaces and of course the beautiful and pristine lakes.
SIGHTSEEING IN UDAIPUR
Bagore Ki Haveli
Bagore Ki Haveli is an ancient building that stands on the platform of Gangori Ghat in the vicinity of Pichola Lake. The splendid architecture of the mansion boasts of delicate carved work and excellent glass work.
Timings : 1000 hrs to 1730 hrs
Entry Fee : For Indians Rs.15/- Foreign Nationals Rs 25, For Child Rs. 7
Camera : Rs. 10/-
Video Camera : Rs. 50/-
City Palace Udaipur
Udaipur City Palace is one of the architectural marvels of Rajasthan, located on the banks of Lake Pichola. This majestic City Palace is the most-visited tourist attraction of Udaipur and often distinguished as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan.
Timings: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Entry fee: Rs.50 for City Palace Museum; Rs.500 for Crystal Gallery & Durbar Hall
Camera charges: Rs.200
Lake Palace Udaipur
Udaipur Lake Palace is one of the most romantic places on this earth. The Palace situated amidst the scenic Pichola Lake offers a heavenly view to the onlooker. The imposing Aravalli Hills on one side and soaring palaces on the other, make the perfect background to this beautiful Lake Palace.
Jag Mandir Palace
Jag Mandir Palace is a beautiful palace located on the southern island of Lake Pichola. The three-storied Palace is a palatial structure made in yellow sandstone and marble. Built in early years of 17th century, Jag Mandir Palace was raised by Maharana Karan Singh to serve as a hiding place for Prince Khurram (popularly known as Shah Jahan).
Timings: The palace is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Maharana Pratap Memorial
Maharana Pratap Memorial is a historic site that is dedicated to the gallant Maharana Pratap. Situated at the top of Moti Margi or Pearl Hill, the memorial overlooks the Fateh Sagar Lake.
Timings: 9am to 6pm
This is one of the most beautiful and leisure places in Udaipur, which a Rajput king made for the 48 maids of his queen. The attractions of this place are beautiful floral gardens, marble structures and floorings, carved structures and amazing fountains.
Timings: 8 am to 5 pm
Entry fee: Rs.5
It was built by Maharana Jagat Singh Ist in 1651 A.D. It is a good example of Indo – Aryan architecture. Raised on a tall terrace and completed in 1651, it is a tribute alike to the tenacity of its builders and the resilence of the art – tradition it represents.
Timings: 5 am to 2 pm & 4 pm to 10:30 pm
Lakes are lifeline and future of the Udaipur city. The lakes of Udaipur are spectacular; brimmed with steel-blue water, splashing the feet of the lofty and green hills on the west, reflected by the massive white palaces and revered temples on the east, studded with enamouring island-palaces.
Indeed, these lovely lakes at sunset or in moonlight impart Udaipur an appearance illustrated from the “Arabian Nights.”
Boating Timings: 10 am to 5 pm
Boat ride: Charges vary depending on the operator.
Shilpgram Crafts Fair
Shilpgram Mela is held annually sometime during the months of November/December. Shilpgram Crafts Fair is organized to promote art and craft of Rajasthan. Since, Rajasthan has always been famous for its handicrafts and artwork; this fair is a perfect destination to try out the hand woven clothes, embroideries, mirror works and handicrafts.
Timings: 11 am to 7 pm
Entry fee: Rs.25
Rudyard Kipling, the famous English poet has said “No tour of India is complete without seeing Udaipur”. And that could not be more true. Udaipur offers a glimpse into the lovely and rich history of the Mewar kingdom and offers a slice of royalty like no other. Mark this as a must visit destination on your itinerary. You won’t regret it.
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