Venice of the east

Udaipur is often called the "Venice of the East" and is also famous by the name "Lake City. It is the historic capital of the former kingdom of Mewar.

Udaipur is often called the "Venice of the East" and is also famous by the name "Lake City. It is the historic capital of the former kingdom of Mewar. It acts as a dramatic corridor through glorious monuments walled by lakes all around and a glimmering view into the regal splendor of the Rajputs even today. This beautiful city of Rajasthan can be reached easily from Agra or Delhi. Rana Udai Singh was the founder of Udaipur and for many years Udaipur remained a capital of the Rajput Kingdom of Mewar. The most famous of the lakes here is the Pichola. But whilst you're here you can also see the Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar which are considered some of the most beautiful lakes in the state of Rajasthan. There is another lake called the Fateh Sagar which contains two small islands, one of which houses the Udaipur solar observatory, and the other one has a beautiful garden called the Nehru Garden. On the eastern bank of Lake Pichola, stand a series of palaces built right from 1559 AD. In 1725 a triple arched gate was built at its main entrance. Once you pass through this gate there is a series of courtyards, terraces, corridors and gardens. Udaipur is also famous for the Lake Palace. Built in 1746, the Lake Palace is situated right at the middle of Pichola and has now been converted into a luxury hotel. Many of the palaces have been converted into luxury hotels.

Attractions in Udaipur, around and from Udaipur

  • Fateh Prakash Palace Fateh Prakash Palace is a royal retreat tastefully decorated in traditional style with antique furniture and fixtures. The palace has been restored to its pristine glory with modern amenities and bein

  • Maharana Pratap Memorial Atop the Moti Magri or pearl hill, overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake is the memorial of the Rajput hero Maharana Pratap.

  • Saheliyon Ki Bari Maharana Sangram Singh built this in the mid 18th century. The delightful gardens appear discreet and in impeccable taste.

  • Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum is one of the most famous museums of Udaipur, exhibiting the brilliant collection of folk articles of Rajasthan.

  • City Palace City Palace towers over the Pichola Lake. It was built by the Maharana Udai Mirza Singh as the capital of the Sisodia Rajput clan in 1559.

  • Eklingji Temple It houses 108 temples chiselled out of sandstone and marble, this temple of Eklingji was built in 734 AD.

  • Fatehsagar Lake This delightful lake, bordered by hills and woodland was constructed by Maharana jai Singh to the north of Lake Pichola. It is an artificial lake dug up in 1678.

  • Jag Mandir This is the other island palace in Lake Pichola, which was constructed by Maharana Karan Singh as a hideout for Prince Khurram the estranged son of Emperor Jehangir the implacable foe of the Maharana.

  • Jagdish Temple Built by Maharana Jagat Singh I in 1651 it is the largest and most splendid temple of Udaipur. The temple enshrines a black stone image of Lard Vishnu and a brass image of Garuda the Lord bird carrier

  • Lake Pichola Pichola Lake derives its name from Pichola Village was submerged and Maharana Udai Singh enlarged the lake after he founded the city.

  • Rajiv Gandhi Park Rajeev Gandhi Park is fast becoming a major tourist and local attraction because of its unique look and strategic location.

  • Ranakpur Ranakpur in the state of Rajasthan is one of the five most important Jain pilgrimage. It is home to an exceptionally beautiful temple complex in the Aravali ranges and a must visit for the tourists co

  • Shilp Gram Shilp Gram is situated 3 kms west of Udaipur near the Havala village is the Centre's Shilpgram - the Rural Arts and Crafts Complex.

  • The Lake Palace The Lake Palace is located on the Jag Niwas Island and covers the whole of 1.5 hectare of the island in the middle of the Pichola Lake.