Quick Getaways near Udaipur
Attractions in Udaipur
City Palace - Built in 1725, the City Palace
of Udaipur is a wonderful blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. This palace is divided into a
number of structures, the centermost being the Chandra Mahal (Moon Palace). The ground
and first floor of the Chandra Mahal, form the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh Museum with an extensive
collection of art, carpets, enamelware and old weapons. The paintings include miniatures of
Rajasthani, Persian and Mughal schools. The Mubarak Mahal (Auspicious Palace) contains
the textile section of the museum. This Palace of Udaipur also houses the Diwan-i-Am,
or the hall of public audience,
and Diwan-i-Khas, or the hall of private audience. In the Diwan-i-Am,
ornamental pillars support the high ceilings. The walls, elaborately painted with touches of deep red
and gold, provide perfect mounts for massive medieval Afghan and Persian carpets. Miniatures from the Mughal
and Jaipur schools, and Jai Singh's translations in Arabic and Sanskrit of the astronomical dissertations
of ancient scientists, are displayed in glass cases.
Durbar Hall - The Durbar Hall at the Fateh Prakash Palace was built
in 1910s. It dazzles with magnificent crystal chandeliers and velvet canopies, original portraits of the Maharanas
of Mewar and a grand exhibition of armory. From the galleries that surround it one gets a magnificent
view of Lake Pichola, Jagmandir, Lake Palace and the Sajjangarh Palace of Udaipur. The first floor gallery of the
Durbar Hall houses the famed Crystal Gallery, probably the largest single private collection of crystal anywhere
in the world.
Jagmandir Palace -Jagmandir, an island-palace
on Lake Pichola of Udaipur, was built by Maharana Karan Singh in the early 1600s. Maharana Jagat Singh
(1628 - 52) completed its outstanding construction and lent his name to Jagmandir. In 1623, Prince
Khurram, who later become Emperor Shah Jehan, sought refuge here. His stay at the Jagmandir, Udaipur
is said to have inspired the Mughal ruler to built the Taj Mahal.
Pichhola Lake - Set amongst
hills , gardens , havelis, temples and
ghats, Lake Pichola is the charming highlight of Udaipur.
The lake of Udaipur has two islands palaces - Jagniwas and Jagmandir. Here,
you can enjoy boat rides, which are extremely pleasurable in the backdrop of the setting sun.
Shilpgram - 'Shilpgram' (Craftsmen's Village) in Udaipur is the apt
place to see India's diverse crafts, arts and culture of Rajasthan, India. The attractive terracotta work done
in dark red and dark brown sand materials along with the wooden carvings is the area of perfection
of this ethnic euphoria. Shilpgram has a number of huts placed across 70 acres of natural background
at the foot of the Aravali Hills of Rajasthan, India.
Eklingji and Nagda - About 20 kms from Udaipur is the temple of Eklingji, dedicated to Lord Siva,
the deity of the Maharanas of Mewar. Dating back to the 8th century, it has a silver door, screen and a
silver Nandi (bull) facing the black marble Siva. Kilometer further are the ruins of the Nagda Jain
temples of India. The complex though comparatively smaller, has some elaborate and beautiful carvings on the pillars,
ceilings and the walls depicting stories from the myths of Mahabharat and Ramayana.
Haldighati - 40 kms from Udaipur, this place of Rajasthan, India is of
immense historical importance. It was at Haldighati in 1576 A.D that armies of Maharana Pratap and Mughal emperor Akbar
fought. A chhatri with delicate white marble pillars is dedicated to the indomitable hero and his loyal stallion.
Nathdwara - The most venerated 17th century shrine, dedicated to Shrinathji or Lord Krishna,
Nathdwara attracts thousands of Pilgrims from all over the country, especially during the festivals of Diwali, Holi
and Janmashtami when their number exceeds a lac.
Jaisamand Lake and Wildlife Sanctuary - A
beautifully created artificial lake, built in the 17th century A.D. by Maharana Jai Singh, Jaisamand
Lake in Udaipur, Rajasthan is the second largest in Asia. Graceful marble
chhatris flank the bank and beautiful summer palaces of the Udaipur queens are built on either side of
the lake. A trip to Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary will allow you a close encounter with the rich wildlife
in their natural habitat. The fauna includes panther, wild boar, deer, four honed antelope, mongoose and
various species of migratory birds.
Kumbhalgarh Fort - The second principal fortress in Rajasthan after Chittaurgarh,
it is perched atop the Aravallis. Built in the 15th century by Maharana Kumbha, it stretches over 12 km
and encloses many temples, palaces and gardens. The Badal Mahal or Cloud Palace of Udaipur offers a stunning bird’s
eye view of the surrounding countryside. Close by is the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary with a wide
variety of wildlife.
- The skillfully carved Jain temples lie in a serene valley of the Aravallis. The main ‘Chaumukha
Temple’ is dedicated to the Tirthankara Adinath and has 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, all meticulously
carved. Two Jain temples dedicated to Neminath and Parsvanath and a Sun Temple a little distance away,
are also noteworthy.
|Activities in Udaipur
|An enchanting collection of beautiful and delicate folk toys, bright multi-colored garments, hand printed fabrics, batiks and tie-&-dye sarees and textiles can be shopped around. The craftsmanship at its best can be seen in the shining metal images rustic and chunky silver jewellery and wooden toys. The vibrant colours and themes painted on the pichwais or the wall hanging are world-renowned.|
Enjoy the flavour of Udaipur with the Mewar Festival, which welcomes spring, offering the best summary of Rajasthani culture through songs, dances, processions, devotional music and firework displays.
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& Away to Udaipur
Udaipur city is connected by regular flights to Delhi, Jaipur,
Jodhpur, Aurangabad, and Mumbai.
Udaipur is well-connected by rail to Delhi, Chittor, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Ajmer,
and Jodhpur and various other destination across India.
Udaipur is situated on National Highway No. 8 of India. Transport corporations
of several states such as Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh operate buses to Udaipur. The main
bus stand of Udaipur is on the City Station Road from where one can take buses to most of the other important tourist
destinations of Rajasthan as well as western India and northern India.
Getting Around in Udaipur
Unmetered taxis, auto rickshaws, tongas and city bus is easily available for local transport in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
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