There is no place in India which appeals more to the imagination of poets and painters, travellers and writers than Udaipur the lovely lake side capital of Mewar.
Udaipur, the City of Dawn, looms up like a vision in white and is surrounded by hills, mountains and set on the edge of three lakes.
Completely white and majestic, the City Palace Udaipur stands on a hill surrounded by crenellated walls. City Palace Udaipur main entrance is through the triple arched gate, the Tripolia, built in 1725. The Suraj Gokhada, the Balcony of the Sun, where the Suryavanshi Maharanas of Mewar, presented themselves in times of trouble to the people to restore their confidence, is another fascinating monument. The Chini Chitrashala is noteworthy for its blue and white ceramics.
Jagdish Temple is built in 1651 A.D., by Maharaja Jagat Singh I, it is the largest and most splendid temple in Udaipur.
This Indian folk arts museum displays a rich collection of folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls musical instruments and paintings.
This garden of the maids of honour, brings to the fore, the unique lifestyle of the royal ladies, who once strolled through these gardens. This spectacular garden has numerous fountains in four pools, embellished with delicately chiselled kiosks and elephants.
Fateh Sagar is built by Maharana Fateh Singh, this elegant lake is surrounded on three sides by hills, and the Pratap Memorial on the north. One can indulge in boat rides on the rippling waters, and row across to the Nehru Park - an island garden.
The legendary Pichhola lake Udaipur that entranced Maharana Udai Singh, it is surrounded by hill palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments.
Jag Mandir lies towards the south of the lake and was completed by Maharana Jagat Singh I (reigned 1628-1652). However, the Jag Mandir palace was developed by Rana Karan Singh (1620-28). Eight elephant statues face Jag Niwas from Jag Mandir and the empty island with its domed pavilion. This pavilion on the island better known as the Gul Mahal and built between 1625-7 was started by Karan Singh (1620-28). It is one of the few examples of Mughal styled architecture in the state and now houses some exquisite Mughal paintings and murals.
The debonair Shiv Niwas Palace Udaipur was first opened for the shooting of the 007 Bond film Octopussy. This crescent shaped palace was originally the annexe to the Shambhu Palace near the southern end of the Pichola Lake. Shiv Niwas Palace Udaipur was built sometime in the beginning of the century by Maharana Fateh Singh for nearly Rs 6,00,000, a very great sum in those days. Shiv Niwas Palace Udaipur style and design of the building is purely European although it has retained some of the distinctive traditional Hindu elements seen in Udaipur. Shiv Niwas Palace Udaipur is a beautiful combination of Hindu tradition and European elegance.
In the crumbling remains of Ahar, stand the royal cenotaphs of the Maharanas of Mewar, remarkable pieces of architecture. A small government museum houses a rare collection of antiquities, including earthern pots and some iron objects.
This Monsoon Palace dominates the skyline, and is visible from most parts of the city. Sajjan Garh Palace Udaipur affords a spectacular view of the city - its lakes, palaces and the surrounding countryside.
Few gardens in India offer such spectacular beauty, as this rose garden. Gulab Bagh Udaipur also houses a library with a rich collection of old handwritten scripts and books.