Udaipur has an array of tourist attractions ranging from Forts and Palaces to ancient monuments depicting exemplary craftsmanship of those days to picturesque Lakes, Udaipur is popular as, being nick-named ‘City of Lakes’.
Forts & Palaces:
City Palace: The palace, the constructuion of which was first initiated by Maharana Uday Singh but later had more additions by succeeding Maharanas, stands over the Pichola Lake.
Fateh Prakash Palace: The grand heritage palace looks like being cocooned in authentic royal luxury, warmth of royal hospitality of which salutes you as you walk in the corridors decorated with huge paintings of the Mewar school, established in the seventeenth century.
The Lake Palace: Located on the Jag Niwas Island, covering 1.5 hectare of the island in the middle of the Pichola Lake, this beautiful palace was built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1743. the palace served as as a royal summer palace for years and is now converted in to a five star palace hotel. when the reflection of this palace shows in waters, it looks magical and divine.
Monuments & Havelis:
Bagore-Ki Haveli: With over hundred rooms depicting ancient Rajasthani art and culture, this ancient building built right on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat was built by Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar in eighteenth century. The fine work of glass and mirror in the interiors of the Haveli is well preserved here, even today.
Maharana Pratap Memorial: At the top Moti Moti Magri, a hill, stands an impressive bronze statue of Maharana Pratap and his favorite, loyal horse chetak who was fiercely protective about his master and stood by him till his last breath. Local people climb the hill to pay homage to Rana Pratap and his faithful, brave pet.
City Palace Museum: The major portion of the palace is today maintained as a museum displaying a large and diverse array of artifacts. As you go down from the entrance, is the armory museum exhibiting a huge collection of weapons including the lethal two-pronged sword. The City Palace museum is then entered through the Ganesh Deori meaning the door of Lord Ganesh.
Shilpgram Museum: Literally meaning a “Craftsman’s Village” is a living ethnographic museum depicting enormous diversities in craft, art & culture between various Indian states, but the exquisite terracotta work mainly in dark red and dark brown sand material along with the wooden carvings are the forte of this ethnic village. Shilpgram comprises 26 huts set in 70 acres of natural surroundings at the foot of the Aravali Hills. A colorful craft festival during winter season celebrates the Rajasthani culture in full zeal and fervor.
Ahar Museum: Located about 2 kms east of Udaipur is an impressive cluster of cenotaphs of the Maharanas of Mewar. There are about nineteen cenotaphs of Maharanas cremated there. The most striking cenotaph is that of Maharana Amar Singh, who reigned from 1597 to 1620.
Vintage Collection of Classic Car Museum: The collection within the grounds of the Garden Hotel comprises a variety of classic and interestingly rare transportation vehicles; some stately and vintage like Cadalec, Chevalate, Morais etc., while the others are sleek and fast.
Lake Pichola: Pichola Lake derives its name from Pichola Village. Maharana Udai Singh extended the lake after he founded the Udaipur city. He built a masonry dam known as Badipol and the lake is now 4 km long and 3 km wide. This picturesque lake encloses the Jag Niwas Island and the Jag Mandir. with City Palace extending along its eastern banks.
Fateh Sagar 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, reconstructed by Maharana Fateh Singh A canal links the two, via Swaroop Sagar and Rang Sagar Lakes. The beautiful Nehru Island as well as an islet bearing a solar observatory rises from the lake.
Jaisamand Lake: Maharana Jai Sigh had built this picturesque artificial lake. It the second largest lake in Asia. The lake has elegant step leading to the water and marble Chhatri (cenotaphs) on its bank and a small Shiv temple marks the grace of the lake. On either side are the palaces built for the king favourite queens. The local tribe for Bhils still inhabit the island.
Rajsamand Lake: On the way to Kumbhalgarh lies their royal lake with a magnificent dam created in the 17th century offers a spectacular views of the sunset adorned by beautiful Torans [arches] and Chhatris And number of attractive pavilions. Stunning sculpture and Sanskrit verses are vividly inscribed in store a small counterpart of Nathdwara.