Udaipur - The city of Lakes.
Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure water lake, hemmed in
by the lush hills of the Aravallis.
Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences
and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers.
Udiapur is the jewel of Mewar kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty
for 1200 Years. The foundation of the city has an interesting legend
associated with it. According to it, Maharana Udai Singh, the founder,
was hunting one day when he met a holy man meditations on a hill
overlooking the Lake Pichhola. The hermit blessed the Maharana and
advised him to build a palace at this favorable located spot with
a fertile valley watered by the stream, a lake, an agreeable altitude
and an amphitheater of low mountains. Maharana followed the advise
of the hermit and founded the city in 1559 A.D.
A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating
blend of sights, sound and experiences and inspiration for the imagination
of poets, painters and writers. Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces,
lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry
the flavor of a heroic past,epitomizing valour and chivalry. Their
reflection in the placid waters of the Lake Pichhola is an enticing
sight.Overlooking the aquamarine expanses of the Lake Pichhola stands
the splendid City Palace-a marvel in granite and marble.
Of the original eleven gates of the Udaipur City, only five remain.
The Suraj Pol the original or Sun Gate on the eastern side is the
main entrance to the city. Exquisite lake palaces of Udaipur shimmering
like jewels on Lake Pichhola are overwhelming in splendor.
A majestic architectural marvel towering over the lake on a hill surrounded
by crenelated walls, it is a conglomeration of courtyards, pavilions,
terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. The main entrance
is through the triple arched gate, the Tripolia with eight
marble porticos. The Maharana were weighed under the gate in the gold,
the equivalent amount of which was distributed among the populace.
This small ornamental garden was a popular relaxing spot where royal
ladies came for a stroll and hence the name. The garden has many
fountains in its four delightful pools,chiseled kiosks and marble
Udaipur has countless small shops and many interesting local craft,
particularly paintings in the Rajput - Moghul style. There's a good
cluster of these shops on Lake Palace Road, next to the Rang Niwas
Palace Hotel, and others around the Jagdish Temple.
Udaipur is well connected to all the major cities which includes Delhi,
Mumbai, Calcutta, Jodhpur, Jaipur.
Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe & air conditioned
buses from Jaipur, Delhi, Ahmedabad to Udaipur. The roads are very
good, and it takes around 8-9 hr. from Jaipur. You can also come
by taxi from Jaipur and Ahmedabad.
Udaipur is connected to many major cities of India. There are daily
trains from Delhi, Jaipur.The best train between Delhi and Udaipur,
the daily Chetak Express. Trains take around 12 Hrs from Jaipur
Udaipur has a reasonably good city bus service. Taxi and auto -
rickshaws are unmetered. Udaipur is small enough and vehicle traffic
slow enough to make getting around on a bicycle quite enjoyable.
You can hire bicycles all over town. RTDC and several private companies
offer daily tours of all the main sites.
General Information & Accomdation info on Udaipur city of Rajasthan - India