In Udaipur, the visitor finds his dream of India come true for the city combines real beauty with picturesque associations of a great and glorious past. It standsCity Palace Udaipur in a valley, amid green hills on the banks of the wide blue lake Pichola. On little islands in the lake, from the water’s edge rises marble Palace in pure white which glistens like a fairy castles. Crowning the ridge, in which the city clusters, along the shores of the lake is the Palace of the Maharana. Within the palace is all the magnificent views of the panorama below.
Sightseeing at Udaipur –
The City Palace : City Palace is imperial with its multicoloured mosaics, mirror work inlaid tiles and roof gardens. Courts, fountains, apartments and gardens embellish them and decorated with arabesques of coloured stones, they are startling pleasure palaces, a rich experience that can now be captured as they have been converted into modern resorts.
Lake Pichola : Maharana Udai Singh II extended the serene Lake Pichola and constructed a masonry dam (Badipol), about 4 km long and 3 km wide, it is not deep – it often dries up in times of severe summers. Fortunately, this doesn’t happen often. The City Palace lies by the eastern shores of the Pichola. Here, you can wander along the bathing and washing ghats by the lakeside. Pichola has two islands – Jagniwas and Jagmandir. Boat shuttles to and from the City Palace jetty (Bansi Ghat) are popular.
Lake Palace : Jag Niwas, the Lake Palace, is the most prominent of these and rivals one of the most luxurious apartments in the world. Laxmi Niwas and Shiv Niwas are smaller palaces, but exquisite in detail and idyllically located.
Jagdish Temple : Built in 1651 by Maharaja Jagat Singh, this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located in the centre of the old city. The temple has a black marble image of Lord Vishnu, which is unusual for the northern part of the country, where statues of Gods are normally in marble.
Eklingji and Nagda : 20km northeast of Udaipur is situated the ruined remnants of the ancient capital of Mewar, Nagda, dating back to the 6th century AD. A couple of kilometers away is the famous temple complex of Eklingji. Most of the buildings at Nagda are in ruins. But there still survives a majestic pair of 10th century Vaishnavite temples, known as Saas-Bahu – literally “Mother-in-law” and “Daughter-in-law”.
Ranakpur : The famous temple complex of Ranakpur, 90km north of Udaipur, is considered to be one of the five holiest places of the Jainas. The shrines boast wonderful marble works, which put them at a par with those of the more famous Dilwara group at Mount Abu and Shatrunjaya near Palitana in Gujarat.
Sahelion Ki Bari : The “garden of the maids of honour”, Sahelion-ki-Bari was designed and laid out early in the eighteenth century as a retreat for ladies of the royal household to spend their time in leisure. The lotus pool, fountains, lawns, flowerbeds, and marble pavilions all combine to make it a captivating place.