Udaipur is unlike any other city in Rajasthan. The city of Lakes as it is popularly known, Udaipur comprises a unique culture and heritage and a rich history that dates back to several centuries. The city was founded in the mid-16th century by Maharana Udai Singh II as the capital of Mewar. Over the years, many rulers ruled over this part of the land and built magnificent structures, which today are a reminder of Udaipur’s glorious history. Some of them have also been turned into luxury hotels in Udaipur providing good hospitality services and authentic Rajasthani cuisine.
The City Palace
Sitting atop a hill, the City Palace is a grand complex comprising several palaces. The largest of its kind in Rajasthan, City Palaces’ construction began in 1553 and over the next 400 years new monuments were built in the complex. The first among these was the royal court that was built by Udai Singh II. Thereafter his successors kept on enlarging the complex by adding new palaces and structures. This grand and elaborate monument is a fine blend of the Mughal and Rajasthani styles of architecture and is located at a strategic position. From the fort, tourists can view the amazing landscape of the city of Udaipur.
Lake Pichola is both tranquil and mesmerising. The artificial lake was created back in the 14th century by a Banjara tribesman. Later on, enamoured by the picturesque surroundings and the clear waters, Maharana Udai Singh II decided to establish the city around the lake. The later years witnessed the construction of many amazing monuments in close vicinity to the lake such as Lake Palace, Jag Nivas, the Jag Mandir, and the Mohan Mandir to name a few. Today, it is one of Udaipur’s most popular tourist spot with travellers coming from far and wide to enjoy its cool waters and the splendid views.
Bagore ki Haveli
Bangore ki Haveli is an exquisite haveli that was once the residence of the Prime Minister of Mewar. The imposing structure was built in the 18th century by Amarchand Badwa, who served as the Prime Minister of Mewar. It is among the many structures that are located in close vicinity to Lake Pichola. Today, the haveli, which has more than a 100 rooms, is a museum which provides fascinating glimpses into the royal history and culture of Mewar. On display are glassworks, modern art, traditional costumes, paintings and traditions costumes.
Some other historical places in Udaipur are the lake Palace, which was built by Maharana Jagat Singh II in 1746; Lake Garden Palace; Saheliyon ki Bari, built by Sangram Singh II; the 17th century Jagdish Temple, among others.
A popular tourist hotspot, Udaipur is usually teeming with tourists. But, you can avoid the hassles by booking in advance a room at one of the business hotels in Udaipur.