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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the top attractions in Udaipur?

Benazir Khan DEC 10 2012
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Dotted with an array of monuments, parks, temples and museums, the City of Lakes is a delight for any traveller. Read on and find all the beautiful structures that wait to be seen by you in Udaipur:


Historical Monuments


  • City Palace
    Touted as one of the biggest palaces in Rajasthan, the City Palace was built by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 and today counts amongst the most popular places to visit in Udaipur. Witnessing a number of additions with each successive ruler of the Mewar kingdom, the palace today is a beautiful combination of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture. Standing as a toast to the rich heritage of India, the majestic gateways here portray incredible intricacy. Notable places of interest here are Amar Vilas, Badi Mahal, Moti Mahal, Durbar Hall and Jagdish Mandir.
    The City Palace of Udaipur is known to be one of the most expensive monuments for visitors all over the world. It is said that viewing the full palace can cost upto INR 80000 per person. Amazed? Well it does cost a bomb, but only because it has something exquisite to offer.

    Address: City Palace Complex
    Udaipur
    Rajasthan
    India

  • Bagore Ki Haveli
    Silent corridors and eerie rooms in the days, the courtyards of Bagore ki Haveli are decked in the traditional fineries of Rajasthan in the evenings. Watch women with stacks of earthen pots dance to local beats or watch the puppets shake and move to the songs like live beings! The best part about this show is that it done in both Hindi and English, making it foreigner friendly. Don't forget to take your mosquito repellent as the lights can attract them and you don't want to become their food.

    Timings: 6.30pm onwards
    Entry Fee: INR 60, Cameras INR 100
    Address: Ambapol
    Picchola Lake
    Udaipur
    Rajasthan
    India


Lakes


  • Lake Pichola
    Sprawling on for about 4 km, Lake Pichola is the crowning glory of City of Lakes - Udaipur. This artificial lake was made in the 14th century to cater to the shortage of water in the region. The crystal waters of the lake with the backdrop of the Aravali hills was what impressed the erstwhile Maharanas of Rajasthan and leaves spectators awestruck even today. The most amazing aspect of this lake are the four islands that speck its surface: Jag Mandir Island, Jag Niwas Island, Arsi Vilas Island and Mohan Mandir Island. James Bond lovers should surely make it a point to visit the lake, as the movie Octopussy (1983) was shot here.


Museums


  • Vintage Car Museum
    Housing the car collection of His Highness, the Maharaja of Udaipur, the Vintage Car Museum is surely going to mesmerise you. Watch all the grandeur associated with royalty come to life in front of your eyes at this museum where you will see an impressive collection of cars like the Rolls Royce Phantom, Cadillac, Mercedes and Austin Martin. The ticket includes a welcome drink and a guided tour, and the guide gives some valuable insights on the make and age of the cars. Let your fingers do the clicking and don't go home without a handful of awesome pictures.

    Timings: 9am-9pm
    Entry Fee: INR 150
    Address: Near Garden Palace Hotel
    Udaipur
    Rajasthan
    India

  • Ahar Cenotaphs
    Scattered around the starting of the weathered Aravalis are beautiful cenotaphs that commemorate the valour and courage of the erstwhile Maharajas of the Mewar Kingdom. With over 250 cenotaphs that are praised for their delicate carvings and intricate inlay work, the Ahar Cenotaphs are a major tourist attraction located 2 km north of Udaipur. The Ahar Museum which houses antiques and excavations from the 10th century is also located here

    Address: Udaipur
    Rajasthan
    India


Temples


  • Jagdish Temple
    Dedicated to the preserver of the universe, Lord Vishnu, the Jagdish Temple stands in the City Palace complex. While two elephants will greet you at the doorway, you will find an idol of the half man-half eagle Garuda after the first flight of stairs. Famous for its intricately carved pillars and doorways (you will find 50 on both its floors, each with unique carvings), the main shrine of this temple houses a massive four armed image of Lord Vishnu, carved out of a single black rock. Surrounding the main shrine are smaller shrines of Goddess Shakti, Lord Shiva, the Sun God and Lord Ganesha. This ancient temple is over three centuries old and was built by Maharana Jagat Singh in the Hindu "Vastushastra" style.
    Do remember to take a walk around this temple clockwise, as doing so brings good luck.

    Timings
    Morning: 4.15 a.m - 1.00 p.m
    Evening: 5.15 p.m - 8.00 p.m
    Address: City Palace
    Udaipur
    Rajasthan
    India

  • Saas Bahu Temple
    With a tongue-in-cheek name like that, this one is bound to catch your attention. Though this temple is no longer functional, it is totally worth the visit for its sheer architectural beauty. Old stones slowly losing their colour to the trials of time and housing tranquility in the grooves of their age old carvings characterise this two temple complex. What adds to the aesthetic beauty of this one is its location by a small lake. Constructed in the 7th century and ravaged by the Mughals in the 14th century, this temple has survived the turns of history gracefully. Try to engage the caretaker here in conversation, he has a wealth of information which he is more than willing to share.

    Address: Nagda Village
    Udaipur
    Rajasthan
    India


Gardens


  • Saheliyo Ki Bari
    Constructed by Maharana Sangram Singh in the 18th century to please his little princess, Saheliyon ki Bari is a stunning symbol of the grandeur of the emperors of Rajasthan. In her childhood, the princess demanded rain in the middle of the scorching heat and the king sanctioned the construction of Saheliyon ki Bari. Now a place of recreation replete with fountains, flowers, gardens, a museum and a lotus pond, this place was earlier a retreat of the kings and queens away from the political worries of the court. If you want a reposeful time in the company of melodious pitter patter of rainfall, you know where to go.

    Timings: 8 am-6.30 pm
    Entry Fee: INR 5 for adults
    Address: Saheli Marg
    Near Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal
    Udaipur
    Rajasthan
    India

While this gives you an overview of all that you have to see in Udaipur, the list doesn't stop just yet. You can also check out places like the Jagmandir Island, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal and Gulab Bagh to name a few. It is advisable to browse through the different Udaipur tour packages to have a wholesome holiday experience.

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