Legent has it that the king of Chittor, Maharana Udai Singh, was out on a hunting expedition, when came across a hermit meditating on the banks of a lake. The hermit blessed the Maarana and told him that if he built a palace at that very spot on the banks of Lake Pichola it would be well protected. The Maharana took his advice and so did the 'Venice of India' as it is known, Udaipur come into being named after Rana Udai Singh in 1559 AD. You could be a part of valiant kingdom, pack your bags and set out to explore the region with its rich cultural legacy and beauty par excellence for that unparalleled Indian vacation.
Place of Interest
Before you set out on this circuit, you probably already know you are headed to the city of lake. The city palace resting on Lake Pichola with its courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors and spectacular garden is the focal point of the city. An exemplary testimony of Mughal-Rajput architecture the courtyards lined with columns, pillared terraces, fountains and gardens all add to its stunning image.
However, besides that there are several area of tourist attraction like the Mor Mahal with magnificent peacock mosaics, Moti Mahal with spell binding mirror work and the Bhim Vilas Palace with splendid wall paintings. Want to know what inspired Taj Mahal's architecture. Then you ought to pay a visit to the Jag Mandir Palace on Lake Pichola Island with its pieta dura work. The island has an impressive chhatri (cenotaph) carved from grey blue stone and is flanked by a row of enormous stone elephants.
To the north of the city lies Saheliyon-Ki-
Interested in pilgrimage? The Shri Eklingi Temple complex with a 50 feet high image of Lord Shiva houses 108 temples that are a major attraction. The Nathdwara temple is famous for its 17th century temple dedicate to Lord Krishna and a renewed center of pilgrimage for the devotees of Krishna and Vishnu alike. The unusual Sas - Bahu Temple at the Nagda temple dates back to the 10th century.
The Ahar village and museum are of great archaeological importance. The museum preserves the excavated items of the ancient period by the archaeological department of Rajasthan that date back to the 10th century. Here you get to see earthen pots, iron objects and other artifacts that used to be part of the lifestyle of primordial people.
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary that imbibes its name from the Kumbhalgarh fort is a major attraction for the tourists coming to Udaipur. The sanctuary is home to many endangered species of wildlife. From here go on to visit the historic Battlefield of Rana Pratap at Haldighati.
If you travel west of Chittaurgarh, you reach the second most important and inaccessible fort a stronghold of Mewar-Kumbhalgarh. Covering an area of 12 sq. km this formidable fort fell only one to the army of Akbar. The arresting layout of Fort Kumbhalgarh, the birthplace of the great warrior Maharana Pratap is worth the travel. Chittaurgarh happens to be the largest fort of India with numerous palaces and towers that was attacked by Alaudin Khilji, about 7000 warriors lost their lives but the Sultan could not succeed. It is said the Maharani, with her entire entourage, committed Jauhar.
Somoe othe places you must see are the Gulab Bagh, Doodh Talai, Jag Mandir, Magri, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal, Ahad the Sajjangarh Palace. Carry back what the region is famous for its marble, miniature paintings, Kundan and Meenakari work clay and wooden products or the colorful mud panels of Molela.