Udaipur was founded by Udai Singh after he was driven from Chittorgarh in 1905. Udaipur, the city of the Suryavansi Rajputs is hidden amongst the hills that encompass the great Pichola Lake -- has been called the `Venice of the East`. Indeed with it`s enchanting palaces surrounded by mirror-like lakes, undulating hills and colourful bazaars, Udaipur looks as though it has been lifted straight from the pages of an Arabian Night`s fairy tale book. The hills, the lakes and the altitude give Udaipur an extremely agreeable climate. Probably no other city in Rajasthan is quite as romantic as Udaipur. A visit to Udaipur is a must for travellers who want to experience the unique and vibrant history of Rajasthan.
City Palace : Towering over the banks of Lake Pichola , the 450 year-old City Palace , the top tourist attraction in Udaipur , is comprised of 4 main palace buildings with several minor palaces linked together as a single, titanic structure.
Lake Pichola : The pristine lake, which is the aquatic gateway to some of the top tourist attractions in Udaipur , is surrounded by palaces, temples, hills, bathing ghats, and embankments. It is also home to the island palaces of Jag Niwas ( Lake Palace ) and Jag Mandir. Tourists may take a water taxis to the island at a very reasonable rate.
Arsi Vilas : Arsi Vilas is an exclusive island located just behind Jag Niwas. It was built by Maharana Arsi Singh so he could watch the sunset from the middle of the lake. It has a lower platform at the back, which serves the purpose of a helipad when required.
Jagdish Temple :Constructed in 1651 as a tribute to the Hindu Lord Vishnu, the temple exhibits a towering facade of stone sculptures of dancers, musicians, horsemen, and elephants.
Saajan Garh: Also called the Monsoon Palace , the palace was originally built as a 19th century observatory by Maharana Sajjan Singh. It sits high atop a hill overlooking the entire Udaipur landscape. The road leading up to the palace is a wildlife sanctuary.
Ahar : Archaeological site and museum with stone and marble ruins of the ancient capital city of Sisodias dating back 5000 years. Over 250 memorials and architectural pieces on display.
Shilpgram : Three km west of Fateh Sagar is an interesting place called Shilpgram, a crafts village with traditional houses from four states-Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa and Maharashtra. Daily demonstrations by musicians, dancers or artisans from various states are held here. Camel or horse rides are available here. This craftmen's village of 26 huts is set on 70 acres of natural surroundings at the foot of the Aravali mountains. Art, craft, and culture of Rajasthan and surrounding states is represented in the form of shops, camel rides, and daily dance performances. It's open daily from 9 am to 6 pm.
Pratap Memorial : An immense bronze statue of Maharana Pratap atop his horse stands at the top of Moti Magri (Pearl Mount) overlooking the Fateh Sagar. There are also ruins of an early Udaipur fort as well as a Japanese Rock Garden in close proximity.
Fateh Sagar : The lake built by Maharana Fateh Singh sits nestled among 3 rocky hills and a dam. Take the boat ride to the island garden of Nehru Park with fountains, palm trees, and local flowers.
Crystal Galary : Located in the Fateh Prakash Palace Hotel the gallery houses over 600 pieces collected from England and other parts of the world by Maharana Sajjan Singh.