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UDAIPUR SIGHTSEEING

 

Udaipur is very romantic with fantastic hilltop fortresses, exotic fairy-tale palaces and gripping legends of medieval chivalry and heroism. Udaipur is also known as the 'Venice of the East'. It is full of palaces, temples and havelis. It is also proud of its heritage as a centre for the performing arts, painting and crafts. Also, there are plenty of parks and gardens. Lake Pichola : The beautiful lake was enlarged by Maharana Udai Singh after he founded the Udaipur City. He built a masonry dam, known as the Badi Pol. The City Palace extends a considerable distance along the east bank of the lake. South of the palace, pleasant garden runs down to the lake. North of the palace, you can wander along the lake. Out in the lake are two islands- Jagniwas and Jagmandir. One-hour boat rides around the lake can be boarded at the City Palace jetty. Jagniwas Island : The Lake Palace island, is about 1.5 hectares in size. It was built by Maharana Jagat Singh II in 1754. Today, it has been converted into a luxury hotel with courtyards, fountains,gardens and a swimming pool. It is a delightful place. Jagmandir Island : The view across the lake from the southern end, with the city and its great palace rising up behind the island palaces, is a scene of rare beauty. Jagdish Temple : Only 150 mtr. north of the entrance to the City Palace, this fine Indo-Aryan temple enshrines a stone image of Vishnu as Jagannath, Lord of the Universe. A brass image of the Garuda is in a shrine in front of the temple and the steps upto the temple are flanked by elephants.


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City Palace and Museums : It is a huge palace towering over the lake and is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. It is surmounted by balconies, towers and cupolas and there are fine views over the lake and the city from the upper terraces. The palace is entered from the northern end through the Bari Pol and the Tripolia Gate. The main part of the palace is now preserved as a museum with a largest and varied collection. The museum includes the Mor Chowk with its beautiful mosaics of peacocks, the favourite Rajasthani bird. The Manak, or Ruby, Mahal has glass and porcelain figures while Krishna Vilas has a remarkable collection of miniatures. In the Bari Mahal,there is a fine central garden. More paintings can be seen in the Zanana Mahal.The Moti Mahal has beautiful mirrorwork and the Chini Mahal is covered in ornamental tiles. Enter the City Palace Museum through the Ganesh Deori which leads to the Rai Angam,or Royal Courtyard. There is also a government museum within the palace complex. Exhibits include a stuffed kangaroo and Siamese-twin deer. The other part of the palace is up against the lake shore and, like the Lake Palace,it has been converted into 2 luxury hotels, named as Shiv Vilas Palace and the Fateh Prakash Palace Hotel. Bagore ki Haveli : This 18th-century house is on the lake shore, below the Jagdish temple. Now it has been converted into the Western Zone Cultural Centre. The labyrinthine haveli houses a graphics studio, art gallery, and some fine coloured glass and inlay work.


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Fateh Sagar : It is to the north of Lake Pichola and is overlooked by a number of hills and parks. A pleasant lakeside drive winds along the east bank of the lake. In the middle of the lake is Nehru Park, a popular garden island with a boat-shaped cafe. You can get there by boat from near the bottom of Moti Magri Hill. Pratap Samak : Atop the Moti Magri, or Pearl Hill, overlooking Fateh Sagar, is a statue of the Rajput hero Maharana Pratap. The path to the top traverses elegant gardens, including a Japanese rock garden. Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum : The interesting collection exhibited by this small museum and foundation for the preservation of folk arts includes dresses, dolls, masks, musical instruments, paintings and puppets. Saheliyon ki Bari : It is in the north of the city and is also known as Garden of the Maids of Honour. It is a small ornamental garden with fountains, kiosks, marble elephants and delightful lotus pool. Ahar Museum : East of Udaipur are the remains of an ancient city. Here you will find a small museum and the cenotaphs of the maharanas of Mewar. Other Attractions : Patel or Sukhadia Circle is north of the city. The huge fountain in the centre is illuminated at night. Sajjan Niwas Gardens have pleasant lawns, a zoo and a children's train. Beside it is the Rose Garden, or Gulab Bagh. Opposite Bapu Bazaar is the Nehru Park with topiary work, a giant cement teapot and children's slides incorporating an elephant and a camel. On the distant mountain range, the gleaming white edifice visible from the city is the former maharaja's Monsoon Palace.


UDAIPUR SHOPPING

 

Udaipur has countless small shops and many interesting local crafts, particularly miniature paintings in the Rajput - Moghul style. There is a good cluster of these shops on Lake Palace Road, next to the Ranga Niwas Palace Hotel, and others around the Jagdish Temple.


UDAIPUR - GETTING THERE AND AWAY

 

GETTING THERE AND AWAY AIR Indian Airlines has twice daily flights to Delhi, via Jodhpur and Jaipur, and also twice daily to Bombay, one direct and one via Aurangabad. The Indian Airlines office is at Delhi Gate. BUS Frequent transport buses run from Udaipur to other regional centres, as well as to Delhi and Ahmedabad. For long-distance travel, it is best to use private buses. Destinations served by express buses include Jaipur, Ajmer, Kota/undi, Jodhpur via either Ranakpur or Nathdwara and Chittorgarh. There are quite a few private bus companies which operate to such places as Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Bombay, Delhi, Indore, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota abd Mt Abu. TRAIN The best train between Delhi and Udaipur is the daily Pink City Express, which goes via Jaipur, Ajmer and Chittorgarh. There is also a daily Udaipur-Jodhpur Fast Passenger does the 221 km trip to Jodhpur in 12 hours.


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