Udaipur, the city of lakes, also known
as "the Venice of the East", is the second most visited
city in Rajasthan, after Jaipur. A royal past makes itself
evident in every nook and corner in Udaipur. Whether it is the
ornate doors that are entrances to people's homes or the
palaces, gardens and monuments, Udaipur gives one a glimpse of
what the place would have looked like in its time of glory.
Founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1568, and considered
the jewel of Mewar, Udaipur's air is filled with a strong sense
of romance, adventure and the best of Rajputana.
Located in the Aravalli ranges of Rajasthan, the city of Udaipur
is situated at a distance of about 405 km from the state capital
Jaipur. If Jaipur is a study in pink, Udaipur is a vision in
white. The City of Dawn, surrounded by the ancient Aravali
Mountains and set on the edge of three lakes, is a brilliant
kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens,
lakes, palaces and temples.
Overlooking the aquamarine waters of the Lake Pichola stands the
shimmering granite and marble Lake Palace, a harmonious
arrangement of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors,
rooms, and hanging gardens. Eight marble porticos mark the spot
where the Mewar sovereigns were weighed in gold, the equivalent
value of which was then distributed to the poor. Within the City
Palace are several architectural and artistic highlights such as
the Mor Chowk, known for its stunning peacock mosaics and the
Bhim Vilas Palace that has a series of lovely wall paintings.
Udaipur is also a centre of historic arts and crafts of Mewar.
This is a place that will hold you in its thrall no matter who
you are or where you come from.