Udaipur is famous around the world as the City Of Lakes or Venice of The East. The Pichola Lake, Fateh Sagar, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar in this city are considered some of the most beautiful lakes in the state. Fateh Sagar contains two small islands, one of which contains USO, or Udaipur solar observatory, and the other one has a beautiful garden called Nehru Garden.
Udaipur is well connected to the world through land, rail and air. It is known for its Rajput -era palaces. Particularly famous is the Lake Palace, which entirely covers a small island in the Pichola Lake. Many of the palaces have been converted into luxury hotels. The City Palace, or the Palace of the then King of Mewar, is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the city.
Udaipur is also home to the Udaipur Soliatary one of the six stations participating in the international Global Oscillations Network Group (GONG) which is aimed at the determination of the physical properties of the solar interior.
Founded in 1568 By Maharaja Udai Singh II following the final sacking of Chittorgarh by the Mughal Emperor, Akbar, Udaipur rivals any of the world-famous creations of the Mughals with its Rajput love of the whimsical and its superbly crafted elegance. The lake Palace is certainly the best late example of this unique culture explosion, but udaipur is full of palaces.
Udaipur, city of sunrise, is one of Rajasthan’s biggest tourist draws. Its cobblestoned old city hugs the shore of green Lake Pichhola, whose serene waters harbor two exotic island palaces. On shore, its whitewashed havelis, lush gardens, and massive city palace complex inspire hours of awe and contemplation. Although this longtime capital of the mewar kingdom hasn’t altogether managed to fend off the chaos and pollution of industry, the old city of monumental architectural and aesthetic importance, Udaipur should certainly take up several days in tourists’ itineraries.
Maharaja Udai Singh II moved the Mewari capital to Udaipur after the final siege of Chittaurgarh in 1568. Upon his death four years later, he was succeeded by his son, Pratap, who remains the most revered of the mewari rulers for his legendary heroism during the repeated Mughal attacks that followed. As the city thrived, the Udaipuri School of miniature painting developed and many of the city’s majestic palaces built. In 1736, the city was crippled by the mighty Marathas, but it bounced back again with British aid, somehow managing to remain firmly independent. Since then, the city’s arts have continued to flourish, James Bond films notwithstanding (Roger Moore’s octopussy was filmed here.
Possibly no city in Rajasthan is quite as romantic as udaipur. The French Impressionist painters, let alone the brothers Grimm, would have loved this place, and its not without justification that Udaipur has been called the Venice of the east. The city was once surrounded by a wall and, although the gates and much of the wall over the higher crags remain, a great deal of it has disappeared.
The old city is, however, still a jumble of tangled streets. In common with most Indian cities, Udaipur’s urban and industrial sprawl goes beyond the city’s original boundaries, and pollution of various kinds can be discouraging. This will be your first impression of Udaipur if you arrive at the train or bus stations. Ignore it and head for the old city where a different world awaits. The old city, bounded by the remains of a city wall, is on the east side of lake Pichola.
Udaipur city of sunrise, is one of the Rajasthan biggest tourist attraction, possibly no city in Rajasthan is quite as romantic as udaipur.
Udaipur is again happy. after many years, it skies are full of water and so are its lakes. The walls are a smiling cream or a radiant` white and the comparisoned elephants and horses painted next to welcoming doors. Sport a aplash of red and indigo. the mango and Ryan trees are vibrant green. The water provide a silver sheen. colors have come to life and udaipur has become a charming, seductive miniature painting of the mewar school, again.