Udaipur has many palaces, beautiful lakes, exquisite temples, gardens, and other attractions. You might fall short of time to check out everything on your first trip. Also, this is not a place you would want to visit in a hurry. Udaipur is such a huge repository of attractions that you might have to keep coming back here to explore this place fully. These are the top spots to visit in Udaipur. Read on-
Ahar, a small village near Udaipur has a surprise in store. In memory of the Maharanas, who left behind a strong kingdom and an enduring legacy of Rajput glory, hundreds of cenotaphs have been placed here. These structures are 400-year-old and are complemented by finely carved pottery pieces and arches known as ‘Chatteris’. A museum is located in Ahar, where you can view excavated artefacts dating back over a thousand years. When here, visit Dhulkot which is more than 4000 years old according to archaeological records and is used as a time machine. It is one of the most popular attractions in Udaipur. You will need to take a taxi or train from Udaipur to reach Ahar.
Don’t forget to visit Jagdish Temple, the largest temple in Udaipur. This Indo-Aryan wonder was built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651. It cost 1.5 million Indian rupees to build. The temple is three-storey and has 50 pillars that are finely carved on the first and second floors.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It has stunning carvings as well as several attractive statues of Hindu gods, and goddesses. Don’t forget the sunset aarti when you visit this temple.
Fatehsagar Lake, one of Udaipur’s most famous spots, is a must-see for anyone who loves tranquil places. It’s a man-made lake, which was created by Maharana Fateh Singh of Mewar to provide water for the locals. It’s now one of the most picturesque spot in the city and a great place to take a romantic boat trip.
Lake Palace, which was built on Lake Pichola is one of Udaipur’s most popular tourist spots. It is located on Jagniwas Island. The backdrop of the Aravalli Hills makes Lake Palace one of the most romantic spots in Rajasthan.
The palace was built by Maharaja Jagat II and features exquisite architecture, including gilt moldings, fretwork screens, and sculpted marmalas. Even though the palace cannot be visited if you are not staying at the hotel, you can still see it from the shore of Lake Pichola. Lake Pichola has a tranquil environment and will make you forgo the passage of time.
The City Palace, a well-known landmark in Udaipur, sits on the banks of Lake Pichola. It is the largest royal palace in Rajasthan. This stunning beauty was built in 1559. It served as the power house for Maharanas, where they used to live and manage the kingdom. Maharana Uday Sing built it and his successors added more stunning structures to the palace later. The City Palace has courtyards and corridors and features large rooms, terraces and pavilions. The palace also has a well-known museum that displays the finest Rajput art and culture, including stunning sculptures and colourful paintings.
The Sajjangarh Palace is also referred to as the monsoon palace. It is nestled at an altitude of approximately 940m above sea level, and is one of Udaipur’s most popular tourist spots. The Pichola Lake is visible from this massive palace. Since the Monsoon Palace was built during the reigns of Mewar Kings and was used to watch the development of the clouds during monsoons, it was so named. The Mewar Kings used it as their summer retreat. And that is probably the reason why it looks so beautiful—it had everything that rajas needed for leisure.
Eklingji Temple, located at Kailashpuri is 24 kilometres from Udaipur. It is a popular place to go on pilgrimage in Rajasthan and one of the best places to visit in India.
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Eklingji Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva was a place of worship for the former Mewar rulers. While ‘ek’ means one, ‘lingum’ refers to the phallic symbol for Lord Shiva. The kings considered ‘Eklingji’ the deity of Mewar. And they considered themselves the Dewan or ministers of the kingdom. Bappa Rawal, founder of the Mewar Dynasty, built the temple in 734 AD. It was modified and repaired by different Kings in later years to remove the traces of destruction caused by enemy attacks.
The temple complex is located on the banks of Indersagar Lake. It contains 108 temples and is surrounded by high walls made of marble and sandstone. The magnificent main shrine, a two-story building with a pyramidal roof and beautifully carved tower, is spectacular. The temple sanctum Sanctorum contains a four-faced black stone statue representing Lord Shiva.
The temple complex also houses shrines dedicated to deities like Parvati, Ganesha, Yamuna, Kartikeya, Saraswati and Ganga, The complex contains smaller temples dedicated to Kalka Mata and Amba Mata. You can also visit the nearby Sas-Bahu Temple and Adbhuthji Temple as part of your Udaipur tour.
Bagore Ki Haveli-
It is located near Pichola Lake. Amir Chand Badwa was the Chief Minister at Royal Court of Mewar when he built it in the 18th century. In 1878, the Haveli was made the residence of Maharana Shakti Singh from Bagore- the name Bagore Ki Haveli is a result of this. Later, it was turned into a museum, but it didn’t lose its royal essence. The museum displays the culture of Mewar. It contains antiques including jewellery boxes, hand fans and copper vessels that Rajputs used. It boasts over 100 rooms and is stunning with its distinctive architecture. You should unfailingly catch the evening shows when in the haveli.
So, Udaipur has got everything to make every moment of your vacation worthwhile. However, when it comes to finding accommodation here, it might seem a little difficult- not due to scarcity but abundance of accommodation options. If, however, you want to live like a king in this royal district, then consider staying at a luxury hotel. Taking about luxury accommodation facilities, Taj Lake Palace Udaipur is the best hotel to spend money on. It has got everything to make you feel like a king.