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The city of lakes,Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure water lakes, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravalis.A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty. Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sounds and experiences an inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers.

Udaipur is known as the Venice of the east. It is also called the city of lakes. The Lake Palace on Jag Niwas Island in the middle of Pichola Lakes is the finest example of its architectural and cultural explosion.

The grand City Palace on the banks of the lake compliments the palace along with the Monsoon Palace (Sajjan Garh) on the hill above. Udaipur is also the centre for performing arts, craft and its famed miniature paintings.The Shilp Gram festival is a center of attraction during the season.

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Udaipur History
Maharana Udai Singh II founded Udaipur in 1568 after his citadel Chittorgarh was sacked by Mughal Emperor Akbar. The legends says that Udai Singh was guided by a holy man meditating on the hill near Pichola Lake to establish his capital on this very spot. Surrounded by Aravali Ranges, forests and lakes this place was less vulnerable than Chittorgarh.

Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar a kingdom ruled by the Siodia dynasty for 1200 years. The foundation of the city has an interesting legend associated with it.Accordaing to it, Maharana UdaiSingh, the founder,was hunting one day when met a holy man meditating on a hill overlooking the Lake Pichhola. The hermit blessed the Maharana and advised him to build a palace at this favourably located spot with a fertile valley watered by the stream,a lake, an alttitude and an
ampitheatre of low mountains.Maharana followed the advised of the hermit and founded the city in 1559 AD.

Introduction :
One of the most romantic cities in all of India, Udaipur is better known as the City of Lakes. The marble palaces, the beautiful gardens and the placid blue lakes enhance the beauty of the city.

It is situated along the national Highway No. 8. It is 1900 ft. about the sea level and situated among the Aravali Hills. It was founded in 1599 AD by Maharana Udai Singh and was named by his name.
 
  Sajjan Garh
 
Originally intended to be an astronomical centre, it later became a monsoon palace and hunting lodge. It affords a breathtaking view of the Mewar countryside. This place is also well known for sunset view and wildlife sanctuary.
 
  Shilpgram
 
Literally meaning "Craftsmen Village" is a living ethnographic museum depicting the enormous diversities in craft, art & culture between various Indian states. Shilpgram comprises 26 huts set in 70 acres of natural surroundings at the foot of the Aravali Hills.
 
  Sukhadia Circle
 
Sukhadia Circle's centerpiece is a huge, graceful three-tiered fountain of scalloped dishes surmounted by a wheatear motif (symbol of properity). It was erected in 1967; a monument to Mohal Lal Sukhadia, one-Time Chief Minister of Rajasthan and a native of Udaipur. Around the fountain is a circular lake, beyond which are pleasant gardens. The young generation flock here on holidays and evenings to boat on the lake in bizarre duck-shaped pedallos and to relax with refreshments at nearby cafes.
 
  Fateh Sagar Lake
 
Lake Fateh Sagar, located to the north of Lake Pichola, which is an artificial lake constructed by Maharana Jai Singh in 1678. It is dotted by hills and woodlands. There is a canal linking the two lakes via Swaroop Sagar and Rang Sagar Lake. Nehru garden in the middle of the lake was originally known as the Jag Niwas, It took three years to build and was inaugurated in 1746.
 
  City Palace
 
This is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, construction of which was started by Udai Singh. This white marble architectural marvel, standing majestically on a hill is surrounded by crenellated walls. This huge edifice 30.4 meters high and 244 meters long was added on to, by later rulers, but the additions are so well planned and integrated, it is entrance to the palace is through 'Hathi Pol' (the Elephant Gate) along the main street of the old city, past the Jagdish temple. The 'Bara Pol' or Great Gate takes one into the first court leading to the Tripolia Gate which has eight carved marble Torans or archways. One is now led to a series of courtyards, overlapping pavilion terraces, corridors and hanging gardens. Here, the eye catches the Suraj Gokhada (Balcony of the sun) where the 'Suryavanshis' (descendants of the Sun God) - the Maharanas of Mewar appeared before their people to sort out their problems. The Mor Chowk taked its name from the fascination colored glass mosaics of peacocks which decorate the walls. The Chini Chitrashala is especially attractive with its blue and white ceramics while the wall paintings of Lord Krishna's life at Bhim Vilas Palace command attention. The other palace are Dilkhush Mahal, Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Krishna Mahal. The Government Archaeological Museum in City Palace is very rich in artifacts and worth visiting.
 
  Moti Magri
 
An impressive bronze statue of Maharana Pratap on his horse, Chetak stands at the top of Moti Magri overlooking Fateh Sagar. Local people climb the hill to pay homage to Rana Pratap and his faithful charger Chetak, who was killed in the historical battle of Haldighati. Light & sound show is worth viewing.
 


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