Destinations: UdaipurOn the banks of the shimmering lake Pichola, is one of the most romantic cities of Rajasthan. Nestled among the lush hills of the Aravallis, it has inevitably been dubbed the 'Venice of the East'. It is a kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carries the flavor of the heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry.Founded in 1568 A.D by Maharana Udai Singh, the city is a harmonious Indian blend of whitewashed buildings, marble palaces, lakeside gardens, temples and Havelis. According to the legend, Maharana Udai Singh, the founder was hunting one day when he met a holy man meditating on a hill overlooking the Lake Pichola. Maharana followed the advise of the hermit and founded the city. The marvelous architecture of the palaces is spell bounding.
Best Season: October to March.
City Palace - This majestic white Royal building towers itself on a hill and is surrounded by crenellated walls. The palace stands along the shores of Pichola.
Lake Palace - This former summer residence of Royal family has now been converted into a fabulous hotel.
Shaelion- Ki- Bari - On the shores of Fateh sagar lake was built a garden for the 48 young girls waiting to be sent to the royal house as part of Dowry. This garden is laid with extensive lawns, fountains and shady walking lanes. There are four pools with dainty kiosks and fountains with elephant trunks for spouts. These gardens appear discrete and in impeccable taste.
Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal - This is a museum of folk arts which has rich collection of folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments and paintings. World famous puppeteers put shows here on request in advance.
Jagdish Temple - Dedicated to Vishnu, this temple was built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh.
Pratap Memorial - Erected atop Modi Magri is this equestrian bronze statue of the valiant hero, Maharana Pratap. Sajjan Garh, Gulab Bagh, Dudh Talai park, the Sunset point are also palaces to be seen.
Excursions: Kankroli 64- kms, Eklingji- 21 kms, Haldi Ghati- 42 kms, Jaisamand Lake- 50 kms, Nathdwara- 42 kms, Ranakpur- 90 kms, Rishabhdeo- 65 kms.
Shopping: Shopping can be a pleasure at the Hathipole, Chetak circle, Clock tower, Palace road and Bapu Bazaar. Rajasthan Government also has its own Handicraft emporium. The shops of Udaipur have plenty of exquisite items to offer. The dainty folk toys, brightly coloured garments, hand printed textiles, batiks, and tie & dye sarees and fabrics to name few. Pichwais or wall hangings painted on cloth are world renowned for their vivid colours and themes. The craftsmanship is at its peak in the metal images and chunky silver Jewellery.