Udaipur – the first city of the erstwhile Mewar kingdom conjures up desling vignettes of Rajsthan's legendary regal splendor chivalry and romance balltles royal and dizzy court intrigues. Its scented royal saloon's and opulent palaces dewy gardens on a winter morn and a picturesque lake serve as a splendid foil to the dusty bazaar's and crowded mauhalla's. If you are looking for a holiday with a soul stirring diversity as mercurial as a thermometer. Udaipur, home of the Mewar rulers' one of the primary stars of the Rajasthan's dazzling history and legend has all this and more. The fortified Udaiput pierced by 11 gates was built around 4 man-made lakes, lake Pichola, Fateh sagar, Rang sagar and Swaroop sagar. The city palace over looks the lake Pichola from the eastern bank while Machhala Magra lay to the south. Shikarbadi, the old hunting lodge of the Maharana's is further on. At the northern end of the lake lies the atmospheric old quarter filled with the chaotic sprawl of old mauhalla's, spice scented bazaar's and ancient bathing Ghats, the funfilled Gangaur festival is launched from the ceremonial Ghat.
CITY PALACE : today the regal home of the Sisodia Maharana’s also houses a museum and a hotel. Commisioned in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh II, the palace by the lake has seen a plethora of additional places well into the 20th century. the newer editions include the Shiv Niwas Palace in the Fateh Prakash Palace. The City Palace was the setting for the James Bond film Octopussy. The palace meuseum incorporates the Kunch-ka-Burz, the Janana Mahal, the Manak Mahal, the Chini Palace and the Krishna Villas which has some of Rajasthan’s finest collection of miniature paintings of Mewar. More Chowk built as a new venue for his durbar by Maharana Karan Singh is awash with mosaic inlays of the peacock motif added by Maharana Sajjan Singh.
LAKE PALACE: the Lake Palace of the Jagniwas may have been converted into one of the world’s most romantic luxury hotel in the 1960’s. but not many visitor’s are aware of its even more romantic past. It appears that this pretty water palace was built by a defiant Prince Jagat II in 1734 as a pleasure retreat away from his father Maharana Sangram Singh II. The Palace was set in the middle of Lake Pichola across from his father’s lake side residence ensuring the access to it was by boat.
FATEH SAGAR: one of the four man-made lakes around which Maharana Udai Singh created his new capital lies north of lake Pichola. Take a boat near Moti-Magri to Nehru Park set on an island for a picnic.
SAHELIYON KI BARI: the “Garden of the maid’s of Honour” lies to the north of town. Its Lotus pull and leafy environs are popular with residents.
SHIKARBADI: an old hunting lodge (5kms west of the city) also built by Maharana Sajjan singh is now a tranquil hotel.
JAGDISH MANDIR: this 17th century shrine located close to the city palace is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The 18th century Bagore ki Haveli, a stone’s throw away has been converted into a meuseum showcasing arts-crafts and costumes of Udaipur.
You're sure to have a memorable time exploring the palaces and markets of Udaipur, when you stay at hotels in Udaipur, on tours to Rajasthan with India Rajasthan Tours.
Jagat Niwas Palace : Jagat Niwas Palace is a standard heritage hotel and is designed as a traditional Rajasthani Haveli. The hotel is ideally located on the banks of Lake Pichola.
Devigarh Hotel : An erstwhile imperial home, Devigarh acquaints you with living traditions of the mighty Sisodias.
Garden Hotel : Garden Hotel is a distinguished landmark of the city, located across the edge of Gulab bagh. It's a circular building those houses renowned Vintage and Classic Car Collection.
Karohi Haveli : The pride of Udaipur, Karohi Haveli is a legendary palace situated on the top of hill on beautiful island "Bramhapuri". Built in 1820 A.D. by a Rajput Royal family on the Western Ghats of Pichola Lake, it has now been converted into a heritage hotel.
Shikarbadi Hotel : Shikarbadi Hotel was once a hunting lodge of the royal family of Mewar, is now a regal hideaway of HRH Group of Hotels. It is located in the foothills of Aravalli mountain range and mesmerizes travelers with its picturesque backdrop.
Lake Pichola Hotel : Lake Pichola Hotel is an intriguing hotel of Udaipur. The hotel is ideally located in the breathtaking Bramhapuri Island of Lake Pichola and is good value for money.
Hotel Trident Hilton : The Trident Hilton in Udaipur is ideally located in the Mulla Talai area of Udaipur just beside the picturesque Lake Pichola. The hotel is set in 43 sprawling acres of beautifully landscaped environs.
Taj Lake Palace : The Taj Lake Palace is ideally located on the banks of the shimmering Lake Pichola. In the days of yore, it used to be the summer retreat of the royal family of Udaipur.
Hill Top Palace : Hill Top Palace is located in a picturesque setting on top of Ambavgarh Hill, which happens to be the highest point of Udaipur. The hotel provides breathtaking vistas of Lake Pichola.
Jaisamand Island Resort : The majestic Jaisamand Island Resort is set in a picturesque setting in the midst of one of the largest artificial manmade lakes in the world. The lake was built by Maharaja Jaisingh.
Oberoi Udaivilas : This magnificent hotel is located in the banks of the shimmering Lake Pichola of Udaipur. Udaivilas is a palace hotel run by the renowned Oberoi hotel chain.
Shiv Niwas : One of the best heritage resorts in Udaipur, Shiv Niwas is located on the shores of Lake Pichola and provides a picturesque view of the lake.
Fateh Prakash : Beautifully situated along the shores of lake Pichola, Fateh Prakash is one of the finest Heritage Hotels in Udaipur and is well for providing luxurious comforts along with the traditional hospitality to its guests.
Laxmi Vilas Palace : Located on the banks of the Fateh Sagar Lake, Laxmi Vilas Palace is one of the finest heritage hotels in Udaipur and is well known for providing luxurious comforts and world-class services to its guests.