|Shimmering in natural and historical grandeur, Udaipur is the most visited city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. Overlooked by the Aravalli and enclosing three expansive lakes (Fateh Sagar, Pichhola and Swaroop Sagar), it is justly called the Venice of the East and considered one of the most romantic cities in the world that has hosted many world-famous celebrity weddings. The city is a heart-warming maze of temples, glorious palaces, lakes, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls.
It was adjudged Asia's 2nd Best City of 2007 and Oberoi Udaivilas was selected the “World's Best Hotel". Its centre piece is the majestic Lake Palace towering atop an entire island in the midst of Pichola Lake which glistens with the reflection of this palatial white structure. The Palace operates as a major heritage hotel today. The origin of the city can be traced to 1559 when it was part of the Mewar kingdom. It was founded by Rana Udai Singh and ruled by the Rajput Sisodia clan for 1200 years.
City Palace: Built by the Maharana Udai Mirza Singh as the capital of the Sisodia Rajput clan in 1559. It stands peacefully on the banks of Pichola on a hilltop enclosing several palaces, museums and the gardens within its complex. It is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles. It offers a commanding view of the Lake Palace, the Jag Mandir, the Jagdish Temple, the Monsoon Palace and the Neemach Mata temple. It was constructed using granite and marble with elaborately done balconies, towers and cupolas with mirror-work, marble-work, murals, and wall paintings. The most beautiful areas that should not be missed are Amar Vilas, a garden at the highest point of the palace; the Badi Mahal palace; the Durbar Hall; Jagadish Temple; Krishna Vilas; Sheesh Mahal - the palace of mirrors and glasses; Zenana Mahal or Women's Palace, etc.
Fateh Sagar Lake: A particular delight during the Hariyali Amavasya Mela in August/September thick with decorations, people and music. Three tiny islands bobble in the water; on the first is Nehru Park, on the second a public park and on the third a Solar Observatory.
Monsoon Palace: Also called Sajjan Garh Palace, this hilltop summer resort of the Maharajas offers commanding view of the lakes with an impressive network for rain water harvesting.
Other tourist highlights are the massive Jagdish and Bohara Ganesh Ji Temples, the former palace of women attendants Saheliyon-ki-Bari, Gulab Bagh and Zoo, sunset point Doodh Talai, memorial of Maharana Pratap Moti Magri, the Bagore-ki-haveli for traditional dance and music, Ahar Museum, and the crafts village, etc.
Altitude : 577metres, Climate : [ Summer : 38.3 degree C 28.8 degree C ] [ Winter : 28.3 degree C 11.6 degree C ], Rainfall : 61 cms, Best Season : September- March, Clothing : Summer light tropical, Winter light woolen Languages : English, Hindi, Mewari.