Whenever my mind wanders off to lavish palaces, picturesque beauty, patriotism and true valor, only one name strikes it like lightning i.e. State of Rajasthan. The regality and elegance are inseparable part of the soil of this region and every city in the State has its own awe-inspiring beauty and rich and sacrifice-immersed history. Today. I will take you to the beautiful city which was the capital of Mewar in the yore and which is better and more popularly known as The City of Lakes, Udaipur. The exuberant beauty of the place surrounded by cluster of well-connected artificial lakes will take you to another world of magnificence and glory. This city was founded by Udai Singh-II in the year 1559 and has several places that you must visit and the experience that will dawn upon you is purely indescribable.
City Palace in Udaipur is simply magnum opus as far as structural and architectural designs are concerned and when we talk of exteriors and interiors, beautiful carvings on marble, exquisite paintings, royal robes and other donning, incredible photo collection and ancient weaponry add elegance and grandeur leaps and bounds. You will feel like one from royalty for sometime till you do not step out of this lavish palace. Lake Pichola, which is known for its crystal clear water and calmness is an artificial fresh water lake created in the year 1362. When I mentioned of City Palace in the city, Jag Mandir which is equally grand and beautiful palace has to be mentioned. It is also known as Lake Garden Palace and showcases Mughal architectural design.
If you wish to take panoramic view of the city of Udaipur alongwith the mountains and lakes, do visit Monsoon Palace which is also called as Sajjan Garh Palace, a hilltop palatial abode overlooking another beautiful artificial lake, Fateh Sagar Lake named after Maharana Fateh Singh of Udaipur. Further, you may explore Lake Palace which has been transformed into a luxury heritage hotel located on island of Jag Niwas in Lake Pichola. It is spread across over an area of four acre. When you are in Udaipur, do visit the splendid gardens, Saheliyon-ki-Bari and Gulab Garden. Where Bari has fountains and kiosks amidst well-preserved plantation, Gulab Garden has numerous varieties of roses. I truly apologize as I got mesmerized with boundless beauty of the gardens and forgot to mention about another magnificent palace known as Shiv Niwas Palace which was former residence of Maharana of Udaipur. This incredible structure stands tall on the banks of Lake Pichola.
If we go back into the golden leaves of history, the saga of fearless warrior, Maharana Pratap comes back as an inspiration. To pay homage to this warrior who was veritable glory of Rajputana, you may visit Moti Magri or Pearl Hill which is the memorial of this stalwart and has his bronze statue mounted on his favourite horse Chetak. When in Udaipur, you shall visit Shilpgram, art and craft complex in the city that showcases variety of artifacts and pieces of exquisite Rajasthani art and carft and ofcourse Rajasthani local cuisine including Dal Batti. There is a lot more to visit but do not forget to satiate your religious sentiments by visiting Jagdish Temple originally called as Temple of Jagannath Rai and is considered to highly sacred and holy.
Do share your views and open your bag of experiences when you visit this splendid city next.