Udaipur – City of Lakes
Udaipur, A Place resembling to Heaven also called the Venice of the East, awarded the most beautiful city of Asia , is also known as city of lakes due to the enormous natural beauty of man-made lakes which lies in the heart of the city.
Udaipur , in Rajasthan which is situated 403 Km from the state capital, Jaipur. Udaipur in ancient times was the capital of mewar and still shows believes in “atithi Devo Bhav” . The Guests in Mewar are well treated like no other place. After Maharana Udai Singh founded the city, the Sesodia when were ruling the Mewar, shifted the capital from Chittorgarh to Udaipur, the City of lakes. Mewar was not a part of Rajasthan till India was ruled by British Empire., After India was free , Mewar was joined to Rajasthan. The Lake Palace showing the greatness of Rajputana is situated on an Island in the pichola lake and is one of the best hotels of the world. Now a days, many of the historic places are converted into hotels There are mainly 6 lakes in the city and nearby the city named Fateh Sagar, Lake Pichola, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar. Other lakes lie outside the city and are discussed below on this page.
History of Udaipur City
Maharana Udai Singh II founded the city of Udaipur in the year 1559 which lies in the southwest of the river Banas. Udaipur was the first capital of Kingdom of Mewar. Old people and Historical documents says that the Maharana Udai Singh II was hunting in the aravali hills and reached the place and decided to built a place to live assuming it was a safe place. As the Mughals captured the Chittorgarh fort, Maharana Udai Singh shifted to Udaipur where they build a place to live. In 1818, The city become the princely state of the British Rule. As the city is surrounded by aravali hills, it was not possible for the heavy loaded horses of the Mughals to reach the place, it was a safe place from the mughal attack.
The kingdom of Nepal and Jammu are assumed to be originated by Mewar. Mahendra Singh Mewar who belong to the royal family is the king of the city now.
Udaipur city is also famous for its wooden toys which are exported all over the world.
Tourism in Udaipur
Udaipur being termed as the most beautiful city of Asia, is a most visited destination of India. It is also a place where royal weddings of film-stars, great businessman and celebration takes place. The lakes in Udaipur provide a very lively environment and the palaces give a very pleasant look to the city.
Places in and near the City
Here are the must visit places listed regarding the city of Udaipur for details about the place, follow the link in the name of the place.
Temples : Jagdish Temple | Mahakelswar Temple | Neemuch Mata | Karni Mata
Others : Solar Observatory
Ways to reach Udaipur
Air : Udaipur airport-Maharana Pratap airport also known as the Dabok airport, as the town nearby named Dabok. There are daily flights to and from Jaipur, Dehli , Mumbai and Jodhpur. The airport is situated about 20 Km from the city center. The airport is re-innovated and now it have the capacity to handle international Flights from year 2011.
Train : Udaipur have a direct Broad Gauge line and have daily trains to The capital of the state and the country. A few luxurios trains also connects the city namely Palace on wheels, The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, etc.
Road: Udaipur is connected by NH8 and lies in the Golden Quadrilateral as a place between Mumbai and Delhi which are the two most important cities of India, One as Capital and other as the Dock.