Udaipur city is situated 598 metre above sea level in the southern part of the Indian state, Rajasthan. It has an area of 37 square kilometres and is located on the southern slope of the mighty Aravalli hills which separates the city from the Thar desert. Northern Udaipur comprises of plateaus while the eastern side of the city has vast fertile plains. Southern part of this beautiful city comprises of rocks, hills and forests.
Udaipur was built by Rana Udai Singh II of the Sisodia clan of Rajputs belonging to the kingdom of Mewar. He constructed the city in 1553 and it was named after him as Udaipur. His previous capital Chittor was attacked by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1568 post which Rana Udai Singh II along with the royal family shifted to Udaipur, thus making it the new capital. Since then Udaipur has been the capital of Mewar till 1818, after which the British made it a princely state. The Royal family is still loved and respected by the people of this place. Udaipur is set around a series of artificial lakes. This led Udaipur to be named as The City of Lakes. Udaipur is also known by various other names such as City of Palaces and Venice of the East owing to its rich historical background and its scenic beauty. Tourism in Udaipur is pretty advanced since it has been one of the popular tourism places in India which attracts Indians and foreigners alike. The holiday guide to Udaipur mentions briefly the best places that one can travel in this magical city which is also one of the best travel destinations in Rajasthan. There are many things to explore in Udaipur. Udaipur is vast in terms of beauty. It is full of lakes, palaces, museums, temples, bazaars. Once the abode of the Mewar royal family, the City Palace is built on the east bank of Lake Pichola, it has been converted as a museum where we can find historical artifacts, weapons, furnitures etc.
Another attraction of Udaipur is Lake Palace, which is made of white marble and was once the royal summer palace situated over an island in Lake Pichola. Now it is a luxury hotel. Sunset boat cruise on the fresh water artificial Lake Pichola is truly breath-taking. Monsoon Palace, also known as Sajjan Garh Palace offers a hilltop view of the city overlooking the Pichola Lake. Moti Magri, also called Pearl Hill, is a memorial to Maharana Pratap where his statue is established on his horse Chetak. Other than these popular sightseeing places, there are many other places to be seen in Udaipur. We have gardens like Gulab Bagh and Saheliyon ki Bari. There are ancient bazaars, sunset points, museums like Ahar museum and Bagore ki Haveli. You can also go for camel rides and boat rides in Udaipur. The festivals like Mewar festival and Shilpgram Crafts Fair are also major attractions in Udaipur. Captivating puppet shows are also held in the city which helps us learn about the glorious past. The Udaipur tour is sure to give you fantastic memories, whether it is with family, your soulmate or friends. The old rustic charm of the city leaves one absolutely spellbound.