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Udaipur has been hailed as a city of peace "Venice of East'. The smiling capital of the Sisodia Rajputs ever since Maharana Udai Singh II laid the foundation stone in 1559 AD. Its magnificient palaces and island palaces in the backdrop of misty mountains and lakes beckon you to plan memorable holidays in a unique heritage city.
The present day Udaipur straddles many worlds. In the city palace complex grand palaces and resorts have lovingls preserved the original lifestyle of royal Rajasthan. You can spend hours within the City Palace marvelling at its architectural grandeur. Its time you let yourself be overwhelmed by history unfolding before you.
How to reach
By Air - The airport is 24 km from the city.
Ry Rail - Udaipur is directly linked by rail with major cities
By Road - A good network of buses link Udaipur and other cities. Some distance are Agra 630km, Ahmedabad 262 km Jaipur 406 km .Jodhpur 275km and Mount Abu 185km.
Places to see
Castle Mandawa (Mandawa Fort)
Was built by Thakur Nawal Singh Bahadur in 1755.
It houses a library and portraits done in the European style.
Roop Niwas Kothi (Palace)
A large country house by Rawal Madan Singh (former ruler of Nawalgarh).
It has several courtyards, overhanging balconies, arched windows and corridors displaying the richness, diversity and tradition of Shekhawati wall paintings.
Alsisar Mahal (Alsisar Fort),
The residence of the Thakur of Alsisar.
The home of Birlas , the leading industrialists of India . It has a large campus of Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) with a beautiful Saraswati Temple, Shiv Ganga . BITS museum, Panchwati and Birla Haveli Museum are also worth visiting.
Founded in the 18th century, it has the finest of Shekhawati’s frescoes. Its two old forts and palace hotel with garden and fountains along with a host of temples known for their architecture and frescoes add interest to the town
Delwara village (26 kms)
There is a stunning Devi garh fort in Delwara village which is an 18th century fortress that have been turned into a hotel.
Eklingi (25 kms)
The private temple head of the Sisodia clan . It is a complex of 108 temples built in the 8th century. The temple is devoted to the family deity of the rulers of Mewar.
Nathwada (48 kms)
It is also a pilgrimage town dedicated to Lord Krishna that was brought here from Mathura during Aurangzed's reign. The temple is most celebrated for the Vaishnava shrines of Shrinathji or Lord Krishna. Thousands of pilgrims come to the temple daily. Cloth paintings known as pichwais of Nathwada are famous and it is possible to see artisans working painstakingly on these intricate pieces of art.
Kumbalgarh (84 kms)
The Kumbalgarh fort standing tall, snaking through the hills with 7 gates and stretching 36 kms is said to be the 2nd after the Great Wall of China. A refreshing walk through the sanctury , and the crocodile farm in the sanctury. march to June are the best months to see bears, panthers, antelopes and a variety of birds.
Mt Abu (184 kms)
Mt Abu sits around the Nakki lake which is said to be scapped from the ground by the Gods. The place is the top choice for honeymooners. The wildlife reserve has around 250 species of animals and birds. The Dilwara temples from time immemorable have been known for their intricate design and carvings.
Deogarh (135 kms)
For adventure seekers, nature lovers and bird watchers, Deogarh is an ideal spot to visit. The palace has a fascinating place for those who want to delve in the statae
Ranakpur (90 kms)
48 kms from Kumbalgarh are the ranakpur temples which is a cluster of temples made of intricately sculpted white marble. It would take anyone by surprise to learn that they were built in 1460, so well preserved and sparkling is the marble. The main temple is supported on 1,444 pillars none of which are similarly carved. Four main domes again beautifully carved look down upon you. The Jain temples house statues of Mahavira and other Jain saints. Entry for Non Jains is from 12 noon to 5 pm.
Ghanero (126 kms)
18 kms from ranakpur, it houses a castle where Meera bai spent her childhood. Within the red sandstone walls of Royal Castle Ghanero built in the 15th century is a temple with the idol she worshipped. A part of the castle has been turned into a hotel another part is used by the present generation of the royal family. Kumbalgarh sanctuary extends to the periphery of Ghanero village. Several lakes sorround the village. The castle can also be your base for horse safari in the region.