About Udaipur

Udaipur, A City of Lakes.

The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure water lakes, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravalis. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sounds and experiences - an inspiration for the imagination of the poets, painters and writers. Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavour of heroic past, epitomising valour and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the Lake Pichhola is an enticing sight.

Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar - a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 years. The foundation of the city has an interesting legend associated with it. According to it, Maharana Udai Singh, the founder, was hunting one day when he met a holy man meditating on a hill overlooking the Lake Pichhola.

It was in Udaipur that legendary Maharana Pratap was born. Rana Pratap who fought against Emperor Akbar in 1576 is remembered throughout India for his bravery on the battlefield. The rulers of Udaipur never gave any of their women in marriage to the Mughals unlike some of the other royal houses of Rajputana.

Udaipur is also called the city of lakes. The Lake Palace on Jag Niwas Island in the middle of Pichola Lakes is the best example of its architectural and cultural explosion. The impressive City Palace on the banks of the lake respects the palace along with the Monsoon Palace on the hill above. Udaipur is also the centre for performing arts, craft and its famous small paintings. The Shilp Gram festival is a center of attraction throughout the period.

The title of Maharana means great warrior. The Maharana of Udaipur is considered the head of 36 Rajput clans. The descendants of Mewar hail themselves as the descendent of Sun, Suryavanshi. After Udai Singh it was Maharana Pratap Singh who was a fantastic monarch. Fearless and fierce he commanded a lot of respect from his peers. A statue had been built in Udaipur in the memory of the ruler. The statue depicts the Maharana riding his favorite horse Chetak. According to legends Chetak saved the life of his master in the battle of Haldighati in lieu of his own life. Inspite of the rivalry between him and the Mughals he had earned a lot of respect from the Mughal emperor Akbar. On hearing the death news of his bravest challenger he asked the royal poet to compose a verse in Maharana Pratap Singh`s memory.

Several places of interest around Udaipur, including the majestic Chittaurgarh, the mountain fortress of Kumbhalgarh, beautiful Jain temples of Ranakpur, Eklingji and Nathdwara and the cool retreat of Mount Abu, make the visit to Udaipur a memorable one.


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