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Lake Pichola

Udaipur Tourism


Udaipur, the city of lakes, also known as Venice of East, is experienced as one of the most romantic places on earth. Udaipur is surrounded by Aravali hill ranges and has five beautiful lakes. Its palaces, forts, havelis, temples, gardens speak a volume of its rich heritage and culture. This beautiful city was founded in 1559 AD by Maharaja Udai Singh. The Suraj Pol or the Sun Gate is the main entrance to the City besides four other gates. The Lake Palace in the middle of Lake Pichhola is an outstanding example of elegant beauty and architectural splendor.

Tourist Attractions in Udaipur

City Palace

City Palace of Udaipur is actually a series of palaces, built from 1559 AD onwards. City Palace stands on the banks of Lake Pichola and has outstanding views of the city, the Jag Niwas (also called Lake Palace) and Jag Mandir. The several gates of the City Palace complex are the Hati Pol or the Elephant Gate, that is used for entry into the palace; the Bari Pol or the Big Gate and that leads to Tripolia, the Triple gate. There are courtyards, towers and balconies; some of these had a special purpose. For instance, Suraj Gokhada or The Balcony of the Sun was the place where the Maharana held public audiences to restore faith among the populace in case of crisis. Mor Chowk, the peacock square, is another attraction; this has a blue mosaic of a peacock made in glass on the square’s wall. Surya Chopar, the sun square, displays a large ornamental sun.

Lake Pichola

Lake Pichola, in the heart of Udaipur city, is an artificial fresh water lake. It was created in the year 1362 AD and was named after the nearby Picholi village. Views around this lake are extremely impressive and here you must relish an evening boat ride for an awe-inspiring experience.

Jag Mandir

Jag Mandir is built on an island in the Lake Pichola. It is also known with the name of "Lake Garden Palace". Three Maharanas of the Sisodia Rajputs of Mewar kingdom made this ancient marvel. Some of the most impressive structures inside Jag Mandir are Gul Mahal, Garden Courtyard, Darikhana, Bara Patharon ka Mahal, Zenana Mahal and Kunwar Pada ka Mahal.

Hotel Lake Palace

The Lake Palace is one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. The Lake Palace was built in the 17th century on a natural foundation of 4 acres of rock. It was initially called Jagniwas after its founder Maharana Jagjit Singh. The rooms are decorated with cusped arches, inland stones of pink color, green lotus leaves and painted mirrors. Among the facilities available are swimming pool, conference hall and a bar. This five star luxury hotel is managed by the Taj Group of Hotels and is considered among the best heritage hotels of Rajasthan.

Hotel Devigarh Palace

Devigarh is an all suite property and is called a Boutique Hotel. It has 39 suites, all uniquely designed with a different theme. All the suites are luxurious and beautiful equipped with all modern facilities. The stunning beauty of Devi Garh Palace hotel is second to none. All suites are embellished with semi-precious stones. The public spaces have also been done with different metals. Each suite has a different design concept. Devi Garh is considered to be an ideal place to organize fairy-tale weddings.


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How to Reach

  • By Air: Udaipur has a good network of air services linking it to from New Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad and Mumbai. Dabok Airport, 21 km from the city centre, is the closest airport.
  • By Rail: It is well connected to and from all the major cities of India such as Chittorgarh, Ajmer, Jaipur and Delhi by trains. Palace on Wheels is a major luxury train that passes through Udaipur. The railway station is 4 km from the heart of the city.
  • By Road: The roads are smooth and link Udaipur to various major cities of India such as Delhi, Jaipur, Chittorgarh, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Indore, Kota, Mount Abu and Mumbai. Bus services link Udaipur to Gujarat, Delhi and major cities of Rajasthan.

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