Beside shimmering Lake Pichola, with the ochre and purple ridges of the wooded Aravalli Hills stretching away in every direction, Udaipur has a romance of setting unmatched in Rajasthan and arguably in all India. Fantastical palaces, temples, havelis and countless narrow, crooked, colourful streets add the human counterpoint to the city’s natural charms.
Udaipur was founded in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh II as the final capital of the erstwhile Mewar kingdom, located to the southwest of Nagda, on the Banas River, the first capital of the Mewar kingdom. Legend has it that Maharana Udai Singh II came upon a hermit while hunting in the foothills of the Aravalli Range. The hermit blessed the king and asked him to build a palace on the spot, assuring him it would be well protected. Udai Singh II consequently established a residence on the site. In 1568, the Mughal emperor Akbar captured the fort of Chittor, and Udai Singh moved the capital to the site of his residence, which became the city of Udaipur.
This is a largest place complex in Rajasthan. A majestic architectural marvel towering over the lake on a hill surrounded by crenellated walls, it is a conglomeration of courtyards, pavilions, erraces, balconies, corridors and rooms. The main entrance is through the triple arched gate, the 'Tripolia' with eight marble porticos.
Fateh Prakash Palace next door, houses a whimsical side of Udaipur royalty. Check out the fabulous crystal collection of Raja Sajjan Singh. In 1877 the raja ordered a lavish collection of crystal items from abroad. Before it reached him he died and everything was put into storage and later set up on display for tourism purposes. A little further away is the Gallery of Vintage and Classic Cars. Amongst the showpieces is a Rolls Royce Phantom II of 1934 vintage.
This small ornamental garden was a popular relaxing spot where royal ladies came for a stroll and therefore the name. The garden has many fountains in its four delightful pools, chiseled kiosks and marble elephants.
This is called as a Mansoon Palace. Maharana Sajjan Singh built it in the late 19th century. The palace is illuminated at night and from a distance looks like something out of a fairy tail. It also offers a panoramic overview of the city's lakes, palaces and the surrounding countryside
In the evening, you can enjoy boat ride in Pichola or Fateh Safar Lake.