Udaipur, also known as the ‘Venice of the East’, was found in 1553 by Maharana Udai Singh II, located on the banks of Lake Pichola and is surrounded by lush green hills of Aravallis. The city is known for its rich history. Udaipur city palace, located in the middle of Lake Pichola, is one of the most beautiful places in Udaipur. The Jaisamand Lake is known to be the second-largest man-made sweet water lake in Asia. The architectural beauty of City Palace and Sajjangarh is a testimony to the royal kingdoms of Rajput dynasty and adds to the grandeur of the city. Lake Fateh Sagar has the only solar observatory in India, that has been made on the pattern of Big Bear Lake. One of the major attraction is the ten-day Shilpgram arts and crafts festival, which pulls in a large number of people. The city is also known to have a plethora of zinc and marble deposits.
So if you are planning to visit this city, here are a few attractions that you must see:
· The Lake Palace, located on an island near Jagmandir in Lake Pichola is a wondrous sight to behold. The gardens, pillared terraces, and fountains add to the beauty of the palace. Originally it was called Jagniwas and was served as a summer palace, which is now a hotel.
· The Ahar Museum, known to have a rare collection of earthen pottery, has sculptures, dating back to 1700 BC. The metal figure of Buddha from 10th century is a major attraction there.
· Saheliyon ki Bari, built by Maharana Sangram Singh II, also known as the Garden of Maidens has several tourists attractions such as kiosks, marble elephants, lotus pools and fountains.
· The Sajjan Niwas garden, also known as Gulab Bagh, spread over 100 acres, is the largest garden in Udaipur. Here you will find innumerable species of roses.
· Sukhadia Circle, comprising of pond houses a 21-foot tall three-tiered marble fountain, is located to the north of Udaipur. Surrounded by gardens and beautifully carved motifs, the place creates a perfect oasis, bustling with tourists.
· Badi Lake, is a popular attraction for both locals and tourists. It is one of the finest freshwater lakes in the country is surrounded by three chhatris. The calmness and tranquility offer a scenic respite from hustle and bustle of the city life.
· Sajjangarh Biological Park, located at the foothills of Bans-Dahara hills is spread over 36 hectares of land. You can visit the park by Golf car on payment basis.
· Nagda, located 22kms from Udaipur is located at the foothills of the Aravali range. It is popularly known as Sas-Bahu temples that were built in 9th century.
· Udaipur Fish Aquarium is known as India’s first Hi-Tech virtual fish aquarium. The Sun aquarium hosts 156 varieties of sea fish and freshwater fishes, procured from 16 countries around the world. The aquarium features a touch pool for kids to play with the fishes. This is place is truly for interactive fun.
· The Vintage Car Collection comprises a variety of Luxurious modes of transport of classic collection like Morris, Cadillac etc that were owned by Maharanas of Udaipur. You will get to feast your eyes on this vintage collection within the grounds of Garden Hotel.
· Menar, situated on Udaipur Chittorgarh Road, hosts various species of migratory birds during winters. It the most favored spots amongst bird watchers. Here you can catch a glimpse of Marsh Harrier, Crow Pheasant, White-Tailed Lapwing, Greater Flamingo etc. The place offers a peaceful countryside atmosphere to relax in.