‘Padharo Mhare Desh’. This is the traditional welcome that is extended by Rajasthanis to their guests. And what a welcome it is! The royal state of Rajasthan and its glorious history of grandeur and gallantry still remains one of the best-loved and most visited tourist destinations in India. Most of the awe-inspiring palaces of the state are now luxury hotels ready to extend the same opulence and indulgences that the Maharajas experienced to their guests. Heritage hotels in Udaipur, for example, are all havelis and palaces that have received a modern upgrade. These hotels are perfect for you and your family to stay on a vacation in this wonderful city. Here are some of the top historic places you may want to visit on your Udaipur sojourn –
- City Palace – The majestic City Palace is the iconic attraction of Udaipur. Construction of the palace dates back over 450 years to the times of Maharana Udai Singh but each ruler of Mewar has added to its glory and grandeur. It is surrounded by some of the best lake view hotels in Udaipur.
- Lake Palace – The Lake Palace or the Jag Niwas was built from 1743 to 1746 by Maharana Jagat Singh II. Marble, semi-precious stones, and ornate decorations define the grandeur of this palace. It is now a hotel but is open for public viewing.
- Kumbhalgarh Fort – Kumbhalgarh Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the second largest fort in India. Built by Rana Kumbha in the 15th century, it is a majestic reminder of the superiority of Indian architecture and Rajputana valour.
- Sahelion Ki Bari – Sahelion ki Bari is one of the most beautiful gardens you are likely to find anywhere in India. The sprawling well-manicured lawns, flowerbeds, and marble fountains were constructed for the pleasure of the royal women of the Rajputana. This garden was commissioned in 1710 by Maharana Sangram Singh.
- Ahar Cenotaphs – The Ahar Cenotaphs are a group of over 250 cenotaphs raised for the Mewar royals over three and a half centuries. These are imposing structures, much admired for their intricate work.
- Sajjangarh Fort – The Sajjan Garh Fort, also known as the Monsoon Palace, is located atop a hill and the sunset views from the fort are spectacular. It is named after Maharana Sajjan Singh who commissioned it in 1884.
- Ghanta Ghar – The Clock Tower or the Ghanta Ghar of Udaipur is located right in the heart of the city. It was built in 1887 as a tribute to the royal family. This clock was brought in from London and installed here.
- Moti Magri – Moti Magri or Pearl Hill overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake is one of the most scenic places in Udaipur. What it is better known for, though, is the memorial to the legendary hero Maharana Pratap and his loyal horse Chetak whose valour in the Battle of Haldighati is still remembered with pride by the people of Rajasthan.