Lake Fateh Sagar
Fateh Sagar Lake is an artificial lake which is located in Udaipur. It was constructed in 1678 A.D. and was named after Maharana Fateh Singh. It is situated north-west to Udaipur and in the north of Lake Pichola.
There are three islands around the boundaries of Fateh Sagar Lake out of which Nehru Park is the largest. It is spread over 4 sq km area. Another island is constructed as a public park and houses a beautiful water fountain. It is spread in around 15 acre of land. The third island is the Udaipur Solar Observatory and is spread across 1.2 sq km.
Lake Pichola is a fresh water lake which was constructed in 1362 A.D by Maharana Udai Singh of Mewar. It was named after a nearby village, Picholi. It has developed a lot in the last few centuries and it is one of the most famous tourist attractions of the city. On Lake Pichola, there are four islands namely Jag Niwas, Jag Mandir, Mohan Mandir and Arsi Vilas.
Dudh Talai Lake is a small lake situated adjacent to Lake Pichola, near the Shiv Niwas Palace (Residence of Maharana Fateh Singh). The lake is surrounded by hills. Manikya Lal Verma Garden (Musical Fountain Garden) and Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park are very close to Dudh Talai and serve as a spot for tourists to visit and enjoy the scenic view.
Saheliyon-ki-Badi is a round-the-year favorite destination of tourists coming to Udaipur. This “Lok-Priya”-favorite of the public-garden was created at the orders of the Maharana Sangram Singh-II (r:1710-1734) around ~1717 for his daughters- सबॆकंवर Sabbai Kunwar, रूपकंवर Roop Kunwar & ब्रजकंवर Brij Kunwar and their cousins (sisters) of extended family & same-age girls (Saheliya सहेलिया) of nobles. 300 years ago it must have been a enthralling for the raaj-kumarees=princesses-to move out of Raaj Mahal and take a trip of ~4 km outside the city defense wall-Nagarkot- for an outing especially in the monsoon season- swinging, singing, dancing, self-cooking ! The present day Fateh Sagar was up-gradation of the Dewali-ka-Talab that was constructed by Maharana Jai Singh (Sangram’s grandfather r: 1680-1698 CE, he built the Jaisamand Lake during 1685-1691). The foundation stone of the dam of Fatehsagar was laid on April 04, 1889 (खात मोरत) while it was completed & commissioned on June 27, 1902 (डोरो फेरियो). Saheliyon-ki-Badi achieved its present layout at the turn of last century during the reign of Maharana Fateh Singh (r: 1884-1930) after he built the embankment of Fatehsagar, subsequent Maharana Bhopal Singh also made additions, Maharana Bhagwat Singh donated the built-up area with pools, fountains and part of the garden to Government of Rajasthan, which is now maintain through its Superintendant of Gardens, under the PWD Department. Rest of the Saheliyon-ki-Badi (~100 bighas may be) with fruit orchards agri-fields and a dairy is still a private property of the former Maharana. The intricately carved black “Chatrees” (canopies) are of local favorite stone grey schist/serpentinite & unique fountain system with water spouting out of the marble elephant trunks & bird beaks and chajja (छज्जा) -projections are what fascinate a visitor. We all hope that the Smart City administration/Tourist Reception Center will take note of the significance (pampering?) of daughters 300 years ago, it’s time that the names सबॆकंवर Sabbai Kunwar, Roop Kunwar & Brij Kunwar find place in the garden, e.g. the southern park outside of walled palace structure could be named Sabbai-Vatika, the western park with pond & elephant statues could be named Roop-Vatika, and the northern park could be developed as a “Brij-Vatika”. The inner pool area with museum building & fountains could be named “Sangram Chawk” (though built in early last century). Maharana Sangram Singh had constructed the palace, gardens, hunting lodges, & riding grounds at Nahar-Magra (~20 km east of Udaipur, north of Udaipur airport) for his sons-Jagat Singh and Nath Singh, the other sons Bagh Singh & Arjun Singh were yet to be born; for himself and his Maharanees, the Maharana built the gardens & palace-extensions, courtyards & pavilions in the Jagmandir Island of Pichola Lake; for his second son Nath Singh he got constructed the “Bhavya” magnificent 138 room mini palace-Bagore-ki-Haveli adjacent to Lake Pichola. Subsequently, Sangram Singh’s successor Maharana Jagat Singh-II got constructed Jagmandir (the world- famous Lake-Palace Hotel now) on an island in Pichola that was inaugurated on February 01, 1746.
Sukhadia circle is a famous spot for entertainment for the people of Udaipur city. It is located near Panchwati which is at a distance of 4.6 km from Udaipur railway station. This famous spot was constructed in 1968 and was opened for public in 1970.
Spread across 100 Acres of land, Gulab Bagh is the largest garden of Udaipur city. It was constructed by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1878 A.D. and is also known as ‘SajjanNiwas Garden’. It is a major point of tourist attraction and houses a vast rose garden in its boundaries. Because of the vast variety of roses present here, the place got its name - GulabBagh. The Bagh also houses a library which has a collection of ancient handwritten books and scriptures. Gulab Bagh is the fourth oldest zoo of India.
Sajjangarh fort, also known as ‘Monsoon Palace’, is a grand fort situated at the hilltop of Udaipur. It was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1874 A.D. Sajjan Singh had built this palace to watch his ancestral home in Chittorgarh and see the monsoon clouds, and hence, the place got its name as ‘Monsoon Palace’. The palace, presently, is under the ownership of the forest department of Government of Rajasthan and is open for tourists. One can experience the scenic view of the whole city from this place.
Shilpgram, located at a distance of 3 km from Udaipur city, is an arts and craft centre which has an open air theatre with a seating capacity of 8,000. It is spread across 70 acres of land and is surrounded by Aravali hills. It is a museum which houses the lifestyle of the tribal people of the area. Shilpgram provides ample number of opportunities to the artists to gather together and depict their arts and craftsmanship, with a vision of increasing the knowledge and awareness about the art. Several workshops are conducted wherein the children can come and practice the historic arts and crafts taught by the professional artists.
Bagore Ki Haveli
Bagore-Ki-Haveli is a palace built by Shri Amarchand Badwa in the 18th century. He was the prime minister of Mewar from 1751 till 1778. With over 138 rooms and glass and mirror interiors, the Haveli is a wonderful place for tourists to visit. It is located near Lake Pichola at GangaurGhat. The palace is an exemplary example of paintings and glasswork of Mewar times.
Pratap Memorial (Moti Magri)
Pratap Memorial is also known as ‘MotiMagri’ and is situated near Fateh Sagar Lake in Udaipur. At the top of Moti Magri, lies the Maharana Pratap Memorial which has a statue of Maharana Pratap striding his horse Chetak. The memorial is made of bronze. Its construction was initiated by Maharana Bhagwat Singh Mewar and was completed by a public trust.
City Palace Udaipur
Another must visit place in Udaipur for tourists, The City Palace, is a royal residence which was constructed over a period of more than 400 years. Several rulers of Mewar contributed in the development of the palace complex. Its construction wasinitiated by MaharanaUdai Singhin 1553 A.D. The City Palace is located near Lake Pichola and has a number of small palaces and temples within its boundary namely Jag Mandir, Lake Palace, Jagdish Temple, Neemach Mata Temple and Monsoon palace.
The palace stands among the largest palaces in Rajasthan and is famous for its Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. It is situated on the hilltop and hence,apicturesque view of the city from this spot can be seen.
Pratap Gaurav Kendra
PRATAP GAURAV KENDRA RASHTRIYA TIRTH is a new Tirth at Manoharpura, Badgaon in Udaipur city in the Rajasthan state of Bharat. Started by the Veer Shiromani Maharana Pratap Samiti, This project aims at providing information about historical idol maharana pratap of mewar and its past. This project aims at providing details about ancient heritage with the help of modern instruments. Pratap Gaurav Kendra is aimed at providing detailed information about the history and achievements of the king of mewar Maharana Pratap.
The prime motivation behind the project is Vetern Sangh Pracharak Respected Sri sohan singh JI who wanted that Maharana Pratap should be the icon for the youth. To materialise his vision, Veer Shiromani Maharana Pratap Samiti formed in 2002 and a piece of 25 bigha land was purchased in 2007.
Manikya Lal Verma Park:
This is a beautiful park located on the hill known as 'Machla Magra.The place is known for its sunset point. A small pond known as DudhTalai is also situated down the hill. The place abounds in scenic beauty.The park is exemplary specimen of modern architecture art. While standing in the park one can view Jag Mandir, Lale Pichhola, City Palace and Udaipur city whcih look more attractive and charmful. There are steps constructed to reach to the garden, as well as a separate road for vehicles. On the top of the Machhla Magra, Karni Mata can also be seen. The idol of the Goddess is constructed in white stone.This park is developed by Nagar Parishad (Municipal Council) Udaipur.