Udaipur – the White city
In the dry desert state of Rajasthan, Udaipur is an oasis with numerous lakes that are interconnected by canals, earning it the name “lake city”. It is also known as the “white city” in reference to the many white marble palaces here. Udaipur is a kaleidoscope of majestic palaces, emerald lakes, exquisite temples, gardens and old markets with narrow lanes lined with shops that transport a visitor to a bygone era.
The picturesque Lake Palace amidst the aquamarine expanse of lake Pichhola, with its grand reflection gracing the lake waters, is a sight to behold. Towering over the lake is the City Palace resplendent in the famed Rajasthani royal heritage and grandeur. Walking around the city is a experience not to be missed. One comes across lakes, palaces and old buildings assembled in a picture book setting; even more so in the evenings when the palaces are lit up with bright lights and their reflections shimmer in the azure waters of the lakes.
Rana Udai Singh, the father of the legendry warrior Rana Pratap, founded Udaipur. At the time, Nagda, on the banks of the Banas River was the capital of Mewar. However, later Maharana Udai Singh shifted the capital to Udaipur, after Akbar captured Chittorgarh in 1568 AD.
The Sisodia Ranas of Mewar never surrendered to the pressure of the ruling Mughals and always fought them to protect their honour. The Gehlot or Sisodias were continuously at loggerheads with the Mughals and asserted their independence. The topography of the surrounding area supported them in their battle against the Mughal; the latter had an army of horses which could not climb the mountains around Udaipur. It remained a princely state under British India and became a part of the Republic of India after Independence was gained for the country.
According to a legend, Rana Udai Singh met a hermit on the hill here who asked Rana to build a palace on this spot which had a stream, a hill and an agreeable climate for a desert land. Taking his words to heart Rana build this panoramic city which later became his capital.
Nearby Destinations / Attractions :
Nearest Airport : Udaipur Airport (20 km / 30 mins)
Best time to visit and Climate :
Best time to visit Udaipur is during the winter, spring & monsoonmonths when the weather is glorious and the lakes are full. May and june months are extremely hot and the lakes dry up.
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