Forts and Palaces in Amazing Udaipur

The enchanting city of Udaipur is an oasis amid the desert state of Rajasthan owing to the presence of lakes and greenery. It has developed into one of the major tourist places of Rajasthan owing to the great historical significance. Often referred to as the “City of Lakes” or “Venice of the East”, this beautiful city is speckled with forts and palaces where the royal history of Mewar Dynasty comes alive. These forts and palaces narrate the romances of heroism and chivalry of the Rajput rulers. It also exhibits the lavish and extravagant lifestyle led by the erstwhile rulers of the region. The historical structures present in the city boasts of its marvelous architecture, which reveals the brilliant skills possessed by the craftsmen and these historical monuments forms the prime attraction of the place besides the lakes and vibrant markets.


City Palace


Teetering on the banks of Lake Pichola, City Palace is the prime attraction of Udaipur. The construction of this majestic Palace complex was initiated by Maharana Udai Singh II, the founder of Udaipur, in the year 1559; however, it took almost 400 years to make the present-day structure, which is the result of contribution made by a number of rulers who ruled over the city. The palace complex comprises palaces and temples, displaying the blend of Mughal and Rajput architectural style. It is the largest palace complex in the entire region and truly symbolizes architectural splendor, attracting a huge crowd of both domestic as well as international tourists.

 

The Lake Palace


Built by Maharana Jagat Singh in the year 1743, The Lake Palace is located on the Jag Niwas Island in the heart of Lake Pichola. Earlier known as Jag Niwas Palace, this beautiful palace was built as the summer retreat for the royal family. It is a major landmark of the city today and it has now been converted into a 5 star heritage hotel. The Lake Palace provides its guests a glimpse of the royal lifestyle of the erstwhile rulers.

 

Fateh Prakash Palace


Built by Maharana Fateh Singh, Fateh Prakash Palace was built to serve guests during the royal functions. Named after Fateh Singh, the walls of this beautiful palace is adorned with miniature paintings and imperial artifacts, which exhibits the luxurious lifestyle of the erstwhile rulers. The Viceroy of India, Lord Minto had laid the foundation stone of Darbar Hall in the year 1909 and presently, this magnificent historical structure has been converted into a luxury heritage hotel, letting the guests experience the royal extravagance of the yesteryear rulers.

 

Sajjan Garh Fort


Also known as Monsoon Palace, Sajjan Garh Fort is preached atop Bansdara Mountain. The construction of this fort palace was initiated by Maharana Sajjan Singh, after whom this magnificent structure has been named but was later completed by his son Maharana Fateh Singh. It was constructed as a summer retreat for the royal family of Mewar dynasty as well as was used to watch the monsoon clouds. It stands overlooking the beautiful city of Udaipur, offering a mesmerizing view of the city with Aravali Mountains as its backdrop.


Chittaurgarh Fort


The largest fort of Asia, Chittaurgarh Fort is located close to the city of Udaipur, in Chittorgarh, which was the former capital of Mewar dynasty before it was sifted to Udaipur. It is a huge fortress sprawling over an area of 690 acres of land and stands as an epitome of chivalry and valor of Rajput Rulers. Almost 13,000 Rajput Queens and ladies committed Jauhar after the defeat of rulers from Mewar Dynasty. It has seven gates that act as entry points for the fort. The citadel is now under ruins but still speaks aloud, narrating the saga of tumultuous past of Mewar Dynasty.

 

Kumbhalgarh Fort


Boasting of the having the second largest continuous wall in the World, Kumbhalgarh Fort is located at a distance of about 64 km from the city of Udaipur. It measures 36 km in length and was built during the 15th century by Rana Kumbha of the Mewar Dynasty. It is said to be the birth place of the great Rajput Ruler of Mewar, Maharana Pratap. The fortress has seven gates, which leads to the palace complex. This majestic fort houses places, Hindu and Jain temples and cenotaphs.
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