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UDAIPUR (50 KM)
Udaipur is known as the Venice of the east. It is also called the city of lakes. The Lake Palace on Jag Niwas Island in the middle of Pichola Lakes is the finest example of its architectural and cultural explosion. The grand City Palace on the banks of the lake compliments the palace along with the Monsoon Palace (Sajjan Garh) on the hill above. Udaipur is also the centre for performing arts, craft and its famed miniature paintings.The Shilp Gram festival is a center of attraction during the season.
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THE CITY PALACE

The largest palace complex of Rajasthan stands majestically on a hill surrounded by crenellated walls. Started by Udai Singh, this enormous edifice of 30.4 meters in height and 244 meters in length was subsequently built upon by later rulers. The entrance to this palace was through 'Hatipol', the 'Elephant Gate' & along the main street of the old city. The 'Barapol' or the 'Great Gate’ brings you to the first court which leads to the three-arched Tripolia Gate. It marks the spot where the rulers were weighed against gold or silver, the equivalent value of which was distributed to the poor. The way now leads to a series of courtyards overlapping the pavilion terraces, corridors and hanging gardens. There is a 'Suraj Gokhada', 'Balcony of the Sun', where the Suravanshi (sons of the Sun God) Maharanas of Mewar presented themselves in times to trouble to the people so as to boost their morale. The ‘Mor Chowk’ or 'Peacock Courtyard’ gets its name from the vivid mosaics in glass which decorate its walls. The Chini Chitrasala is noteworthy for it's blue and white ceramics, while a series of wall paintings of Krishna can be seen in Bhim Vilas Palace. There are various other (sub) palaces - Dil Kush Mahal, Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Krishna Mahal.

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CRYSTAL GALLERY

The Crystal Gallery located in Fateh Prakash Palace (part of the City Palace Complex) was opened to the public in 1994. Overlooking the Durball Hall, the gallery has a wealth of rare items. Inspired by the glittering showroom of the Birmingham based company. F & C Osler in Calcutta, this incredible collection was ordered by Maharana Sajjan Singhji in the year 1877.

From table lamps to washing bowls, perfumes bottles to paperweights and a number of humble writing instruments, this amazing collection has it all. Particularly noteworthy is a crystal bed; the only one of its kind in the world. Besides these, other fascinating objects include a sofa set, a dining table, fountains, various coloured crystal objects, mirrored tabletops, exquisite decanters and a dazzling jewel-encrusted carpet.

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JAG MANDIR

Maharana Karan Singh founded this island palace on lake Pichola, Jag Mandir, but later on Maharana Jagat Singh added to it; and it is from him that the island derived its name. Prince Khurram, who became Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, took refuge here and it is said that he gained inspiration for the style of the Taj Mahal from this palace. Over the last few years the buildings, gardens and other features on the island have been meticulously restored, and the island is now highly popular as a premier venue for functions.

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LAKE PALACE (Jag Mahal)

Lake Palace is regarded as one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. The sight of this white wonder rising from the waters of Lake Pichola is truly mesmerizing.

Situated on the island of Jag Niwas, it was previously known as the Jag Mahal after the founder, Maharana Jagat Singh II. Built in 1754, it is a marvel in stone and a wonderful example of Mughal-Rajput architecture. Successive rulers used the cool haven as a summer resort. In the late 1950s, it was converted into a luxury hotel, and is now under the Taj Group. The suites of the hotel are beautifully designed; each having a particular theme & decorated with textiles and handicrafts of the region. The royal banquet rooms are now reception rooms, bars and restaurants. Apartments named the Bada Mahal, Khush Mahal, Sajan Niwas, Phool Mahal and the Dhola Mahal add to the romantic setting, and give a taste of the regal splendour of a bygone era.

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LAKE PICHOLA

This scenic lake, surrounded by palaces, temples, ghats & hills, is the largest in Udaipur & derives its name from Picholi village, flooded long ago so as to enlarge the lake. Rising from the lake are the two island palaces of Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir.

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JAGDISH MANDIR

The Jagdish Temple stands on a bluff of rock high above the busy junction of Jagdish Chowk, near to the City Palace. Built by Maharana Jagat Singh I in 1651, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The exterior and the plinth are covered with bas-relief of figures; alligators, elephants, horsemen and some celestial musicians rise in tiers. Chanting, bells and music can be heard throughout the day. The main 'arti' takes place at sunrise and sunset to the sound of the fast, repetitive crash of 'jhinja'; the flat metal discs that are beaten to ensure that the gods and the populace are aware that prayers are being offered. This is Udaipur's largest and most splendid Hindu temple. At the foot of the temple steps one can purchase devotional garlands with which to deck the idols. Visitors are welcome but modest attire is expected.

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SAHELIO KI BARI

This lovely park, the 'Garden of the Maidens', appears discreet and in impeccable taste. There are four pools with dainty kiosks, and all around are flower beds, lawns, pools and fountains protected by a series of walls and shady trees. The fountains of the Sahelion-ki-Bari function solely by water pressure and nowhere are pumps used.

 
 
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