Town Palace was build up in the year 1559 by Maharana Udai Mirza Singh. The palace is situated on the banks of Pichola Lake. The palace is a blend of European, Medieval and Chinese styles of architecture. City Palace houses 11 brilliant palaces and they were all built up during different periods and by different rulers. The size of the palace is awe-inspiring with the courtyards, terraces, pavilions, hanging gardens and a lot more. Everything around the palace is brilliant be it the architecture, the antiques inside and the absolute paintings hanging on the walls.
Another man-made admiration in the city control by nature, Lake Pichola was built in 1362 AD. Rana Udai Singh II continued the lake in the 16th century. The picturesque lake is surrounded by huge hills, magnificent palaces, temples and bathing ghats. The islands in Lake Pichola offer different guest attractions and hence by the coast in Lake Pichola, you are sure to have a whale of a time. Sunset views are brilliant. Boat cruise offers lovely views of the town, particularly in the evenings as you watch the sun go down on your eyes, you will find the city lit up. The dwelling looks dazzling with the lights on and it is a great view from the lake.
The sign of Udaipur tourism and a populous wedding harbor, Lake Palace or Jag Niwas is a building marvel. The palace is situated on the island of Jag Niwas in Lake Pichola and was built in the year 1746 by Maharana Jagat Singh II. It was later converted into a luxury hotel in 1960s and now is a part of Taj luxury resorts. This stunning location has also been featured in many Hollywood and Bollywood movies.
Lake Garden Palace:
Jagmandir or Lake Garden Palace is said to have served as an inspiration for the Taj Mahal when Shah Jahan took refuge here in his younger days. This palace has a long history and is considered one of the symbols of friendship between the Mughals and Rajputs. A series of impressive structures give this palace a regal feel and would delight any visitor.With Udaipur’s vast history and culture come monuments that are not only rich in heritage but also quite attractive as tourist destinations. One of the most beautifully constructed palaces in Udaipur is the Lake Garden Palace, more popularly known as Jag Mandir. The Lake Garden Palace is situated in the middle of Lake Pichola and has some stunning structures in its complex, including a garden that consists of some of the prettiest flowers.
Vintage Car Museum:
A paradise for all motor enthusiasts, The Royal Vintage Car Museum is a must visit for any visitor. It was inaugurated in Feb 2000 and has become a very popular tourist destination since then. The museum houses many famous vintage cars like the 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom used in the Bond film Octopussy and many rare Rolls Royce models to name a few. The quiet and peaceful environment here is an added bonus.The collection within the grounds of the Garden Hotel comprises a variety of classic and interestingly rare transportation vehicles; few ceremonial and vintage like Cadalec, Chevalate, Morais etc., while the others are satin and fast.
Bagore Ki Haveli:
Bagore Ki Haveli is placed close Pichola Lake.The 18th century developement was construct by Amir Chand Badwa, Chief Minister at the king Court of Mewar. The Haveli became the residence of Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore in the year 1878 and hence the name Bagore Ki Haveli. This was changed into library having the king touch to the hut. The museum presents the culture of Mewar. The antique collections include the stuff used by Rajputs such as jewellery boxes, hand fans, copper vessels and so on. The massive building has over 100 rooms and looks bright with its lone style of architecture. When you are there, make sure you present yourself for the shows conducted here in the evenings.
Saheliyon Ki Bari:
Built by Sangram Singh II as a award to queen and her maids, Saheliyon Ki Bari (Garden of Companions) is a charming sight to regard.The king designed the garden himself and strived to make it a relaxed place where the queen could relax with her 48 maids. The garden still serves its purpose in many ways and people come to this place to escape the chaos of the city.Saheliyon Ki Bari is one the most beautiful gardens and a major tourist destination in Udaipur. The garden is famous for its lush green lawns, marble art and fountains. English translation of Saheliyon Ki Bari means "Garden of maids.
Built in the year 1651, Jagdish Temple is Udaipur's largest temple. An estimated 1.5 million INR were spent on this stunning Indo-Aryan architectural marvel. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also houses other shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Ganesh, the Sun God, and Goddess Shakti. This temple should be visited not only to offer your devotion but also to witness beautiful wall carvings, elephant sculptures and for the stunning architecture.Jagdish Temple is one of the famous temples of Udaipur. Located in the City Palace complex of Udaipur, this temple is made in the Indo-Aryan style of architecture. In 1651, Jagdish temple was created by Maharana Jagat Singh, who controlled Udaipur during 1628-53.
Set up in about 70 acres of land and situated in the lap of Aravali ranges, Shilpgram is a rural arts and crafts complex set up to promote the traditional arts and crafts of Rajasthan. It provides employment to many rural craftsmen and is a centre of many cultural festivals which are organised here on a regular basis. Another attraction here is an open air Amphitheatre which provides the centre stage for many art festivals. Visit Shilpgram to experience the simplicity of village life, attend art or dance showcases and shop to your heart's content.
A fitting tribute to the memory of Maharana Pratap and his beloved horse Chetak, Moti Magri hosts a stunning bronze statue of Maharana on his horse Chetak.It is situated on a hilltop overlooking Fateh Sagar lake and also offers some really beautiful lookout points to not only the nearby lakes but also of Udaipur. Visit Moti Magri to know the stunning legacy of events associated with Maharana Pratap and get some really stunning views.Udaipur is a must-visit destination in Rajasthan tour. With its picturesque lakes, tranquil ambiance and royal palaces, it is the most romantic city of Rajasthan.All along your Rajasthan tour, call all the guest attractions of Udaipur.Moti Magri is one of the alluring tourist attractions of Udaipur, the city of dawn.
Increasing perpendicular and fortified from a hill which is 125 metres above Jodhpur’s skyline is the Mehrangarh Fort. This famous fort is one of the most famous in India and is packed with history and fables. Mehrangarh Fort still carries the signatures of cannonball attacks courtesy the commands of Jaipur on its second gate. Chiselled and sturdy, the fort is known for its admirable latticed windows, carved panels; difficultly illuminate windows and walls of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal and Sheesh Mahal.
UMAID BHAWAN PALACE:
Umaid Bhawan Palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1929 to counter a famine which had hit the state at the time. It was also known as the Chittar Palace while being constructed thanks to the use of stones drawn from the Chittar hill. The palace was designed by HV Lanchester, a renowned British architect, and was completed in 16 years. Built with sandstone and marble, the architecture of the palace is described as a blend of lndo-Saracenic, Classical Revival and Western Art Deco styles. It is recognised as one of the largest private homes in the world and also one of the more spectacular buildings. It is the only palace built in the 20th century.
CHAMUNDA MATAJI TEMPLE:
Chamunda Mataji Temple is placed at the southern end of the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. The idol of Devi Chamunda Mataji was taking to the fort in the year 1460 by Rao Jodha as the goddess was his favourite. The idol was prior based at Mandore. Soon after the idol was equipped in the acclaimed temple in Mehrangarh Fort, that was enthusiastic to Devi Chamunda Mataji. Even in the current times the royal families of Rajas and the Maharajas examines Devi Chamunda Mataji as the ‘Isht Devi” or the embraced goddess of their families. Devi Chamunda Mataji is a idol who is popularly devotion even by the common people of Jodhpur. The moment of Dussehra sees a huge mass of devotees who holiday this fort and the temple contribution prayers and devotion to the Indian goddess who is also treated one of the many forms of Mata Shakti or more popularly Durga.
SARDAR SAMAND LAKE AND PALACE:
Built on the banks of the Sardar Samand Lake by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1933, the Sardar Samand Lake Palace is a dramatic shooting lodge. It remnants the royal family's favored evacuation and houses a vast selection of African trophies and original watercolour paintings. The lake attracts several migratory and local birds such as the yellow-legged green pigeon, Himalayan griffon and Dalmatian pelican, making it a bird watcher's paradise. The lake as well as the route to the lake, provides a virtual treat to photographers. It has now been transformed into the Sardar Samand Lake Resort. The resort attempts some of the most amazing views of the excellent lake.
Balsamand Lake and Garden:
Balsamand Lake is one of the prominent picnic spots, located about 8 km away from the main city of Jodhpur. Surrounded by hills, this kilometre-long artificial lake was constructed in 1159 as a reservoir to supply water in the Mandore region. There is a picturesque garden alongside the lake that adds to its overall beauty. In this garden, you can see lovely rose beds and groves of pomegranate, mango and guava. Making the entire region all the more attractive is the cascading waterfall built to water the garden. You can also see animals and birds like peacock, jackal and blue bull roaming in the area. Right next to the lake is the Balsamand Palace that was built by Maharaja Sur Singh in the 1936. Boasting of a grand architecture, this 8-pillared castle has 3 gates for the entrance purpose. Tourists will thoroughly enjoy the cool wind blowing through the verdant garden making the environment romantic and serene. Visit this lake and spend some quality time with your friends and family for an unforgettable experience. It is ringed by abundant green gardens that house groves of trees such as mango, papaya, pomegranate, guava and plum. Animals and birds like the jackal and peacock also call this place home. This lake is now a famous picnic spot with visitors and locals.
Get ready to be a part of India’s second biggest fair- the Cattle fair of Nagaur. Every year, during January-February, an 8-day festival is organised for animal trading. Approximately 70,000 decorated cows, bullocks, camels and horses are traded in the Nagaur fair every year. Owners of the cattle aren’t behind either as they too dress-up for the occasion. Other attractions that you can look forward to during this fair are tug-of-war, camel and bullock race, cock fight and puppet show.
Mandore Garden is a heritage spot, placed in its namesake city, towards the peripheries of Jodhpur. This garden has a high rock terrace, which is its most prominent attraction. Cenotaphs (dewals) of Jodhpur's erstwhile rulers are dotted across this landscaped garden, which are different from those found in other regions of Rajasthan. These red sandstone cenotaphs resemble Hindu temples and have four storeys, elaborately designed columns and tall spires. Notable amongst these dewals include the memorial dedicated to Maharaja Ajit Singh and other built for the Maharani atop a hill. The hall of heroes, dedicated to brave Rajput fighters and Hindu deities, lies close to these cenotaphs. Colourful rock statues and images of these heroes and Gods adorn this hall. 'The Shrine of the Three Hundred Million Gods' is an unmissable thing of interest in Mandore Garden. Vibrant illustrations of Hindu Gods are present here, which depict the brilliance of artists of those times. On climbing the nearby hill, visitors get to see the old palace and ruins of Mandore.
Clock Tower, also known as Ghanta Ghar , is an important landmark in the Old City of Jodhpur. The mighty ruler Maharaja Sardar Singh built this colossal clock tower, in proximity to the popular Sadar Bazar. This few-storey tower is beautifully lit in the evening, which adds to its overall appeal. The market or bazar is home to more than a thousand small shops that sell a variety of products at quite a reasonable price. This flitting market is famous for selling spices, handicrafts, tea, sweets, jewellery and much more.
Shri Ganesh Temple:
Nestled in Ratnada Hills in Jodhpur, Shri Ganesh Temple is visited by countless devotees every year. Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, this temple is believed to have existed since 1459. According to a popular legend, the human-size idol of Lord Ganesha (son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati) emerged naturally at this site. The statue, which is 8 feet tall and 5 feet wide, has idols of Riddhi and Siddhi (symbolic of prosperity and accomplishment, respectively) on either side. During festivals or auspicious occasions, the statue of Lord Ganesha is offered the vermillion wash called chola and His idol is decorated with beautiful ornaments and a crown.
Jaisalmer Fort and Fort Palace:
It's one of the largest forts in the world. Jaisalmer's ethereal sandstone Fort, which resembles a massive sandcastle rising from the desert, is the city's focal point. The Fort was built in 1156 by Rajput ruler Jaisal, who also founded the city at the same time. However, what's really remarkable about it is that it's the largest living fort in India. The palace is open to visitors, for a fee, and guided audio tours are available. It's also home to numerous hotels, guesthouses, temples, handicraft stores, restaurants, and the former rulers' palatial palace. Around 2,500 people reside inside its walls.
The temples are open daily from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. One of the main fascinations inside the Fort is a stunning series of seven interconnected Jain temples that date back to the 15th and 16th centuries. Carved out of sandstone, the detail on them rivals that of the marble Jain temple complex at Ranakpur. You'll need to remove your shoes and all leather items before entering, and there's an admission fee of 30 rupees plus camera charges.
Sand Dunes and Desert National Park:
Hordes of people head to the prominent and picturesque Sam Sand Dunes, around 40 km (kilometres) west of Jaisalmer, at sunset. Cultural performances and camel rides create a carnival atmosphere. It's possible to stay at a desert camp in the area. The majority are located close to the Sam Dunes. However, there are other options that provide unique, non-touristy experiences. Here are five of the best ones. On the way to the Sam Dunes, Kuldhara Abandoned Village is a worthwhile place to visit. If you'd prefer a more peaceful desert experience, the dunes around Khuri village in Desert National Park, 45 kilometers southwest of Jaisalmer, are an appealing alternative. Accommodations are available in traditional-style huts and small resorts. You can go on a camel safari there as well.
Jaisalmer has another group of similar looking cenotaphs, in a large unkempt garden around five kilometers further out, erected in honor of the city's royal rulers from the 16th to 20th centuries. However, it remains incomplete due to his death a year after Independence, which was viewed as a bad omen by the family. The last cenotaph to be built is dedicated to Maharaja Jawahar Singh, who reined after India’s Independence. Most intriguing are the plaques on the cenotaphs. In contrast to the cenotaphs, modern wind turbines now populate the breezy hill as well, to generate electricity. Plaques showing both maharaja and maharani together indicate that the queen committed sati (threw herself on her husband's funeral pyre).
It provided the only water supply to the city until 1965. Gadsisar Lake, also called Gadisar Lake, is a huge artificial reservoir that was built by Maharawal Gadsi Singh in the 14th century. The many small temples and shrines that surround the lake make it particularly inviting. Boats are available for hire too. The lake is located on the southeast edge of the city. Migratory waterfowl are an added attraction in winter, along with numerous catfish in the water that love to be fed.
Bhang Shop/Lassi Shop:
It attracts a steady flow of curious customers who are served by the aptly named Doctor Bhang. The prominent Lassi Shop (previously called the Government Authorized Bhang Shop), outside the first fort gate at Gopa Chowk, has been in business since 1977. The safari packs, promising a smooth camel ride, are popular with travelers. You may be astonished to discover that bhang is sold openly in Jaisalmer. There's a tempting array of bhang lassis (marijuana milkshakes) bhang cookies, cakes, chocolates and sweets, with potencies ranging from weak to strong.
Thar Heritage Museum:
If you're keen to lean about the history and folklore of Jaisalmer, Thar Heritage Museum is the place. This small privately operated museum was set up by the characterful L N Khatri, owner of the nearby Desert Handicraft Emporium, and he gives informative and entertaining guided tours. The museum contains an eclectic assortment of artifacts, all collected by Mr Khatri over the course of his life. They include fossils, documents, portraits, photos, sculptures, coins, manuscripts, turbans, weapons, and kitchen equipment. There's a 40 rupees entrance fee. Puppet shows are often held there in the evenings, adding to the enchantment.
A camel safari will also give you the opportunity to witness the rustic, rural desert life of India. Most visitors take a camel safari -- it's the quintessential Jaisalmer experience! It's possible to go on a quick one day safari or a hardcore safari as long as 30 days! However, it's important that you choose the provider carefully as the safari business is extremely competitive and you definitely get what you pay for.
Amber Fort is the epochal appeal of Jaipur and a must on your journey. Suraj Pole, the sun facing royal entrance to the fort, is one of the classic blends of Hindu and Mughal architecture. In 16th century, a fort was made by a established general of Akbar, Maan Singh. Later, Maan started to rule the area surrounding the fort which was called as the Amer state. An elephant ride up to Amber Fort is an absolute must. It’s an exciting reality to ride up along the completed path to the elegant Fort astride an equally majestic elephant. Watching the Light and Sound Show at the Amber Fort is also a great way to spend an evening in Jaipur.
Actually meaning as ‘Water Palace’, Jal Mahal is placed amidst the Man Sagar Lake and was designed by Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799. The beauty of the palace lies in its place as the palace cum hotel is standing in the centre of the lake. The palace building boasts of a typical Rajput and Mughal style which is actually related to that of Amer Fort. Made in red sandstone, the palace is actually five-storeyed where only the top story is visible (rest are submerged under water). At the top, there is a garden which has semi-octagonal towers in every corner. Although any time is a good time to visit Jal Mahal but it is during the monsoon season (when the water level rises up) when the views from this palatial hotel are more captivating.
Monkey Temple is a part of a group of temples known as Galtaji. Galtaji is a cluster of temples and kunds (water tanks) located in the town of Khaniya-Balaji, near Jaipur. It is called the Monkey Temple because large tribes of monkeys have made it their home. One should carry water bottles and sealed food packets when visiting the temple. Unsealed food might attract monkeys which can be very tormenting. The temple has also been shown on National Geographic Channel’s Rebel Monkeys. It is believed that the monkey’s here are very intelligent. One can offer fruits which the monkeys accept very gently.
Situated inside the leviathan City Palace, the Chandra Mahal was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II. The magnificent palace is a seven storied citadel that is home to verdant gardens, marvelous paintings and ornately decorated ceilings. Luxury, beauty and architectural brilliance, Chnadra Mahal is a must visit place for anyone in Jaipur. The ground and the first floor of the palace form the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II museum. Chandra Mahal, at present, is the residence of the current Maharaja of Jaipur.
Govind Devji Temple:
Govind Devji Temple is one of the oldest and one of the most sacred temples in Jaipur. Located in the City Palace complex, the temple is dedicated to Govind Devji who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Krishna. The idol inside the temple is believed to look exactly like Lord Krishna during his incarnation on earth. The idol, originally kept in the temple of Vrindavan, was brought to Jaipur by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh who was a staunch devotee of Lord Krishna. The tranquility and the spirituality of the temple is enhance through the aartis and prasads or bhogs that are offered at the temple at seven different times every day.
Mayo College Museum:
Mayo College Musuem is a part of the renowned Mayo College of Ajmer. The illustrious museum may be one of a kind museum in India. The museum is in possession of a priceless collection of antiques and armory. The museum also has a vast collection of artifact, old paintings, sculptures, photographs, coins pertaining to various areas of learning and knowledge. The Mayo College Museum is housed at the Jhalawar house and spreads over 18 rooms making it one of the best museums that any school can have in the world.
There are quite a few significant temples in Jaipur; Surya Mandir (Sun Temple) is one of them. Located somewhat far away from the main city, the temple is dedicated to the Sun God. Devotees, from far and wide, come to this temple to offer their prayers and revel in the peace and serenity of the temple. The temple’s architecture is magnificent, to say the least, and the carvings on the temple are most delicate and beautiful. From the temple, you can enjoy panoramic views of Jaipur.
Elefun is a place created to keep animals safe, while ensuring they are made to live in their natural environment. If you really wish to make a difference to the lives of elephants, then this is just the right place to begin with. Dedicated to conserving elephants, it’s a one-of-its-kind sanctuary in the world where you can actually get hands-on experience at feeding and bathing this biggest yet the gentlest of animals or make food for them. It’s great fun to make big chapatis to feed this animal. You may also choose to go for an elephant safari. Travelling with kids? If yes, then it’s a must-visit. The little ones will love the bond created with elephants.
If you love animals, you must visit the Jaipur Zoo when in the city. With over 50 species of animals and birds, from the spotted and Sambar deer to reptiles and migratory birds, the zoo offers a great experience both for kids and adults alike. One of the best in the country, the zoo also has a crocodile breeding farm, quite unique in nature. The lush green environs of the zoological park are a visual treat. If you’re travelling with kids, you must visit it for sure since they are going to love it.