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City Palace of Udaipur
City Palace is a name that rings a bell of amazing culture and great architecture. It is one of the must things to do in Udaipur. The palace is located in the centre of the city and is a combination of amazing courtyards, buildings and gardens. Jai Singh was the Maharaja to build the outer most wall of City Palace. However, there has been various restorations and adaptations in the following centuries till date. There are various buildings within the palace, many of which were built in the 20th century. Where architecture is concerned, it is a beautiful mix of Rajasthani and Mughal cultures. The entry gate, Virendra Pol leads to the Mubarak Mahal which has a colonial look and a mix of Islamic, European and Rajput style of architecture. Today, this place is a museum that shows various exhibits starting from royal shawls to costumes. Some other places to explore here are diwan-e-khas, diwan-i-am, the armoury and Chandra Mahal.
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
This is another of the palaces where the royals used to reside in the past and is today one of the museums where people explore different exhibits. Apart from being a museum, Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the luxurious hotels in the city of Jodhpur. Once you travel around 3 kms from the city towards the southeast area, you will reach the place. Gaj Singh II still lives in one of the parts of the Umaid Bhawan. The palace was built in 1929. The place has about 365 rooms and was designed and created by one of the famous British architects Henry Lanchester. This palace was originally made for Raja Umaid Singh. To successfully build this palace it took about 15 years with around 3000 workers working on it and about an expenditure of 11 million INR. Makrana marble was used in the exteriors of the palace whereas Burmese teak in the inside. The collection of vintage clocks is another attraction to be seen here.
Maharana Pratap Museum
HaldiGhatiAn important historical site in the context of Rajasthan at a comfortable distance of 40km from the city of Udaipur. The term Haldighati has been derived from the yellow colored soil of the place that gives a sense of turmeric (in Hindi). It is a significant historical site that has observed the battle of 1576. The battle of Haldighati was a huge combat between Rana Pratap Singh of Mewar and Raja Man Singh, army commander of mughal emperor Akbar. At a distance of around 4 kms from the battlefield, a cenotaph is built in pure white marble. This cenotaph is dedicated to the gallant horse Chetak as a sign of respect and admiration, who breathed his last at this point after leaving his master to a safe place. At Maharana pratap museum, a documented video and model of battlefields is shown to tourists explaining the complete historical events.Nathdwara TempleLocated 45 Kms from Udaipur, in the backdrop of the Aravali hills and on the banks of the Banas River, Nathdwara is a religious abode for Hindus. Being home to the Shrinathji temple, the second richest temple in India, this place is flocked by thousands of tourists year in and year out. Nathdwara town is also famous as the Apollo of Mewar. In the town of Nathdwara, Shrinathji temple is the centre of attraction, but the town is also famous for its 'pichhwai' paintings, handmade terracottas, ivory articles and milk-made sweets.Jaisamand LakeJaisamand Lake (also known as Dhebar Lake) is India's second-largest artificial lake, located at a distance of 70 kms from udaipur. Jaisamand Lake was the largest artificial lake in Asia, till the time when Aswan Dam of Egypt was not constructed. Dhebar Lake has elegant steps leading to the water and marble cenotaphs on its bank with a small Shiv temple that marks the grace of the lake. you can enjoy boat ride in the calm waters of Jaisamand Lake too. Jaisamand Lake is close to the sanctuary that serves habitat to various types of birds, panthers, leopards, deer, wild boars and crocodiles. Once, these woods used to form the hunting ground of the erstwhile rulers of Mewar. Jaisamand Island Resort is a wonderful secluded resort to spend a night on the island surrounded by jaisamand lake.
Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal
The Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal is more of a cultural centre that organizes theatre shows and performances from time to time. The puppet show is the most famous here that a lot of visitors crave to see. The show takes place every half an hour so it is quite a difficult thing to miss. Rajasthani dances is another of the activity that you can check out at this Mandal. The museum here is full of different types of puppets. There is a craft collection exhibited on the racks as well for those who have an interest in history and culture. The entry fee is minimal and therefore affordable.
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
Jantar Mantar is a UNESCO World Heritage site and an attraction is Jaipur which is famous around the globe. It is adjacent to the other highlight of the city, City Palace. Maharaja Jai Singh started this observatory in the year 1728. The structure of Jantar Matar looks more like a bizzare of sculptures. Yanta Mantr a Sanskrit word is behind the name of the monument which in English means an instrument used for calculation. The place has another added point to its credit in the form of UNESCO World Heritage Site tag. Scholars were sent to foreign countries by the Maharaja before he planned to construct this observatory.