Wander around Lake Pichola and get a view of this wonderful hotel situated in the middle of the lake. Maharana Jagat Singh constructed this hotel in 1746 on a 4 acre island and i the marble and mosaic is breathtaking to see. The pavillions have been restored as well as many archways along with the intricate carvings. Scenic courtyards are filled with lilyponds and fountains which will take you back to the magnificent opulence of the past, but at 25,000 rupees a night i will stick to my guest house.
How could you come and go from Udaipur without taking some time to get the best possible photo of the floating Palace. I was content to view it from the City Palace but all the better if you could take a boat up to the Floating Palace.
The web link is the scene from James Bond movie at the floating palace.
Lake Palace was one of the filming spots for the James Bond´s movie Octopussy. Now it is a luxury hotel that belongs to the Taj hotels, resorts and palaces. As it is a hotel, if you are not staying there, the only option for being able to go is if you go for lunch or dinner to the restaurant. It is the most famous island palaces. It was built in 1746 by Maharana Jagat Singh II
Lake Pichola is the picturesque spotlight of Udaipur. There are two island palaces on it, Jagmandir, and the Lake Palace. Best way to enjoy the lake is going around it on a boat ride tour. This year 2011, the lake is full of water, but i was told that in the previous years, there was such a drought that there was not water at all at the lake, and you could go walking to the island palaces.
This was the first island palace of Lake Pichola. Built in 1622 AD by Maharana Karan, it was intended to be a pleasure palace for regal parties and functions. The legend says that JagMandir was the inspiration behind the world famous Taj Mahal. The island has some elegant stone carvings and a big row of elephants, a chhatri made of grey blue stone and ample courtyards, tress and flowes. Now it is used as hotel, and as stop in the Pichola lake boat ride tour. Another option for going to the island is with aoat that starts from Bansi Ghat jetty.
At the city Palace, you can get an additional ticket for going on a boat around lake Pichola. The price of the ticket in the mornings is 300 INR, and a little more expensive in the evenings. The boat departs from inside the city Palace and it gives you a tour of 1 hour around the lake, stopping for around 15-20 minutes at Jagmandir Island Palace.
The city palace, next to Pichola lake, is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan and one of its most outstanding features is that it has uniformity in design. One can enter the palace through Baripol or Tripolia gate at the northern end and get a magnificent view of the imposing towers and balconies. There are official guides at the gate that can go with you for 200 INR (around 1h 30min tour). The timing is from 9.30 to 16.30 and it is open everyday. The entry fee is only 25 INR.
I met Pala in Udaipur. He gave me a good deal on my train ride to Jaipur. He booked me on a 10:20 pm bus at around 1pm. So I had a mind boggling 9 hours to drain. So what he did was invited me to stay at his shop which beats staying at a cheesy cafe or the hot confines of my hostels sala. His shop is a cute, spacious thing in the heart of Udaipur's tourist hub palace road. I got to use his computer free and he talked to me about his love life and business in Kashmir. He is funny and nice.
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One must see the gigantic city palace and its museum...it's just fantastic. One can not miss 'light & sound show' also. In winters it starts 7 p.m....it's worth to watch it! It explains the noble and brave history of Rajputs. Have a boat ride in lake pichola...it's beautiful. Take a boat from Bansi ghat, near city palace.
It was the ancient Capital of Mewar. The ancient site dates back to the 6th century A.D. renowned for the Sas-Bahu temples (9th-10th century A.D.) with interesting architecture and carvings. The splendid Jain temples of Adbudji are also worth a visit.
Situated in the lush green region of Udaipur, Kumbalgarh is the only sanctuary of Rajasthan, where activities of the rarely found wolf can be seen. This is one of the few parks that allows people on horseback. The best time to visit the reserve is from October to June.
Kumbhalgarh is the second most important fortress of Mewar, after Chittaurgarh and is perched atop the Aravallis. Maharana Kumbha built it in the 15th century. The fort was renovated in the 19th century and it is accessible only by jeep from Kelwara through the seven gates.
A stunningly situated artificial lake, built in the 17th century A.D. by Maharana Jai Singh is the second largest in Asia. The Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary allows a close encounter with the rich wildlife in their natural habitat. Jaisamand Island Resort is also worth visiting
Jag Mandir: In the middle of lake Pichhola is the island palace Jag Mandir. Jag Mandir, built of red sand- stone with a marble dome, served as a refugee for Shah Jehan who derived inspiration for the Taj Mahal after staying here in 1623-24 AD while leading a revolt against his father Jehangir.
The one word that brings awe into the minds of people contemplating Rajasthan is Haldighati situated 40 Kms from Udaipur. A historical site, witness to the great battle fought between Maharana Pratap and Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1576 A.D and the name Haldighati came around because the battlefield was a ghati (a narrow defile) in the mountains where the earth was the colour of haldi (turmeric).