Udaipur, also known as the City of Lakes, is a city in the state of Rajasthan in western India. It is located 400 km south-west of the state capital, Jaipur and 250 km north-east from Ahmedabad.

Udaipur was the historic capital of the former kingdom of Mewar. Apart from its glorious history, culture and scenic locations, it is also known for its Rajput-era palaces.

The Lake Palace, for instance, covers an entire island in the Pichola Lake. It is often called the “Venice of the East” and is also nicknamed the “Lake City”.

Lake Pichola, Fatah Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar in this city are considered some of the most beautiful lakes in the state.

Main sights

  • City Palace: Standing on the east bank of Lake Pichola, the City Palace is a massive series of palaces built at different times from 1559. Its main entrance is through the triple-arched gate - the Tripolia, built in 1725. This gate leads to a series of courtyards, overlapping partitions, terraces, corridors and gardens.
  • Lake Palace: Situated over an island in Lake Pichola, the Lake Palace, built of white marble, was constructed to serve as a royal summer palace.
  • Jag Mandir
  • Monsoon Palace
  • Jagdish Temple: The Jagdish Temple is a large Hindu temple in the middle of Udaipur, built by Maharana Jagat Singh I: This temple is an example of Māru-Gurjara architecture.
  • Fatah Sagar Lake
  • Lake Pichola: Lake Pichola is an artificial freshwater lake and is one of the several contiguous lakes in the city of Udaipur: The lake’s surroundings and the several islands within the lake have been developed over the centuries, with palaces, marble temples, family mansions, bathing ghats and chabutaras.
Map: Udaipur
Map: Udaipur