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UdaipurMonuments and Festival

Maharana Pratap Memorial
The Maharana Pratap Memorial is an interesting historic site that you can visit during your tours to historical monuments to Udaipur, India. The memorial consists of a life size bronze statue of Maharana Pratap perched on hisMonuments and Festivals loyal and favorite horse, Chetak. According to historical sources this horse was faithful and fiercely protective towards Maharana Pratap and stood by his master till he breathed his last. This massive monument is located atop the Moti Magri that overlooks the Fateh Sagar.

During your tours to historical monuments in Udaipur, India you could also pay a visit to the Japanese Rock Garden that is located close to the Moti Magri.

Bagore-Ki Haveli
During your tours to historical monuments in Udaipur, India you can visit the Bagore ki Haveli that is a very old building. This palace has about 100 rooms. This palace was constructed on the banks of the Gangori Ghat. The walls of this ancient haveli are decorated with intricate carvings and colorful glasswork.

Fateh Prakash Palace
The Fateh Prakash Palace is one ancient haveli that is worth visiting. Though this palace has now been converted into a heritage hotel. The walls of this ancient haveli are adorned with paintings that belong to the Mewar school of Painting that was at its peak during the 17th century.

City Palace
The City Palace in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India is one of the most important historical site in India that you must not miss during your tours to historical monuments in the region. This magnificent palace overlooks the Lake Pichola. The construction of this great piece of architecture was initiated by Maharana Uday Singh and was later improved upon by his successors. The main entrance gate is known as the Hati Pol or the Elephant Gate that is an interesting piece of architecture.

Kumbhalgarh Fort
Monuments and Festivals The Kumbhalgarh Fort is one of the most interesting tourist sites that you must visit during your tours to historical monuments in Udaipur, India. This fort is located at a distance of 64 kilometers from Udaipur in Rajasthan, India.

This massive citadel is one of the most important forts in Chittorgarh in Mewar. This fort is set in the wilderness in the midst of Aravali Ranges. This fort was constructed by Rana Kumbha sometime in the 15th century.

The Kumbhalgarh Fort is the birthplace of one of Mewar's bravest warrior kings, Maharana Pratap

The Lake Palace
Another interesting place that you may visit during your tours to historical monuments in Udaipur, India is the Lake Palace. The Lake Palace is situated on the Jag Niwas Island that is located right in the middle of the Lake Pichola. This picturesque architectural marvel was constructed by Maharana Jagat Singh. Today this ancient monument has been revamped to serve as a heritage hotel.

Jag Mandir
Jag Mandir Palace is a beautiful palace located on the southern island of Lake Pichola. The three-storied Palace is a palatial structure made in yellow sandstone and marble. Built in early years of 17th century, Jag Mandir Palace was raised by Maharana Karan Singh to serve as a hiding place for Prince Khurram (popularly known as Shah Jahan).

SAHELION-KI-BADI
Sahelion-ki-Badi (Girl Friends' Garden or Honoured Girls' Garden) is a small ornamental garden, just adjoining the east of the embankment of Fatehsagar lake was constructed in its present form by Maharana Fateh Singh after the original garden had been washed away on account of the breach of its old embankment. This unique garden made forMonuments and Festivals Princess & Queen

A profusion of flowers, well laid court-yards and lotus-pool studded with water fountains guarded by four marble elephants—each elephant sculptured out of a single piece of stone—will feast the eyes of visitors. Spacious and well maintained lawns beautified by blooming flowers and the setting of huge groves of trees present a spectacular sight to enjoy.

The fountains at Saheliyon Ki Bari give a marvelous feeling of rain without monsoon. The technique of operating the fountains is energy conserving and oriented upon the gravitational force principle. When the fountains are in their showery action creating rain-like sounds, white elephants emit water through their lovely trunks on lotus leaves, water rains down the circular eaves of the chhatri standing in a huge water pool—visitors find themselves amidst the rain-like scenes and atmosphere
to be seen, believed and enjoyed

The garden has assumed the attraction of one of the glamour spots of the city for cine-film-shooters and has contributed considerably to the scenic beauty of a number of film pictures.

On completing his visit of the garden, the visitor will feel himself carried-into a fairy-land permeated with romantic air. The garden is open to visitors from morning to evening during scheduled hours.

Jagdish Temple 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 built by Maharana Jagat Singh, who ruled Udaipur during 1628-53. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Laxmi Narayan), the preserver of the Universe. It is celebrated for being the largest temple in the city of Udaipur. The gateway of this temple can be sited at a distance of 150 meters from the Bara Pol of the City Palace.

Monuments and FestivalsThis three-storied temple is a wonder of architecture that comprises beautifully carved pillars, decorated ceilings, painted walls and lush halls. In those times, 1.5 million rupees were spent to raise this structure. The spire of the main temple is around 79 feet high that undoubtedly dominates the skyline of Udaipur. This shikhar (spire) is festooned with sculptures of dancers, elephants, horsemen and musicians making it truly a sight to behold.

As and when you approach the temple, you will be welcomed by two huge stone elephants at the entrance. On the very front of the temple, you would find a stone slab that is imprinted with the inscriptions with reference to Maharaja Jagat Singh. To reach the main shrine, you have to take a marble flight of 32 steps. Here, you will find a brass image of Garuda, a figure of half-man and half-eagle. This huge idol stands as if; it is guarding the doorway of Lord Vishnu.

The main shrine houses the striking four-armed image of Lord Vishnu. This idol is carved out of a single piece of black stone. A single glimpse of the idol takes the person to the celestial world to find everything calm and serene. The main shrine of Lord Jagdish/ Vishnu is centrally located encircled by four smaller shrines. These shrines are dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Sun God, Goddess Shakti and Lord Shiva respectively.

Festival

Rajasthan is famous for its colorful festivals and vibrant fairs. Being part of Rajasthan, the city of Udaipur celebrates all the fairs and festivals with equal fervor. Each and every city of Rajasthan observes one or the other festival that is particularly associated with that city. The important fairs and festivals that are closely associated with Udaipur are Mewar Festival and the Shilpgram Fair. If you want to catch the vigor of these desert people, catch them during their famous fairs and festivals. This would help you to imbibe how charming these people are.

A glimpse of their celebrations would make you dance at the tunes of their music. Mewar Festival is celebratedMonuments and Festivals consequently with the celebrations of Gangaur festival in Jaipur. The festival has its own religious importance and is celebrated with enthusiasm in Udaipur. Talking about Shilpgram Fair, it is another fair that is organized to promote art and crafts of Rajasthan. If you want to be a part of these festivals, plan your trip during the gala time of Udaipur. Once seen, these fairs and festivals would become an unforgettable part of your memories. The following links would help you to grab more on this topic:

Shilpgram Fair
Literally meaning a "Craftsmen's Village" is a living ethnographic museum depicting the enormous diversities in craft, art & culture between various Indian states, but the exquisite terracotta work mainly in dark red and dark brown sand material along with the wooden carvings are the forte of this ethnic village

Mewar Festival
Udaipur was ruled by Sisodia dynasty for 1200 years. Under the reign of Mewar kingdom, it reached a glorious peak. There is an intriguing story related to the foundation of this city of Rajasthan. The legend says that Maharana Udai Singh the founder of this city was once on a hunting adventure and chanced upon a sacred man. The man was meditating on a hill that peeped over the Lake Pichhola. That holy man gave blessings to the Maharana and suggested him an idea of building palace at the place where fertile valley covered by the stream, a lake, an agreeable altitude and a field of low mountains composed the surrounding. Following his advice, Maharana founded this city in 1559. Hence in this land of Mewars the celebration of Mewar Festival, Udaipur catches special attention.

The Mewar Festival in Udaipur is observed to greet the arrival of spring season. It is celebrated on quite a similar pattern as Gangaur festival. However being distinct from it and characterized by unique charm, the Udaipur Mewar Festival enjoys both religious and cultural significance.

Women folk attired in bright dresses flocks at one place to mark the celebration of Mewar Festival, Udaipur. They gather at one point and dress the images of Isar and Gangaur wonderfully. Later, they take these elegantly adorned images of Isar and Gangaur for ceremonial procession. This procession takes various routes of the city and proceeds to the Gangaur Ghat at Lake Pichhola. It is at this site that images are placed onto special boats. With this unrestrained festivities begin and people indulge in singing.

However that was the religious part of the Mewar Festival in Udaipur. Once this part is over the cultural part takes over. The local people sing enchanting songs, perform dances and other programs. The festival reaches its culmination with the ostentatious display of fireworks.