Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Udaipur ("City of Sunrise") lies in the hills of the Aravali Range. It was made the capital of the princely state of Udaipur in 1568 by Maharaja Udai Singh after the sack of Chittorgarh. A walled city, it stands on a ridge crowned by the Maharaja's palace, which was begun in 1570. To the west lies Lake Pichola with its two small islands and marble palaces, one of which served as a refuge for the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (reigned 1628-58) when, before his accession, he revolted against his father, Jahangir. A major road and rail junction, Udaipur is an agricultural distribution centre. Its factories produce chemicals, asbestos, and clay. Cloth, embroidery, ivory, and lacquerware handicrafts are also manufactured there.

Udaipur (Mewar) princely state was established in the 8th century by Sisodia Rajputs (warrior rulers of the historic region of Rajputana). The dynasty later made a long resistance to the Muslim invasions. In the 18th century the state suffered from internal dissension and incursions by the Marajhas and came under British paramountcy in 1818. In 1948 it merged with the union of Rajasthan. [Adapted from Encyclopedia Britannica]

City Palace & Museum

Tripolia gateway

Mardana Mahal (more)

Badi Mahal (more)

Palace courtyard

Kanch ki Burj

Palace room

Palace room

Moti Mahal

Surya Gokhda

Palace room

Palace room


Kitchen utensils

Mardana Mahal

Zenana Mahal

Women's palace

Zenana Mahal

Women's palace

Jagdish Temple

Commissioned in 1651...

...by Maharana Jagat Singh

Wall detail

Wall detail

 Side view (more)

Dedicated to Jagannath...

...a form of Vishnu

Wall detail

Lake Pichola and Gangaur Ghat

Lake palace hotel

Dried-up lakebed

At play

City of dry lakes?


View from the lakebed

Bathing boys

Swimming in a pond

Sahelion ki Bari

An ornamental garden...

...for royal women


Marble elephants

Tropical vegetation

Swimming pool


Main entrance



These are not tombs, nor do they contain ashes; instead these are memorials built by the two succeeding generations of a maharana.

...of maharanas of Mewar

Big and small (1, 2)

Sea of domes

Fateh Sagar, Moti Magri, Bagore ki Haveli, Etc.

Remains of Fateh Sagar lake

Maharana Pratap on Chetak

Haveli courtyard

Bagore ki haveli

Udaipur town

Street scene

Psychedelic refreshment

In Nathdwara, a pilgrimage town about 45 km north of Udaipur

Local house

Udai Vilas Palace Hotel


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