Udaipur is known as one of the most enchanting and colorful cities in India. Surrounded by the Aravali Mountains, it is a city of tranquil lakes, sprawling gardens, majestic forts, beautiful palaces, and intricately carved temples. In 1559 A.D. Maharana Udai Singh Ji moved the capital of Mewar from the ancient city of Chittorgarh and founded the city of his dreams, Udaipur. Indulge in the beauty of the City of Lakes while staying at Hotel Udai Median even if you are a business traveler as it is one of the top business hotels in Udaipur.
The City Palace
The awesome architectural wonder situated over the Pichola Lake on a hill surrounded by crenelated walls, it is a medley of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms, and hanging gardens. The grand entrance is through the triple-arched gate, the “Tripolia” with eight marble porticos. The maharanas were weighed under the gate in gold, the equivalent amount of which was distributed among the populace.
The Vintage Car Collection
The Garden Hotel in Udaipur holds a variety of classic and interestingly rare cars; some stately and vintage-like Cadillac, Chevrolet, Morris, etc., while the others are sleek and fast. The Maharanas of Udaipur once possessed and used these regal splendors of automobiles as their luxuries but most of the other models are gradually being added to the collection. Since it shares a unique elite and safari for the guests, our business hotel is situated at a prime location, perfect for business travelers as well to take a visit.
Sukhadia Circle is a large roundabout also called a choraha in the lake city’s northern suburb of Panchwati, on the road to Ranakpur and Mt. Abu. The centerpiece of the Circle is a large, 3-tiered fountain just over 21 meters tall, with scalloped dishes surmounted by a wheat-ear motif that represents prosperity. Illuminated with colourful lights at the night, it is now a well-known landmark. Its foundation was laid in 1968 and was opened in 1970. The Choraha is a popular recreational center and meeting place. A pond surrounds the fountain where people enjoy boating and pleasant garden surrounds the pond for people to enjoy a family picnic. It is minutes away from our business hotel in the city center.
The word “Shilp” in Shilpgram means “Craft” and the word “gram” means “village” literally meaning “Craftsmen’s Village”. Shilpgram is a live ethnographic museum that represents a diversity of arts, crafts & 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. The village comprises 26 huts spread out in 70 acres of natural surroundings at the foot of the Aravali Hills. A colourful craft festival during winter seasons to the whole set up induces vitality and zeal.
The Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary is located on a hill 5kms in the West of tourist city Udaipur, which surrounds the Sajjangarh Palace overlooking the lake City. One can have a magnificent view of lakes of Udaipur and Aravalli hill ranges from the palace. The view of Sunrise and Sunset attracts every visitor atop of the Bansdara hill. The Safari Park was homes wild animals like Chital, Sambar, Wild Boar, and Blue Bull. Animals like Panther, Hyena, Hare, and Jackal have reappeared apart from a variety of reptiles and birds. The wall extends further and the entire hillock is fenced, improving the vegetal cover of the sanctuary area.
Sahelion ki Bari
Saheliyon ki Bari or the “Garden of the maids of honour”, brings to the fore the unique lifestyle of the royal ladies who once strolled in these gardens. The beautiful garden has four ponds and five fountains, each one with a different look, embellished with delicately chiseled kiosks and elephants in marble. It also has a Science Laboratory with different types of reptiles, frogs, and specimens for visitors.
Moti Magri is another island palace at the Fateh Sagar Lake, which was constructed by Maharana Karan Singh as a hideout for Prince Khurram, the estranged son of Emperor Jehangir who was the implacable foe of the Maharana. The reason for the help was that the prince was the son of a Rajput mother. It is also said that Shah Jahan [Prince Khurram] derived some of these ideas for the Taj Mahal from this palace when he stayed there in 1623-24. The garden has some striking carved sculptures including a row of elephants that looks as though they are guarding the island. The detailed sculpted chhatri in grey and bluestone is another example.
A psychedelic architectural marvel laying over the Pichola lake and surrounded by water and natural green beauty, Jag Mandir is the palace of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms, and hanging gardens. The beautiful facade is through the triple-arched gate, the “Tripolia” with marble porticos. The maharanas were weighed under the gate in gold, the equivalent amount of which was distributed among the populace.
The Jagdish Temple was built by the Maharana Jagat Singh I in 1651 the temple enshrines a black stone image of Lord Vishnu. There is a brass statue of Garuda, the Lord bird carrier. The exterior and the plinth are covered with base relief of alligators; elephants, horsemen, and celestial musicians rise in tiers. The chanting, bells, and music can be heard throughout the day. It is the largest and most visited temple of Udaipur. The temple is situated in the old city centre which is the prime tourist area and minutes away from our business hotel.
The Ghangaur Ghar is a very pleasing old building built right on the banks of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar had it built it in the eighteenth century. The palace has over a hundred rooms and some very interesting display of costumes and modern art. It also preserves a great example of Mewar Paintings on the walls of Queen’s Chamber. The peacocks made from small pieces of colored glasses are fine examples of ancient glasswork. After the death of Amir Chand Badwa, the building became the property of Mewar State. It came under the possession of Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore who built the palace of the 3 arches also in 1878 and it acquired its name of Bagore-ki-haveli, the house of Bagore.
Fateh Sagar Lake
This delightful lake, bordered by hills and woodland was constructed by Maharana Jai Singh to the north of Lake Pichola. It is an artificial lake dug up in 1678, reconstructed by Maharana Fateh Singh A canal links the two, via Swaroop Sagar and Rang Sagar Lakes. The beautiful Nehru Garden Island, as well as an islet bearing a solar observatory, rises from the lake.
Rope Way Udaipur
Udaipur Ropeway is a prestigious tourist project commissioned in June 2008. The promoters Omkareshwar Tradelinks Pvt. Ltd. are always engaged in promoting and supporting tourism and technology in the state of Rajasthan by way of launching a number of adventure projects to enable visitors to get more value for their money. Forthcoming projects in the state of Rajasthan are Amusement Park at Gulab Bagh, Sportfishing and power gliding/parasailing.
It is situated in the Fateh Prakash Palace is a breathtaking collection of crystals. Maharana Sajjan Singh ordered these crystals from F & C Osler, England. But he could not see the crystals because of his untimely death. The crystal artifacts include a variety of tabletops, sofas, dining tables, dressers, fountains and even beds besides a whole array of washing bowls, decanters, and perfume bottles. The exquisite jewel studded carpet is also an attraction, which is beyond description.
Located about 2 km east of Udaipur is an impressive cluster of cenotaphs of the Maharanas of Mewar. There are about nineteen cenotaphs of Maharanas cremated there. The most compelling cenotaph is that of Maharana Amar Singh, who reigned from 1597 to 1620. Near the cenotaphs is also the Ahar Museum, where on display is limited but very rare earthen pottery. Some sculptures and other archaeological finds. Some of the cenotaph date back to 1700 BC and a tenth-century metal figure of Buddha is a special attraction.