På stranden av den skimrande sjön
Pichola, är Udaipur en av de mest romantiska städerna i Rajasthan.
Inbäddat bland de lummiga kullarna i Aravalis har det oundvikligen fått
namnet "Österns Venedig". Det är ett kalejdoskop av sagolika palats,
sjöar, tempel, trädgårdar och smala gränder fyllda med stånd, en smak av
det heroiska förflutnas tapperhet och ridderlighet.
Grundlagd 1568 e.Kr. av Maharana Udai
Singh, är staden en harmonisk indisk blandning av vitkalkade byggnader,
palats i marmor, trädgårdar, tempel och Havelis. Enligt legenden var
grundaren, Maharana Udai Singh, på jakt en dag när han träffade en helig
man mediterande på en kulle med utsikt över sjön Pichola. Maharana
följde råden han fick av eremiten och grundade staden. Den fantastiska
arkitekturen i palatsen är förtrollande.
Udaipur är en stad i delstaten
Rajasthan i nordvästra Indien. Den är administrativ huvudort för
distriktet Udaipur och hade nästan 400 000 invånare vid folkräkningen
2001. Staden Udaipur omges av sju sjöar. Vid Picholasjön finns ett
palats kallat ”Stadspalatset”, med templet Jagdish i närheten. Ute i
sjön Pichola finns ytterligare ett palats, ”Sjöpalatset”. Den indiska
delen av James Bond-filmen Octopussy är inspelad i staden och Lake
(senast besökt februari 27, 2010).
On the banks of the shimmering lake
Pichola, is one of the most romantic cities of Rajasthan. Nestled among
the lush hills of the Aravalis, it has inevitably been dubbed the
'Venice of the East'. It is a kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes,
temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carries the
flavour of the heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry.
Founded in 1568 A.D by Maharana Udai Singh, the city is a harmonious
Indian blend of whitewashed buildings, marble palaces, lakeside gardens,
temples and Havelis. According to the legend, Maharana Udai Singh, the
founder was hunting one day when he met a holy man meditating on a hill
overlooking the Lake Pichola. Maharana followed the advise of the hermit
and founded the city. The marvellous architecture of the palaces is
City Palace - City Palace towers over the Pichola Lake. Maharana
Uday Singh initiated in the construction of the palace but succeeding
Maharanas added several palaces and structures to the complex retained a
surprising uniformity to the design. The entry to the Palace is from the
Hati Pol, the Elephant gate. The Bari Pol or the Big gate brings you to
the Tripolia, the Triple gate.
Fateh Prakash Palace - It's like being cocooned in authentic
royal luxury at the Fateh Prakash Palace, the grand heritage palace of
the HRH group. The warmth of royal hospitality greets you as you walk
along the corridors lined with large paintings of the Mewar school that
flourished in the seventeenth through nineteenth century.
Crystal Gallery - It is situated in the Fateh Prakash Palace is a
breath taking collection of crystals. Maharana Sajjan Singh mainly
ordered these crystals from F & C Osler England. But he could not see
the crystals because of his untimely death.
Durbar Hall - In India the Durbar Hall is generally a place where
state banquets are held and is also used for formal and informal
meetings. The Durbar Hall at the Fateh Prakash Palace is undoubtedly the
most lavish Durbar Hall in India. It is one of the grandest chambers in
Udaipur and its sheer size makes one gasp in awe.
The Lake Palace - The Lake Palace is located on the Jag Niwas
Island and covers the whole of 1.5 hectare of the island in the middle
of the Pichola Lake. Built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1743 it was meant
as a royal summer palace and now converted in to a five star palace
hotel. It is a magical palace and its image in the middle of the lake is
like a leaf straight out of a fairy tale book with an excellent taste of
Bagore-Ki Haveli - This is a very congenial old building built
right on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. Amir Chand
Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar built it in the eighteenth century.
The palace has over hundred rooms and some very interesting display of
costumes and modern art. The glass and mirror in the interiors of the
Haveli delicate work and well preserved too.
Maharana Pratap Memorial (MOTI MAGARI) - An impressive bronze
statue of Maharana Pratap and his favorite and loyal horse, who was
fiercely protective about his master and stood by him till his last
breath, stands at the top of Moti Magri (Pearl Mount) overlooking Fateh
City museum - The main part of the palace is now preserved as a
museum displaying a large and diverse array of artefacts. Down steps
from the entrance is the armoury museum exhibiting a huge collection of
protective gear, weapons including the lethal two-pronged sword. The
City Palace museum is then entered through the Ganesh Deori meaning the
door of Lord Ganesh. This leads to the Rajya Angan, the royal courtyard
that is the very spot where Maharana Udai Singh met the sage who told
him to find a city here.
Shilpgram - 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.
Ahar - 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 striking cenotaph is
that Maharana Amar Singh, who reigned from 1597 to 1620. Nearby is also
Ahar Museum, where on display is limited but very rare earthen pottery.
Vintage Collection of Classic Car - The collection within the
grounds of the Garden Hotel comprises a variety of classic and
interestingly rare transportation vehicles; some stately and vintage
like Cadalec, Chevalate, Morais etc., while the others are sleek and
fast .The Maharanas of Udaipur once possessed and used these regal
splendours of automobiles as their luxuries but most of the other models
are gradually being added to the collection ,since it provides a unique
aristocratic safari for the exclusive guests. Entry: Rs.80
Jag mandir - This is the other island palace in Lake Pichola,
which was constructed by Maharana Karan Singh as a hideout for Prince
Khurram the estranged son of Emperor Jehangir the implacable foe of the
Maharana. The reason for the aid was that the prince was the son of a
Jagdish Mandir - Built by Maharana Jagat Singh I in 1651 the
temple enshrines a black stone image of Lard Vishnu. There is a brass
image 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.
Sahelion Ki Bari -- Maharana Sangram singh builds this in the mid 18th
century. The 'garden of the maidens' brings to mind the lifestyle of the
ladies of the court. The delightful gardens appear discreet and in
impeccable taste. There are four pools with dainty kiosks, and all
around are flowerbeds, lawns, pools and fountains protected by a series
of walls and shady trees. The foundation of the Sahelion ki bari
functions solely by water pressure and no pumps are used.
Lake Pichola - Pichola Lake derives its name from Pichola Village
was submerged and Maharana Udai Singh enlarged the lake after he founded
the city. He built a masonry dam known as Badipol and lake is now 4 km
long and 3 km wide. This picturesque lake encloses the Jag Niwas Island
and the Jag Mandir. And, the City Palace extends along its eastern
Boat trips 10.00 am to 17.00 pm from Bansi Ghat Tariffs:
(3/4 hour trip) Adult: Rs. 150/-, child: Rs: 75/-
(1 hour solar boat) Rs: 1200 up to 8 persons.
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 Island as well as an islet bearing a
solar observatory rises from the lake.
Rajsamand Lake - On the way to Kumbhalgarh lies their royal lake
with a magnificent dam created in the 17th century offers a spectacular
views of the sunset adorned by beautiful Torans [arches] and Chhatris
And number of attractive pavilions. Stunning sculpture and Sanskrit
verses are vividly inscribed in store a small counterpart of Nathdwara
Kankroli 64- km - famous for the temple of Dwarkadheeshji.
Eklingji 21 km - A RELIGIOUS COMPLEX Northern region of Mewar (22
Km). It houses 108 temples chiselled out of sandstone and marble, this
temple of Eklingji was built in 734 AD. Enclosed by high walls, it is
devoted to Eklingji (A form of Shiv Deity adored under the epithet of
EKLINGA). Built by Maharana Jagat Singh I in 1651 the temple enshrines a
black stone image of Lard Vishnu. There is a brass image of Garuda the
Lord bird carrier. The exterior and the plinth are covered with base
relief of alligators; elephants, horsemen and celestial musicians rise
Haldi Ghati - 42 km - The extensive terra firma, towards the south
west of Nathdwara, this historical site witnessed the great legendry
battle fought between Maharana Pratap and the Mughal Emperor -Akbar in
Jaisamand Lake - 50 km - Maharana Jai Sigh had built this
picturesque artificial lake. It the second largest lake in Asia. The
lake has elegant step leading to the water and marble Chhatri
(cenotaphs) on its bank and a small Shiv temple marks the grace of the
lake. On either side are the palaces built for the king favourite
Nathdwara - 42 km - Nathdwara lies 48 km from Udaipur and
literally means the gateway to the Lord. This great Vaishnavite shrine
was built in the 17th century on spot exactly defined by the Lord
himself. The legends have it that the image of the Lord Krishna was
being transferred to safer place from Vrindaban to protect it from the
destructive wrath of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The image when it
reached the spot it vehicle the bullock carts wheel sank axel deep in
mud and refused to move further. The accompanying priest realised that
this was lord's chose spot and the image did not want to travel any
further. Accordingly a Temple was built here.
Ranakpur - 90 km - Beautiful sculptured Jain temples mark the
glory of this renowned place. Marked as one of the five holy places for
the Jain community, these were created in the 15 the century. During the
reign of Rana Kumbha and are enclosed within a wall. The central
Chaumukha [four faced temple] is dedicated to Adinathji the temple is an
astounding creation with 29 halls and 1,444 pillars all distinctly
carved and no two being alike is an amazing evidence of the genius sense
of architecture that enhances the charm of the place.
Kumbhalgarh Fort 64 km - Located north of Udaipur in the
wilderness, Kumbhalgarh is the second most important citadel after
Chittorgarh in the Mewar region. Cradled in the Aravali Ranges the fort
was built in the 15th century by Rana Kumbha. Because of its
inaccessibility and hostile topography the fort had remained
Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary - Is located in the most rugged of the
Aravali in Pali, Rajsamand and Udaipur districts of Rajasthan. It takes
name after the impressive historic fort of Kumbhalgarh, which come into
view over the Park. It is 578 sq Km in area and at an altitude of 500 to
1,300m. It is home to a very large variety of wild life, some of which
are highly endangered species. The wild life includes wolf, leopards,
sloth bear, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, smabhar, nilgai, chaisingh (the
four horned antelope), chinkara and hare.
Sajjangarh - High on a hilltop just outside Udaipur lies this
dramatic 18th century palace, with a breathtaking view of the Mewar
countryside Originally intended to be a towering five-story astronomical
centre, it was later abandoned and used as a monsoon palace and hunting
lodge. It was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh to house and observatory
and was planned as a nineteen-storied structure.
Ghanerao - Is a small town famous for its castle now converted
into a hotel. The castle's highlight in the pavilion in the central
court, where the musicians would perform. Also near the castle are the
cenotaphs of former rulers. Mahavir Temple, a Jain Temple is also one of
the highlights of the town.
The Anjani Hotel is
located in a splendid panoramic position on the majestic hill of east
Udaipur beside the Pichola Lake in the Indian State of Rajasthan.
"a place where you can see the Sun-rise, the Sun-set and full Moon along
with the beauty of Aravali Hills and If you wake up early then you may
be first to welcome the Sun in the city of Lakes."
Haveli Anjani Ji Ki is
about 250 years old Haveli of Shah Naga Ji Kapur Chand decorated with
beautiful paintings, fountains, Jarokhas, Ghumar Chowk, Aram Vilas,
Ganesh Deodi and Gentle music in whole hotel gives you relaxation.
Haveli restored to its originality is divided into four parts i.e. Male
portion known as Madhoo vilas, Female portion known as Ji Ji Bai Sa
Vilas and Ridhi Sidhi vilas for newly married Couple and Madhoo Kund.
The Anjani Hotel offers a
place of quietness and relax and a warm atmosphere where the cultural
message of peace and harmony can be felt in the whole hotel, a perfect
blend of traditional Indian hospitality and modern conveniences.
The Anjani Hotel offers 22 comfortable guest rooms and suites, all
spacious and featuring a warm oriental atmosphere with Jarokhas facing
the lake, the fort, the hills and swimming pool. Enjoy the utmost relax
and quietness during your stay in Udaipur, India.
Address: 77, Gangaur Ghat Marg, Udaipur 313001 (Rajasthan) India.
Tel: +91 294 2421770
Mobile: +91 982 814 1770.