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FATEH SAGAR LAKE

This lake was constructed by Maharana Jai Singh to the north of Lake Pichola, and linked up by the small lakes of Rang Sagar and Swaroop Sagar via a short canal. Fateh Sagar is surrounded by natural beauty, being bordered on three sides by wooded hills. It is named after Maharana Fateh Singhji, who had it dammed. Visitors can take a short trip across to exquisite Nehru Island Park, which, with its greenery and delicate pavilions, is the focal point in the lake. Udaipur's solar observatory stands on a smaller island in the lake.

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MOTI MAGRI AND THE PRATAP MEMORIAL

An impressive bronze statue of Maharana Pratap on his horse stands atop Moti Magri (Pearl Mount) overlooking Fateh Sagar. Locals climb the hill to pay homage to Rana Pratap and his faithful charger Chetak, who was killed in the battle of Haldighati. There are various other' interesting monuments as well as the ruins of an ancient fort. Nearby are the charming Japanese rock gardens known as the Aravali Vatika.

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SAJJAN NIWAS GARDENS

Sajjan Singhji founded this large park (locally known as 'Gulab Bagh') in 1881 for the benefit of townsfolk. There is much worth seeing here, including several step wells, and a small zoo and several species of tree. The Saraswati Bhawan (previously the Victoria Hall) is an elegant building erected to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Now it serves as a library, and contains many rare books as well as a displaced statue of Victoria.

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SUKHADIA CIRCLE

This huge, graceful, three-tlered: fountain was erected as a monument to Shree Mohan Lal Sukhadia, one-time Chief Minister of Rajasthan and a native of Udaipur. The fountain is surrounded by a, circular lake, bevound which are pleasant gardens. Locals flock here in their leisure time to boat on the lake in bizarre duck-shaped pedallos, or just to relax w refreshments at nearby cafes.

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THE TRIBAL MUSEUM

This museum, within the Tribal Research Institute, is Udaipur's best-kept secret. The display is amazingly imaginative, with life-like scenes recreated to put the artifacts into context. The institute also boasts a very well maintained, well stocked library. For those seeking information on Rajasthan's tribes, this is ace to come. Entry is free.

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THE OLD CLOCK TOWER (Ghanta Ghar)

This is situated in the heart of the Old City and erected in 1876 on the orders of Fateh Singhji. There had been reports of grain hoarding by greedy merchants that caused a shortage & forced grain prices up an investigation resulted in those guilty being brought before the maharana, who, in his wisdom, decided that a suitable punishment would be a hefty fine; the revenue from which used to build the clock tower. It was the first clock in Udaipur & the actual mechanism in English; previously the community was alerted start & finish of each working day by canon from Ekllngarh Fort on Machla Magra at 10:00 & 18:00. The maze of narrow lanes in the of the clock tower have a magnetic appeal with fascinating little shops selling exotic Nearby, silver, gold and coppersmiths at their craft in the age-old ways.

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VINTAGE & CLASSIC CAR COLLECTION

The collection within the grounds of the Garden Hotel comprises a variety of rate and fascinating vehicles; some stately, others sleek and fast, and a few that are frankly weird. Most were once used by Maharanas of Udaipur; however other vehicles of particular interest are gradually being added, as and when they can be acquired.

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BAGORE KI HAVELI

As far as Udaipur’s waterfront facades go, Gangaur ghat is one of the most elegant and noticeable, with its charming triple arched gateway leading onto a broad lakeside piazza. What is not so well known and therefore not so well visited,is that to the side of this gateway there is one of the finest havelis (noble houses)in the city, Bhagore ki Haveli. Shri Amarchand Badwa, Prime Minister of Mewar from 1751 to 1778 built this haveli. Later the edifice came under the domain of the mewarRoyal Family. In 1878, the father of Sajjan Singh, Maharaja Shakti Singhof Bangor extended the haveli and built the triple arched gateway. After independence it was taken over by the government but it was not maintained, and the haveli’s condition deteriorated deplorably. In 1986, it was handed over to the West Zone Cultural Center who began a process of faithful restoration and this beautiful building has been returned to its original pristine glory.

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BHARTIYA LOK KALA MANDAL

Udaipur’s museum of folk art, which display puppets, dolls, traditional dress, jewelry, masks, musical instruments & paintings. There is only an extensive section on tribal art. The world-renowned puppets of Udaipur, custodians of an age-old tradition, regularly entertain with first rate shows.

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AYAD (Royal Cenotaphs & Museum)

Crumbling ruins are all that is left of the ancient capital of the Sisodias, the founders of Mewar, though this is a significant archaeological site. The museum displays relics, some of which date back 5,000 years. Nearby, a vast enclosed plot is used for the cremation of royalty and Rajput nobility. There are over 250 cenotaphs built over a period of nearly 350 years; wondrous, newly renovated monuments that are well worth a visit. The nearby Jain Temple, resplendent with intricately carved marble is most impressive and should not be missed.

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THE CITY GATES & WALLS

Udaipur's ancient ramparts are extensive through no longer complete. Large sections have gone to make way for roads and shops, but the nine main gates remain. These are Brahmpol (named after the god Brahma), Ambapol(dedicated to the goddess Amba), and Chandpol the Moon Gate) to the West, Hatipol (The - Elephant Gate) and Delhi Gate to the North, Surajpol (The Sun Gate) & Udiapol (named after Udai Singh) to the East. Finally there are Kishanpol (named after Lord Krishna), and jamrapol by Lake Pichola to the South.

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DUDH TALAI

This is a beautiful section of Lake Pichola near Sunset Point to the side of Machala Magra hill. Nearby a beautiful, tranquil park with a musical fountain provides a romantic place from which to seethe sun setting over Lake Pichola. For those who enjoy a brisk climb and an even wider view, there is a path to the top of the mountain upon which stands an ancient fort.

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SHEETAL NATH TEMPLE

One of the oldest Jain temples in Udaipur, the Sheetal Nath is notable for its dazzling interior Décor of intricate mirror and glass mosaic work. Every surface sparkles with exquisite designs. Although near the Clock Tower, visitors usually miss it, as it is not on the average tourist trail.

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NIMACH MATA TEMPLE

Dedicated to the goddess Nimach Mata Devi who embodies three entities in one; Shakti (the mighty), Saraswati (the wise) and Durga (the destroyer), it is perched on a hilltop above Fateh Sagar. Popular with locals who not only wish to maintain good relations with this mighty goddess but also feel the benefit of the exercise involved in climbing over 600 steps. The view a awesome, especially at sunrise or sunset.

 
 
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