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Udaipur was founded in 1553,by Maharana Udai Singh in the fertile Circular Girwa Valley to the southwest of Nagda, on the Banas River . The city was established as the new capital of the Mewar kingdom. This ares already had a thriving trading town , Ayad, Which had served as capital of mewar in the 10th through 12th centuries.The Girwa region was thus already well-known to Chittaud rulers who moved to it whenever the vulnerable tableland Chittaurgarh was threatened with enemy attacks. Maharana Udai Singh ll ,in the wake of 16th century emergence of artillery warfare,decided during his exile at Kumbhalgarh to move his capital to move his capital to a more secure location .Ayad was flood-prone, hence he chose the ridge east of Pichola Lake to start his new capital city ,where he came upon a hermit while hunting in the foothills of the Aravalli Range. The hermit blessed the king and guided him to build a palace on the spot ,assuring him it would be well protected.
City Palace
Designed Windows and domes reflecting the true Rajasthani style
The City Palace in Udaipur was built in a flamboyant style and is considered the largest of its type in the state of Rajasthan.
It was built atop a hill, in a fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles, providing a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings.
Overlooking Lake Pichola, several historic monuments like the Lake Palace, Jag Mandir, Jagdish Temple, Monsoon Palace, and Neemach Mata temple, are all in the vicinity of the palace complex. Nestled within the Aravali mountain range, these landmarks are associated in popular culture with the filming of the 1983 James Bond movie Octopussy.
Fateh Sagar Lake
Situated in the city of Udaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan
Fateh Sagar Lake is situated in the city of Udaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
It is an artificial lake named after Maharana Fateh Singh of Udaipur and Mewar, constructed north-west of Udaipur, to the north of Lake Pichola in the 1680s.
It is one of the four lakes of the Udaipur city; the other three being: the Lake Pichola (within the Udaipur town), Udai Sagar Lake, 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) to the east of Udaipur, and Dhebar Lake or Jaisamand Lake, 52 km (32 mi) south east of Udaipur.
Jag Mandir
Is a palace built on an island in the Lake Pichola
Jag Mandir is a palace built on an island in the Lake Pichola. It is also called the "Lake Garden Palace".
The palace is located in Udaipur city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Its construction is credited to three Maharanas of the Sisodia Rajputs of Mewar kingdom.
The construction of the palace was started in 1551 by Maharana Amar Singh, continued by Maharana Karan Singh (1620–1628) and finally completed by Maharana Jagat Singh I (1628–1652). It is named as "Jagat Mandir" in honour of the last named Maharana Jagat Singh. The royal family used the palace as a summer resort and pleasure palace for holding parties.
Monsoon Palace
Also known as the Sajjan Garh Palace
The Monsoon Palace, also known as the Sajjan Garh Palace, is a hilltop palatial residence in the city of Udaipur, Rajasthan in India, overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake. It is named Sajjangarh after Maharana Sajjan Singh (1874–1884) of the Mewar Dynasty, who built it in 1884. The palace offers a panoramic view of the city's lakes, palaces and surrounding countryside. It was built chiefly to watch the monsoon clouds; hence, appropriately, it is popularly known as Monsoon Palace. It is said that the Maharana built it at the top of the hill to get a view of his ancestral home, Chittaurgarh. Previously owned by the Mewar royal family, it is now under the control of the Forest Department of the Government of Rajasthan and has recently been opened to the public. The palace provides a beautiful view of the sunset. Its builder, Maharana Sajjan Singh, originally planned to make it a five-storey astronomical centre. The plan was cancelled with Maharana Sajjan Singh's premature death.
Pichola Lake
Was built in 1362 AD by Banjara
Lake Pichola,Situated in Udaipur city in the Indian state of Rajasthan , is an artificial Water lake ,created in the year 1362 AD, named after the nearby Picholi village. Pichola Lake was built in 1362 AD by Banjara, a gypsy "Banjara" tribesman who transported grain,
during the reign of Maharana Lakha. Later, Maharana Udai Singh, impressed by the charm of this lake with the backdrop of green hills,
founded the city of Udaipur on the banks of the lake and also enlarged the Lake by constructing a stone masonry dam in the Badipol region on the shore of the Lake.
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