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City Palace Complex: Located on the east bank of Lake Pichola, the City Palace with its 11 palaces could just as well be the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. It is particularly beautiful when you watch the cream stone walls and towers reflected in the lake. Get your hands on the guidebook to maneuver your way through this mazelike sprawling complex, or hire the services of a guide, and set aside at least 3 hours to walk through it. Exploring the entire palace is worthwhile - its highlights include the huge peacock motifs in the Mor Chowk, the mirror-encrusted Moti Mahal, glass and porcelain figurines at Manak Mahal, miniatures of Lord Krishna at Krishna Vilas, the palace of the queens or Zenana Mahal and the Chini Mahal with its exquisite Chinese and Dutch ceramics. Out of the 11, the last 2 palaces, Shiv Niwas and Fateh Prakash are open for visitors who wish to stay overnight or enjoy a dining experience fit for kings! Fateh Prakash in particular is worth visiting for its Durbar Hall, which is the royal portrait gallery and houses massive chandeliers and Venetian mirrors. The Crystal Gallery is strikingly beautiful with its crystal furniture, fountains, bowls, decanters, perfume bottles and crystal jewellery collected by Maharana Sajjan Singh. The palace grounds have the Classic Vintage Car Collection of the Mewar royal family - definitely a sight! The palace windows also provide super views of the Lake Palace and the Jag Mandir, which seem to float on the Lake when the water levels are high. Open from: 9:30 am-4:30 pm, Gallery: 10.00 am-1.00 pm, 3.00 pm-8.00 pm Entry fee - Jagdish Temple - Rs 50, Camera - Rs 200, Crystal Gallery - Rs 300 Vintage Car Collection viewing: 9.30 am-5.30 pm, Rs 100 (with beverage), Rs 130 (includes a veg thali) Note - Photography is not allowed in the Crystal Gallery Lake Pichola: The central system of the city, Lake Pichola is most enthralling during the rains when water fills it up completely. It houses within the beautiful Lake Palace created in marble, today a converted heritage hotel. Another island palace is the Jagmandir Palace, which has intricate carvings of elephants and a carved chhatri in grey and blue. There are several ghats, which can be accessed by boat. These island palaces and the Aravalli Hills are reflected in the lake when water fills it up creating a pretty picture. The lake is also home to a number of crocodiles, which are visible when the lake is relatively dry. A must-activity here - catch splendid views of the landscape against the setting sun in a boat. Fateh Sagar Lake: An artificial lake, it is located north of Lake Pichola and houses within it in the centre the Nehru Island, a boat shaped café and an islet bearing The Udaipur Solar Observatory. It is particularly enthralling because of the views of the Aravalli Hills reflected in the waters. Jagdish Temple: One of the largest temples in Udaipur, this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, whose black image it houses within, complete with four arms. This shrine is flanked by four other shrines dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Goddess Shakti, Sun God and Lord Shiva. The temple is three storied and has beautiful carved pillars, carved ceilings and painted walls. The central spire has sculptures of dancers, elephants, horsemen, celestial beings and musicians. The entrance is flanked by two stone elephants and a brass idol of Garuda. Open from: 5.00 am - 2.00 pm, 4.00 pm - 11.00 pm Other Temples: Udaipur is home to several important temples dedicated to every possible Hindu god you can think of! One of the most popular of these is the Eklingji Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, whose four-faced idol is crafted out of black marble. The temple is double storyed, with a pyramidal style roof and a silver image of the Nandi Bull. The central Shivalinga is surrounded by Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikay. Within the temple complex are idols of Goddess Yamuna and Goddess Saraswati. The Jagat Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga, and is beautifully carved on the inside and outside. A highlight of this is the central mandap, decorated with motifs. Carved with images of celestial dancers and horses, the alcoves in the façade contain images of Durga in her several manifestations. The famous Nathdwara Temple is designed simply and dedicated to Lord Krishna as Srinathji. An idol of the god is carved out of black stone and is shown with its hand holding the Govandhan Mountain. Worth visiting during Janamashtami, when Lord Krishna birth is celebrated with great fervour. Another Jain pilgrimage spot is the Ranakpur Temple, dedicated to Lord Adinatha. These temples are renowned for their intricate carvings, replete with pillared halls and domes supported by columns. The complex has several temples, including Chaumukha temple, Parsavanath temple, Amba Mata Temple and Surya Temple. Its special feature - no two columns within have the same design. Saheliyon ki Bari: The garden was a popular relaxing retreat for royal ladies and is a striking picture of well-tended lawns, marble artwork and fountains. The garden also has a museum showcasing ancient pictures and memorabilia dating to the royal period. The garden has a lotus pool and a sitting decorated with paintings and glass mosaics. Sajjangarh Fort: This is possibly one of the best places to catch picturesque views of Udaipur city and Aravalli hills. The Sajjangarh Palace was the monsoon retreat for the royalties, and this white palace has high turrets guarding it. Also located here is the Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary, which is a natural sanctuary of the Chital, Sambar, Wild Boar, and Blue Bull, along with several varieties of reptiles and birds. Open from: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm Entry fee - Rs 10 ShilpGram: This village houses craftsmen, expert at creating terracotta wares and wooden carvings, which you can purchase as souvenirs. If you're visiting it during winter, don't miss out on the Craft Festival, which showcases these arts and crafts. Bagore ki Haveli: Located on the Pichola waterfront, this old building had over hundred rooms and displays of costumes and modern art. The haveli interiors are done in glass and mirrors and the Queen's Chamber has walls done in exquisite Mewar Painting. The palace contains beautiful glasswork, the finest example of which can be found from the two peacocks created in coloured glass. Don't miss the traditional Rajasthani cultural performances that take place in the evenings against the backdrop of Lake Pichola. Open from: 10.00 am - 7.00 pm Entry fee - Rs 15 Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal: This museum of folk arts offers interesting puppet shows done in true Rajasthani culture. Open from: 9.00 am - 6.00 pm
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