Udaipur or you might call the city of lakes and palaces. In my case I visited the so-called "City Palace", and the museum has valuable collections of miniatures and "Gardens of the Maids of Honour". Here you can find the workshops of paintings and is a great place to buy these types of souvenirs.
The Jagdish Temple is the most important temple in the city and a fascinating place of worship flanked by elephants and riders. A steep staircase leads to the temple. Inside, there's an air of true devotion. The devotees present their offerings and pray, led by the Master. Taking photos inside is not allowed. It was originally built by Maharana Jagat Singh I in 1651 AD, this fascinating place of worship enshrines a black stone image of Lord Vishnuji. If you're lucky, you could find yourself surprised with live music or the sound of bells, for the prayer of the faithful. This is a Jain temple. Jainism is a very important religion in Rajhastan. Its main principle is non-violence, its devotees are unable to kill any living organism. In India, you will see Jains strolling, taking good care not to kill any little creature, using some small brushes to avoid accidentally stepping on a living being.
Jag Mandir is a beautiful palace situated in the city of Udaipur, a city also known as the Oriental Venice due to the fact that it is partially built on water. The palace has three floors and is built with yellow stone and white marble. Construction began in the 17th Century and was commissioned by Maharana Karan Singh. Singh Rajput´s mother, helped the prince to leave the country with his wife and two children. The palace was completed around 1650, after the death of Karan Singh. Changes were made by successive owners, and it is very well preserved. The place where the prince was staying Gul Mahal is called, is the best decorated, the most important point of the visit. There is Islamic style architecture, to please the prince Karan Singh. There was also a mosque so that he could pray. There is a patio, with black and white tiles, worth a visit.
Situated in the lower part of town, right on the edge of the lake, this haveli (the name given to an Indian house) is the perfect place to end a visit to Udaipur. It is totally classic, and it contains some objects from the 18th century. Some cultural events are held in the courtyard, and paintings are exhibited. It also displays the world's largest turban (which I doubt!). The Palace offers a beautiful view over the lake. Elephants are often parked nearby. At the exit, you will pass by the workshop of a sculptor in polystyrene: the Taj Mahal, Rolls Royce, the Eiffel Tower, the Tower of Pisa ... The tour costs 25 rupees, not even one euro per person.
The Saheliyon ki Bari or Garden of the Maids of Honor 18th century, is a very nice park with many ponds, marble elephants, statues, etc ... It's a very relaxing walk in the garden too bad I did not have much time to enjoy it, so if you do not forget bring yourself mosquito repellent. On our walk we saw a garden that is full of life, people walking, children playing. There was even a bride making a report of her wedding.
I could not tell exactly what area we found ourselves , or even what the name was, but on the way to Udaipur-Ranakpur we stopped at a village to look at two very large trees in which the guide assured us that there is where the world's largest bats lived. I hope you can appreciate the pictures (they are brown spots).
The best souvenir to take back from Udaipur is a replica of the thumbnails that are in the museum of the city palace. This shop performs demonstrations so you can see the colors used and craftsmanship of how they are made. We were assured that all the works that could be bought here were of the best quality and cheaper than on the street. But everyone buys where they prefer, right?. In this store you could also buy other products like fabrics, saris, etc. .. but the guide advised us that the choice is better in Jaipur.
This place is also known as the Lake Palace. It appears as if it is magically floating on the lake. It was built in the year 1746, and it has a romantic history. The young Prince Jagat Singh asked permission from his father to help the ladies of the court go to the nearby palace of Jag Mandir. His father refused and said that if I wanted to waste time on such trivialities, he had to build his own palace of pleasure. And that's exactly what he did. He built a beautiful white marble building. The lake breeze flowing through the courtyards, pavilions and gardens, which are greatly appreciated in the heat of India. The palace rooms are lavishly decorated with arches, murals, mosaics, mirrors, etc..
Just 22 kilometers north of Udaipur you'll find the complex of this temple, along with 108 sanctuaries. This set attracts hoards of pilgrims as well as tourists daily. Built with sandstone and marble, there's a room that houses a four-headed Shiva made of black marble. You're not allowed to take pictures. The opening is changing frequently and sometimes you may have to wait over an hour to go. It is also advisable not to go on Monday (the day most favorable to the faithful). It is said that the Maharaja himself makes a private visit every Monday afternoon.