Udaipur, often called the "City of Lakes", is a place that beautifully encapsulates the rich history and architectural marvels of Rajasthan. Besides its pristine lakes, Udaipur is home to some remarkable forts that stand as a testament to its royal heritage. In this extensive guide, we will take you through time as we explore the allure of some unmissable forts in Udaipur and reveal the perfect place for your stay.
A 2-hour drive drive from Udaipur takes you to Kumbhalgarh Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This colossal fort is renowned for its expansive walls that stretch over a staggering 36 kilometres, often drawing comparisons to the Great Wall of China, and has seven fortified gateways and 360 temples. It was built as a strategic stronghold for the Mewar kingdom and was besieged several times throughout its history, but it was never conquered. The fort is a testament to the engineering and military prowess of the Mewar people. While stepping into the fort, Badal Mahal captures your attention, an architectural marvel that impresses with its grandeur, and at the fort's peak, the main palace provides panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Kumbhalgarh Fort is a testament to Rajput valour and architectural prowess.
City Palace in Udaipur is a sprawling complex of palaces, courtyards and gardens located on the east bank of Lake Pichola. This historical masterpiece, a testament to Rajasthan's rich heritage, was meticulously constructed over several centuries, commencing in the 16th century and stands as a remarkable blend of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles. The palace complex is divided into several sections, each with its own unique features. In the main palace complex, you'll discover the royal apartments, a museum housing a rich collection of royal artefacts, from paintings to sculptures and jewellery, as well as an art gallery adorned with Indian and European paintings. Apart from its historical and architectural significance, City Palace is a favoured destination for special events, including weddings.
Chittorgarh Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stands as one of India's largest and most historically significant forts. Located in the Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan, roughly 112 kilometres from Udaipur, this fort was the erstwhile capital of the Mewar kingdom and played a pivotal role during the Rajput wars. Encompassing a vast expanse of 700 acres, it boasts seven fortified gateways that hint at its imposing presence. Perched atop the fort's highest point is the main palace complex, offering breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscape. With its origins tracing back to the 7th century AD under the Maurya dynasty, Chittorgarh Fort has witnessed numerous sieges throughout its storied past. This fort symbolises the unwavering pride and valour of the Rajputs and serves as a remarkable repository of Rajasthan's rich history and culture.
Monsoon Palace, also known as Sajjangarh Palace, is a hilltop palatial residence in the city of Udaipur, Rajasthan in India, overlooking Fateh Sagar Lake. It is named Sajjangarh after Maharana Sajjan Singh of the Mewar dynasty, whom it was built for in 1884. Legend has it that Maharana Sajjan Singh chose this hilltop location to gain a panoramic glimpse of his ancestral home, Chittorgarh. Crafted from exquisite white marble, Monsoon Palace stands as a testament to intricate design and has a large terrace that provides visitors with a breathtaking view of the city and its lush surroundings. Within its walls, a museum houses a collection of artefacts from the illustrious Mewar dynasty. This iconic palace is a beloved destination for tourists and holds the distinction of being one of Udaipur's most captured locations, making it an absolute essential for every traveller.
Jag Mandir Palace, situated within Lake Pichola in Udaipur, is a masterpiece from the early 17th century, built by Maharana Karan Singh of the Mewar dynasty. This lake palace is renowned for its lush gardens, intricate carvings and its enchanting reflection in the glistening water. Crafted from white marble and sandstone, the palace boasts an impressive 108 rooms with several sections, each revealing its unique charm. The primary complex houses the royal apartments, stunning gardens and the historic boathouse, where the royal family's boats were once harboured. The lush gardens make for a captivating backdrop for weddings and special occasions, while the boathouse offers a glimpse into the palace's regal past.
As you immerse yourself in the history and splendour of Udaipur's forts, consider making your stay equally enchanting by choosing The Sierra - By The Lake, where we offer modern-themed rooms that provide a comfortable and stylish retreat during your stay. Enjoy a rejuvenating swim in our pool or indulge in delightful cuisine at our rooftop restaurant and bar. Don't miss the chance to admire sweeping views of the city and Lake Pichola from our rooftop while our attentive team is committed to providing you with a seamless stay. To learn more about Udaipur's lakes, read our blog.