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Udaipur

The former capital of the kingdom of Mewar in the Rajputana Agency, Udaipur is popularly referred to as the ‘City of Lakes’. Among some of the most splendid lakes that lend their name to this city are Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar.

If it’s not the lakes then Udaipur also has equally gorgeous Rajput-era palaces that add to its magnificence. If you take the all-famous Lake Palace, it covers an entire island in the Pichola Lake. Of course, to keep with the times, most of these palaces have now been transformed into luxury, starred hotels because of which it has now acquired the name, ‘Venice of the East’.

Udaipur boasts of a host of places that are an absolute must-see. To name a few, there is the Lake Palace, Jag Mandir, Monsoon Palace and Lake Pichola.

 

CHITTORGARH

Chittorgarh is a citadel situated closest to the lake city of Udaipur. The royalty of the area are known for their bravery in the face of tyranny and outside conquerors Rana Kumbha’s Palace was the birthplace of the founder of Udaipur. It is also believed to be the place where the jauhar or mass suicide was committed by the ladies of the royal household.

Meera Bai, the Hindu poetess and Chittorgarh is a well-known historical figure to the area. Chittorgarh Fort rests on the hill covering an area of 700 acres. It was built by the Maurya dynasty in the 7th century and has been home to many notable Rajput warriors. The Kalika Mata temple located inside the fort is dedicated to the Sun god and goddess Kali.

 Vijay Stambh is a tower at a height if 122 feet that was built by Rana Kumbha to honour his victory over the Muslims. It has approximately 150 steps to the top from where you get a beautiful view of the town. Entrance to Chittorgarh is impressive with the seven huge entry points called Pols and there are a total of seven of them.
 

KUMBHALGARH

Accessible by road, Kumbhalgarh is a Mewar fortress and the second most important one at that in Mewar, next only to Chittaurgarh. Located in the spectacular state of Rajasthan and nearby to Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh was built way, way back in the 15th century and today, has been converted into a beautiful museum that lights up for a brief bit in the evening to awe the public. The fort of Kumbhalgarh was used as a means of defense and was inaccessible in the 15th century.

Its builder, Rana Kumbha of Mewar desgined it such that it was situated 3, 500 ft above the Earth’s surface (round about 1, 100 mts high). Another attraction aside from the fort that draws in tourists is the wildlife sanctuary located there, which houses a vast majority of wildlife, including species of exotic birds.

Interesting to note also is that the wall surrounding this massive fortress is supposed and speculated to be the second longest wall after the Great Wall of China.