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City Palace

The City Palace stands on a hill on the banks of Lake Pichola, surrounded by crenulated walls. Built in 1567, it is composed of 4 major palaces and several minor palaces that form a single façade. Its main entrance is through a triple arched gate, the Tripolia, built in 1725. The gate leads to a series of courtyards, corridors and gardens.

The Rai Angan (Royal Courtyard) has a shrine, which is the oldest part of Udaipur. It is here that Udai Singh met an ascetic who suggested this site for Udaipur. The centrally located 17th century Mor Chowk (Peacock Courtyard) gets its name from inlaid glass mosaics of peacocks on its walls. Other exotic rooms include the Krishna Vilas dedicated to the memory of a 16 year old princess's tragic suicide, the Zenana Mahal (Palace of the Queens) and the Chini Chitrasala, which has exquisite mosaics and blue and white ceramics.

To the west of main gate lies Khush Mahal (Palace of Happiness) and to its south lies Shambhu Niwas, built in the 19th century. The third palace is Shiv Niwas, which is now a hotel. This was followed by Fateh Prakash, which is also a hotel and known for its Durbar Hall and Crystal Gallery.

We highly recommend a visit to the City Palace. A complete tour takes approximately 2 hours. Our Concierge can arrange English, French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking guides.

Distance from the Hotel: 2.7 kilometres
Driving time: 20 minutes

Crystal Gallery

The Crystal Gallery in Fateh Prakash Hotel overlooks the grand Durbar Hall. It has a rare collection of Osler's crystal ordered from England by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1877. It includes crystal chandeliers and crystal furniture like chairs, dressing tables and a bed. A visit is recommended.

Distance from the Hotel: 2.9 kilometres
Driving time: 20 minutes

Jagdish Temple

Built in 1651 AD by Maharana Jagat Singh I and dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple has an imposing 79 feet high pagoda covered with sculptures of dancers, musicians, elephants and horsemen. It is the city's largest and most resplendent temple.

A visit to the Jagdish temple takes 20 minutes and is recommended if you are interested in traditional Indian temples. Shoes should be removed before entering the temple.

Distance from the Hotel: 2.6 kilometres
Driving time: 20 minutes

Sajjan Garh

Also known as the Monsoon Palace, it is located on top of a hill overlooking Lake Pichola and dominates the city's skyline. Built in the late (18th Century) by Maharana Sajjan Singh as an observatory, it has a breathtaking view of the city and the surrounding lakes, rivers and Aravalli ranges. It is surrounded by wooded hillsides and was once a royal hunting ground.

A visit to Sajjan Garh is highly recommended. It is an excellent place to view the sunset. Some sections of the road are very steep and narrow. The palace building is currently used by the Government of India and is a restricted security area. The hillside leading up to Sajjan Garh is a wildlife sanctuary.

Distance from the Hotel: 4.1 kilometres
Driving time: 20 minutes

Lake Pichola

Hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments, surround Udaipur's famous lake. The two island palaces, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir, are situated on it.

Our Concierge can arrange boat rides on the lake.

Sahelion ki Bari

Maharana Sangram Singh built this garden for his daughter and the ladies of the Queen's court. It is said he wished to recreate the monsoon for his daughter, who had been ill for a long period. The garden has many fountains in four pools embellished with delicately chiseled pavilions and elephants. The fountains still work on the unique hydraulic system devised in 1700 A.D

Distance from the Hotel: 4.1 kilometres
Driving time: 20 minutes

Fateh Sagar

Built by Maharana Fateh Singh, this elegant lake is surrounded by hills on three sides and a dam on the fourth side. A boat ride to Nehru Park, an island garden, can be arranged from the banks of the lake.

Distance from the Hotel: 3.8 kilometres
Driving time: 20 minutes

Sri Eklingji

Located 25 kilometres from The Oberoi Udaivilas in a remote mountain pass on the way to Nathdwara. Chiseled out of sandstone and marble, the temple of Eklingji was originally built in 734 AD by Bappa Rawal, founder of the Sisodia clan and rebuilt in the 15th century. Eklingji, an incarnation of Lord Shiva is the principle deity of the people of Udaipur. The complex of 108 temples is built on the shore of a lake and enclosed by high walls.

A visit of the complex takes 45 minutes and is recommended.

Distance from the Hotel: 25.2 kilometres
Driving time: 45 minutes

Nagada

Located 2 kilometres north of Sri Eklingji and 23 kilometres from The Oberoi Udaivilas. It has temples dating back to the 6th century, including the famous 11th century Sas-Bahu (mother-in-law-daughter-in-law) twin temples and the Adbhutji temple. Both temples are at the edge of a lake and submerged within the lake are several later structures.

A tour of the complex takes 45 minutes and is recommended. If combined with a visit to Sri Eklingi, it is a half-day excursion.

Distance from the Hotel: 25 kilometres
Driving time: 45 minutes

Jaisamand Lake

Located 50km from The Oberoi Udaivilas, it was created in 1691 by Maharana Jai Singh and is the second largest man made lake in Asia. On the banks of the lake are vast marble steps descending to the water, embellished with pavilions and sculpted elephants. There are 11 islands in the lake, some providing sanctuary to migratory birds. Its surrounding area is now the Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary. Covering 64 square kilometres, it houses spotted deer, antelopes, gazelle and panthers.

Distance from the Hotel: 59.8 kilometres
Driving time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Nathadwara

Located 55 kilometres north of The Oberoi Udaivilas on the bank of the river Banas. It has the most celebrated Vaishnava shrine of Lord Krishna or Shri Nathji. It is a major pilgrimage destination and also a centre for traditional meenakari (enamel) work.

Distance from the Hotel: 51.9 kilometres
Driving time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Haldighati

Located 40 kilometres from The Oberoi Udaivilas. The historic battle between Maharana Pratap and the Mughal Emperor Akbar was fought here in 1576 AD. A chattri stands dedicated to the valiant horse of Maharana Pratap, Chetak, who died after seeing his master out of danger.

Distance from the Hotel: 52.1 kilometres
Driving time: 1 hour 12 minutes

Ranakpur Temples

Located 95 kilometres from The Oberoi Udaivilas, this is one of the holiest Jain sites of India. Nestled on the banks of the river Maghai and sequestered by mountains, Ranakpur's beauty is accentuated by its seclusion. The main Chaumukha (four faced) temple was built in 1439 and is dedicated to the first Enlightened One, Adinatha Rishabdeva. An inscription in it traces its origin to the reign of Rana Kumbha. Erected on a raised platform, it is surrounded by 66 subsidiary shrines. It has 1444 beautifully carved pillars, of which no two are alike.

We recommend a visit to these unique temples. Open from midday to 5 p.m. Camera, Leather clothing or accessories are not allowed on the premises. Visitors are requested not to wear shorts 2 hours & 30 minutes drive from the hotel.

Distance from the Hotel: 90 kilometres
Driving time: 2 hours

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Located 95 kilometres from The Oberoi Udaivilas, 1,100 meters above sea level. Built in the 15th century by Rana Kumbha, one of Mewar's greatest warriors, this vast bastion was renowned for its inaccessibility. It was captured only once (that too due to poisoning of its water supply) and was the most important fort in Mewar, after Chittor. It had 7 massive gates and 7 ramparts, one within another, strengthened by rounded bastions and towers. It encloses a smaller fort called Katargarh, the Palace of Rana Kumbha and the ethereal Badal Mahal or Palace of the Clouds along with numerous temples.

We recommend a visit to this majestic fort. A tour takes approximately two hours and involves some uphill walking. It is a full day's excursion, which can be combined with a visit to the Ranakpur temples.

Distance from the Hotel: 101 kilometres
Driving time: 1 hour 43 minutes

Chittor Fort

Located 115 kilometres from The Oberoi Udaivilas, at the end of the Aravallis, on a rocky outcrop. For 8 centuries it was the most important bastion of Rajput power and its occupation was the primary objective of any would-be ruler. It survived waves of Turkish, Afghan, Tartar and Mongol invaders and was attacked 3 times. Now deserted, it has 7 gates where many died fighting. The ruined palace of Rana Kumbha (1433-68) is its oldest building. The fort is dominated by two towers, the 12th century Kirti Sthambh (Tower of fame) dedicated to a Jain saint, and the 15th century Vijay Sthambh (Tower of Victory) built to commemorate a famous victory over the Sultan of Malwa.

A visit is recommended. It is a full day's excursion and a tour of the fort takes 2 hours.

Distance from the Hotel: 123 kilometres
Driving time: 2 hours 9 minutes

Mount Abu

Located 195 kilometres from The Oberoi Udaivilas at 1220 meters above sea level, it is a summer resort and a Jain pilgrimage centre. The Dilwara Jain temples are Mount Abu's main attraction and are among the finest examples of Jain architecture in India. Built between the 11th and 13th century, their sober exterior belies the rich, intricate marble carvings inside.

The temples are open for non-Jains from 12 noon to 6 p.m. only. Photography, leather clothing and accessories are not permitted on the premises.

Nakki Lake, situated at the centre of Mount Abu and a hub of activity, is another attraction. It is India's highest lake outside the Himalayas.

Distance from the Hotel: 162 kilometres
Driving time: 2 hours 59 minutes

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