Magnificent last capital of the former kingdom of Mewar
Udaipur is the last capital of the former kingdom of Mewar of princely Rajasthan or Rajputana. The Mewar royals have never considered themselves as Kings, but custodians of the land they ruled on behalf of their clan deity, Sri Eklingji. Mewar’s history is riddled with bloody wars, defeats, victories, successions, and adoptions. British historian, Col. James Tod had compared the battles between Mewar and the Mughals with the Greeko Persian conflict.
Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Udaipur.
Located on the bank of Lake Pichola, the City Palace of Udaipur is home to the erstwhile royal family of Mewar. The Mewar royals have never considered themselves as Kings, but custodians of the land they ruled on behalf of their clan deity, Sri Eklingji. It is the largest Palace in Rajasthan with a façade that is 244 metre long and 30.4 metre high. There are 11 smaller palaces within the City Palace Complex.
Once inside the Saheliyon-ki-Bari it is not difficult to imagine the songs and hearty peals of laughter from the royal ladies who would once come here to unwind. If the Hanging Garden of Babylon with its olive, pears, fig, quinces, coconut, date palms, vines and almond trees was constructed by the banks of the River Euphrates so that the Queen is always reminded of her lush mountainous home in the arid plains of the desert, the Saheliyon-ki-Bari by the banks of the Fateh Sagar Lake with its many fountains was built to evoke the memory and replicate sound of the rain for the Queen. For Garden enthusiasts and historians alike, Saheliyon-ki-Bari is a great example of the Victorian Mixed Style of the 19th century, which brilliantly assimilates Indian/Asian and European features.
Crystal Gallery in City Palace houses the largest and attractive private collection of crystal in the world. F&C. Osler, the foremost manufacturers of monumental cut glass luxury objects in the Victorian Era, primarily created the artefacts exhibited in the Crystal Gallery. Crystal gallery was opened for public viewing in 1994 and exhibits precious crystal items brought from various parts of the world. Major attractions includes dresses, dining table, fountains, washing bowls, mirrored table tops, sofa set, a crystal bed and imposing jewel encrusted carpet.