Rajasthan Travel Guide

Udaipur History

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Udaipur is popularly known as the ‘City of Lakes” for its beautiful Lakes like lake Pichola, Lake Fateh Sagar, and many others, and also known for its abundance of natural beauties that are spread across the city in form of gardens and parks and that is why one can get the best of the views of the city through them. And not to forget the royal palaces, heritage hotels and many forts and havelis of the kings and the mahals of the queens which are equally beautiful and considered as the prominent pictures of the Udaipur History. The ‘Blue City’ of Rajasthan was the historic capital ruled by the previous Rajputana Organization and called off the kingdom of Mewar. The city was founded by MaharanaUdai Singh as he also ran the Sisodia dynasty and depicts the great saga of the history of Udaipur Royal family and he founded the city in the year 1553 and later on shifted his capital from Chittorgarh to Udaipur.

The Udaipur History

The city was founded in the year 1553 and still remained as one of the most visited cities of Rajasthan being one of the best tourism cities that contributes to the economy of the state. The city is located on the banks of River Banas and was established as the new capital of the Mewar Dynasty and the city used to be the trade center during the 10th to 12th centuries and was called as Ayad. The city was very important to MaharanaUdai Singh II and it was very important because of the Artillery development for the king but it came under major floods with effect from Lake Pichola. Udai Singh II made this city the most powerful and safe as he built six-kilometer long wall, within the city with seven gates, namely Surajpole, Udaipole, Hathipole, Ambapole,Chandpole, Brahmpole and etc. to protect Udaipur from external attacks. Mughal emperor Akbar once laid barrier to the acclaimed fort of Chittor and then these gates were made. Udaipur was declared as the Princely State of British India and the Mewar dynasty is still ruled by Arvind Singh Mewar who is the 76th keeper.

Maharana Udai Singh II

MaharanaUdai Singh II was the founder of the city Udaipur and was the King of Mewar.He was born to MaharanaSanga and the 53rd ruler of the Mewar dynasty. After the death of his father, MaharanaRanaSanga,Ratan Singh II was chosen as the new king of Mewar butRatan Singh II was killed and was succeeded by his brother MaharanaVikramaditya Singh. He had twenty-two wives and he had more than 56 sons 22 daughters but his first wife Maharani JaivantaBai gave birth to his son MaharanaPratap who was the ruler of Mewar. He was killed during the war with Mughal Emperor Akbar who built a camp near Chittor and Udai Singh called a council of war and killed during the fight and MaharanaPratap captured throne in the year 1572.

Udaipur, Ahar, cenotaphs

Udaipur, Ahar, cenotaphs

Udaipur by Arian Zwegers

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