Udaipur • City of the Lakes • Rajasthan, India

Discover Udaipur, the city of lakes, in a captivating journey under 9 minutes. Behold the historical capital of the Kingdom of Mewar, marvel at the architectural splendor of the Jagdish Temple, and wander through the grandeur of the City Palace. Accompanied by explanatory texts, this video guides you through the serene beauty and rich history of Rajasthan's most enchanting city. Visit our page to explore the timeless elegance of Udaipur and its mesmerizing landscapes.

This film was made on the basis of photos and videos taken during the trip India • Rajasthan and Varanasi (EN)

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00:37 • On the lake

02:01 • Lake PalacePicholi Ghat

02:47 • City Palace

06:08 • Jagdish temple



Udaipur is a city in the state of Rajasthan in northern India. Relatively recent if we compare it to some other Indian cities, Udaipur was founded in 1559 by King Udai Singh II who gave it its name. Udai Singh made it its capital, a title that the city kept until 1818. British colonial policy was to rely if possible on local authorities, Udaipur became a British princely state during the same year.

Udai Singh chooses to relocate his former capital Ayad for security reasons. On the one hand the Mughal emperors constantly tried to enlarge their empire and on the other hand the city of Chittorgarh, former capital, was the regular scene of great floods.

The location of Udaipur was chosen for the fertility of its land and the presence of Lake Pichola.

The location of Udaipur, however, did not prevent Mughal Emperor Akbar from attacking the city in 1576 and Udaipur continued the resistance until 1615, when then Maharajah Rana Amar Singh finally agreed. that Udaipur became the vassal of the Mughals, which allowed it to remain the capital of the state. Udaipur however managed to stay safe from Mughal influences thanks to the mountainous nature of its environment, constituting an effective bulwark against the Mughal armies and their heavily armored horses.

Jag Nawas, the Lake Palace 

Located in the heart of Udaipur in India, the Jag Niwas, better known as the Lake Palace, is an architectural gem of the 18th century. It was built in 1743 by Maharana Jagat Singh II as a summer residence. With its white marble walls and harmonious blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, the palace evokes the romanticism and opulence of the Maharajas. Transformed into a luxury hotel in the middle of the 20th century, the Jag Niwas today offers a unique immersion in the rich history and culture of India.

the City Palace of Udaipur

The City Palace of Udaipur was built in the 16th century by Maharaja Udai Singh II, the founder of the city of Udaipur. 

The City Palace is a complex of palaces, courtyards and gardens which covers an area of approximately 5 hectares. The palace is located on the eastern shore of Lake Pichola, offering spectacular views of the water and the surrounding mountains. 

The City Palace is considered an outstanding example of Rajput architecture, with its towers, domes, balconies and elegant arches. The palace is also known for its combination of Indian and Mughal architectural styles, as well as its walls and facades adorned with intricate decorations of marble, mirrors and precious stones. 

The palace is made up of several buildings, the most famous of which is the Durbar Palace, which was once the official residence of the Maharaja and is now converted into a museum. The museum houses a collection of ancient artifacts, weapons, paintings and textiles, as well as exhibits on the history and culture of Rajasthan. 

The City Palace is also home to several courtyards, including the Court of Mor Chowk, which is famous for its walls adorned with colored glass mosaics. The palace is also home to the Badi Mahal, a hanging garden atop a tower, which offers panoramic views of the city and surrounding mountains. 

The City Palace of Udaipur is a major tourist attraction in India, and it is recognized as one of the most important and impressive palaces in Rajasthan.

Lake Pichola

The main lake of Udaipur, Lake Pichola is an artificial lake created in 1362 by the construction of dams for irrigation of crops and drinking water. The name of Pichola comes from that of the village Picholi near which the lake was created.

Jagdish temple

A few hundred meters from the city palace is the Jagdish temple. This 3-story temple is one of the largest temples dedicated to Vishnu. Its construction dates from 1651. The temple is absolutely magnificent. Sublime sculptures adorn it both inside and outside.


about the place, Udaipur:

Udaipur is nicknamed "the city of lakes". It was the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar and was founded in 1558. It is very popular with tourists thanks to its system of artificial lakes (7) and its numerous palaces.


Spoken comments in the film: 

Udaipur is nicknamed "the city of lakes". It was the historical capital of the kingdom of Mewar and was founded in 1558. It is very popular with tourists. This city located in a semi-desert state, Rajasthan, is remarkable among other things because of its system based on its 7 artificial lakes and its many palaces.



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