Udaipur || Venice of the east
Udaipur is often called the "Venice of the East" and is also famous by the name "Lake City. It is the historic capital of the former kingdom of Mewar. It acts as a dramatic corridor through glorious monuments walled by lakes all around and a glimmering view into the regal splendor of the Rajputs even today. This beautiful city of Rajasthan can be reached easily from Agra or Delhi. Rana Udai Singh was the founder of Udaipur and for many years Udaipur remained a capital of the Rajput Kingdom of Mewar. The most famous of the lakes here is the Pichola. But whilst you're here you can also see the Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar which are considered some of the most beautiful lakes in the state of Rajasthan. There is another lake called the Fateh Sagar which contains two small islands, one of which houses the Udaipur solar observatory, and the other one has a beautiful garden called the Nehru Garden. On the eastern bank of Lake Pichola, stand a series of palaces built right from 1559 AD. In 1725 a triple arched gate was built at its main entrance. Once you pass through this gate there is a series of courtyards, terraces, corridors and gardens. Udaipur is also famous for the Lake Palace. Built in 1746, the Lake Palace is situated right at the middle of Pichola and has now been converted into a luxury hotel. Many of the palaces have been converted into luxury hotels.