Set along an artificial lake and surrounded by picturesque mountains, Udaipur, 'City of Lakes', is one of the most beautiful cities in the Indian province of Rajasthan.
Part of the City Palace of Udaipur is still inhabited by the present head of the Mewar and other areas within it have been transformed into a luxurious hotel. In recent years, innumerable gazebos, balconies and decorations have made the elegant, almost playful eastern side of the palace, into a popular backdrop for numerous films.
Located beneath the grand palace and surrounded by thick walls there is a further popular tourist attraction in Udaipur, the Jagdish Temple. At first sight, this Vishnu sanctuary appears to be a fortress, a fact that has undoubtedly contributed to its survival. As one of the city’s few Hindu temples, the Jagdish Temple survived the troops of Muslim aggressor, Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, as he most likely did not recognize it as a temple.
But history and drama aside, as the sun sets beneath the gentle hills of the Avalli Mountains, it is easy to become hypnotized by the amazing beauty of Udaipur.
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