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Crumbling ruins are all that is left of the ancient capital of the Sisodias, the castle who founded the Kingdom of Mewar.

This is an important archaeological site and the museum displays relics discovered in the area, some of which date back 5,000 years. Nearby, a vast enclosed plot is used for the cremation of royalty & nobility.
There are over 250 memorials, wondrous, newly renovated pieces of architecture that are well worth a visit.
Museum Admission Price: Rs. 2
Opening hours: 10:00 to 17:00

Crystal Gallery

A Unique Collection of Crystals of a Bygone Era
The Crystal Gallery Located in Fateh Prakash Palace (part of the Grand City Palace Complex) was opened to the public in 1994. Overlooking the Durball Hall, the Crystal Gallery has a grand collection of more than 600 rare objects collected from different parts of the world.

Inspired by the showroom of the Birmingham based company F & C Osler in Calcutta, this unique collection of the gallery was ordered by Maharana Sajjan Singhji in the year 1877. From lamps to washing bowls, perfume bottles to paperweights & writing instruments, the collection has it all. The Crystal Gallery also boasts a crystal bed, the only one of its kind in the world. Besides these, other
fascinating objects include a sofa set, a dining table, fountains, various coloured crystal objects, mirrored tabletops and exquisite decanters.
A trip to Udaipur is incomplete without visiting the Crystal Gallery...
For further information, please contact
The Fateh Prakash, City Palace, Udaipur.
Tel: (0294) 528016-19 Ext. 3524V

Sajjan Garh

Also known as the Mansoon Palace, it was built as an observatory by Maharana Sajjan Singh and was originally planned as a ninteen storeyed structure. However the Maharana died prematurely and the plans were curtailed. This now derelict palace dominates the skyline from its position 2468 feet high on top of Bansdara Mountain and is clearly visible from most parts of Udaipur. It affords splendid views of the City and the surrounding countryside.
Toll Charges: Rs. 100 per car + Rs. 40 per person.

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Pratap Memorial

An impressive bronze statue of Maharana Pratap on his horse stands at the top of Moti Magri (Pearl Mount) overlooking Fateh Sagar. Hundreds of people climb the hill to pay homage to Rana Pratap and his faithful charger Chetak, who was killed in the battle of Haldighati. There are the ruins of One of the first of Udaipur's forts and a delightful Japanese Rock Garden nearby.
Admission Price: Rs. 10
Opening Hours: 09.00 to 18.00

FatehSagar Lake

This lake was constructed by Maharana Jai Singh to the north of lake Pichola. A canal links the two. The lake is bordered on three sides by hills and on the fourth side it is dammed. The name derives from Fateh Singh, who built the dam. Visitors can take a short trip to exquisite Nehru Island Park, which is the focal point in the lake.

The City Walls

These ancient ramparts are the extensive though no longer complete. Large sections through the modern commercial area have disappeared to make way for roads and shops, but at least seven gateways remain.
These are Brahmpol (named after the god, Brahma), Ambapol (After the goddess Amba), Chandpol (the Moon Gate), and Hatipol (The Elephant Gate) to the north, Delhi Gate, Surajpol (The Sun Gate) & Udiapol (named after Udai Singh) to the East. The gateways and remaining walls are in reasonable shape but are unfortunately disfigured with hideous posters, hoardings, electric cables or pylons, learn to shacks or urinals, but plains are afoot for major restoration work.


Literally meaning "Craftsmen's Village" is a living ethnographic museum depicting the enormous diversities in craft, art & culture between various Indian states. Shilpgram comprises 26 huts set in 70 acres of natural surroundings at the foot of the Aravali mountains.
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