UDR-Udaipur Architectural Travel Guide
126 x 184mm
Shikha Jain and Mayank Gupta
Architecture – Travel
UDR – UDAIPUR ARCHITECTURAL TRAVEL GUIDE
A Living Heritage Guide by Shikha Jain and Mayank Gupta
Supported by Maharana Mewar Historical Publications Trust, a unit of Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF), Udaipur.
Udaipur located in eastern Rajasthan State of India, was founded as the capital of erstwhile Mewar kingdom in the 16th century. It has a unique and diverse living cultural heritage with its multiple layers of historic fabric and a network of lakes. The proposed guide book on Udaipur will showcase its rich repository of Mewari art and architecture.
The curated itineraries cover the City Palace Musem in full detail, along with six itineraries designed to experience the living heritage of Udaipur. It also includes two entire itineraries to the region’s historic hill fort capitals preceding Udaipur, Chittorgarh and Kumbhalgarh.
Collectively, the itineraries are designed to cater to a diverse range of architectural interests and to help prioritize with respect to availability of time. Furthermore, deriving accurate and enhanced information on the exact location of sites included in the guide is now made easier with the option of geo-data, provided in the form of QR codes.
The guide also includes practical facts for the touring visitor.
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“Covering a destination like Udaipur –more of a ‘living civilisation’ than just a city is a scholarly challenging task. It is rich in history, steeped in myth, legend and laced with tales of valour, grit and the making of a new citadel city. Besides edifices of stone and lime mortar and decorative arts in glassware and metal, it has a rich bouquet of culture, arts and crafts. The guide book commences its journey by explaining the quaint geography of Udaipur and its unique natural endowments of hills and lakes all around. It begins with the building of the new city Udaipur by Maharana Udai Singh II in 1553, and goes on to explain the various additions made to the City Palace Fort, standing by the bank of lake Pichola by the various descendants. As it moves further it explains every bit of the rich and ornate architectural detail, interiors and the art work, as you climb up the palace step by step, through its numerous precincts, palaces and their traditional cultural practices.
You tarry a while on this voyage into royal lives by halting at various viewing points to take in the vast splendour of the city sprawled beneath the palace heights on the ground and the string of lakes/water bodies garlanding them. In that sense a trip to the Sajjangarh Fort, Monsoon Palace located at a vantage height, gives you the most breath taking panoramic view and a bird’s view point of Udaipur –so valuable for an architect or urbanist to comprehend the conglomeration of numerous built forms, water bodies, hills, forests and landmarks that come together to make the marvel of Udaipur.
While there are numerous brands of excellent international travel guide books on all major cities/destinations of the world, one that is cut out exclusively for the architecture of Indian cities have been non-existent. In this large vacuum, the series by Altrim Publishers, is quite the architectural travellers’ prayer answered. And I’m all ready to visit Udaipur all over again!”
Ar Rajnish Wattas
Former principal, Chandigarh College of ArchitectureUdaipur is one of the most uniquely planned city of India. Set within a network of seven lakes in a valley basin, the city has evolved in its picturesque landscape setting from the 16th to 21st centuries with lavish Island palaces, monuments, gardens, havelis and stepwells ornamented in stone and various forms of local artworks. It continues to remain an architect’s delight and one of the most coveted tourism destination of India.
This Architectural Guide Book on Udaipur is an exhaustive presentation of the city’s art and architecture. The book covers the founding of the city, its evolution and growth since 16th century and its rich repository of its diverse heritage typologies along with special itineraries designed to experience its living heritage.
Dr. Ar. Shikha Jain, author
Director, DRONAH and Chairperson, DRONAH Foundation
Udaipur Architectural Travel Guide, a first of its kind, presents the significant Living Heritage of Udaipur through various interesting itineraries and facts.
Dr. Mayank Gupta, author
Deputy Secretary – Development
Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation
The City Palace, Udaipur