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A place of traditions in India, Udaipur takes pride in its rich and valiant legacy and ever-illustrious history. Moti Magri enhances Udaipur’s beauty as the city pays tribute to valiant soldiers and showcases magnificent Rajput architecture overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake. This hill park is topped by a statue of the fearless Rajput hero Maharana Pratap and his beloved horse Chetak, who together defied the Mughals. This great Rajput King courageously chose to give his life rather than give in to his country’s foes. He fought like a genuine gallant for freedom even in the direst circumstances.

About Moti Magri

Here are some amazing things you should know about Moti Magri and the Maharana Pratap Memorial that attracts such a great volume of tourists to Pearl Hill.

1. Udaipur

Evening view of the beautiful city of Udaipur

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Surrounded by the many great architectural wonders that make up the city of Udaipur, Moti Magri definitely stands out as a favourite destination. Udaipur, also called the City of Lakes and the Heart of Rajasthan, is a tourist destination widely known for its rich history, culture, breathtaking scenic locations, and the grandeur of the Rajput-era palaces. Seven lakes surround this city. Five major lakes are Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichola, Swaroop Sagar Lake, Rang Sagar, and Doodh Talai Lake.

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2. Maharana Pratap

A Statue of Maharana Pratap

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Proudly referred to as the Lion of Mewar, Maharana Pratap Singh is a hero in Indian folklore. They write his name in gold beside the names of numerous brave kings who stood up for their country. This great Rajput King chose to give his life rather than give in to the enemies of his country. He fought like a gallant for his country’s pride and honour, even in the bleakest circumstances. And any mention of Maharana Pratap is incomplete without mentioning Chetak, his dear Arab horse. He was Maharana Pratap’s most dependable ally. The history of Mewar mentions this in great length. Despite suffering severe injuries in the fight against Haldighati, Chetak was equally courageous as his master. Despite suffering severe injuries during the war, Chetak even managed to save Maharana Pratap’s life.  At Moti Magri, Udaipur honours the bravery and sacrifice of Maharana Pratap Singh. Maharana Bhagwat Singh Mewar was the one to start the Maharana Pratap Memorial. Then with the aid of public interest, he could continue and finish it. The memorial also honours the brave horse.

Things To Do In Moti Magri

The Famous Bronze Statue

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Once you take the scenic route atop this hill, there are plenty of options to choose from on how you can spend your time here and enhance your experience:

  • The statue of Maharana Pratap riding Chetak is made entirely of bronze, and it shines prominently on the hill. This statue of Maharana Pratap is a staggering 11 feet high, with an astounding weight of 7 tonnes.
  • One must not forget to visit the Moti Mahal museum and carefully examine the numerous paintings, which include two exceptional ones of Rani Padmini, the famous queen of Chittor, and Meera Bai, the holy saint. Other noteworthy art pieces depict the battle of Haldighati and the Chittor fort.
  • Other well-known tourist destinations in Udaipur are Saheliyon Ki Bari, Fateh Sagar Lake, and Swaroop Sagar Lake, all of which are close.
  • Every evening, a light and sound display depicts the 900-year reign of the Mewar dynasty over Rajasthan. Attending this show is recommended as it allows you to learn much more about Mewar’s rich history, traditions, and valiant kings.
  • After visiting and exploring the Moti Magri, many people go to the nearby Japanese Rock Garden, another one of Udaipur’s well-liked tourist destinations.
  • The charming hilltop is undeniably a fantastic location for photography and videography.

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Additional Information While Visiting Moti Magri

On average, it takes about 20 minutes to walk up the road to the top of the Moti Magri. You can stop off at the Hall of Heroes, which contains 20 large paintings on Mewar history and models of Chittorgarh and the Haldi Ghati battlefield.

1. Fateh Sagar Lake

Udaipur from Fateh Sagar Lake

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Lake Fatehsagar is an artificial, human-made lake in the northwest of Udaipur. It was originally built by Maharana Jai Singh in 1678 and later reconstructed and extended by Maharana Fateh Singh. The lake also houses an aquarium named ‘Under the Sun,’ inaugurated in 2017.

2. Location

Moti Magri Fortress, Udaipur

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Moti Magri is a hill on the eastern shore of Fateh Sagar Lake in Udaipur. It provides a breathtaking view of the lake. The monument built atop this hill commemorates the Haldi Ghati fight against Emperor Akbar in 1575. You can also enjoy the beautifully curated light shows every evening at 8:15 pm (in summer) and 7:30 pm (in winter).

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3. How To Reach

Museum at Moti Magri

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  • The Aerial Route: The nearest airport is Udaipur’s Maharana Pratap Airport, which is around 24 kilometres from this hill
  • The Rail Route: The nearest railway station is Udaipur Railway Station, just 3 kilometres from this hill.
  • The Road Route: The well-developed and busy highways connect Udaipur to all the major cities around like Delhi and Mumbai. You can hop on any any bus or cab and travel to this hill.

4. Best Time To Visit

Udaipur, Rajasthan

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Winter is deemed as the ideal time to visit Udaipur. The weather is extremely pleasant and highly suitable for walking and exploring all of Udaipur’s monuments and various other points of interest. The months of September, October, November, December, February, and March are when you should plan to visit this hill. You will undoubtedly be greeted by the cool breeze from the surrounding lakes and the fresh environment in these ideal months when you travel here. To summarise, you should consider the months between September and March to explore Udaipur.

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5. Entry Fees

Moti Magri, Udaipur

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A nominal fee of Rs. 20 for adults and Rs 10 for children needs to be paid as an entry ticket, which allows you to explore the beauty of this hill. Don’t forget to take a detailed tour of the ruins of Maharana Udai Singh’s home, Moti Magri. If you have an eye for art, the location also boasts a rare and exquisite collection of Maharana’s old paintings.

Also, if you wish to attend the light shows every evening, you need to pay an additional Rs 35 per person.

Further Read: Famous Lakes in India

Now that you have complete information about Moti Magri and the surrounding monuments, you have a list of reasons to visit the lake city of Udaipur. Make sure you plan your trip to Udaipur as soon as possible and don’t forget to explore all the historical marvels, beautiful palaces, and breathtaking lakes of this city. Don’t miss out on exploring these wonders; book your tickets now!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Moti Magar

Is there a light show organised at Moti Magri?

Every evening without fail, a light and sound display depicts the 900-year reign of the Mewar dynasty over Rajasthan. And, if you wish to attend these light shows that happen at Moti Magri, you need to pay an additional fee of Rs 35 per person.

Why is Udaipur called the Venice of East?

Udaipur is referred to as the Lake City of India or The White City, but most prominently it is repeatedly called as the Venice of East for a variety of different reasons. Primarily, the city is so stunning that it is often compared to Venice in a complimentary state. Another major reason is that, like Venice, Udaipur is also surrounded by multiple lakes, and because of this reason, it would be named Eastern Venice.

Is the statue atop Moti Magri really made of bronze?

It was built as a mark of respect to the ruler's undying courage and grit during the Battle of Haldighati against the Mughal Empire. This statue of Maharana Pratap is a staggering 11 feet high, with an astounding weight of 7 tonnes. The magnificent statue of Maharana Pratap riding Chetak atop the Moti Magri is made entirely of bronze, and it shines prominently on the hill.

How many films and television serials have been shot in Udaipur?

Udaipur has provided an ideal location and setting for a number of Bollywood movies that went on to rake high collections and good reviews. Some of the popular Hindi films shot for celluloid here include - Dhadak, Guide, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Yaadein, Eklavya: The Royal Guard, Dhamaal, Fiza, Khuda Gawah, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Pataakha, Mirzya, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Love Aaj Kal, Angrezi Medium.

How prominent is Udaipur historically?

Udaipur was founded in 1559 and established as a city by the visionary ruler Maharana Udai Singh ji II who chose the region of fertile circular Girwa Valley to the southwest of Nagda, on the Banas Rivers. The city was established as the new administrative centre of the illustrious Mewar kingdom.

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