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Udaipur Travel Guide
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Udaipur Fact File

Location:

Southern Rajasthan, India
405 Kms. from Jaipur and 280 Kms. from Jodhpur.

Major Attractions:

City Palace, Lake Palace, Lake Pichola,  Crystal Gallery, Jagdish Temple, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Eklingji and Ranakpur Jain Temples.

Must Experience:

Boat Ride at Lake Pichola, Visit the fairytale Lake Palace and Vintage and Classic Car Museum. Stay at Heritage Palaces like Lake Palace Hotel, Fateh Prakash Palace and Shiv Niwas Palace Hotel and Feel the Elegance, Royal Charm with many Butlers to Pamper you.

Shopping:

Bapu Bazaar, Chetak Circle and Clock Tower for Rajasthani textiles, Silver and gold Jewelleries and hand painted fabrics. Hathipol for Rajasthani Jootis, wooden and camel souvenirs, sweet shops and handicrafts and Khadi Gram Udyog for Handlooms weaves.

Where to Eat:

Amet Haveli and Udai Kothi are best option for both veg. and non-veg. meals.

STD Code:

0294

Best Time to Visit:

October to April

Language:

Hindi, English and Rajasthani.

Getting there:

Air: Udaipur Airport namely Maharana Pratap Airport is located near Dabok at a distance of 22 kms from the city of Udaipur.
Train: Udaipur is directly connected by rail with Delhi, Jaipur, Ajmer and Jodhpur. The railway station is about 04 km from the city center.
Road: Udaipur is well connected by road to major cities in India. Udaipur Bus Stand has regular bus services, connecting Udaipur with nearby cities including Delhi, Jaipur, Chittorgarh, Indore, Kota, Ajmer, Ahmedabad and Mt. Abu.

About Udaipur:
Udaipur is a beautiful city, set amidst the Aravalli Ranges of Rajasthan, India. Known for its picturesque lakes, Udaipur also called 'the city of lakes'. The elevated hills and the beautiful lakes make a picture-perfect backdrop to the Udaipur city. Udaipur, also known as the 'Venice of the East' is a perfect honeymoon destination, full of surprises, known for its fairytale Lake palace that nestle along the banks of the lake Pichola amidst sandy terrain and green forested hills, creating an alluring crossboard of colours. In context of Rajasthan, Udaipur is the second most-sought after tourist destination of the state, the first being Jaipur. Udaipur had been the capital of Mewar for centuries.

Udaipur is famous for its captivating lakes, but the city has many more attractions that catch the attention of the tourists with their charm. Lake Palace of Udaipur has been accredited for being one of the most romantic places all across the globe. The massive forts of Udaipur, grab the interest of people with their sheer structure and architecture. The beautiful temples create a sense of aestheticism with their spiritual ecstasy. Udaipur also boasts of various museums, palaces, gardens, monuments and colorful festivals that allure tourists to visit the city for once. The city of Udaipur is a lovely land around the Azure water lakes hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravails. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights sounds and experience-an inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers.

Romantic and divine, Udaipur is much more than an oasis in the desert with its beautiful lakes, exquisite palaces and architectural heritage and deserves the nickname of ‘the Venice of the East’. The Lake Palace situated on Jag Niwas Island in the midst of Lake Pichola is the supreme example of its delicate architecture and refined culture. The banks of the lake have another beautiful building to boast of - the magnificent City Palace. Several palaces of interest around Udaipur, including the majestic Chittaurgarh the mountain fortress of Kumbhalgarh, beautiful jain temples of Ranakpur, Eklingli and Nathdwara and the cool retreat of Mount Abu make the visit to Udaipur a memorable one. Udaipur is also the centre for performing arts, craft and its famed miniature paintings. Shilp Gram festival is a favorite tourist attraction of the city.  

Beautiful local arts and crafts and countless shops flood the markets of Udaipur. The tourists love to buy hand painted fabrics, silver jewellery, folk toys, colorful tie-dye and batik saris and clothes, turbans, miniature paintings done in Rajput style and ‘Pichwais’, the brightly colored and themed wall hangings. One may shop for splendid metal images of gods and goddesses that are made in the nearby village of Molalla. The popular shopping spots are a cluster of stalls on the Lake Palace road, near Rang Niwas Palace Hotel and Jagdish Temple. Hathipole, Clock Tower, Chetak Circle and Bapu Bazaar are other favorite places to shop from.

Udaipur is undoubtedly a dream destination for a romantic holiday. Udaipur has always been a lovely place for Film Shoots, Royal Events and even Corporate Parties. Every year, thousands of tourists come from all over the globe to visit this romantic city. Udaipur is easily accessible from all the major cities of India including Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur. So, if you are tired of your hectic schedules and daily routine, then plan a trip to the city of lakes to lighten up your worries and tensions. A tour to the romantic city of Udaipur would certainly become an unforgettable part of your memories and you will cherish these memories throughout your life.

History of Udaipur:
Udaipur, once known as Mewar, is the land that produced a galaxy of patriots and heroes in quick succession, people who etched the name of Rajasthan in every corner of the world. Its history has been a continuous struggle for freedom of religion, thought and land against other Rajput groups as well as the overbearing Mughals and Muslims of bygone eras. Its act of patriotism, heroism, magnanimous behavior and love for independence can never find any match in the annals of any country. Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar a kingdom ruled by Sisodia dynsty for 1200 years. The foundation of the city has an interesting legend associated with it. According to legend Maharana Udai Singh. The Maharana was out hunting as he met a holy man when he mediating on a hill overlooking the Lake Pichola. The Hermit Blessed the Maharana and told him to built a  Palace at that very spot as it would be protected. The Maharana followed his advise and Udaipur came in to being, overlooking the aquamarine waters of the lake Pichola stands the shimmering granite and marble lake palace, a harmonious blend of courtyards, Pavillions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging Gardens. Udaipur was last of the numerous Mewar capitals. It was in Udaipur that legendary Maharana Pratap was born. He was obsessed with Chittaur and the past glories of the Sisodia clan possessed his mind. Maharana Pratap left Udaipur to win back Chittaur from the Mughals. But he failed in his attempts and Udaipur remained the capital of Mewar till India got her independence. The memory of the failure of noble Pratap gives Udaipur its pervading mood of nostalgic wistfulness.

Monuments and Places to Visit in Udaipur:

City Palace- Built by Maharaja Udai Singh, the gorgeous City Palace is a marvel in marble, situated on the banks of Lake Pichola. Majestically set on a hill, it is flooded with balconies, towers and cupolas along with the superb views of the lake and the city that can be cherished from the upper terraces. The entry to the Palace is from the Hati Pol, the Elephant gate. The Bari Pol or the Big gate brings you to the Tripolia, the Triple gate. It was once a custom that the Maharana would weigh under this gate in gold and silver, which was distributed to the populace. The Palace is flanked by octagonal corner towers surmounted by cupolas and thus is a fine blend of Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture.

Fateh Prakash Palace- The Fateh Prakash Palace is one ancient haveli that is worth visiting. Though this palace has now been converted into a heritage hotel. The walls of this ancient haveli are adorned with paintings that belong to the Mewar school of Painting that was at its peak during the 17th century.

Jag Mandir- The first island palace of Lake Pichola, Jagmandir was built by Maharana Karan Singhji in 1622 AD and was intented to be a pleasure palace for regal parties and functions. It has served as a refuge for Moghul Emperor Shahjahan when he was a prince against the wrath of his father in a family dispute in the seventeenth century. The legend says that Jagmandir was the inspiration behind the world-famous Taj Mahal, which Shah Jahan built in the memory of his deceased wife, Mumtaj. The island of Jag mandir is surrounded by a row of elephants. You can also find minutely carved chattri made up of gray and blue stones. The royal palace known as Jag mandir is made up of red sandstone. It was once studded with precious and semi precious stones like jasper, jade and rubies. You can have a relax walk on the spacious courtyards, spotless white marble dome, high roofed rooms, arched pavilions and a lashing green garden which is densely populated with trees and flowering creepers. In this gigantic palace there is also a temple called Jagdish temple and it is said that the name of jag mandir was derived from it.

Crystal Gallery- It is situated in the Fateh Prakash Palace is a breath taking collection of crystals. Maharana Sajjan Singh mainly ordered these crystals from F & C Osler England. But he could not see the crystals because of his untimely death. The crystal item includes tables, sofa sets, dinning table, dressers, fountains and even beds besides a whole array of washing bowls, decanters and perfume bottles.

Lake Palace- The Lake Palace is located on the Jag Niwas Island and covers the whole of 1.5 hectare of the island in the middle of the Pichola Lake. Built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1743 it was meant as a royal summer palace and now converted in to a five star Palace hotel. It is a magical palace and its image in the middle of the lake is like a leaf straight out of a fairy tale book with an excellent taste of intricate craftsmanship and the ethnic themes using the textiles and handicrafts all over highlight the beauty that is simply beyond compare the lake around makes a pleasant murmur with its rippling waves and lapping that adds to the mesmerising moments.  

Jagdish Mandir - Maharana Jagat Singh I built the Jagdish temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, in 1651. It houses an image of Lord Vishnu in black stone, along with a brass image of Garuda, his carrier. Covering the exterior and the plinth are base relief of alligators, elephants, horsemen and celestial musicians, rising in rows. It is the largest temple in Udaipur.

Maharana Pratap Memorial - An impressive bronze statue of Maharana Pratap and his favorite and loyal horse, who was fiercely protective about his master and stood by him till his last breath, stands at the top of Moti Magri (Pearl Mount) overlooking Fateh Sagar. Local 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 Udaipur's forts and there is also a charming Japanese rock garden not faraway.

Bagore-Ki Haveli - One of the places to see in Udaipur is the Bagore ki Haveli. Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar built this palace on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. An eighteenth century monument, it has on display an array of costumes and modern art. Delicate and exquisite glass and mirror work adorn the interiors of the Haveli. After the death of Badwa, Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore occupied the building. It was then that the palace acquired the name of Bagore-ki-haveli (the house of Bagore).

Lakes in Udaipur:

Lake Pichola - Pichola Lake derives its name from Pichola Village was submerged and Maharana Udai Singh enlarged the lake after he founded the city. He built a masonry dam known as Badipol and lake is now 4 km long and 3 km wide. This picturesque lake encloses the Jag Niwas Island and the Jag Mandir. And, the City Palace extends along its eastern banks. Cradled amongst hills, gardens, havelis, temples and ghats, Lake Pichola is the picturesque spotlight of Udaipur. Visitors can enjoy boat rides which can be extremely enjoyable in the backdrop of the setting sun.

Fateh Sagar Lake - Fateh Sagar Lake is an artificial lake constructed by Maharana Jai Singh in 1678 to the north of Lake Pichola. It is fringed by hills and woodland. There is a canal linking the two lakes via Swaroop Sagar and Rang Sagar Lakes. Nehru Island on the lake is just as beautiful as well as an islet bearing a solar observatory that seems to rise from the lake.

Jaisamand Lake - 48 km from Udaipur, it is an artificial lake built in 17th century by Maharana Jai Singh. The marble ‘Chhatris’ along the shores adds elegance to this second largest lake in Asia. There are palaces on either sides of the lake that were built for the beloved queens of the King. The islands on the lake still house the ‘Bhils’ (tribal people).

Rajsamand Lake - 66 km from Udaipur, there is a magnificent dam built by Maharana Rai Singh in 1660. This royal lake offers a stunning view of the sunset festooned by beautiful ‘Torans’ (arches) and ‘Chhatris’ along with various striking pavilions. Eye-catching sculpture and inscriptions of Sanskrit verses characterize the place.

Gardens in Udaipur:

Sahelion Ki Bari - Maharana Sangram singh builds this in the mid 18th century. The 'garden of the maidens' brings to mind the lifestyle of the ladies of the court. The delightful gardens appear discreet and in impeccable taste. There are four pools with dainty kiosks, and all around are flowerbeds, lawns, pools and fountains protected by a series of walls and shady trees. The foundation of the Sahelion ki bari functions solely by water pressure and no pumps are used. The garden has a lotus pool, a sitting room decorated with paintings and glass mosaics.

Museums in Udaipur:   

Vintage Collection of Classic Car Museum - The collection within the grounds of the Garden Hotel comprises a variety of classic and interestingly rare transportation vehicles; some stately and vintage like Cadalec, Chevalate, Morais etc., while the others are sleek and fast.

Shilpgram Museum - Literally meaning a "Craftsmen's Village" is a living ethnographic museum depicting the enormous diversities in craft, art & culture between various Indian states, but the exquisite terracotta work mainly in dark red and dark brown sand material along with the wooden carvings are the forte of this ethnic village . Shilpgram comprises 26 huts set in 70 acres of natural surroundings at the foot of the Aravali Hills.A colourful craft festival during winter seasons to the whole set up induces viatanity and zeal.

Ahar Museum - Located about 2 kms east of Udaipur is an impressive cluster of cenotaphs of the Maharanas of Mewar. There are about nineteen cenotaphs of Maharanas cremated there. The most striking cenotaph is that Maharana Amar Singh, who reigned from 1597 to 1620. Nearby is also Ahar Museum, where on display is limited but very rare earthen pottery.

Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal - The museum has on its display a wide array of folk arts, which has affluent collection of folk outfits, curios, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments and beautiful paintings. Visitors can also request for shows from world renowned puppeteers.

Fairs and Festivals:

Shilpgram Fair: Literally meaning a "Craftsmen's Village" is a living ethnographic museum depicting the enormous diversities in craft, art and culture between various Indian states, but the exquisite terracotta work mainly in dark red and dark brown sand material along with the wooden carvings are the forte of this ethnic village .

Mewar Festival: The Mewar Festival is celebrated to welcome the advent of spring. It coincides with the festival of Gangaur in Udaipur, and has a unique charm about it. The women folk gather to dress the images of Isar and Gangaur and then carry them in a ceremonial procession through different parts of the city.

Excursions:

Eklingji: 22 km from Udaipur, high walls surround a temple complex of 108 temples, known as Eklingji. Built in 1734, the temples are devoted to the regal deity Ekling ji. Made of sandstone and marble, the complex has an ornate 'mandap' or pillared hall, the awning of a huge pyramidical roof made of hundreds of knots.

Srinathji Temple Nathdwara: Nathdwara lies 48 kms from Udaipur and literally means the gateway to the Lord. This great Vaishnavite shrine was built in the 17th century on spot exactly defined by the Lord himself. The legends have it that the image of the Lord Krishna was being transferred to safer place from Vrindaban to protect it from the destructive wrath of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

Kumbhalgarh Fort: 84 km from Udaipur, Maharana Kumbha built Kumbhalgarh Fort in the 15th century. It is the second most important fort in Rajasthan after the Chittaurgarh Fort. Crowning the Aravalli Hills, the fort is not so easily accessible with seven great gates that stand guarding its entrance. Just 6 kms, from the Kumbalgarh Sanctuary, this mighty fort boasts of some great temples and the Badal Mahal or the Cloud Palace, which gives scenic view of the city.

Chittorgarh Fort: Chittorgarh is the epitome of Rajput pride, romance and spirit. It reverberates with history of heroism and sacrifice, which is evident as it echoes with the tales sung by the Bards of Rajasthan. The main reason for visiting Chittorgarh is its massive hilltop fort, which is a depiction of Rajput culture and values. The fort stands on a 240-hectares site on an 180m high hill that rises rapidly from the plains below.

Haldighati: 40 km from Udaipur, Haldighati has secured its place in history forever. It was at Haldighati in 1576 that Maharana Pratap had a fierce battle with Mughal Emperor Akbar. The enormous territory was said to be covered with blood and it was here that Chetak, the legendary horse of Maharana Pratap gave a marvelous display loyalty towards his chivalrous master. A 'Chhatri' done in delicate white marble is dedicated both to the resolute hero and his devoted charger.

Ranakpur: Beautiful sculptured Jain temples mark the glory of this renowned place. Marked as one of the five holy places for the Jain community, these were created in the 15 the century. During the reign of Rana Kumbha and are enclosed within a wall. The central Chaumukha [four faced temple] is dedicated to Adinathji the temple is an astounding creation with 29 halls and 1,444 pillars all distinctly carved and no two being alike is an amazing evidence of the genius sense of architecture that enhances the charm of the place.

Climate:
The climate of Udaipur is a tropical one. The summer season is tolerably hot, with the average temperature hovering around 38.3° C (max) to 28.8° C (min). The climatic conditions of Udaipur, Rajasthan are quite pleasant in winters. The average temperature falls in the range of 28.3° C (max) to 11.6° C (min). Udaipur weather experiences scanty rainfall in the monsoon season, somewhere around 61 cm, approximately.

How to reach Udaipur:

Air: - The Udaipur city has a domestic airport, which is connected to major Indian cities like Delhi, Jodhpur, Jaipur and Mumbai.

Train: - Udaipur is directly linked by rail with major cities. Some important train connection are: 9643 Express (Delhi Sarai Rohilla – Jaipur – Ajmer – Chittaurgarh -Udaipur)

Road: - Udaipur is connected with major destinations of Rajasthan and neighboring states like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra etc by extensive road network. Rajasthan Roadways provides the facility of Deluxe Buses and AC coaches for the convenience of passengers. One can also hire taxis and cars to reach Udaipur by road.

Local: - Tongas, Taxis, Auto and Cycle-rickshaws are available.

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