Udaipur is a popular tourist destination in India. Udaipur, the capital of the former princely state of Mewar is a beautiful city in Rajasthan, India. Udaipur city is also referred to as the “Venice of the East”, the “Most Romantic City of India” and the “Kashmir of Rajasthan”. Udaipur the “City of Lakes” is one among the most romantic and most beautiful cities of India. In context of Rajasthan, Udaipur is the second most-sought after tourist destination of the state, the first being Jaipur.
The lakes, palaces and lively workspaces and culture attract foreign and domestic visitors. It is a favourite marriage destination. Many celebrities, including film stars, business families, politicians chose Udaipur to hold marriage ceremonies and parties. Udaipur have three interconnected lakes – the Fateh Sagar Lake, the Lake Pichhola and the smaller Swaroop Sagar Lake; along with forts, palaces, temples, gardens, mountains and narrow lanes lines withdrawn with stalls, relives the reminisces of a heroic past, valor and chivalry. Udaipur city is easily accessible from all the major cities of India including Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Jaipur.
The festivals, altogether colourful and lively, with their frenzies and huge scope cast a spell worthy enough to keep you too in spirit for days to come whereas the serene gardens, which lend the city its second adoptive name- The Garden City of Rajasthan, are an epitome of how the natural order manages to make its way to flourish even in the desert, uninhibited. Last but not the least, anyone even a little interested in digging in the past too is fed by through artefacts and what not that still survives in the heart of the city through museums.
In and Around
Standing on the bank of lake Pichola, are massive series of palaces built at different time commencing from 1559 A.D. The balconies of the palace provide panoramic view of “Jag Niwas” (Now world wide famous Lake palace hotel), Jag Mandir on one side and on the other the city of Udaipur.
While entering the City palace the straight way go to the Government Pratap Museum housed with old sculptures and inscriptions. The antique paintings of Mewar, the turban of prince Khurram later on called Shahajahan, who built world fame Taj Mahal has also been displayed here as a token of friendship of Maharana Khazan Singh.
The Jagdish Temple is a large Hindu temple in the middle of Udaipur. It was built by Maharana Jagat Singh Ist in 1651 A.D. It is an example of Indo – Aryan architecture. This temple is a great example of architecture and art. The area is the main tourist place in the city. You can also find some special kind of things like rajasthani dress, paintings etc.
A beautiful laid out “Rock Garden” from where one can enjoy sunset view in Lake Pichhola and panoramic view of old city. Musical Fountain is an another attraction for the visitors.
Gulab Bagh Zoo
A spectacular rose Garden laid out by Maharana Sajjan Singh, is situated near the palace on east side of Lake Pichhola. A library in the garden has a rare collection of ancient handwritten manuscripts and books. Within the garden, there is a zoo with tigers, leopards, chinkara and many wild animals and birds are being kept.
Pratap Smarak (Memorial)
Moti Magri or Pearl Hill: Atop the Moti Magri or Pearl Hill, overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake is the memorial of the Rajput hero Maharana Pratap with a bronze statue of the Maharana astride his favourite horse “Chetak”.
Fateh Sagar & Nehru Park
A beautiful lake, overlooked by a number of hills on the three sides and the Pratap Memorial on the north was built by Maharana Fateh Singh. In the middle of the lake is Nehru Park – a lovely garden island with a boat shaped cafe accessible by an enjoyable boat ride.
Sahelion-ki-Bari (Garden of the maids of honour)
The Sahelion-ki-Bari is a fine specimen. This small ornamental garden was a popular relaxing spot where royal ladies came for a stroll and hence the name. The garden has many fountains in its four delightful pools, chiselled kiosks and marble elephants.
Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal
The interesting collection exhibited by this Indian folk arts museum includes folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings.
Ahar Museum, Mahasatya
The ancient capital of Sisodias, 3 km from Udaipur, Ahar boasts of a profusion of royal cenotaphs of the rulers of Mewar. A rare collection of antiquities including earthen pots, iron objects and other art items excavated in the region are displayed in a small govenment museum.
Sajjangarh (Monsoon Palace)
A former Monsoon Palace 1100ft. high above the surrounding and 3100 ft. from sea level was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1884. The palace looks its best during the rainy season. It offers a panoramic overview of the city’s lakes, palaces and surrounding country side. The hillside is thickly wooded and the former rulers maintained this as a royal shooting preserve.
Jag Mandir is another island in Lake Pichola which is known for its garden courtyard. Shah Jahan took refuge here while revolting against his father.
A crafts village located northwest of Udaipur, Shilpgram hosts an annual crafts fair which is one of the biggest in India; people from different states in the country have stalls showcasing their art and crafts work.
Udaipur Solar Observatory
Asia’s only solar observatory, the Udaipur Solar Observatory, is situated on an island in the middle of the Lake Fatah Sagar.
Karni Mata Ropeway
The Ropeway in Udaipur starts from a point close to Dudh Talai. It is a 4 min ride on one side. The view of Lake Pichhola from the cabin is really nice, especially after sunset. Also one can see the whole city sprawled out in front of you from the upper point. The ticket costs Rs.69/- per adult.
Rajiv Gandhi Park
The location make it a very attracting tourist spot.
This is an old building built right on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. The haveli now stages Rajasthani traditional dance and music.
A popular tourist hill station.
The pride and glory of Rajasthan, Chittor echoes with the tales of romance and valor unique to the Rajput Tradition. A ruined citadel, where the royal past lives in its imposing forts, graceful palaces and spectacular chhatris.
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in the most rugged of the Aravali in Pali, Rajsamand and Udaipur districts of Rajasthan.
Nagda was the old capital of Mewar. The chief relic, now extinct consists of the twin ‘Saas – Bahu’ temple of the 10th century.
Nathdwara is known for its Pichhwais (large painting on cloth depicting legends from the life of Lord Krishna) and Haveli music (devotional music, akin to Dhrupad – singing, with compositions meant for various seasons, festivals and sections of the day).
A stunningly situated artificial lake, built in the 17th century A.D. by Maharana Jai Singh is the second largest in Asia.
From Jaisamand, one can go on to Chawand. After the reverse suffered at Haldighati, Maharana Pratap took to the jungles and a guerilla mode of warfare. It was during this phase that Pratap acquired Chawand and made it his capital in 1585. It has been noted that the architecture at Chawand reflects a spartan defence – consciousness. It is said that Pratap was cremated here in 1597 A.D. in the nearby village Bandoli, on the banks of a small stream. Chawand continued to be the capital city till 1615. Besides, it was a major early centre of the Mewar school of painting.
Renowned for some marvelously carved Jain temples in amber stones, Ranakpur is one of the five holy places of the Jain community. These temples were created in the 15th century A.D. during the reign of Rana Kumbha and are enclosed within a wall.
Cradled in the cluster of thirteen mountain peaks of the Aravali ranges, the formidable medieval citadel – Kumbhalgarh stands a wary sentinel to the past glory. Rising from a prominent ridge, 1914 meters high from the sea level, the fort was built in 15th century A.D. by Maharana Kumbha and is the principal fortification after Chittaurgarh, lying 90 Km north-west of Udaipur.
When Rana Pratap refused to show subservience, Akbar decided to chastise him and sent a big army, under Man Singh of Amer, for the purpose. On the 31st of May, 1576, the two armies – ‘which were friendly to war and inmicial to life and which treated life as cheap and honour dear’ – took positions in Haldighati, ‘ the turmeric – coloured vale’, near Khamnor. The initial assault of the Mewaris rattled up the imperial forces but were then routed. Pratap was saved by Shakti Singh, his estranged brother, but Pratap’s famous steed, Chetak, succumbed to his injuries.
Kankroli and Rajnagar
Nathdwara is 48 kms to the north of Udaipur. A few kilometers further on, are located the twin towns of Kankroli and Rajsamand, the latter now the headquarters of a District. As with the Shrinathji at Nathdwara, the idol of Dwarkadheeshji was installed in a new temple at Kankroli. Both the towns nestle by the beautiful lake of Rajsamand which was got built by Maharana Raj Singh.
Once the capital of Parmars, this tiny village is reknowned for its magnificent shrine of Sayed Fakhruddin. Thousands of devotees throng here during the Urs. The shrine is beautiful decorated and illuminated for the occasion.
The temple of Jagat, 58 km from Udaipur, dedicated to the goddess Ambika Mata, is well preserved and elaborate in style. It is intact and in the mature idioms of mid – 10th century AD, the temple has several beautiful carvings and erotic sculptures.
An ancient temple of the goddess Tripura Sundari, commonly known as Turtia Mata. The idol of the goddess riding on a tiger is a magnificent one in black stone with 18 hands, each carrying some symbol. The temple is said to be one of the Shakti Peeth of Hindus.
Under the Mahi Bajaj Sagar Project, various dams and canals have been built over the Mahi river amid beautiful surroundings. The Mahi river has a number of Islands at intervals and hence Banswara is at times referred to as ‘the city of hundred islands’. The Mahi Dam and the Kagdi Pikup have a picturesque fountain garden, surely worth a visit.
Shopping places in Udaipur
Hathi Pol, Bada Bazaar, Chetak Circle and Palace Road are some of the popular shopping arcades of Udaipur. While shopping in these markets, don’t forget to bargain with the shopkeepers to get the value of your money. Rajasthali and Sadhna are two government emporiums that offer all the products under a single roof. Here you will get the quality product at a fixed price.
In winters, the temperature touches maximum of 28.3 degree Celsius and minimum of 11.6 degree Celsius. With such temperature, Udaipur experiences a pleasant climate in winters. Months from September to March make the ideal time to visit this city of lakes. If you want to enjoy Udaipur in its full glory, it would be better to plan your trip during the winters.
How to Reach
Maharana Pratap or Dabok Airport is located at a distance of 22 km from the city of Udaipur. Many domestic airlines connect the city to all the major cities of India including Jaipur, Mumbai, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Regular air services are available for Delhi and Mumbai.
Udaipur is well-connected with other cities of Rajasthan as well as India. There are frequent trains which run to and from Udaipur connecting Jaipur, Mumbai and Delhi. The luxury train Palace on Wheels is also a good option for those who wish to pamper themselves.
Udaipur has developed a brilliant road connectivity with almost all the major cities in India. The frequency of state as well private buses is awesome and regular. One can hire taxis to drive here.
Stay / Eat
Where to Stay
Taj Lake Palace,
Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Golden Tulip Udaipur
63rd Avenue, Sardarpura,
Near Sukhadia Circle,
Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Sector 11, Hiran Magri,
Near Savina Math,
Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
Where to Eat
Must eat places in Udaipur are:
Natraj Thali, Garden Restaurant,Aapni Dhani
Rajasthani / Punjabi cuisine:
Ambrai, Ras Leela, Hotel Hilltop Palace, Kabab Mistri
Palki Khana, Gateway, Savage Garden, Shakes & Delight
Govinda’s Cafeteria, German Bakery, Brewmen
Apart from the above listed restaurants your trip cannot be complete without tasting the magnificent street food that is here for offer in Udaipur. The following are the must EAT street foods in Udaipur.
Ayad ka Samosa ,Lala Ki Kachori, Delhi Gate ki Jalebi, Boil egg bhurji, Boharwadi Falafils