The city of Lakes, Udaipur is a lovely blend of water, lush green hills that set fire and passion in poet. Its palaces are straight out of a fairy-tale book, lakes, forts, palaces, temples, gardens, mountains and narrow lanes lines withdrawn with stalls, relives the reminisces of a heroic past, valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the Lake Pichola is excitement that defines imagination. Udaipur is the citadel of Mewar – a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years. Udaipur is one of the most romantic cities of world, also know as the Venice of East. It has five beautiful lakes, stunning royal palaces, forts, garden, temples, mountains, gardens and above all, you’ll find a variety of hotels and restaurants here.
How to reach Udaipur
By Road :: There are regular express & deluxe to all major destinations like Jaipur(8 Hours), Delhi(11 hours), Ajmer(6 hours), Jodhpur(5 hours).
By Rail :: The Chetak Express to Delhi departs at 17:15 PM (12 hours), via Chittorgarh(3 hours), Ajmer(6 hours), Jaipur(9 hours).
By Air :: Regular flights are available to/from all major designations like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur & Jodhpur. The nearest airport is the Dabok Airport i.e. 25 kms away.
Distance from major cities
Udaipur – New Delhi 670 Kms
Udaipur – Mumbai 1051 Kms
Udaipur – Jaipur 425 Kms
Udaipur – Jodhpur 350 Kms
Udaipur – Jaisalmer 575 Kms
Places to see
City Palace – A majestic architectural marvel towering over the lake on a hill surrounded by crenellated walls, it is a conglomeration of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. The main entrance is through the triple arched gate, the ‘Tripolia’ with eight marble porticos. The Maharana were weighed under the gate in the gold, the equivalent amount of which was distributed among the populace. The museum in the palace articulates it’s history and is an exquisite gallery of the arts of that time. The Suraj Gokhada The balcony of the sun, is where the Suryavanshi Maharanas of Mewar presented themselves to the people in time of trouble to restore their confidence. The ‘Mor Chowk’ known for its exquisite peacock mosaics in glass and the ‘Chini Chitrashala’ noted for its blue and white ceramics are other attractions in the palace.
Jag Mandir Island – The lovely palace was built by Maharan Karan Singh as a hideout for Shah Jahan ( Prince Khurram), This palace inspiried him to built the lovely Taj Mahal. It is located in the lake Pichola, it has lovely garden & has exquisite carving which worth to see. You can visit the palace (Entry fee – Rs. 175/-) & have dinner there. Its better to book the dinner in advance.
Jagdish Temple – Built in 1651 A.D. by Maharana Jagat Singh, this Indo-Aryan temple is the largest and the most beautiful temple of Udaipur with noteworthy sculpted images.
Bharatiya 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.
Bagore-Ki Haveli – It was built in 18th century, It a museum having 100 rooms, houses rajasthani costumes, modern art, paintings and have few bullock carts & every evening you can enjoy the folk dance organised by West Zone Cultural Center. ( Time: 19.00 to 20.00 Tickets: Adult Rs. 60 /child Rs. 30. )
Moti mangri :: Maharana Pratap Memorial – The beautiful hilltop garden is located on the banks of Fateh Sagar Lake. It has a stunning bronze statue of Maharana Pratap with his reliable horse “Chetak”. It has beautiful gardens, fountain, few shops and has wonderful view of the lake & mountains.
Sahelion Ki Bari – The lovely garden was built in 18th century by Maharana Sangram Singh for the ladies of the court. It has four pools including 1 lotus pool, fountains, the huge trees with lush green lawns.
Sajjangarh – The Monsson Palace or Sajjangarh was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh. It is situated on the top of a hill along Sajjangarh Wild Sanctuary. The Palace is best to see the Arial view of the city & the Sunset.
Lake Pichola – It is the best lake of Udaipur, the old city is located around the lake, The lake has three palace : Jag mandir, Jag Niwas Palace(Lake Palace) & Mohan mandir.
Shilpgram – Located in the heart of Aravallis, just 15 mins away from the city, the ethnic village is devoted to Rajasthani craft & it means craftsmen’s village. It covers an area of 70 acres & has museum, art gallery, traditional Rajasthani huts & shops, It as a huge outdoor auditorium called “Mukta Kashi”. Every year in the last week of December West Zone cultural center organises a huge 10 day cultural festival called Chirmi, where artist & craftsmen from all across India displays their artwork. Its really a must visit attraction.
Jaisamand Lake :: The lake is second largest lake of Asia. Located just 51 kms from Udaipur, the artificial lake was built by Maharana Jai Sigh. The lake has cenotaphs & temple on its bank. You can spot few rare migratory birds in the lake & Panthers, deers & antelopes in the wildlife sanctuary around the lake, Jeep safari is the best option for it. You can stay at the lovely Island Resort. Click here to know more about Jaisamand Island Resort
Rajsamand Lake :: Located 65 kms away from Udaipur, the huge lake has a dam, lovely pavilions with wonderful artworks. Don’t miss the sunset.
Haldighati :: Located just 44kms away from Udaipur, the land tells the story of the great battle between Maharana Pratap & Akbar. The battle was so mortal that the sand got red, by the blood.
Climate – Max. Rainfall is 61 cms.
In summers Udaipur has temperature between 28.8° C to 38.3° C
In Winters Udaipur has temperature between 11.6° C to 28.3° C
Shopping – Udaipur is best place for shopping, there are so many different types of shops which makes the shopping more wonderful. You can choose from the colorful Rajasthani sarees & outfits, silver jewellery, gem stones, Iittra or ascent, painting, handicraft products, Rajputana arms & sords.
Mewar Festival or Gangaur Festival :: (March- April)
It is celebrated to welcome the starting of spring. The ladies get together to decorate the statues of Isarji and Gangaur and then carry them in a ceremonial procession through different parts of the city and ends up at the Gangaur Ghat at Lake Pichhola. The festival ends up with traditional songs, folk dance, other shows & lastly a signature of an impressive fireworks display.
Shilpgram :: Chirmi Festival
Date – 21st Dec. to 2nd Jan.