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. Known for its arts and crafts and miniature paintings, Shilp Gram festival is a favorite tourist attraction of the city. Maharana Udai Singh II founded Udaipur in 1568 after he lost Chittorgarh to Mughal Emperor Akbar. It is believed that a saint meditating on a hill near Lake Pichola guided him to establish his capital here as it is surrounded by Aravallis, forests and lakes that makes it a safer place than Chittorgarh. His heir Maharana Pratap was a legendary hero who is still revered for his valor and chivalry and being the most ferocious Rajput warrior who gave a tough time to the Mughals all his life.
Pleasant winters and scanty rainfall
characterizes the climate of Udaipur. Though temperature rises to 40ºC
in summers, but mostly it is tolerable and is around 30's.
HOW TO REACH
By Air: Udaipur has a good network of air
services linking it to from New Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad,
Aurangabad and Mumbai. Nearest airport is Dabok Airport, which is 21
km from the city centre.
By Train: It is well connected to and from
all the major cities of India such as Chittrogarh, Ajmer, Jaipur and
Delhi by trains. Palace On Wheels is a major attraction of course.
The railway station is 4 km from the heart of the city.
By Road: The roads are smooth and link
Udaipur to various major cities of India such as Delhi, Jaipur,
Chittrogarh, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Indore, Kota, Mount Abu and Mumbai.
Thus, there are bus services to and from Gujarat, Delhi and major
cities of Rajasthan that end at the bus terminal, 2 km from the
WHERE TO EAT
There are plenty of eateries in
Udaipur where you can find the spicy piquant Rajasthani delicacies along
with almost all the continental and Chinese mouth-watering dishes. There
is Lake Palace, which offers a royal cuisine with a perfect environment
that befits the regal splendor of the bygone era. The Shiv Niwas Palace
Hotel, Gallery Restaurant at Fateh Prakash Palace Hotel and
Amet-ke-Haveli are other popular places that serve you with exotic
dishes, elegant ambience and picturesque backdrops.
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Mewar Festival coincides
with Gangaur Festival in Chaitra (according to the Hindu
calendar), which usually falls in March or April. It is mainly held to
welcome Spring, the season of blossoms. As it coincides with
the Gangaur festival, people dressed in colorful attires take out a
procession of the images of Isar and Gangaur and the Gangaur Ghat at
Lake Pichhola. The idols are then sent for boating for an hour in
special boats and there is much rejoicing and songs are sung. Then comes
the time for cultural events where one can see the culture of Rajasthan
through songs, dances and other programmes that are organized. At the
end of the festival, there is a beautiful display of fireworks.
Baneshwar Fair is held from
Magh Shukla Ekadashi (11th day of the lunar month) to Magh Shukla
Purnima (Full moon day) according to the Hindu calendar, that is, for
five days in February or March at a small delta formed by the rivers Som
and Mahi in Dungarpur, which is just 13 km from Udaipur. Predominantly a
tribal fair of Bhils, Baneshwar fair features Ras-lila (local plays)
that takes place at night in the Lakshmi-Narain Temple and the
traditional folk songs of Bhils that are high-pitched and sung while
they sit around a bonfire in the night.
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
WHAT TO WEAR
The most appropriate outfits to wear
in Jodhpur include loose cotton clothes in summer and heavy woolen
clothes to keep you warm in winter. Use a hat or a scarf as a head
covering and drink lots of water to avoid heat strokes. It will be
advisable to wear comfortable footwear, as you will have to walk a lot
here while sightseeing. Sunscreens are not to be forgotten to save
yourself from sunburns you may get from the scorching hot desert sun in
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Udaipur Travel Guide
|Significance:||Known as the City of Lakes|
|Best Season:||October To April|
|Language:||Hindi, English, Rajasthani|
|Distance From Jaipur:||405 Km|
|Distance From New Delhi:||663 Km|