The Jewel of Mewar
Nestled in the Aravalli ranges of the regal Rajasthan, Udaipur is also known as the “City of Dawn”. Enveloped by ancient mountains, the city is settled on the edge of three lakes. This beautiful old city with narrow lakes is enclosed by lakes, gardens, temples and palaces. It lies at around 405 km from the city of Jaipur. Often referred to as the most romantic city of India, Udaipur has in store the lovely lakes, the magnificent palaces and ancient forts. With unparalleled natural beauty, dream palaces and heritage havelis, the city serves as a perfect choice for solemnizing weddings among people. The city has provided the backdrop for various movies to Indian cinema and Hollywood. Udaipur is among the better-known tourism destinations of India and serves as an integral part of any tour itinerary for Rajasthan.
The history of Udaipur dates back to 1200 years. It was founded in the year 1559 and named after Maharana Udai Singh. Then it replaced Chittor as the capital of the Sisodia dynasty. According to legend, the Maharana went out hunting and met a sacred man who blessed him and asked him to build a palace at the same spot, as it would be well-preserved.
Major Tourist Attractions in Udaipur
Situated on the bank of lake Pichola, City Palace showcases the architectural splendour of the Udaipur. This magnificent structure is the most popular tourist attraction of Udaipur. Initially built by Maharana Udai Singh, the palace underwent the subsequent additions by his successors. City Palace takes pride of being the wonderful amalgamation of European, Medieval and Chinese architecture. The Palace houses different towers, arches and domes, adding charm to heritage site. City Palace is a marvellous pot pourri of courtyards, terraces, pavilions, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens.
This well-known lake becomes most enthralling during the rains. It houses the gorgeous Lake Palace, built in marble, which has now been converted into a heritage hotel. Jagmandir Palace is another island palace, which houses intricate carvings of elephants. A must do activity is to capture the splendid views of the landscapes against the setting sun in a boat.
Fateh Sagar Lake
It is an artificial lake, which lies north of Lake Pichola. It is particularly enchanting with the breathtaking views of the Aravalli Hills, reflected in the waters.
The temple boasts of being among the largest temples in Udaipur. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it houses a black image of Lord. The shrine is also enveloped by four other shrines, dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Sun God, Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti. The temple is three-storied and houses exquisitely carved pillars, painted walls and carved ceilings. The central spire also houses sculptures of elephants, dancers, horsemen and musicians.
Saheliyon ki Bari
The garden served as a relaxing spot for royal women. It presents a stunning picture of well-maintained lawns, fountains and marble artwork. The garden also houses a museum, depicting ancient pictures and memorabilia that date back to the royal period. It houses a lotus pool and a sitting adorned with paintings and glass mosaics.
It is among the most romantic places on the earth. Situated amidst the serene Pichola Lake, it offers a splendid view to the onlookers. The impressive Aravalli hills on one side and towering palaces on the other create a perfect background to this gorgeous palace.
Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir
It is the Indian folk arts museum, exhibiting folk dresses, puppets, ornaments, dolls, masks, folk deities and folk musical instruments. Tourists can take delight in the puppet shows that are organized here everyday.
Other Places to See
Bhim Vilas Palace, Udaipur Solar Observatory, Bagore Ki Haveli and Maharana Pratap Memorial are other few popular tourist places to see on your Udaipur tour.
Ahar, Sajjangarh, Eklingji, Nathdwara, Nagda and Chittorgarh can be considered as good options for excursions from Udaipur.
Best Time to Visit
Between September and March
Udaipur has many good restaurants to satiate your hunger. Moreover, you can easily find traditional Rajasthani cuisine in the city.
Udaipur has numerous markets where shopping lovers can find a diverse variety of colourful handicrafts. These include tie and dye fabrics, puppets, turbans, miniature paintings, puppets, silver jewellery, metal ware and embroidered juttis. Stalls at Hathipol, Bapu Bazaar, Clock Tower and Chetak Circle are the popular shopping places in Udaipur.
The city has every type of accommodation options. These include luxury hotels, guest houses, deluxe, heritage and budget hotels.
How to Reach
Udaipur has its own airport, known as Maharana Pratap Airport, located around 25 kms from the city. It is well-linked to Jaipur, Aurangabad, Jodhpur, Delhi and Mumbai.
Udaipur Railway Station is situated little far from the city but it is well-connected with cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
The location of Udaipur on NH8 that links Delhi to Mumbai via Jaipur and Ahmedabad makes it easy to reach by road.