Udaipur , Rajasthan
Historical, Heritage, Scenic, City, Garden, Lake, Museums
Mewari, Hindi, and English
Udaipur, the "City of Lakes" is located in Rajasthan state of Western India. Once, this elegant city was ruled by Mewar Clan. After Independence, the city became part of Rajasthan State. Due to presence of large beautiful Lakes in and around the city, it is also mentioned as "Venice of East". Udaipur has privileged cultural and natural heritages. The people around here have the vanity impregnated in them for being under the rule of Mewar, one of the oldest Kingdoms of the region. Sprawling lakes and sumptuous Aravali Hill range bestow the city with a picturesque ambience. Udaipur along with Jodhpur is also quite a popular wedding destination for many celebrities.
Places to visit in Udaipur include of cource the City Palace, Lake Pichola and its Ghats, Saheliyon-ki-Bari, Maharana Pratap Samarak and Bagore Ki Haveli Museum. City Palace is the most recognizable tourist attarction and a landmark of the city. Besides most famous Lake Pichola, the many lakes of Udaipur include Fateh Sagar Lake, Swaroop Sagar and Udai Sagar. About 7 kms from Udaipur is Shilpgram or "craftsmen's village", a center to display rural arts and crafts of Rajasthan.
You must visit Kumbhalgarh fort on Udaipur tour. It’s about half a day trip from Udaipur. Kambhalgarh is famous for its fort which has a wall only next to Great Wall of China. Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary spread over rugged of the Aravali terrain near the fort is a great destination for wildlife enthusiasts.
Mount Abu and Chittorgarh are two other destinations worth exploring from Udaipur. Chittorgarh is known for its forts and other architectural marvels. Ranakpur is famous for its beautiful 15th century Jain temple which has a stunning architecture.
It’s no secret and looking at our Udaipur travel guide you can guess, the forts and palaces are the major attractions in Udaipur. Their reflections in the lakes like Pichola Lake and Fatehpur Sagar Lake are awe striking sights in Udaipur. Marvelously laid out gardens, Museums, Jag Mandir and Jagdish Temple are other few places worth visiting. Local buses, tongas and taxis can be opted to visit all the sightseeing spots in Udaipur.
Forts and Palaces with a regal touch are now converted as lavish hotels and resorts. Budget hotels are also available in this city. Lots of eateries and restaurants are available here. The city is renowned for serving the royal monarch. Tourists must taste the lip smacking Udaipur cuisine (strictly vegetarian), in spite of opting for intercontinental cuisines available in Udaipur. Ambrai Restaurant near Pichola Lake, Natraj and Bawarchi restaurants are the few notable eateries here.
Shopping in Udaipur is one such colorful experience during the trip. There are enormous stalls which line up the neatly laid out lanes in the city. The main bazaar stretches right from City Palace to Clock tower through the Jagdish temple. The best known market places are Suraj Pol, Ashwini market, Bapu Bazaar and Chetak.
Udaipur’s miniature paintings and Pichhwai paintings, which are drawn on cloth or silk, can be best souvenir to be bagged. Puppets and wooden toys, silver jewelry and items, hand crafted colorful textiles, embroidered bags and shoes, block-printed fabrics are some of the items can be purchased for our near and dear ones.
Udaipur is connected via direct flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur. Best time to visit is during winter months.