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Udaipur - The City of Lakes

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Also known as: The City of Lakes / Venice of East
Shopping: Handmade accessories; Mineral stones; Precious & Semi Precious Gem stones; carpets; marble sculptures and many more
History of: 450 years
Population: 10 Lac

Udaipur City, formally known as the city of lakes and Venice of East. Udaipur, the capital of the former princely state of Mewar is a beautiful city in Rajasthan, India. Udaipur is also referred to as the "Venice of the East", the "Most Romantic City of India" and the "Kashmir of Rajasthan". The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure water lakes, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravalis. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur city of Rajasthan state is a fascinating blend of sights, sounds and experiences - an inspiration for the imagination of the poets, painters and writers. Udaipur's kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the Lake Pichhola is an enticing sight.Udaipur was named Asia's 2nd Best City of 2007 and Travel & Leisure magazine named Oberoi Udaivilas as the "World's best hotel" for 2007. Udaipur is a favourite marriage destination. Many celebrities were married in Udaipur.

Udaipur, was voted the world's best city for travellers in 2009 in an online poll by Travel + Leisure magazine, trumping last year's winner Bangkok. Travel + Leisure will honour winners on July 21 in New York.

 

Major Attractions

 

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)

Udaipur is a city of lakes and gardens, big and small. The Sahelion - ki - Bari is a fine specimen. On the eve of his departure from Mewar, Col.Tod had shifted to it so as to have some needed solitude. Much later, a thoughtful had located a library in it !

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

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 Govt.museum.

Sajjangarh (Monsoon Palace)

A former Monsoon Palace 1100 ft. 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

In the middle of lake Pichhola is the island palace Jag Mandir where prince Khuman Singh Later known as emperor Shahjahan who built world fame Taj Mahal, sought refuse from his father emperor Jahangir. This three story building was completed by Maharana Jagat Singh Ist in 1652 A.D.

In the mutiney of 1857 A.D., the Indian regiments stationed at Neemach (M.P.) rebelled. English officers and women with their children had taken refuge in a village named Dungla, Maharana Swaroop Singh had then brought to Udaipur in safety and then kept them in comfort on the island of Jag Mandir untill order was restored.

Shilpgram

West Zone Cultural Centre in Udaipur, Rajasthan has set up an artisan's village called - Shilpgram, 3 Kms west of Udaipur. It is a living ethnographic museum depecting life style, traditions, customs and folk arts of the rural and tribal people of the states of Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujrat, Goa, Daman, etc. There are several huts constructed in the traditional architectural style using mud and local building material to reflect the geographical and ethnic diversity of the different states of west zone of India.

The rural artisans and folk artists reside here and perform in the natural surroundings in a village environment. Every year, more than a lakh visitors visit this village which is spread out in an area of 55 acres, surrounded by Aravali mountains. The Shilpgram Utsav organised every year from 23rd December to January 1st, attracts massive crowd creating a scene of rural market fair and festival with live performance of folk artist from different parts of the country. The Terracotta Museum, the museum of masks, folk and musical instruments are of particular attraction.

 

Nearby Excursions

 

Nathdwara

Shri Nathdwara (a pathway to Lord Shri Krishna) lies 48 km from Udaipur and literally means the gateway to the Lord. Devotees throng the shrine in large numbers during occasions of "Janmashtmi", the day of the Lord's birth, and other festivals like Holi. It is famous for its 'pichwai' paintings, with Shri Krishna in the centre and is recognized for profuse use of gold colour.

Ranakpur

A village that is home to one of the most important Jain temples.[citation needed] 1400+ marble pillars support the temple. Opposite the Jain temple is the much older Sun Temple. Located in Rajsamand District, 110 km north of Udaipur.

Haldighati

A mountain pass in Rajsamand District that hosted the battle between Rana Pratap Singh of Mewar and the Mughal emperor Akbar. Now a memorial site.

Kumbhalgarh

A 15th-century fortress, built by Rana Kumbha of Mewar, with 36 kilometres of walls. Over 360 temples are within the fort. It also has a wildlife sanctuary. Located in Rajsamand District, 64 km from Udaipur. The vista from the top of the palace typically extends tens of kilometers into the Aravalli hills.

Eklingji

Eklingji is a temple complexes situated nearly 22 km in the north of Udaipur. It was built in 734 A.D. and consists of 108 temples chiseled out of sandstone and marbles; it is devoted to the royal family of Mewar.

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in the most rugged of the Aravali in Pali, Rajsamand and Udaipur districts of Rajasthan. It takes its name after the historic fort of Kumbhalgarh, which comes into view over the Park. It is 578 km in area and at an altitude of 500 to 1,300 metres. It is home to a very large variety of wildlife, some of which are highly endangered species. The wildlife includes wolf, leopards, sloth bear, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, smabhar, nilgai, chaisingh (the four horned antelope), chinkara, and hare.

Kankroli and Rajsamand Lake

Dwarakadish Temple, Nau Choukiya, JK Tyre factory

Jaisamand Lake

second biggest man-made lake in the Asia.Very picturesque and beautiful lake has many habitate islands.

Udaisagar Lake

 

Fun Festives

 

Shilpgram Fair
Literally meaning a "Craftsmen's Village" is a living ethnographic museum depicting the enormous diversities in craft, art & culture between various Indian states, but the exquisite terracotta work mainly in dark red and dark brown sand material along with the wooden carvings are the forte of this ethnic village .

Mewar Festival
The Mewar Festival is celebrated to welcome the advent of spring. It coincides with the festival of Gangaur in Udaipur, and has a unique charm about it. The women folk gather to dress the images of Isar and Gangaur and then carry them in a ceremonial procession through different parts of the city.

 

Distance from major cities
Jaipur 393 Kms
Jodhpur 252 Kms
Pushkar 277 Kms

 

How to reach there

by Air Maharana Pratap Airport well connected with Jaipur, Delhi, Jodhpur & Mumbai many major cities of India.
by Rail Udipur Railway Station is well connected with Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur & many more major cities of India.
by Road Well connected with all nearby states & cities of India.

Recommended Restaurants

  • Jaiwana Rooftop Restaurant, Udaipur

  • A Royal Delight : Restaurant At City Palace, Udaipur

  • Aravalli : Memory of Mountains, Udaipur

Hotels in Udaipur

Luxury

Medium

Budget

Taj Lake Palace [ph]

Shiv Niwas Palace [ph]

Udaivilas Resort [hh]

Trident Hillton

Hotel Shikarbadi [hh]

Hotel Udai Kothi [hh]

Hotel Jagat Niwas Palace [hh]

Hotel Fatehgarh (hh)

Hotel Shilpi Resort

Hotel Ram Pratap Palace

Hotel Aranyawas

Hotel Mahendra Prakash

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