If You Did Not Visit The City of Lakes -
You have Missed The Eternal Charisma of Palace That Floats On Water !!!
Udaipur, reside on the banks of three lakes, that protects the everlasting
beauty of this town. The heritage city reflect its image over the surface of
lake Pichola. Which is located in the southern zone of Aravalli range.
Udaipur also known as 'The White City' is located 274 km from Ajmer (Sufi
City), 90 km from Ranakpur, 406 km from Jaipur, 665 km from Delhi (National
Capital), 680 from Agra. The sand dunes has hundreds of folk tales to share,
since from the time of Mewar.
The sand dunes has hundreds of folk tales to share, since the time
immemorial. This city of lakes was founded by the Sisodia Rajputs of Mewars,
who developed it moreover like a fairy-tale after the fall of Chittaurgarh
in 1567. Maharana Udai Singh built many palaces and gardens during his
regime, today much of historical interest. Udaipur has much to offer its
visitors, the town surrounded by three lakes - Pichola, Fateh Sager and the
Udai Sager that adds vibrant colors to this romantic city and is much
popular among domestic and international tourists across the world. The
beautiful palaces, lakes and gardens in its heydays are of great popularity
like Jagniwas Island (Lake Palace), Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum, Monsoon
Palace, Gulabbagh, Nehru Park, City Palaces. Udaipur Museums are the
treasure hub of the erstwhile maharajas where you can see the great artwork
of Royal Rajputana. Being an important part of Rajasthan, Udaipur is very
much influenced with the Vaishnavism and Jainism, which are against the
slaughter of animals. Hence they prefer the vegetarian cuisine. The hotels
and restaurants in Udaipur do provide non-vegetarian facilities on demands.
The Eternal Charm !!!
The Lake Palace- : - Lake palace, also known as Jagniwas in its heydays.
It's a beautiful island and is about 1.5 hectares long almost covering the
Do you know, Udaipur was once the historic capital
of former Mewar kingdom, which was ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for nearly
1200 long years.
Build by Maharana Jagat Singh II in 1754 AD the
palace was considered to the royal summer palace of Rajputana, later on
converted into luxury hotel in 1960 AD by Maharana Bhagwant Singh. The Lake
Palace is complete luxury hotel with courtyard, restaurant, fountain and a
swimming pool. The sparkling Lake Palace was largely responsible for
spotting Udaipur on the international tourist map and has earned a big name
across the world. The Lake palace and other two palaces in Udaipur (Shiv
Niwas Palace and Monsoon Palace) were the ambience chosen for shooting
'Octopussy' the most famous Holly-Wood movie of James Bond. The ravishing
location, majestic interiors, exquisite architecture and the eternal royalty
has places it among the most exotic hotels in the world.
Inside the Heritage Town of Udaipur !!!
Udaipur is a great composition of lakes, palaces, museums that embellished
Can you remember the panoramic palace location of
famous James Bond film 'Octopussy', it was non other then the pristine Lake
Palace of Udaipur amidst Lake Pichola.
There are many
attractions in the erstwhile princely state, like Pratap Smarak:- Along with
the terrain of pearl hills, overlooking the Fateh Sager Lake you will see a
statue of Rajput gallant Maharan Pratap Singh astride his favorite horse
Chetak, who frequently challenge the Mughal Emperors in its heydays. Another
is the Saheliyon Ki Bari: - It is a elegant garden, that is located in the
north of Udaipur. This beautiful garden of ancient times is well maintained
with fountains, kiosks, marble elephants and a charming lotus pool.
The another attraction in the soil of Rajputana is Monsoon Palace : - The
rigorous palace looks like a paramount on the head of rocky hills, it was
build by Maharana Sajjan Singh in the late 19 century. This royal palace is
located about 5 km west of Udaipur and also knows as Sajjan Garh. The Sajjan
Garh gives an excellent view of the surrounding hills, pristine lakes and
royal palaces in the mountains. According to legends, the palace was build
to trace the movements of clouds that gives a brief of monsoon in the
Beside this, there are also famous museums, Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum : -
Here you can see a beautiful collection of royal arts and folklore, the
museum is a preservation and promotion of local folks, that include turbans,
dolls, dresses, musical instruments, paintings and puppets. The royal
collection in this museum is considered to be many years old.
Udaipur is also known for its temples, which are carved out of milky white
stone. Jagdish Temple: - is one of the holy places for worship only 150m
north of the town. Hundreds of tourists throng every year to get the
blessing of Hindu god and goddess inside the roof of ageless faith. The
echoes of temple bells inside the temple premises give an everlasting peace
to devotees of all beliefs. The sacred temple enshrines with a black stone
image of Vishnu as Jaganath (Lord of universe). It is a fine Indo-Aryan
temple, build by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651. As you reach at the entrance
of temple, there you can see a image of Garuda in a shrine.
The Appealing Meadows !!!
Nehru Park :
Its a beautiful park, situated in the middle
of Fateh Sager Lake. This attractive park is blessed with great fauna of
beauty, hence covers the huge area of about 41 acres with its flower gardens
and a lily pond. As the name suggest, it was inaugurated on the birth
anniversary of First Prime Minster of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. The garden
overlooks the ancient Moti Mahal of MahaRana Pratap and gives a delightful
view of Aravalli hills surrounded from the three sides. You can also access
here by an enjoyable boat ride.
Gulab Bagh :
Gulab Bagh "garden of roses" also
known as Sajjan Niwas Garden. The garden covers nearly 100 acres of major
area, hence it is the biggest and one of the best maintained gardens in
India. Apart from the trees, zoo and flowerbeds, there is an easy access to
the near by museum, originally known as Victoria Hall, this museum displays
the royal collection of curios and antiques. It has now been shifted to
Karan Vilas Mahal within the City Palace complex. There is also a public
library attached to the garden, which has large volumes and illustrated
manuscripts archeology and history. Apart from the lush green belt, the
Gulab Bagh provides an adequate environment to flora and fauna in the large
occupied area. The beautiful Gulab Bagh has moreover become a habitat for
the animals like tigers, leopards, chinkara and some of the feathered spices
in the zoo.
Festivals of Varied Expressions !!!
Udaipur fairs and festivals are of great importance, as each one of them
have some specific reason in its past. Thousands of domestic and
international tourists travel to Udaipur every year to reveal the charm of
this cultural extravaganza.
Nothing could be a better place then Udaipur for
hosting Marriage your dream day, in many of its royal palaces.
The Venice of the East has become a desired wedding venue for those who want
to make their marriage the most royal and memorable one.
Indulge in many festival merriment like Beneshwar Fair, Mewar Festival and
Pratap Jyanti. Each of them is celebrated with processions, traditional folk
songs and dance.. The Beneshwar Fair is of great importance in Indian
culture. The word Beneshwar is derived from Linga (Lord Shiva). According to
Indian myths, on the full moon night that falls in the month of
January-February every year, thousands of tribals join together in the
convergence of two rivers, Som and Mahi in Rajasthan. These devotes submerge
the ashes of their relatives, as a memorial service. After that, they bathe
in the river and then take the blessing of Lord Shiva at Dungarpur in
Rajasthan. Another is Mewar Festival, celebrated to welcome spring season,
which is filled with huge mob on the streets of Udaipur. The fair is fully
dedicated to goddess Pravati. This colorful festival held in March- April
every year. Thousands of participants gather on the streets of Udaipur to
take the Shobha-Yatra (enchanting journey) with elephants, camels, horses
and folk artists. Beside this is the Pratap Jyanti this festivals is one of
the most important chapter in the soil of Udaipur Pratap Jyanti is one of
the ceremonial procession, the local area peoples leads to a huge procession
to the Haldi Ghati (battlefield) in the memory of great warrior MahaRana
Pratap. The Jyanti takes place in the month of May-June.
The Shopping Bonanza at Udaipur Bazaars !!!
Udaipur is a major shopping center for tourist. Here you can checks the
original art work, silver jewelry, stone sculptures and wooden figures. The
bustling shops are lined near the city palace, where you can look for
original Rajasthani arts and crafts.
Udaipur has been lifted straight from the pages of
a fairytale book. In the Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan', Colonel
James Tod pictures Udaipur as the most romantic hub in the sub-continent of
Around the Jagdish Mandir, Rajasthali is the best place
that sells everything from miniature to fake antiques. There is almost every
variety of Rajasthani craft, specially the miniature paintings in the
Rajput-Mughal styles, these paintings are done on a piece of cloth, wood,
marbles, papers and even on leaves which is worth a purchase. In the
opposite circle of Jagdish Mandir, is the Om Art Emporium that has the fake
antique and the wonderful old photograph gallery. Other famous shopping
centers include Chetak Circle, Bapu Bazaar, Clock tower, City Market and
Hathipol. There are cluster of shops near the lake palace road from where
you can buy the unique items of Royal Rajasthan.
The Handicrafts !!!
Rajasthan handicrafts are worldwide known for its expertise. These
handicrafts are durable and delicate, which earns dubious popularity as they
reach the shops for sale. The sophisticated skill and handwork adds
everlasting charm when these handicrafts are spread on floor surface of your
home. It is a profession, which is running since ages in the generations of
local craftsmen. The Jaipur handicrafts are exported within the geographical
boundaries of India as well as in abroad, it includes a unique range of
collection starting from painting on the silk, miniature, cotton, marble,
gem stone, paper and the paintings defining the ancient time of Mughals. The
Jaipur streets are embellished ready-made fabrics, embroidery and hand block
printings. The small village of Sanganer - 16 km in the south range of
Jaipur is a hub of block printing and tie and dye textile. For block
printing fabrics there are number of shops including the sakshi, which also
has the tremendous range of Blue Pottery. About 20 Km from Sanganer is a
small village called Bagru, which is also popular for its block printing,
particularly of colorful design featuring circular motifs. You can place
your order here for the required textile print that can be delivered
directly to your residing place.
Charm of Rural Life Around Udaipur !!!
There are number of small rural towns and village destinations around
Udaipur showcasing all the splendor of rural village life. The Nathdwara
village, is nearly 48 km north of Udaipur and is believed to be the sacred
shrine of Vaishnavis build in the 18th century. Explore the inside of the
temple premises wonder at the sight of black stone image of Vishnu.
Thousands of pilgrims visit this shrine during Deewali, Holi and Janmashtami
some of the famous festivals of India. Nathdwara is also famous for its
Pichwai paintings, a masterpiece for your shopping kit.
Another beautiful village town to visit is Kumbhalgarh, it is located 84 km
north of Aravalli hills in Udaipur. Housing the colossal Kumbhalgarh Fort an
important landmark of Mewar rulers. It was build in 15th century by Maharana
Khumbh. The fort was used to protect the Rajput warriors at the time of
danger. See some of the famous religious temples, royal palaces, flourishing
gardens and water storage facilities inside the fort premises.
Ranakpur another town lying at a distance of 48 km is famous for its
cluster of Jain Temples. These temples are known to be biggest Jain Temples
in India and are extremely splendorous in their architecture and carvings,
worth a glance. The town has all the attractions of rural and ancient
villages, full of life and color. Enjoy your stay in the remoteness of
Udaipur and feel the real flavor of Rajasthani village life that definitely
cast a spell on its visitors.
Maharana Pratap airport is just 21 km far from
the city center of Udaipur. The aerodrome is well connected by Indian
Airlines and Jet Airways with the flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur,
Jodhpur and Aurangabad. The Indian Airlines has at least one flight a day to
Delhi (National Capital).
Udaipur is nestled in the western railway
meter gauge network. The Railway Station is about 4 Km. far from the city
center. Udaipur is directly connected by rail with Delhi, Jaipur, Ajmer,
Chittaurgarh, Jodhpur and Ahmadabad. Mumbai is connected via Ahmadabad.
There are frequent bus services with in
Rajasthan and other states. The RSTC (Rajasthan State Transport Corporation)
is well connected by road. From Udaipur to Ahmadabad 262 km, Bombay is 739
km, Delhi is 670 km, Jaipur is 407 km, Chittaurgarh is 115 km and Mount Abu
is 185 km.
Local Transport :
The most convenient mode of
transportation within the Udaipur city are local buses, auto rickshaws,
taxi, cycle-rickshaws and tongas, which are easily available throughout the
Major Attractions of Udaipur
Lake Palace : A Royal Retreat !!!
Lake Palace is situated on the banks of Jag Niwas Island, originally built
by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1743 A.D, which took nearly 3 long years to build
this glittering palace and was finally inaugurated in the year 1746.
This beautiful lake palace mirror down an image of sparkling marbles, which
are still rare in the world. The marvelous lake palace nearly covers the
whole area of 1.5 hectare of the island in the middle of the shimmering
Pichola Lake. Lake palace was once the royal summer residence of various
Maharanas, but in the recent year, it is now being converted into a five
star heritage palace hotel, with all the great amenities and modern
facilities. For most of the visitors, lake palace hotel is none other than a
royal retreat, most interestingly, at the time of sunrise and sunset. As it
makes the best time to see the dazzling image of the palace on the surface
of serene Lake Pichola, just imagine the murmur of water around the palace
with the howling waves, which can add tangible moments to cherish throughout
your life. More Information on Lake Palace
Durbar Hall : The Glittering Durbar Hall !!!
If you like the thought of celebrating your
marriage at one of the sets of Octopussy, then the Lily Pond at Lake Palace
could be the ideal setting.
Udaipur has always served aristocracy to number of royal bloods, and those
times the need was felt to build Durbar Halls, so that whenever there is a
need for announcements or declarations, it act as useful medium to inform
kings men and village peoples. However, the Durbar Hall at the Fateh Prakash
Palace is an stunning example of those times. Udaipur's Darbar Hall is
undoubtedly one of India's most impressive hall with lavish interior and
great sightseeings that depicts on the walls of hall. The visitors are
allowed to see the royal weapons and lionhearted portraits of former
Maharanas of Mewar. The hall has an exquisite ceiling and is surrounded by
viewing galleries from where the ladies of the palace could get a view from
the privacy of their veils. Its a must visit hall once you plan your trip to
tour the city of lakes Udaipur.
Crystal Gallery : The Quartz Gallery !!!
The luminous crystal gallery is located inside Fateh Prakash Palace, which
is none other than a mind blowing collection of rare crystals.
Visiting Udaipur is none other than exploring the
oasis in the heart of desert. Today, it is one of the most precious jewel of
Indian tourism industry, for which millions of enthusiastic tourists flock
here every year.
These glistering crystals was once ordered by
Maharana Sajjan Singh from F & C Osler England. But, he could not see
these beautiful crystals, due to his untimely death. The Fateh Prakash
Crystal Gallery portray a wide range of crystals, which are rare in the
world, some of these item are dinning table, dressers, sofa sets, fountains,
tables, and even the beds, array of washing bowls, decanters and perfume
bottles can be seen inside the gallery. The gallery also comprise of an
exquisite jewel studded carpet, which no boundaries top express.
Jagdish Temple : Ageless Faith, Timeless Grace !!!
Udaipur's Jagdish Temple is one of the most renowned temple complex of the
city. It was originally built by Maharana Jagat Singh I in year 1651 A.D.
Do you know
The renowned Jag Mandir of Udaipur was the key
inspiration behind Shahjahan's creation of the Taj Mahal.
alluring worship place enshrines with a black stone image of Lord Vishnuji.
Whereas, here one can also see the vehicles of Lord Vishnu, the Garuda,
which is made up of harsh brass. Next you can see the exterior and the
plinth, which are covered with the base relief of alligators. At the
entrance, steps up to the temple are flanked by elephants and horsemen.
However, Jagdish Temple is the largest and most splendid temple ever build
in Udaipur. One will be surprised with the live music and ringing bells,
which can be heard throughout the day.
Lake Pichola : The Sapphire Udaipur !!!
Lake Pichola is one of the most fascinating lake, which has two island, Jag
Niwas and the Jag Mandir.
Do you know, Udaipur is a blessed soil of hermit,
who advised Maharana to establish his kingdom over Lake Pichola, after the
fall of Chittaurgarh by Mughal emperor Akbar.
shimmering lake is 4km long and 3 km wide, originally build by Maharana Udai
Singh II after he discovered the jewel of Rajasthan Udaipur.
There are many ghats, like the bathing and washing ghats, which can be
approached through boats from the City Palace of Udaipur (Bansi Ghat). In
the heart of lake, most delicate world marvel is build 'City Palace' which
is now converted into a heritage palace hotel. This captivating palace hotel
is considered to be 3 decades old in the history of Udaipur. The Lake
remains fairly shallow, at the time of heavy rains, and gets dry easily at
the time of severe drought. Once the island dries, it makes the best time to
take the leisure walk inside the most remote parts of Lake Pichola, where
one can sight row of crocodiles, which is none other a thrilling experience
for most of the enthusiastic travellers.
Fateh Sager Lake : Lovers Paradise !!!
Fateh Sager Lake is one of the most romantic vicinity for young lovers, it
is situated in the north of Lake Nicholas. It is the most peaceful and
relaxing place to spend leisures for much of the travellers and Udaipur
localities . This beautiful Fateh Sager Lake bestow with infinite beauty of
the Aravali hills at the backdrop of serene lake body. It was originally
build by Maharana Jai Singh in the year 1678 AD, but later on reconstructed
and extended by Maharana Fateh Singh, As lot of destruction was caused, due
to the heavy rains. Whereas, today Fateh Sager Lake is the most preferable
site for endless wanderers, the mornings and evenings are very much
refreshing around the lake, and in the middle of lake, you can see a grand
Nehru park, which is a popular garden island, showcase an image of boat
shaped cafe. The lake is one of the major attractions of Udaipur, these are
some real moments that you will going to witness, once please your eyes with
the precious sapphire of Udaipur.
Shilpgram Village : The Village of Crafts
Shilpgram, immensely popular among tourist as a craft village. This
beautiful village is situated nearly 3 km west of Fateh Sagar in Udaipur.
This ethnic village area houses 26 huts, covering an area of nearly 70 acres
of natural vegetation in the foot of Aravali Range. The eternal charm of
village comprises of traditional houses straight from the four states of
India namely as Rajasthan, Goa, Gujrat and Maharashtra. Although, villages
seems more eye-catching during Shilpgram Utsav that held in the month of
December every year. At the time of festivals, it becomes an excellent abode
to get the unique collection of art and crafts. Shilpgram village also
facilitates live demonstrations by musicians, dancers and artisans from
various states and made it a hub to get unparalleled accumulation of
weaving, embroidery, mirror and woodwork. Shilpgram has two museums that
display the local artifacts of rural and tribal life. Various huts are build
in the zone from where you can get traditional crafts, here you can shop for
some of the unique items fabricated by the local craftsmen. Besides this,
one can also take the charm of riding camels and camel carts. You can also
enjoy the traditional rural cuisine and can taste authentic vegetarian and
non-vegetarian food in some of the famous restaurants like Shilpi and
woodland who also serve good Indian, Continental, Chinese delicacies.
City Palace towers stand tall over beautiful Lake Pichola. The constructed
was started by Maharana Uday Singh, but number of additions were made later
by his succeeding Maharanas. There are many gates to enter and exit like the
Hati Pol (Elephant Gate), Bari Pol (Big Gate), Tripolia Pol (Triple Gate).
But the main entry to the complex is through the Hati pol. Whereas, the
Suraj Gokhada (Balcony of the Sun) is made, where Maharanas used to boost
the morale of his people at the time of difficulties. The main part of the
palace is now preserved as a museum, displaying a wide range of artifacts.
Down steps from the entrance is the armoury museum, which showcase a huge
collection of protective gear, weapons including the lethal two pronged
sword, which is carefully preserved here. The City Palace museum is then
entered through the Ganesh Deori meaning the door of Lord Ganesh. This leads
to the Rajya Angan, the royal courtyard that is the very spot where Maharana
Udai Singh met the sage, who told him to build a city here. The rooms of the
palace are superbly decorated with mirror tiles and paintings. Other most
alluring places to visit in the complex are Manak Mahal, Moti Mahal, Chini
Mahal, Surya Chopar, Bari Mahal, Zenana Mahal, and the Lakshmi Chowk.
Eklingji : Construction of Great Age
Eklingji is one of the biggest temple complexes situated nearly 22 km in
the north of Udaipur. It is convenient to reach the temple location by bus
and car. The Eklingji temple is escorted by the long walls of hard rock.
This fascinating temple was built in 734 A.D, which consist of 108 temples
chiseled out of sandstone and marbles. The temple complex is devoted to the
royal family of Mewar. Beside this there are many ancient temples like Shiva
Temple, this temple was build in the time of Maharana Raimal between 1473
The walled complex of Eklingji has an elaborately pillared hall under a
large pyramidal roof and depicts the four-faced Shiva image of black marble.
Most of the faithful pilgrims visit temple on Monday to seek the special
blessings of god. Whereas other days of the week the temple is relatively
crowd free. The Maharana of Udaipur pays a private visit to the temple on
Monday evening. Nearly 1 km before Eklingji, the Nagda town is located. This
place is famous for its Sas-bahu and Adbudji temple. The Sas-Bahu Temple is
widely known for its exquisite carvings on the stones. The temple carvings
are related to the incidents of great Indian epic Ramayana. Eklingji is a
great devotional place for Hindu tourist in India. The tourist can access to
this place from RSTC buses that runs from Udaipur to Eklingji and other
major destinations of Rajasthan, that hardly takes an hour (60 Minutes) to
reach Eklingji from Udaipur.