• Best Time To Visit Udaipur
  • October March
  • Distance From Major Cities To Udaipur
  • Jaipur-435 kms.
  • Delhi-635 kms.
  • Ahmedabad-240 kms.
  • Mumbai-791 kms.
  • Weather in Udaipur
  • Summer 38.3C (Max) - 28.8C (Min)
  • Winter 28.3C (Max) - 11.6C (Min)
  • Rainfall 61 cm Approx

Udaipur


About Udaipur

 
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Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years. The foundation of the city has an interesting legend associated with it. According to it, Maharana Udai Singh, the founder, was hunting one day when he met a holy man meditation on a hill overlooking the Lake Pichhola.
The hermit blessed the Maharana and advised him to build a palace at this favorable located spot with a fertile valley watered by the stream, a lake, an agreeable altitude and an amphitheater of low mountains. Maharana followed the advise of the hermit and founded the city in 1559 A.D.
Udaipur is one of the most beautiful cities of Rajasthan, it is located on the banks of lake Pichola, also known as a 'Jewel of Mewar'. The most romantic city of India can take the tourist into paroxysm of heaven.
The center of attraction vibrates around the shimmering blue waters and the royal white marble palaces constructed with unique artistic insight. This remarkably chiseled out Lake Palaces shines like a jewel on Lake Pichhola certainly enchants the tourist and overwhelms them with its charm.

Tourist Attractions in Udaipur

Sajjangarh Palace:

In the late 18th century Sajjangarh or the heritage palace of Sajjan was built by its namesake Maharana Sajjan Singh (1874-1884). About 5km west of Udaipur City it is at a height of 3100 feet above sea level and 1100 feet over the Fateh Sagar Lake.
The palaces of the fort look like a tiara on the head of a rocky hill, the one on which the fort proudly stands. The rocky crag is massive and has an excellent view of the surrounding hills, pristine lakes and snow-white palaces.
The fort place is crowned by the Monsoon Palace, which also has a panoramic view of the lakes and palaces and the city below. The fort was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh as an observatory to watch the progress of the monsoon clouds over the surrounding areas.
Towards the left of the Monsoon heritage palace is Shikarbadi or the Khas Odi, a shooting box that lies at the southern end of the lake Pichola. It was built by Sir Sajjan Singh between 1874 and 1884 and now has been converted into a small palace with exquisite surroundings.

City Palace:

City Palace complex is actually a conglomeration of buildings added by various Maharanis, the palace manages to retain a surprising uniformity of design. Building was started by Maharana Udai Singh II. The palace is surmounted by balconies, towers & cupolas and there are wonderful views over the lake and the city from the upper terrace.
Main entrance is from northern end through the Baripol of 1600 and the Tripolia Gate of 1725, with its eight carved marble arches....more on City Palace in Udaipur

Lake Palace (Jag Niwas):

 
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The largest palace complex of Rajasthan. It is a completely white structure standing majestically on a hill surrounded by crenellated walls.Started by Udai Singh, this enormous edifice of 30.4 meters height and 244 meters length was subsequently built upon by later rulers.
The entrance to this palace is through 'Hathi Pol', along the main street of the old city. The 'Bara Pol', brings you to the first court which leads into the tripolia gate, which has eight carved marble arches or torans....more on Lake Palace in Udaipur

Gulab Bagh:

A spectacular rose Garden laid out by Maharana Sajjan Singh, is situated near the palace on east side of Lake Pichhola. A library in the garden has a rare collection of ancient handwritten manuscripts and books.
Within the garden, there is a zoo where tigers, leopards, chinkara and many wild animals and birds are being kept.

Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum:

An interesting collection exhibited by this small museum and foundation for the preservation and promotion of local folk arts includes dresses, turbans, dolls, masks, musical instruments, paintings and - it's high point - puppets.
Regular 15-minute puppet shows are held daily and are included in the admission charge.
Visiting Hours : 0900 Hrs to 1800 Hrs, open on all days except the day following Holi. Evening Show- 1800 Hrs to 1900 Hrs.

Jagdish Temple:

Maharana Jagat Singh built this temple between 1628-1653 at a whopping cost of Rs 1.5 million. Udaipur temple tour will take your to Jagdish temple, the famous temple of Udaipur, dedicated to Lord Jagannath, is at a great height and can be approached by a long flight of stairs.
The entrance to the temple is flanked by two massive stone elephants. The temple has a pyramidal spire (shikar), a vestible (mandap) and a porch. The spire is about 79ft high and is decorated with friezes of dancers, musicians, elephants and horsemen.
The temple is a three storeyed structure and has 50 pillars each in the first and second storeys and is one of the largest and popular Vishnu temples in Northern India.
The interior of the temple has exquisite carvings and is supplemented with prominent friezes. The temple has several smaller shrines in four corners of it that are dedicated to Lord Ganesh, Shiva, the Sun God and Goddess Shakti.
A Sanskrit inscription in the porch written by Krishna Bhatt in the year 1651, gives a detailed history of the reign of Maharana Jagat Singh. A huge brass image of Garuda, the vehicle of Lord Vishnu stands guard in front of the main shrine.

Sahelion ki Bari:

Saheliyon ki Bari lies just beneath the Fateh Sagar Lake. Maharana Sangram Singh II designed this garden in the early 18th century purely as a pleasure garden and a summer palace for the 48 young maids that formed a part of the princes dowry.
Inside the garden is a reservoir surrounded by four black marbled cenotaphs in its four corners and one white marbled one in the centre. The terraces of these cenotaphs have water fountains shaped like birds from whose beaks water gushes out in thin sprays like the singing rain producing a wonderful sight.
The Maharanas entertained themselves around the four ornamental pools and the five fountains. These fountains were imported from England in 1889. Maharana Bhopal Singh specially was very fond of this place and built a rain fountain, so that it looked like rain dancing on the dancing maids.

Pichola Lake:

 Pichola Lake 
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Beautiful Lake Pichola was enlarged by Maharaja Udai Singh II after he founded the city. He built a masonry dam, known as the Badipol, and the lake is now 4km long and 3 km wide. Nevertheless, it remains fairly shallow ...more on Pichola Lake in Udaipur

Maharana Pratap Smarak:

The Smarak has been built to pay tribute to the great Rajput hero Maharana Pratap who fought many legendary battles with the Mughals.
There is a bronze statue of Maharana Pratap riding his favourite horse 'Chetak' on an elevated platform. On both sides of the path to the top are many beautifully maintained gardens including a Japanese rock garden.

Fateh Sagar:

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 ...more on Fateh Sager Lake in Udaipur

How To Reach Udaipur

Fly Away: Dabok Airport is located on the outskirts of Udaipur at a distance of 24 kms. There are regular flights from New Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad and Mumbai.
On Tracks: Railway station, 4 km from centre. It is well linked by means of rail transport. Trains from Mumbai via Ahmedabad, Delhi Chittorgarh connects Udaipur. Royal luxurious train the Palace on Wheel also covers this place.
On Wheels: Deluxe and semi deluxe buses are operated by Rajasthan Roadways from Jaipur, Delhi, Ahmedabad to Udaipur. The highways are very well constructed and it takes around 8-9 hr. from Jaipur. Taxis can also be hired from Jaipur and Ahmedabad. Some of the important distances are: Udaipur to Ahmedabad- 262 km, Delhi is- 670 km from Udaipur, Mumbai- 739km, Ahmedabad- 262 km, Jaipur- 407 km.

Where To Stay in Udaipur



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Where To Shop in Udaipur

Udaipur is one of the best places in Rajasthan to pick up exquisite crafts and looms made by the gifted artisans of the place. The best buys of Udaipur include folk toys, colourful tie-dye sarees and clothes, hand painted fabrics, silver jewellery, wall hangings and miniature paintings.
The main markets of Udaipur are located on the Lake Palace road and around Jagdish temple. Two of the best places for shopping in Udaipur are Rajasthali-the govt. fixed price emporium and Sadhana-a fixed price shop run by an NGO for charitable purposes.