Udaipur

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Udaipur is a gateway to the depth of your soul. The beauty of City looks like God painted a blank canvas with a variance of colors. It is a very popular tourist destination which is located in the southern part of Rajasthan state, just near to the Gujarat border. It is surrounded by Aravali Range, which separates it from Thar Desert. Udaipur is spread across an area of 64 km2, and stands as sixth largest city in Rajasthan. It is known as the City of lakes because of its diverse lake system. Beside lakes, it is popularly known for its history, culture, scenic beauty, architectural places, regal palaces and the Rajput era places. It is the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar in the former Rajputana Agency. It was initiated in 1553 by Maharana Udai Singh II of the Sisodia clan of Rajput.

Udaipur has received a rich cultural heritage from the bygone ages. It is famous for some of the dynamic and vibrant dance forms such as:

  • Ghoomar Dance is a part of the royal culture of the Mewar Region and this is a community dance for women which is performed on auspicious occasions.
  • Kabelia is a sensuous dance form of Rajasthan and it is performed by the Kalbeliya snake community.
  • Bhavai dance consists of veiled women dancers balancing up to seven or nine brass pitchers as they dance nimbly
  • Kachchhi Ghodhi dance is performed on dummy horses where men in elaborate costumes ride the equally well decorated dummy horses.

How to Reach

  1. Air- The Maharana Pratap Airport or Dabok Airport of Udaipur regularly receives direct flights from major cities such as Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur and the airport is located at a distance of 20 kms from the city.
  2. Train: Udaipur is served by direct train links with Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Jodhpur and Chittor with the railway station been just 4 kilometers away from the centre of the city.
  3. Road: The National Highway 8 links Udaipur to Delhi as well as Mumbai.

Tourist Arrival

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Tourists arrive, anytime between mid-September to late March or early April. Even in January, the coldest month, the days are bright, sunny and warm.

Places to visit: 

1. City palace 

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The city palace in Udaipur is an architectural heaven. The architectural design with a flamboyant structure took nearly 400 years to build the palace and is a blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architectural style. The palace is located in the east bank of lake Pichola and you can also see the panoramic view of  lake Pichola and the Lake Palace.  It’s construction began in 1553  by Maharana Udai Singh of the Sisodia Rajput family. The regal palace consist of plenty of rooms and pillars inside.

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Inside view of City palace. This blue part of city palace was once the place which the queen used for their recreation.

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Night view of the City Palace, Udaipur.

2. The lake palace 

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Once, it was a summer palace for the members of royal family. But, it has now been converted into a heritage hotel. It is located on the jag niwas Island and this architectural structure was build on the lake Pichola by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1734. This magnificent architecture with a panoramic view of Lake Pichola gives a fairytale experience. This beautiful landscape, serene lake and beautiful view enhances the magical aura of the rippling waves and the elegant white marble is the foundation of the palace.

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Day view of the palace.

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Night view of the Palace.

3. Jagmandir Island 

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Jagmandir Island is a dreamland. A trip to Udaipur is incomplete without taking a ride to this beautiful place. It is also known as the Lake Garden Palace and it’s construction has been credited to the three Maharanas of Mewar. This palace was initiated by the Maharana Amar Singh in the year of 1551 and was later carried on by Maharana Karan Singh and completed by Maharana Jagat Singh.

4. Sajjan Garh Monsoon Palace

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This delightfully lit palace was build in 1884 by  Maharana Sajjan Singh and it has been build with white marble. Beyond the lake, it gives a bird eye view of the city of Udaipur. The palace is encircled by the Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary. It was build on the Aravalli hills, just outside, Udaipur and the best views can be seen during the sunrise and sunset. Also, during the rainy season, dark clouds descend upon it and the scenic view remain in the eyes of beholder forever.

5. Vintage Car Museum

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The vehicles in the museum are more than 70 years old but each have been beautifully restored and each one have a tale to tell. The vintage car collection is placed in the Mewar State Motor Garage.This garage was built during a time when only the Maharanas of Mewar had owned the cars.

Timings: 9 am to 8 pm.

6. Saheliyon Ki Bari

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It means the ‘Garden of maids’. It represents a green retreat of Maharana Sangram Singh in the desert land and was build in the 18th Century. It is situated on the banks of the lake Fateh Sagar and is one of the must visit place in Udaipur. Fountains, marble art and the lush lawns captures the public attention.

Distance from the City: 4.5 kms.

7. Udaipur Solar Observatory

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Udaipur Solar Observatory is known to be the best solar observing arena in the whole Asia and is one of the celebrated places to visit in Udaipur.

Distance from the city : 7.5 kms.

8. Dudh Talai Musical Garden

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The calm, peaceful and picturesque spots of this city makes you feel warm. It is a small pond surrounded by a rock garden and is situated within the city.

Location: Near Lake Pichola

Visiting Hours: 8.00 A.M. to 10.00 P.M..

9. Crystal Gallery 

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This is a very exclusive and exquisite crystal collection and was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1877. It has been hailed as the single largest private collection of crystal across the world.

Timings: 9am to 7 pm

10. Other places

Bagore Ki Haveli-It is a beautiful place on the waterfront of lake and was build in 18th century.

Haldighati– This place deserves a visit for the majestic history and it’s diverse culture. It is a mountain pass in the Aravali range. Distance from the City: 40kms

Kumbhalgarh Fort:It is 64 km away from the city and was build in 15th Century by Rana kumbha. It is the second important architectural structure after the Chittorgarh fort.

Chittorgarh Fort:It is situated 112 km away from the city and is a true embodiment of the pride and the glory of the Rajput culture making it one of the places to visit in Udaipure.

Maharana Pratap Memorial:It was build by Maharana Bhagawat Singh Mewar in memory of the Maharana Pratap and the statue over there tells a story of courage and  deep love between humans and animals.

11. Wildlife Sancturies 

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary: It is situated 65 km away from the main city and it falls in the district of Rajasamand in Rajasthan. This sanctuary was built to provide shelter to the endangered animals like jackal, wild cat, sloth bear, wolf, leopard etc.

Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary:Very rare species of wild animals can be spotted here such as sambars, wild boars, chitals, hyenas, jackals, panthers, hares and blue bulls. It will take almost 30 minutes to reach here from the city.

Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary:

It is a wildlife sanctuary situated on the shores of Jaisamand Lake, the second largest artificial lake of Asia.In existence since 1957, the wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of 62 square kilometres and houses wildlife. Distance from the City: 51 kmsLocation: Next to Jaisamand Lake.

12. Temples in Udaipur

Jagdish Temple

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It is one of the great works of architecture and was build in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh. It has 50 carved pillars, beautifully decorated ceilings, gorgeously painted walls, and spacious halls and corridors. It is open practically all day- from 5.30 am to 10pm.

Eklingji Temple

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It is a complex of 108 ancient hindu temples over 1200 years old. Appreciation for the marvellous stone work will be the overwhelming sentiment you experience when you walk around the 108 temples.

Ranakpur Temple

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It was build in the 15th century and is one of the five holy places for Jain community. This revered place of worship has 29 halls and 1444 pillars. All the temples inside Ranakpur four faced structure are with intricate engravings.

13. Lakes in Udaipur 

1. Fateh sagar lake 

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It was built in 1678 by Maharana Jai Singh and is the second artificial lake of Udaipur after Jaisamand lake. It is famous for boating, food market, camel and horse rides.

2. Pichola lake

 

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It is one of the oldest and largest lake in Udaipur.The Taj Lake Palace resting in the middle of the waters of the Lake Pichola.

3. Badi Lake

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It is situated near the Village Badi, the lake is also called by the name Jiyan Sagar named after Jana Devi, the mother of Maharana Raj Singh who built the lake.

4. Jaisamand Lake

Jaisamand means ‘Ocean of Victory’. It is situated at a distance of approximately 51 km from the city of Udaipur and is also called as Dhebar Lake. It was built by Maharana Jai Singh in the year 1685.

5. The Other lakes 

Udai sagar – It is located at a distance of about 13 km in the east of Udaipur. The construction of this lake was begin in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh and Completed in 1565.

Swaroop Sagar- It is located near Chand Pol adjoining Rangsagar (which is a branch of Pichola Lake) and is connected with Lake Pichola and Lake Fateh Sagar.

Dhut Talai-The serene, calm and picturesque spot of the city.

And the other lakes are Purohito ka Talab, Goverdhan Sagar, Madaar (Chota-Bada), Rajsamand Lake and Swaroop Sagar.

Places to Eat 

1. Sheesh Mahal

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It is a two-level, open- air fine-dining Indian Restaurant. The ambience of the open-air restaurant glitters under a clear sky full of stars. Added to it, the evening glow of candles in various hues adds a resplendent touch of a bygone era.

Address: The Leela Palace, Lake Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan.

2. Charcoal by Carlsson

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The specialties are divided into two categories, delicacies cooked over coal and the Rajasthani specials. It is also suitable for candlelight dinner in Udaipur as the ambiance is subtle and romantic.

Location: Lal Ghat
Cuisine: Continental

3. Upré by 1559 AD

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Upre has the perfect combination of great hospitality, photogenic location and mouth watering dishes. The warm hospitality of the place, never fails to please anyone.

Location: Pichola
Cuisine: Rajasthani, North Indian, Continental

4. Khamma Gani Restraunt

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Considered one of the best fine-dine restaurants, Khamma Ghani is one of the best restaurants in Udaipur with a 5 star ambience and palatable delicacies. The place serves cuisines from all over the world.

Location: Fateh Sagar
Cuisine: Chinese, Continental, Rajasthani

5. Ambrai – Amet Haveli

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It is located on the banks of Pichola river with a spectacular view of the Jagdish Temple, Lake Palace, Jag Mandir and many more architectural marvels of Udaipur. It serves excellent multi-cuisine delicacies that make the mouth water and tingle the taste buds.

Location: Pichola, Udaipur
Cuisine: North Indian, Chinese, Continental

6. Raas Leela 

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Located near the lake with a panoramic view, Raas Leela specialises in North Indian, Chinese, Continental and Rajasthani delicacies. Apart from the delectable local food of Rajasthan, it has a vibrant aura and the restaurant is quite economical too.

Location: Chandpole
Cuisine: North Indian, Chinese, Continental, Rajasthani

Places to stay 

Udaipur is home to many luxury hotels. But, I highly recommend the ‘Lake Pichola Hotel’. Founded by the legendary Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 A.D. on the banks of Lake Pichola. This is probably the most beautiful hotel and the rooms are comfortable. The view of the lake and the city from the room’s windows are absolutely beautiful.

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Shopping in Udaipur:

1. Shilpagram

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Shilpagram is an art and craft village, located 3km west of the city of udaipur. Shilpgram is an ethnographic museum that depicts the lifestyles of the folk and tribal people of the region. Udaipur, the city of lakes is known for handicrafts such as painting, marble articles, architectural designs and terra-cotta. The Shilpagram is a pavement where regional handicrafts and hand looms are prepared.

Famous for: Shilpgram Mela is famous for its handicrafts and artwork. As well as folk music also.

Timings: 11 am to 7 pm

Closed on: This crafts village remains closed on Sundays

How to reach: The Shilpgram is situated at a distance of 3 kms west from Udaipur, near the Havala village.

2. Hathi Pol Bazaar

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It is a place where you can find a diverse varity of handicrafts, illustrious paintings and folk arts of Rajasthan.

Famous for: The Rajasthani illustrious paintings, handicrafts and Phad paintings are must-buys. Authentic souvenirs, wooden handicrafts, and ‘Nagra’ slippers  with beautiful embroidery are highly recommended.

Timings: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Closed on: The market remains closed on Sundays

How to reach: It is located adjacent to the City Palace.

3. Jagdish Temple Street

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It is a very busy market, located very close to city palace. This market is famous for its journals and diaries made from handmade paper.

4. Bada Bazzar 

It offers plethora of small shops, showrooms and, it is famous for handmade jutties ( footwear), Batik and Bandhani print sarees and textiles. It is located within 1 km of the city palace.

5. City Palace Street

If you’re looking for a diverse variety of handicrafts and handmade jutties. So, you must visit the City palace street as their is innumerable shops and wide variety is available.

36 comments

  1. Experience of Khan · July 29, 2018

    Hey Rudra, I am from udaipur. But you know about Udaipur more than me. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Andrew Green · April 17, 2018

    Stayed at Lake Palace Hotel to celebrate a special birthday of my wife’s. Amazing place and reception. Arrive by boat to be showered with rose petals from the roof.

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    • Rudra Makwana · April 17, 2018

      Wow! That’s great. ❤️
      I would love to see the pictures, if you have shared them on your blog.❤️😀

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      • Andrew Green · April 17, 2018

        Haven’t to now … blog poems rather than travel.

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      • Rudra Makwana · April 17, 2018

        Yeah, no problem. I love reading poems.

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  3. newepicauthor · April 11, 2018

    Who knew that India could be so beautiful?

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    • Rudra Makwana · April 11, 2018

      Yay, Indeed. ❤️😊

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  4. Abhishek pathania · April 2, 2018

    Hats off for your hardwork in researching and writing this well curated post!
    Udaipur seems a nice holiday spot 👌

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    • Rudra Makwana · April 2, 2018

      Thank you so much for such encouragement and appreciation. Glad to hear from you.💓😊

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Angela Rainbow · March 31, 2018

    Thx for the beautiful photos and the detailed info! You must have taken a lot of time to write this post! 👍🏻

    Liked by 2 people

    • Rudra Makwana · March 31, 2018

      Yay, Glad to hear from you. Thank you so much!💓😊

      Liked by 1 person

  6. raynotbradbury · March 30, 2018

    Enjoyed the pictures and the detailed info! Never been there 💓💓

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    • Rudra Makwana · March 30, 2018

      Wow! Glad to hear from you. Oh then, you should plan a visit to this beautiful city. Udaipur is the most romantic and heritage city. It is popularly known for its rich heritage and handicrafts.💗😊

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      • raynotbradbury · March 30, 2018

        Ive been in some places in India & a lot in Sri Lanka…I have a feeling it is very similar..

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  7. Ravisingh · March 30, 2018

    Great post! I loved it Rudra!

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    • Rudra Makwana · March 30, 2018

      Thank you so much! I am glad you liked my work.😊

      Like

    • Ravisingh · March 31, 2018

      welcome anytime!

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  8. Srijan · March 28, 2018

    How much time, did you spend for writing this? The scrolling just won’t stop! This is beautiful! We can conclude two things from this! You’ll be great at maintaining Albums of your marriage and also of your kids! It’s cute, if you think about it!

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    • Rudra Makwana · March 29, 2018

      Haha.. it took 4 days.😀

      Liked by 2 people

      • Srijan · March 29, 2018

        You’re romantic 🙂

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  9. Just_Me :) · March 28, 2018

    Very interesting! And beautiful! 👍

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    • Rudra Makwana · March 28, 2018

      Thank you so much! I am glad you liked my work.💗😊

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Aieshi Jain · March 28, 2018

    Great post 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • Rudra Makwana · March 28, 2018

      Thank you so much! I am glad you liked my work.💗😊

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Aieshi Jain · March 28, 2018

    Always loved Udaipur ❤

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    • Rudra Makwana · March 28, 2018

      Same here ❤️😊

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  12. Graci · March 28, 2018

    Beautiful.

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  13. Thought for change · March 28, 2018

    The place looks soo beautiful makes me wanna be there.

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    • Rudra Makwana · March 28, 2018

      Absolutely, Udaipur is beautiful. You should plan a trip to Udaipur. 💗😊

      Liked by 1 person

      • Thought for change · March 28, 2018

        Sure I will.

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  14. dronstadblog · March 28, 2018

    I see you are living in a paradise. The colors… WOW! Like seriously, wow. Mesmerising Commander. 😀 I love it. 😀

    Liked by 4 people

    • Rudra Makwana · March 28, 2018

      Yay, I am glad you liked it. Just tried to cover each and every aspect of the city. Thank you so much! 💗😊

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  15. simplysplendid614311161 · March 28, 2018

    Wow Hats off to you. You have covered every aspect of the place with such simplicity and beauty. This post is prefect for planning a vacation to Udaipur. Keep up the good work. 😀

    Liked by 3 people

    • Rudra Makwana · March 28, 2018

      Thank you so much! I am glad you liked my work.💗😊

      Liked by 1 person

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