The city of Lakes, Udaipur in Rajasthan is the jewel of Mewar, a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years. It is a lovely city around the azure lake, at the edge of lush hills of the Aravallis, white soaked in romance and beauty. Drive around the fascinating monuments that adorn the stunning landscape in this most romantic city of India ,appreciating its palaces, which are straight out of a fairy-tale book, no wonder it has always been a lovely place for Film Shoots, Royal Events and even Corporate Parties. Come to Udaipur and you'll fall in love with it!
Places to see in Udaipur
On a hill top (known as Moti Margi or Pearl Hill), overlooking the Fateh Sagar lake is the memorial of the Rajput warrior and local hero Maharana Pratap. It is a life-sized bronze statue of Maharana Pratap balanced on his loyal and best horse, Chetak.Also, from the hill you can get some great views of Udaipur and whilst you are in the vicinity you can visit the pleasant Japanese Rock Garden and the remains of one of the forts of Udaipur, which are both located nearby.
The City Palace is a romantic structure that towers over the lake, on a hill top.From the large balconies you can get a great view of the 'floating palace' or Lake Palace, the Jag Niwas on romantic Lake Pichola. The Mor-chowk (or Peacock courtyard), takes its name from the beautiful peacock glass mosaics that decorate the walls. The palace is full of antiques and paintings and furnishings and naturally receives many International visitors every year.
Lake Pichola is surrounded by hills, palaces, temples, havelis and the bathing ghats. There are two island, or floating palaces, Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) that you can reach by boat. The lake is rumoured to have been here since the 14th century but has since been enlarged by Rana Udai Singh and is now more than 3 kilometres long and more than 1.5 kilometres wide.There is a stillness to Udaipur when you reach the waters edge which is sometimes hard to find in India.
Activities in Udaipur range from roaming the streets to hoping on to a boat to enjoy a relaxing cruise of Lake Pichola. Various travel agents organise boat trips and the tickets are available mostly on the spot and range from Rs 50 to Rs 500. Smaller boats accommodating 2 to 4 people as well as larger boat ferrying more than 20 people are available for trips ranging from 30 minutes to 90 minutes. The most popular cruises depart at sunset, however boats are available for cruises throughout thel day.
Festivals which are not to be missed while in Udaipur
Mewar festival is usually observed during March/April for the arrival of spring season with all the dignity,importance and a happy feeling. Local markets and shop are decorated and illuminated and women are brightly dressed and participate in the dance and other cultural events held during the period.
Shilpgram fair - is usually held on the outskirts of Udaipur during November/December. This fair is organized to promote the arts and crafts of Rajasthan.Hand woven clothes, camel leather items, mirror works and handicrafts grab the attention of most of the visitors. It is a great opportunity for the local artists to showcase their talent and creative products in front of the audience which also includes international tourists. Apart from the shops, various musicians, traditional dances and snake charmers entertain the tourists.
Udaipur is a perfect place for the newly weds to go on romantic honeymoon.
Udaipur is very famous with the International crowd for people who want to spend money on luxury and who love history and Indian culture and want to relax and have calm vacation.
Most of the destination weddings are held in Udaipur Palaces these days and its a favorite with the richies for thier weddings.
The presence of numerous lakes in Udaipur moderates the climatic conditions which would otherwise be experienced as a dry place.
The most convenient time to visit Udaipur is the period from November to February when temperatures are mild and there is hardly any rain.
How to reach Udaipur
Udaipur Airport, known as Dabok airport is located around 23 kilometres from the city centre and has a number of flights linking Udaipur to Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Jodhpur. Recently the airport has been upgraded to an international airport but is yet to begin international flights.
Udaipur now has direct trains to all the major cities of India.
Udaipur is well connected to most of the towns of Rajasthan and some of the cities of neighbouring states like Mount Abu and Ahmedabad by Rajasthan State Road Transport buses, which are efficient, safe, comfortable and affordable.
As I have mentioned in my Jaipur blog about food, Its the same here in Udaipur. Rajasthanis live royalty and their food also speaks royalty.Either its Veg or Non Veg , food is mouth watering.
STAY IN UDAIPUR
I have been waiting to write about the hotels and resorts available in Udaipur.
If you want to experience /live or treated royally for a day in ur life you must live in one of the palace hotels available in Udaipur.
It may get your pockets empty but its worth the stay.
The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur
The Oberoi Udaivilas
The Leela Palace Udaipur
Taj Lake Palace( A Night stay can even cost you up to more than a Lakh Rupees )
And the above mentioned 4 Hotels not less than 25K per night
Apart from the expensive ones you could find many resonable resorts and hotels.As I always mention you could always check online for the best deal.
Any Queries/Questions about particular places/destinations and best deals do get in touch with us .