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Udaipur Travel Guide


Romantic and divine, Udaipur is much more than an oasis in the desert with its beautiful lakes, exquisite palaces and architectural heritage and deserves the nickname of ‘the Venice of the East'. The Lake Palace situated on Jag Niwas Island in the midst of Lake Pichola is the supreme example of its delicate architecture and refined culture. The banks of the lake have another beautiful building to boast of - the magnificent City Palace. Known for its arts and crafts and miniature paintings, Shilp Gram festival is a favorite tourist attraction of the city. Maharana Udai Singh II founded Udaipur in 1568 after he lost Chittorgarh to Mughal Emperor Akbar. It is believed that a saint meditating on a hill near Lake Pichola guided him to establish his capital here as it is surrounded by Aravallis, forests and lakes that makes it a safer place than Chittorgarh. His heir Maharana Pratap was a legendary hero who is still revered for his valor and chivalry and being the most ferocious Rajput warrior who gave a tough time to the Mughals all his life.

Places to See :

Pratap Memorial : ( Udaipur travel guide )
Atop the Moti Magri or prarl hill, overlooking the Fateh Sagar lake is the memorial of the Rajput hero Maharana Pratap with a bronze statue of the Maharana.

City Palace of Udaipur, Udaipur Tours City Palaces :  ( Udaipur travel guide )
A majestic architectural marvel towering over the lake on a hill surrounded by crenallated walls, it is a conglomeration of courtards, pavilions, terraces corridors rooms and hanging gardens. The main entrance is through the triple arched gate. The Tripolia with eight marble porticos. The maharanas were weighed under the gate in gold, the the equivalent amount of which was distributed among the populace. The suraj Gokhada, the balcony of the sun, is where the suryavansi maharanas of mewar presented themselves to the people in time of trouble to restore their confidence. The "Mor Chowk' known for its exquisite peacock mosaics in glass and the Chini Chitrashala noted for its blue and white ceramics are another attraction in the palace.

Jagdish Temple, Udaipur Tours Jagdish Temple :
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Built in 1651A.D. by Maharana Jagat Singh, this Indoarmy temple is the largest and the most beautiful temple if Udaipur with noteworthy scupted images.

Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum :
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The interesting collection exhibited by this Indian folk arts museum includes folk dresses ornaments puppets masks dolls folk musical instruments folk deities and paintings.

Saheliyon Ki Bari (Garden of the maids of Honor) :  ( Udaipur travel guide )
This small ornamental garden was a popular relaxing sport where royal ladies came for a stroll and hence the name. The garden has many fountains in its four delightful pools chiseled kiosks and marble elephants.

Fateh Sagar :  ( Udaipur travel guide )
A beautiful lake, overlooked by a number of jills 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 boar shaped café accessile by an enjoyable boat ride.

Pichhola Lake, Udaipur Tours Pichhola Lake :  ( Udaipur travel guide )
The picturesque lake that entranced Maharaja Udai Singh. It was later enlarged by the founder. The lake is surrounded by hills, palaces, temples bathing ghats and embankments. Two island palaces, jag Mandir and jag Niwas {Lake Palace} on the lake are of breathtaking magnificence.

Ahar :  ( Udaipur travel guide )
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

Sajjan Garh :  ( Udaipur travel guide )
Dominating the city's skyline is the monsoon palace of sajjan Garh. It offers a panoramic overview of the city's lakes, palaces and the surrounding countryside.

Gulab Bagh :  ( Udaipur travel guide )
A spectacular rose Garden laid out by mharana Sanjjan Singh A library in the garden has a rare collection of anicient handwritten manuscripts and books.

Fairs & Festivals :

Festival, Udaipur Tours & Travels The Mewar festival
March-April is the ceremonial welcome to spring and is dedicated to goddess parvati. A procession of colourfully attired women women, carrying images of the goddess to the Gangaur Ghat of the Lake Pichhola is the major highlight songs dances and firework displayas mark the festivals.

Gangaur Festival
March-April is popular among women who pray to the goddess Parvati. A procession caparisoned horses and elephants accompanying the image of Lord Shiva is the major attraction. Teej in july-Agust is the festival celebrating th advent of monsoon.

General Information About Udaipur :

Main Languages : Mewari, English, Hindi
Population Approx. : 2,632,210
Area : 64.28 sq.kms.
Best Time to Visit : September to March
Temperature Max: 38.3 C Min: 28.3 C
Winter : Max:28 C Min: 6 C

How to Reach Udaipur :

Air : The Dabok Airport of Udaipur regularly receives direct flights from major cities such as Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Mumbai. The airport is located at a distance of 25 kms from the city centre

Rail : Udaipur is served by direct rail links with Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Jodhpur and Chittor with the railway station been just 4 kms away from the centre of the city.

Road : The National Highway 8 links Udaipur to Delhi as well as Mumbai. There are numerous bus playing on this route, that can also connect other regional centres like Agra, Ahmedabad and few other cities of Rajasthan.

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