Tourist Attractions of Udaipur
royal state of Rajasthan encapsulates Indian Culture and heritage within its
periphery. One cannot get a glimpse of true India without visiting the
states and the cities of Rajasthan. A similar grandeur is represented by its
Udaipur, one of the main Cities of Rajasthan, which is known for its Lakes
and palaces that reverberate its eminent historical glory.
The Romantic City of Udaipur Still manages to capture the 'old world charm'
with the presence of marble Temples, exquisite Palaces and pale white and
cream buildings in the old city. The main attraction is the beautiful Lake
Palace, which seems to be an artist's dream. Lakes such as Udai Sagar, Fateh
Sagar, Swaroop Sagar and Pichola add to the scenic Attraction of the Place
making it seems like a beautiful painting amidst the Aravallis. Udiapur City is
also famous as a centre of art and crafts, especially for the miniature
paintings and puppetry.
Udaipur City History:
Udaipur was an important capital for the Mewar rulers. When Mughal Emperor
Akbar conquered Chittorgarh, Maharaja Udai Singh II fled to Udaipur to form
his new capital in 1568 AD. It is believed that the Udaipur City Place was discovered by
him many years before the conquest of Chittorgarh. Legend has it that once
the king came for hunting in the forests surrounding the Pichola Lake when a
sage suggested him to build his new capital at the same site to build his
fortune. It was well protected by Aravallis, and forest cover, so the
Maharaja agreed and built a shrine at the spot called Dhuni Mata, to mark
the area where he later built his Palace.
His son Maharana Pratap courageously defended his territory from the
Mughals for several years. He also faught the Battle of Haldighati in 1576.
After Mughals, it was the Marathas who attacked the capital. In 19th
century, the Britishers intervened to end up the continuous battles between
kingdoms to attain control of Udaipur. After independence, like other
princely states, Udaipur too became a part of democratic India.
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Situated at a distance of 406 km from Jaipur and 275 km from Jodhpur in
Rajasthan, lies the green city encircled by picturesque valleys and
sparkling lakes. It is bounded by remnants of an old city wall. From the
railway station, the main city is just 4 km away. Bus Stand is also situated
close to the city. The nearest airport is Dabok is at a distance of 21 km.
Tourist Information Couters are available at the train station and the
airport. Apart from these, the main Tourist Reception Centre is located in
Fateh Memorial Building, 1 km from bus stand. In Bagore ki Havel, Out and
About Tourist Office is also an important source of information.
The main post office of the city is located at the Chetak Circle, in the
north of Old City. To exchange currency, you can approach Thomas Cook in
City Palace Complex, LPX Forex at Lake Palace Road or Bank of Baroda.
Internet Access is widely available in the city like at Lal Ghat and Durga
Dangers and Annoyances:
If you have any troubles or complaints, including problems relating to
hotels or taxis, you can report them to the Tourist Reception Centre or call
the local police.
The Star of Udaipur Attraction is the Pichola Lake, that mirrors the
beautiful city. The 4 km long Lake is flooded with water during the monsoon
season. The Lake was created by Maharaja Udai Singh II, by constructing a
dam called Badipol to flood water in the area surrounding the Pichola
village. Boating Trips are available here from the Ghats to the Lake
Jagniwas & Jagmandir Islands:
These islands are situated on Lake Pichola. The former one spans in an area
of 1.5 km and has a beautiful palace within its precincts. This creamy
palace is a creation of Maharaja Jagat Singh who built this exquisite
edifice in 1754. Today this Lake Palace Uaipur serves as a Heritage hotel, one of
the best in India. Its magnificent exteriors and royal interiors makes it
appear like a floating extravaganza. On Jagmandir Island too you will find a
palace, one built by Maharaja Karan Singh in 1920. There is also a museum
exhibiting marvels of history.
The City Palace complex on Lake Pichola is the largest one in the whole of
Rajasthan. The towering edifice showcases a brilliant piece of architectural
design and location which leaves visitors awestruck. Though its construction
was commenced by Maharaja Udai Singh II, each successive ruler added a
unique mark to enhance its elegance, maintaining the structure's integrity.
The palace is gifted with terraces, cupolas, balconies and a splendid view
of the Uaipur Lake Place.
City Palace Museum:
A major part of the City Palace houses a museum that showcases exquisite
mosaic work, miniature paintings, glass figures, etc. On the lower floor is
the armory section. The museum also includes Zanana Mahal, Mor Chowk,
Krishna Vilas, Bari Mahal, Durbar Hall, Chini Mahal and Surya Chopar that
have their own unique importance in the history and architecture of the
An amazing collection of crystal showpieces and furnitures has been put on
display in this gallery which include fountains, vases, crockery, etc. These
items were ordered by Maharaja Sajjan Singh in 1877, but he died before the
shipment arrived. It was only in 1994 that these were exhibited in the Fateh
Prakash Palace Hotel for public viewing.
Jagdish Temple is one of the famous temples of Rajasthan, built by Maharaja
Jagat Singh in 1651. It is devoted to Lod Jagannath, an incarnation of Lord
Vishnu. The main attraction of this Indo-Aryan temple is its stone idol of
Lord Jagannath and a brass image of Garuda. The temple is ornamented with
spires, mandaps, porches and sculptures.
This ornamental garden is situated beneath the Fateh Sagar Lake, in the
north of the city. It is well laid out with fountains, a beautiful lotus
pool and large marble elephants. It was built by Sangram Singh II in 1710,
as a leisure retreat for the maids of the palaces.
You can enjoy trekking in the outskirts of the city to explore the village
and tribal life. Horse Riding and Safaris are also available in the city.
Kumbha Palace arranges such excursion trips and safaris. For some rest and
relaxation, try out ayurvedic massages at the Ayurvedic Body Shop at Lal
Being an important Tourist Destination of India, Udaipur Hotels has a wide range
of accommodation options to choose from. You will find most of the budget
and mid-range Hotels in the Lal Ghat area like Hotel Udai Niwas and Hotel
Gangaur Palace at Gangaur Ghat Road and Mughal Palace in Lal Ghat that come
under the budget segment while some of the mid range Hotels include Jagat
Niwas Palace Hotel, Lake Ghat Guest House and Hotel Sai Niwas. The luxury
Hotels of Udaipur include the Names of Lake Palace Hotel, Shiv Niwas Palace
Hotel and Trident Hotel.
For some fun and entertainment you can go to the Meera Kala Mandir at
Heeran Magari, that hosts folk music and dance performances daily at 7 pm
(except Sunday). Don't miss out on Dharohar at Gangaur Ghat, in which
traditional Bhil and Mewari dance performances will make you tap your feet
or enjoy a step with the decked up dancers.
There are many good options to shop for in Udaipur. You can pick up local
handicrafts, miniature paintings, embroidered textiles, block printed
fabric, wood and marble work, silver jewelery, idols of deities, wooden
figures, carpets and other pretty stuff that will add color to your home
ambiance as well as your wardrobes. Some popular shopping areas are Udaipur Lake
Palace Road, Bara Bazaar, Battiyani and Mandi Market.
Getting There & Away:
From Debock Airport in the city, regular flights are available
for Delhi, Mumbai, Jodhpur, Jaipur and Aurangabad.
The train centre is located just 4 km from the city centre. It
connects Udaipur to major cities of the area like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ajmer,
Chittorgarh and Ahmedabad. Chetak Express connects Udaipur to Delhi via
Jaipur and Ajmer. Lake City Express connects the city to Jaipur via Chittor
and Ajmer. Ahmedabad Express links it with Gandhinagar in Gujarat.
Wide network of roads and plethora of buses are available that
connect Udaipur to other major cities like Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur and
Mount Abu. State Transport Buses, Private Buses, Deluxe Coaches, taxis and
cabs are all available easily for and from Udaipur.
Udaipur Tourism, You can take a taxi from the Airport, which will cost you around Rs 200.
Prepaid autorickshaws are easily available for a city sightseeing tour from
the bus stand or the train station. Motorbikes and cycles can also be hired
to explore the place at your own pace.