Udaipur, known as the Venice of the East, boasts several sparkling lakes against a backdrop of the Aravail hills.Udaipur is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in India. An internationally famous destination.Udaipur is famous for its lakes, palaces, forts, temples, gardens, and romantic backdrops. It was the setting of many movies, including the 13th James Bond film, Octopussy.
Udaipur remained the capital of the state of Mewar, which became a princely state of British India in 1818. After India’s independence in 1947, Mewar was integrated into the state of Rajasthan.Udaipur is a culturally and historically rich city and is also a popular wedding destination. The city’s iconic Lake Palace and City Palace are some of India’s most striking architectural marvels.
How to reach-
By Air:- The town has its own Airport named as Maharana Pratap Airport which is situated at a distance of 22 Kms from the heart of Udaipur city.It is well-connected by air to all major cities in India including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Jaipur. Some of the popular airlines that have daily flights to and from Udaipur are Jet Airways, Indian Airlines, Air Deccan, and Kingfisher Airlines.
By Train:- It has station namely Udaipur Railway Station.Udaipur lies on a vast network of rail that connects it to major cities in India such as Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Khajuraho and Sealdah through Adi Udz Express, Bdts Aii Udz Express, Mewar Express and Annanya Express.
By Bus:- Udaipur is connected by an efficient bus service to most cities in Rajasthan, which can sometimes be much faster than the train.It is linked through Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) and some private travel serviceslinking it to several cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Indore, Kota and Ahmedabad, among others. There are a number of options when it comes to travelling by bus. These include deluxe buses, air-conditioned coaches and State-run transport.
Self Drive:- Udaipur is connected to Delhi and Mumbai by National Highway 8 (NH 8).Udaipur is 80 Kms from Dungla, 116 Kms from Chittorgarh, 168 Kms from Bhilwara, 209 Kms from Raipur, 268 Kms from Jodhpur, 269 Kms from Ajmer, 283 Kms from Kota, 419 Kms from Jaipur, 565 Kms from Alwar
Things to do:-
Cooking classes,Cultural shows-Dharohar Dance Show Bagore-ki-Haveli,Puppet Show Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal,Shilpgram,Art of Bicycle Trips,Udaipur Ropeway, Sajjangarh Biological Park and Udaipur Zoo, riding, Volunteering- A Broader View Volunteers and Animal Aid Unlimited.
Places to visit-
Lake Palace:- Lake Palace is a very famous destination of Udaipur and was constructed by Jagat Singh II in between 1743 -1746.Situated on the Jag Niwas Island in the middle of Lake Pichola,now revered as the Taj Lake Palace, one of the most beautiful and romantic hotels in the world. With the Aravalli Hills and city palace as backdrop, the beauty of the Palace and its surroundings is further accentuated.
Jagdish Temple:- Udaipur is home to some of the oldest temples in India. One of the most popular temples is the Jagdish Temple Located 150 meters north of City Palace, the Indo-Aryan architectural style temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is visible from nearly anywhere in the old city center and is Udaipur’s most iconic landmark.
Sajjangarh Palace:- Overlooking the magnificent Lake Pichola in Udaipur, Sajjangarh Palace (also known as the Monsoon Palace), is a glorious residential palace situated on a hill top. It was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1884 and offers spectacular panoramic views of Udaipur city and its stunning lakes, mountains and palaces.
Badi Mahal:- Also known as Garden Palace is the exotic central garden palace situated on a 27m (89 ft) high natural rock formation vis-a-vis the rest of the palace.
Mor Chowk or Peacock Square:- A pillared hall with glass and mirror mosaic decorations is integral to the inner courts of the palace. The elaborate design of this chamber consists of three peacocks (representing the three seasons of summer, winter and monsoon) modeled in high relief and faced with coloured glass mosaic, built into successive niches in the wall area or jharoka. These were built during Maharana Sajjan Singh’s reign, 200 years after the palace was established. The peacocks have been crafted with 5,000 pieces of glass which shine in green, gold and blue. In an adjoining chamber, called the Kanch-ki-Burj, a mosaic of mirrors adorns the walls. The Badi Charur Chowk within this chowk is a smaller court for private use. Its screen wall has painted and inlaid compositions depicting European men and Indian women.
Sheesh Mahal:- The palace of mirrors and glasses was built in 1716. A shrine of Dhuni Mata is also located in the complex. This location is considered as the oldest part of the Palace, where a sage spent his entire life meditating.
Lake Pichola:- Surrounded by hills, gardens, temples and havelis, Lake Pichola is one of the most beautiful lakes in India and a much sought-after tourist attraction in Udaipur. The famous Lake Palace hotel is situated in the middle of Lake Pichola and is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the city. A boat ride on the Lake Pichola is a must while on a visit to Udaipur. Tourists can enjoy scenic views of the majestic City Palace complex and beautiful havelis that line the lake side. And many more places to visit.
Best time to visit:-
Winter Season in Udaipur:- Winters approach Udaipur in December and lasts till February. The climate is pleasantly cool and the temperature ranges from 5°C to 30°C.
Monsoon Season in Udaipur:- July to October: These months constitute the monsoon season in Udaipur. Although the city receives less amount of rainfall but the surrounding mountain range turns lush green and scenic.
Summer Season in Udaipur:- March to June: These months constitute the summer season in Udaipur.Summers of Udaipur are extremely hot and exhausting. The temperature ranges from 23°C to 44°C in the months of March to June. A visit to Udaipur is generally avoided during these months.