UDAIPUR TRAVEL GUIDE
Udaipur is India’s pride because of its history and rich cultural which is about 4000 years old. Udaipur is known as the city of lakes because the entire city is surrounded by many enthralling lakes leaving a view for the spectators and giving this city a romantic vibe. Udaipur is the city swaddling in the gracefulness and serenity of these heavenly lakes. There are a total of seven lakes that are a desirable addition to the city and not only that, Udaipur is also known as the Venice of east, the most romantic city of India and Kashmir of Rajasthan. The beauty of this small city in Rajasthan is unparallel. Apart from the heavenly lakes, Udaipur is a home to one of the most gorgeous and luxurious hotels and palaces where the riches of India and royals host the most lavish weddings and parties. The stunning architecture that has a blend of European, medieval and Chinese fusion designs which is integral to Rajputana history and the royalty of Indian Rajputs. The blend of Marwari and Rajput culture is what makes the city fascinating.
Udaipur is a small city in the western state of Rajasthan, founded in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh II; it is the former capital of mewar kingdom known for its royalty and historic background.
How to reach-
Udaipur is a distinguish place in India that has a modern yet classical outlook. Udaipur is very well connected to the major cities in India through various transportation systems. The roads are well built and easy to commute. Tourists can reach Udaipur by-
By air- the nearest airport connected to the main city in Udaipur is Maharana Pratap airport. The distance between Udaipur city to airport is 24 km and will take around 30 min. maximum to reach.
By train- Udaipur railway station is one of the easiest ways to reach Udaipur, the railway station is well connected to the major cities in India as well so traveling to and from Udaipur is not a hassle for the tourists.
By road- travelling from the nearest cities or neighboring states to Udaipur is very easy. There are a lot of bus services available for tourists traveling from the neighboring states and shared taxis and cabs are also widely available at a low cost. It is advised to book your seats in advance in order to avoid any kind of inconvenience.
- City palace- Constructed in 1559 by Maharana Udai Mirza Singh. The palace has since been enhanced and reconstructed many times by his successors but still holds the same charm. The palace was constructed over a period of 400 years and has a flamboyant style of architecture. The architecture of the palace is incomparable by any other palace in Udaipur, it has one of a kind architectural style making it famous among the tourists and has become the most photographed palace ever since. The tourists will find numerous guides who will tell them the stories of valor and courage of the kings that once lived here, stories that are engraved in the walls of this palace forever.
Entry fee for the palace- 30 INR/PER ADULT
15 INR/PER CHILD
The palace is open for all seven days of week from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tourists can also enjoy boat ride in Lake Pichola.
(For boating the palace has varied prices, please go through the fee structure before booking, https://udaipurtourism.co.in/city-palace-udaipur)
- Lake palace- also known as Jan-Niwas and Jag-Niwas, Lake Palace is one of the most prominent places in Udaipur for tourists to stay as it provides the best staying experience. The palace is exquisite and elegant; the palace is built circumscribing an island which looks diaphanous. The palace offers a panoramic view of the surrounding lake and gives the world class experience to its tourists. The famous James bond movie was also shot near the palace. The palace is accessible through boat only.
- Fateh sagar lake- Fateh Sagar Lake is the most picturesque lake in Udaipur; the beauty and serenity of the clam lake enwreathed with the elegant Aravali hills is irritable, the lake encircles three tiny islands one of which has been converted into a public park called Nehru Park which is a famous picnic spot for many residents and tourists as well. Fateh sagar is the second largest artificial lake. entry into the premises is free however you have to pay for the boat rides, Boat Ride Prices:
- 30 INR per person for Regular Boat Ride
- 100 - 200 INR per person for Motor Boat Ride
- 200 - 400 INR per person for Speed Boat Ride
- Saheliyo ki bari- Saheliyo ki Bari is a small garden at the bank of Lake Fateh sagar, built by Maharana Sangram in the 18th century for his maharani and her maidens. It is said that the garden was often used by the queen and her 48 maidens as a relaxing spot. The small lawn is furnished with shrubbery and a small lotus pond that looks as ethereal as it sounds, the fountain decorated in the middle of the garden looks graceful and gives a subtle look to the small yard. The garden also has a small museum which tells the history of Indian heritage.
Best time to visit- best time to visit Udaipur is in winters when the weather is comparatively pleasant with sunny days and chilly nights. It is advisable to avoid hot summer months and monsoons as the weather gets really humid and hot.
Udaipur is a food heaven for people who love spices and flavor rich food. Rajasthan is famous for cuisines like Dal Bati churma, Gatte ki sabzi, Ker Sangria, Bajre ki roti and many more royal cuisines that are hundreds of years old and are a part of the rich culture of Rajasthan. Tourists can enjoy some of these cuisines in these famous eateries in Udaipur.
- Yummy yoga- 25 Bheem Parmeshwar Marg, near Hanuman ghat, Outside Chandpole, Ambamata, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001.
Open all days of week from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
- Neel kamal restaurant- Hotel Mewargarh, Sajjan Garh Road, Near Biological Park, Udaipur, Rajasthan, - 31, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
- Café grass word- 26, Gadiya Devra Marg, near Foot Over Bridge, inside Udaipur, Chand Pole, Silawatwari, Udaipur, and Rajasthan 313001. Open every day from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Udaipur is the city of dreams, a rich culture, and a heritage that is thousands of years old adorned with majestic forts, tranquil lakes and a gorgeous view of hills encircling the entire city. A few months ago I had a chance of visiting this exquisite place with my family, it was magical and fascinating to know about our Indian culture and how rich and resplendent it is, it was an experience in itself. The whole experience was enriching, I couldn’t have gotten so much exposure to Indian culture in such a short span of time. The city looks breathtaking in night, the night life of Udaipur is to die for, and the vibrant colors matching with the night lights give a romantic vibe to the city. Udaipur is known for its miniature paintings which is easily available and sold by local vendors at a very low price, I got so many painting for everyone, it was like taking a small piece of Rajasthan with me. Apart from painting I got terracotta pottery as well and a lot of beautiful fabrics from local markets. There are a lot of picnic spots in Udaipur that are open for tourists as well; the Gardens in Udaipur are very well maintained and picturesque. The combination of hilly landscapes with royal palaces and beautiful lakes is unparallel. Udaipur is like an oasis in the dry land of Rajasthan.