Udaipur is a delightful city of Rajasthan near Thar Desert separated by Aravali Range. It is the sixth largest city in Rajasthan and a much admired tourist destination for its epical history, traditional culture, picturesque locations and huge royal palaces dated back to Rajput era. Udaipur is generally known as “The City of Lakes” because of its well-cultured and elegant system of lakes and having five major lakes which are also a great tourist spot known for their magnificent beauty.
- Fateh Sagar Lake
- Pichola Lake
- Swaroop Sagar Lake
- Rangsagar Lake
- Doodh Talai Lake
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The splendid beauty of Udaipur has secured itself the title of “Best City in the World” and perfect for destination weddings and celebrations; if you really want to get the feeling of royalty. Apart tourism it also provides a picturesque locations for many Hollywood and Bollywood films and reality & fiction television shows. In 2016, Udaipur stood proudly for hosting the very first edition of India’s first World Music Festival and getting the artists and musicians from over 12 countries of the world.
1. City Palace
It not only gathers the major eyeballs but also a very famous destination for weddings and celebrations. The exquisite architecture and high maintenance; makes it an ageless beauty. The major attractions of city palace are the crystal gallery, Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khaas, vintage car museum, maharani palace and the beautiful view of the city and lake Pichola.
2. Lake Palace
It is the most visited places standing elegantly on Jagniwas Island of Lake Pichola. It is the most romantic site of Rajasthan with a background of Aravali Hills and now maintain and operated by “Taj Hotels, resorts and Islands” as a luxury 5-star hotel.
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3. Fateh Sagar Lake
It is an artificial lake, housing three small islands within it which are easily accessible through motor boats. It was a venue for many national and international events, hosting India’s first World Music Festival. It is the best place for family outing.
4. Jag Mandir
It stands gloriously on Jag Mandir Islands of Pichola Lakes since 17th century having an outstanding architecture of marbles.
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5. Saheliyo Ki Bari
The Garden of Maidens was built for the maids who accompanied the Princess of Udaipur, where they can do some recreational activities like singing, dancing, playing etc. It has been beautifully maintained and one and spend some peaceful time there and even can click some photographs in traditional dresses of Rajasthan which you will get in rent over there.
6. Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum
It’s a perfect place for archeologists or historians as it provides an insight to the lifestyle, tradition and culture of Rajput era.
7. Bagore Ki Haveli
Located in Gangaur Ghat it not only provides a scenic view but aldo a little sneek peek in the royal lives. It’s a grand structure of 100 rooms each decorated beautifully with mirror work followed by evening dance and music.
It’s a royal cremation grounds having many royal kings, queens, prince and princess but among all Maharana Sangram Singh’s cenotaph is quiet attractive and famous with the tourist.
9. Bagore Ki Haveli Mansapurna Karni Ropeway
Built in 2008 , it provides a ropeway link between Karni Mata Temple; a Hindu temple located on Machla Magra Hills to Deendayal Upadhyay Park. It provides a magnificent view of city, lakes and Aravali Hills.
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SHOPPING IN UDAIPUR
Udaipur is world famous for its unique Rajasthani handicrafts. But apart handicraft one must not forget to bring jewelleries such as their legendary Polki, Meenakari and Kundan designs which are just perfect for big-fat Indian weddings, royal painting, leather products, unique antiques, clothes with beautiful mirror work which royal people used to wear at their royal courts. But it is very important to know that from where to get these entire things.
• Hathi Pol Bazaar
Located adjacent to City Palace Complex, has immense variety of wooden handicrafts, miniature paintings, slippers made from camel skin and folk arts. Although prices are fairly charged but some bargaining is good for pocket. Shops are generally closed on Sundays.
Opening & Closing Time
9:30 am to 5:30 pm
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• Bada Bazaar
You cannot afford to miss it as it is one of the main markets of Udaipur, famous for Bandhini and Batik print sarees, handmade juttis and jewellery made from silver and camel bone.
Timings: 9.30 am to 6 pm
Closed on: The market remains closed on Sundays
• Chetak Circle
Located near Fateh Sagar Lake and offers a conglomeration of brass wares, valuable stones, salutation cards, traditional jewellery boxes & lanterns.
• Sadhna Emporium
Located near police station of Fatehpura Circle, setup in 1988 to provide a source of income for women. Famous for its outstanding products like bed sheets, table mats, cushion covers, dupattas, diaries, kurtas, jackets etc.
• Jagdish Temple Street
Located in the middle of city, it offers authentic products made from camel leather such as journals and diaries. Apart this one can find a good range of mud and metal articles.
HOW TO REACH
• Maharana Pratap Airport is situated 22 kms away from the heart of Udaipur city and has a well connectivity to all the major cities on India like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur
• Udaipur Railway Station has well connected routes to all the major cities of India like Ahmedabad, Delhi etc. whereas government buses and Volvos facilities are also available. Apart these if you own a car, just plan a road trip to feel the beauty of Rajasthan. Choose the Palace on Wheels train which is the best way to reach this destination.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT
Winters are the best period to go to Udaipur because of its pleasant weather, mornings are sunny whereas nights are quiet cool. One can visit between September to March to have a comfortable visit to all the famous places.
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