Udaipur is a place, where love for water and undeniable love for ancient History meet. If you are looking for Bunny and Naina, this is the city you need to come to. It is a royal city founded in 1559 and proudly remains the crown of Rajasthan. Visit this beautiful city today and fulfil your dreams of falling in love yet again.
Brief Introduction to Udaipur
Udaipur, formerly the capital of the Mewar Kingdom, is a city in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. Founded by Maharana Udai Singh II in 1559, it’s set around a series of artificial lakes and is known for its lavish royal residences.
Udaipur offers a variety of rides to hop on to view the city. From horsebacks, cars to rickshaws this place has got your travel covered easily. It is also famous for its Marble Mosaics which is a natural charm to this place apart from its photogenic Havelis and Crooked roads.
Udaipur city has a hot semi-arid climate. The three main seasons, summer, monsoon and winter respectively, dominate the city of Udaipur. Being located in the desert lands of Rajasthan, the climate and weather of Udaipur are usually hot.
The major contributions to the city’s economy come from tourism, agriculture and mineral industries. The handicraft and cottage industry sectors play an important part in contributing to the growing economy.
How To Reach Udaipur?
This mode of transport is the quickest whether from Delhi or the North East. Udaipur has its airport which is quite convenient – Maharana Pratap Airport. The Travel Time from Delhi to Udaipur is about 1 Hr By flight.
The travel time from Delhi to Udaipur takes 11 hours which is the longest and time-consuming.
The minimum time a bus takes to reach Mt Abu from Udaipur is 4h 18m which is the cheapest mode of Transport. The fastest way to reach Mt Abu from Udaipur takes you 2h 45m, which is to take Mahindra Logan from Udaipur to Mt Abu.
Wondering how to go Udaipur from Delhi? Several trains run from Delhi (NDLS and Hazrat Nizamuddin) to Udaipur with some of the most common being Chetak Express and Mewar Superfast Express. It should take you around 12 to 16 hours to cover Delhi to Udaipur distance by train.
Udaipur Sightseeing – Top 10 Best Places to Visit
1) Lake Pichola
Lake Pichola, an artificial freshwater lake that was created in 1362 is one of the main attractions in Udaipur. This lake is surrounded by hills, palaces, temples, worth a thousand words. This is the perfect place for an Instagram picture, 1 km from the city centre.
2) City Palace
This is one of the largest palace complexes in the whole of Rajasthan with its extensive interiors and magnificent intricacies located on the Banks of Lake Pichola. It was built over nearly 400 years, with contributions from several rulers of the Mewar Dynasty.
Visiting Hours: 9.30 A.M. To 5.30 P.M.
3)Fateh Sagar Lake
Fateh Sagar Lake, placed in the city of Udaipur in Rajasthan, is an artificial lake named after Maharana Fateh Singh of Udaipur and Mewar and built to the north-west of Udaipur, located to the north of Lake Pichola in the 1680s, is one of the four lakes of the Udaipur city.
This artificial lake has 3 islands in the middle out of which 2 are parks. Nehru Park is one of the parks and has a boat-shaped restaurant too.
4) Sajjagarh Palace
This Palace is built with white marble located on top of the Bansadara Peak, overlooking Fateh Sagar Lake. One should book entry tickets in advance as it is crowded.
Visiting Hours: 9 A.M. To 5 P.M.
5) Eklingji Temple
Almost 22km away from Udaipur, Eklingji Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Taking a cab to this temple is the most convenient way to reach it. Its brilliant architecture and peaceful surroundings attract plenty of tourists every year.
Visiting Hours: 10.30 A.M. – 6.15 P.M.
6) Vintage Car Museum
This is a perfect spot for Car lovers with its exquisite collections of royal cars over the years. Vintage and Classic Car Museum is home to 20 antique cars, which includes four classic Rolls-Royce, one MG-TC convertible, two 1939 Cadillacs, one Ford-A Convertible, one 1936 Vauxhall-12, rare models of Mercedes and some of the solar operated rickshaws and many other vehicles.
Visiting Hours: 10 A.M. TO 10 P.M.
Entrance Fees: Rs. 250 for Adult, Rs.150 for Children
7) Jaisamand Lake
Jaisamand Lake is the second-largest artificial lake in Asia. There are seven islands in the lake, one of which is still inhabited by a local tribe, also it has a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva on the dam.
It includes 11 islands and a boat ride is advisable those whoever wish to take a look at this entire lake which is rich in Marine Life and thrives with its biodiversity.
8) Jag Mandir Palace
Jag Mandir is a palace built on an island in the Lake Pichola. It is also called the “Lake Garden Palace”. This palace offers the most beautiful sunset while you dine at a lip-smacking restaurant called ‘DARIKHANA’.
This palace is built with white marble and yellow sandstone and is a three-story construction.
9) Doodh Talai Musical Garden
Dudh Talai Musical Garden is a perfect example of Modern Architecture in Rajasthan. Surrounded by small hillocks. Dudh Talai Musical Garden is located in the central city region hence, it is close to all possible mode of transportation.
Timings: 9 A.M. TO 10 P.M.
Note: The Doodh Talai Musical Garden Musical Fountain show timings are 7:00 PM during summer and 6:30 PM during winter.
- Rs. 20 per person for Indian Adults
- Rs. 10 per person for Indian Children
- Rs. 30 per person for Foreigners
10) Bada Mahal
Bada Mahal is an exquisite architectural palace built on an 89 ft. high rock. This palace has the most intricate designs which unique and manages to attract a huge number of tourists. This mahal is located 22 km from the city centre.
Fun Things To Do On Your Udaipur Trip
At a distance of 3 km from City Railway Station, Mansapurna Karni Mata Ropeway is a popular cable car ride that connects Sri Karni Mata Temple at Machhala Hill Top and Deendayal Upadhyay Park. The cable cars ferry sightseers on 4-5 minutes short trips up the hill from Deendayal Park at Doodh Talai to Karni Mata temple.
Timings: 9 AM to 9 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 72 for Indian Adults, Rs. 36 for Indian Child, Rs. 300 for Foreign Adult and Rs. 150 for Foreign Child
- Bada Bazaar: Famous for authentic Rajasthani Jutis, bandhani print sarees and textiles and camel bone jewellery
- Bapu Bazaar: Bapu Bazaar is known for authentic handicrafts and Rajasthani souvenirs. The market is also famous for its variety of street food specialities, especially the mouthwatering gol gappas
- Hathi Pol Bazaar: Famous for Rajasthani miniature paintings, Pichwai and Phad paintings. Authentic souvenirs, wooden handicrafts, and colourful ‘Nagra’ slippers made from camel skin with beautiful embroidery are highly recommended.
Mewar Spring Festival – Mewar festival is observed to welcome the arrival of the spring season with all zest and dedication in Udaipur, Rajasthan which takes place between March and April. During the days of the festival, the whole city of Udaipur gets drenched in colours of festivity.
Local markets and shops beautify their frontage with bright lights and decorations. This bright and colourful festival attracts tourists from all over to join its charming ceremony of tradition.
3) Shilpgram Mela
It is a fair famous for handicrafts in the form of clothes and accessories situated 3 km away from the city of Udaipur. Shilpgram is an ethnographic museum that depicts the lifestyles of the folk and tribal people of the region.
Tired of shopping and sightseeing? Saheliyon-ki-Bari is a major garden and a popular tourist space also known as ‘Garden of the Maidens’ the best place to relax your head and float your head inits ever so mesmerising architecture.
It lies in the northern part of the city and has fountains and kiosks, a lotus pool and marble elephants. It was built by Rana Sangram Singh. There is also a small museum here. This place is located on the banks of Fateh Sagar
Timings: 9 A.M. TO 7 P.M.
- 10 per person for Indians
- 50 per person for Foreigners
Best Time to Visit Udaipur
The best time to visit Udaipur is the winter season. The temperature remains comfortable and is apt for visiting the monuments and other places of interest in Udaipur. The best months to visit are September, October, November, December, February and March.
Interesting Facts About Udaipur
- Maharaja Udai Singh of Sisodia dynasty founded the Udaipur city. The capital of the kingdom was shifted from the Chittorgarh to Udaipur.
- Lake Palace or Jag Nivas in the Lake Pichola is now a heritage hotel run by Taj group. It was once a summer palace of Sisodia rulers. It is voted as the most romantic hotel in the world and India.
- Jaisamand Lake or Dhebar Lake is considered as the second largest artificial lake in Asia.
- Rajasthan is one of the prominent Zinc and Copper mining destinations. It is said Udaipur was a major mining site from the medieval times.
- Sahastra-Bahu Temples are now famously known as ‘Sas-Bahu’ temples. Historical records say, that Sahastra Bahu means ‘Vishnu with 1000 arms’ but the local stories suggest a different tale.
Important Information About Udaipur
- You can carry a camera inside the city palace after you pay a reasonable price.
- If you are travelling by road without a helmet or license, you could by Bitten by the constable. Yes, you heard right, it is one of the traffic laws.
- Safety is first and foremost the most important rule about visiting any place and is very safe for women travelling single or in a group. This is reflected in the low crime rate as compared with other cities of India.
Frequently Asked Questions About Udaipur:
- What is Udaipur famous for?
Ans: Udaipur is a tourist destination and is known for its history, culture, scenic locations and the Rajput-era palaces. It is popularly known as the “City of Lakes” because of its sophisticated lake system.
- How many days do you need in Udaipur?
Ans: You should plan for a minimum of 2 Nights & 3 Days at Udaipur.
- Is Jaipur better than Udaipur?
Ans: Jaipur is more crowded than Udaipur as it is a commercial city. Udaipur has more of lakes and Jaipur has more of monuments. Udaipur has a better shopping experience to offer as Jaipur is a little more overpriced.
- Is Ola available in Udaipur?
Ans: Companies like Zoomcar, Ola, Uber have laid their strong foundations here. Tourist can hire private taxi operators like ola cab, Meru cab, Savaari taxi service to travel in and around Udaipur.
- What food is famous in Udaipur?
Ans: Head to these local spots for the best street food in the touristy town which includes Poha, Vada Pav, Falooda, Jalebi, Paan, Boiled Egg Bhurji, Mini Mirchi Bada, Kachoris, Bread Pakora, Daal Baati Choorma, Dabeli, Paani Puri, Pav Bhaji, Sandwiches And Maggi, Kulhad Coffee & Hari Mirch Chai Shot.
- Which is the best area to stay in Udaipur?
Ans: You can check out these popular spots to book your stay:
1.The Oberoi Udaivilas – Hospitality And Architecture, A Class Apart
2.Taj Lake Palace – White Beauty Amid The Lake
3.The Leela Palace – Brilliance And Precision
4.Shiv Niwas Palace – Experience The Best Of Rajputana Hospitality
5.Trident Hotel – A Cozy Nest Finely Crafted
- How far is Udaipur from Jaipur?
Ans: Distance between Jaipur to Udaipur
There is/are 4 direct train(s) from Jaipur to Udaipur. These train(s) is/are Jp Udz Sf T Spl (09721), Jp Udz Exp (12992), Udz G Rath Spl (04972) and Njp Udz Express (19602) etc. The minimum time a train takes to reach is 6h 43m.
- What should I wear in Udaipur?
Ans: The traditional dress of Rajasthani men is Angarakha (an upper garment) and dhoti or Payjama (a lower garment) for men. For women, Kurti or top and a Ghaghra (skirt) make their dress, yet it is not compulsory to wear the conventional dresses of Rajasthan.
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