Udaipur, in Rajasthan is one of the major tourist attractions of India. It is known for its lakes, forts and palaces that still retain the glory they possessed in the former ages. The city is a favorite among tourists for it offers to them a glimpse of the rich culture and heritage of Kaleidoscopic Rajasthan. Travel to Udaipur and enjoy a holiday experience that would be unforgettable.
Udaipur is located in the southern Rajasthan. It lies on the National Highway 8 and is 270kms south of Ajmer.
Udaipur -When To Visit
The summers in Udaipur, like most cities in rajasthan are quite hot but still many insist that it is still quite tolerable. In summers the highest temperature touches 40ºC and usually throught out he year the temperature stays close to 30ºC. though winters are the perfect time to
Udaipur -History In Brief
Maharana Udai Singh founded Udaipur in 1599. According to a legen, once when he was out on hunting, he met a hermit who asked him to build a fort at the spot he was standing in. Maharana Udai Singh followed his advice and thus Udaipur was founded.
Your tour package to Udaipur would possibly include a tour of the City Palace. It was built in 1725 and now is a hotel and some parts of it have been turned into a museum. Jagdish temple is another place you can visit. It is dedicated to lord Vishnu and was built by Maharaja Jagat Singh in 1651.
Visit Fateh Sagar, which was originally built by Maharana Jai Singh and was rebuilt by Maharana Fateh Singh after it was destroyed by the flooding, supposedly caused by the breaking of a dam. You can also check out the Lake Pichola, and the two palaces Jagniwas, which used to be the summer retreat for the prince of Mewar and Jagmandir.
Youc an also take a tour to the shilpgram, which is a craftbazaar that showcases the handicrafts of different states of India. Do try to visit the Bhartiya Lok kala Musum which houses paintings, dolls and masks. It is open everyday and a great place to check out the arts and crafts of Udaipur.
If you are in Udaipur for a few days, then do travel to Haldighati, which is 40 kms north of the city. It is as you rightly guessed, the famous battlfield where Maharana Pratap defeated Akbar. You can also check out the historic temples of Nathdwara, Nagda, Kankroli and Eklingji, if you are willing to travel a little. A little further away from Jodhpur is Deogarh, which is 135 kms from Jodhpur. The magnificent though has now been converted into a hotel, it still is worth a visit.
Udaipur -Getting There
The closest airport is the Dabok airport, which is merely 25 kms from the City center. The railway station is at a distance of 4 kms from the City Center. It is connected to Delhi, Ahmedabad and Jaipur. The bus terminus is 2 kms from the railway station. Udaipur is very well connected with most cities by rods. You can either take a bus to the city or hire a cab/taxi.
During the Holi festival, the Udaipur Royal family hosts a function at the city palace, which is quite famous. It is celebrated in February/March.
The tourists can shop at Chetak circle, Clock Tower and the city market for gifts, souvenirs and local handicrafts. The Rajasthan Government Handicrafts Emporium is another place you ought to visit for rather good quality handicrafts. The stone jewelry is quite famous from Udaipur, so do check those out too.
Udaipur has lots of fine restaurants and fast food corners. One can enjoy Mughlai, Indian, Continental, Italian, Chinese and Rajasthani cuisine. Do try the delicious Rajasthani thali while you are there which many recommend should be had with a huge glass of buttermilk.