Welcome to Udaipur
Udaipur – The Venice of the East
Unlike other cities of Rajasthan that are known for their hot, dry and arid landscape, Udaipur has been blessed with beautiful lakes, gardens, hills, and mountains. It makes Udaipur genuinely breathtakingly beautiful. The presence of many lakes has given Udaipur the title of the “City of Lakes” or the “Venice of the East.”
Besides its beauty, the city has also garnered a lot of attention for its age-old tales of valour and chivalry. The famous Mewar Rulers ruled this royal city. Legend has it that once Maharana Uday Singh, the then ruler of Mewar met a Holy Sage, who counselled him to build a new city in the fertile valleys of the Aravalli Hills. Thus, Udaipur came into existence in 1557 AD.
Udaipur City Palace
Located on the fringes of Lake Pichola, Udaipur Palace is also one of the largest palace complexes of the state. Since all subsequent rulers after Maharana Udai Singh ji who built this palace, added a wing or two to its existing structure, this makes it one of the best-preserved palaces in India. Architectural enthusiasts can easily make out the glimpses of European and Mediaeval architectural styles and at some places, even Chinese architectural patterns. The beautiful domes, arches, and towers add a stunning effect to the palace. An assortment of terraces, courtyards, pavilions, rooms, corridors, and hanging gardens make the palace a must visit attraction for the tourists.
Every palace is unique and offers something different for the history buffs to admire and explore. For example, in Ruby Mahal, one can admire the sheer brilliance of porcelain and crystal figurines. In the Palace of Mirrors or Sheesh Mahal, visitors can enjoy the beauty of intricate mirror work.
Within the palace premises, one of the most prominent temples in the city – Jagdish Temple is also situated. This temple is an architectural marvel. Three storeys high, this temple is known for intricate carvings, painted walls and dominating presence.
You can visit the crystal gallery, which hosts the most extensive private collection of crystal made objects. This collection was ordered from Birmingham by Maharaja Sajjan Singhji in 1887. You can admire beautiful objects d’art like crystal perfume bottles, dinner set, and the stunning crystal bed.
Saheliyon ki Bari
It is a lovely garden situated in the heart of the city. Sprawling gardens interspersed with fountains and marble art makes it a lovely and impressive place. It takes a magical look during the monsoon season.
Nagda and Eklingji Temples
Nagda, a quaint town located close to Udaipur is known for its popular Saas-Bahu Temples among many others. It is located on the banks of the Bagela Lake and was founded in the 6th Century. A group of 108 temples enthral devotees who come here to seek blessings from divine deities.
The famous Eklingji Temple is located 22 km away from Udaipur. It is dedicated to the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva, the residing deity of Udaipur Royal Family. It is located at the banks of the Indersagar Lake. The double storeyed building with a pyramidal styled roof and carved tower speaks volumes about the amazing architectural style followed in the temple construction.
Bagore Ki Haveli
Visit Bagore Ki Haveli, close to the Pichola Lake. The haveli is known for its intricate architectural work and beautiful glass work. This haveli has now been converted into a museum. View some original Mewar paintings in the Queen’s Chamber. If one really wants to know how old royalties used to live, this haveli is a beautiful example of the rich lives led by them.
Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum
Visit the Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum that has been preserving Mewar folk art forms for the last four decades. It has a fantastic collection of Rajasthani folk art, Ornaments, dresses, masks, puppets, dolls, etc. besides Rajasthani paintings and art forms.
You can go on a shopping spree and visit the famous markets of the city like Hathi Pol Bazaar, Bada Bazaar, Chetak Circle and the Lake Palace Road, where you can buy handicraft items, wooden toys, jewellery, pottery, antique paintings and items, wall hangings, puppets, cloth lanterns, and many more things.
A boat cruise at the Lake Pichhola and admire the scenic beauty of the city. The boat ride begins from the Rameshwar Ghat, and the boats are available at every 15 minutes and take almost one hour to complete the round. Stopover at Jagmandir, where refreshing drinks are available at the bar. Evening boat rides are more enjoyable, as the lights from the palace and other structures create a magical ambiance with their reflection in the lake water. You can also take pleasure in the glimpses of beautiful and attractive historical buildings along the banks.
If you are interested in something adventurous, you can enjoy a cable car ride to Mansapurna Karni Mata Temple. Perched atop Machhla Hills, this temple is dedicated to Karni Mata, a Hindu Goddess. Tourists love to admire the bird’s eye view of the Udaipur City sprawled on all sides. It takes about 10 minutes to reach the temple in the cable car.
Light and Sound Show
Enjoy the famous Mewar Light and Sound Show. It is conducted at the Manek Chowk in the premises of the City Palace. The history dating back to almost 1500 years is traced in this show. The entire show has 12 episodes and touches on various events and highlights of the rich Mewar history.
When visiting Udaipur, enjoy the lip-smacking taste of daal, baati, choorma, kadhi, gate ki sabzi, dil jaani, ker sangria and more.