Udaipur is referred to as the "Venice of the East", and the "Most Romantic City of India" and the "Kashmir of Rajasthan" (a reference to Dal Lake) and not without reason.
Tourists flock to this enchanting old & modern town in the heart of the Aravalli Mountains, which offers three interconnected lakes within the town - the Fateh Sagar Lake, the Lake Pichhola and the smaller Swaroop Sagar Lake; along with forts, palaces, temples, gardens, mountains and narrow lanes lines withdrawn with stalls, relives the reminisces of a heroic past, valor and chivalry
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Udaipur City Palace
The splendid City Palace, posing over the fascinating Lake Pichola, is one of the most beautiful palatial structures. It is the second largest palace in India after Mysore palace in Mysore, South India. The elegant palace originally built by Mahrana Uday Singh II rises 30 meters above Lake Pichola and extends up to 244 meters. The City Palace of Udaipur1 has number of small and big palaces, museums and the gardens. There are many popular palaces inside the City Palace Complex. The unique aspect of this conglomeration is that the architectural design (a rich blend of Rajasthani, Mughal, Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture) is distinctly homogeneous and eye catching. The palace complex has been built entirely in granite and marble. The interiors of the palace complex with its balconies, towers and cupolas exhibit delicate mirror-work, marble-work, murals, wall paintings, silver-work, inlay-work and leftover of colored glass. The complex provides a fine view of the lake and the Udaipur city from its upper terraces.
Jagadish Temple –
Located 150m north of the palace in Indo-Aryan architectural style, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple walls and the shikara or tower are decorated with carvings of Vishnu, scenes from Lord Krishna’s life and figurines of nymphs or apsaras. The street square, where the temple is located, is also known as Jagdish Chowk from where several roads radiate in different directions
Saheliyon ki Badi –
Built by Maharana Bhopal Singh. Saheliyon ki Bari means Garden of the Maids. This garden area lies in northern part of the city and has fountains and kiosks, a lotus pool and marble elephants. Each water channel has its distinct sound and the mingling of these sounds complement the ambience of the place. There is also a small museum here. Sahelion Ki Bari' was laid for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of her dowry.
Boat ride at lake Pichola
Lake Pichola and Fateh Sagar Lake are the most popular of Udaipur's man-made lakes. A boat ride on Lake Pichola gives a whole new perspective to the city, especially the City Palace Complex. Boats depart from the jetty near the City Palace. A trip on the lake costs 300 rupees ($6.50) including a stop at Jag Mandir. Udaipur is a lovely blend of water, lush green hills that set fire and passion in poet and considered as Venice of East. The city has 3 beautiful lakes that add to its kaleidoscope.
An old building built right on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar, built it in the eighteenth century. The palace has over a hundred rooms, with displays of costumes and modern art. The building has a large and exquisite collection of Mewar painting and glassworks.
Nehru Garden –
This is a park situated in the middle of Fateh Sager Lake. This park covers about 41 acres with flower gardens and a lily pond. It was inaugurated on the birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. The garden overlooks the ancient Moti Mahal of Maharana Pratap and gives a view of the Aravalli hills on three sides.
Sajjangarh wild life sanctuary & palace.
Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary is situated 5kms in the West of tourist city Udaipur, which surrounds the Sajjangarh Palace overlooking Udaipur City. From the palace, one can have a magnificent view of lakes of Udaipur and Aravalli hill ranges. The view of Sunrise and Sunset attracts every visitor atop of Bansdara hill. Safari Park was created and wild animals like Chital, Sambar, Wild Boar, and Blue Bull were reintroduced. Animals like Panther, Hyena, Hare and Jackal has reappeared apart from variety of reptiles and birds. The wall extended further and now the entire hillock has been fenced, improving the vegetal cover of the sanctuary area.
What camel riding is in Jaisalmer, horseback riding is in Udaipur, a must! Situated in the middle of the Aravalli-Mountains, Udaipur offers a fantastic landscape and unrivaled views. Various operators offer horse rides here:
Princess Trails also offers Jeep Safaris through the Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary or to nearby villages. A good chance to explore rural Rajasthan or spot wildlife. Minimum participants are 4 with a maximum of 8 participants joining in.
Camel Safari is another feature of entertainment in Udaipur and would be really a memorable experience for you. Tourists usually enjoy this unusual ride mounting on the back of camels roaming in the deserts of Rajasthan. The adventurous Camel Safari will acquire your one whole day. In this expedition, you will start from a definite point in the city and get into the interiors of the desert. If you want to meet the tribals, you can encounter them on your journey. During your trip, you need not to worry about your food as our tour operators would arrange for your breakfast and lunch. Enjoy the beauty of lofty lakes, architectural temples, majestic forts and palaces of Udaipur.
Puppet shows make the best part of Udaipur recreation. Being an inseparable aspect of Rajasthani culture, Puppet shows of Udaipur are really captivating. These shows are arranged by the Hotels to entertain their guests during their stay. Otherwise, you can always go to Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum to enjoy the exclusive puppet show in the evenings. The puppets attract people with their innocent faces, bright colored dresses, and dazzling jewelry.
You could go to Chetak and Swapnalok theatre that are located near Chetak Circle. Other options could be Ashoka theatre and Picture Palace in Surajpol. There is also a new PVR cinema located in the Celebration Mall - try the 'first class' seating for a cinema experience that you can't get in the West!
There is a dance and puppet show at the Bagore-ki-Haveli, which is located near Gangaur Ghat in the heart of the old city. It starts nightly at 7 pm. Charge 100rs + 40 for camera. The show demonstrates many dying tribal rituals of Rajasthan.
Ropeway in Udaipur
Spend the evening overlooking the city lights from the high altitude. Udaipur's ropeway servicces gives a chance to have bird's view of the entire city. Recently started Karni Mata Ropeway has been getting popular amongst domestic and international tourists. It’s a ride of about 500m from Doodh Talai Garden to Ropeway junction (to the adjacent hill).
An ancient town located 288km from Udaipur is famous among the spiritual and religious sects for the shrine of Khwaja Ajmer Sheriff and the only Brahma temples by the banks of Lake Pushkar.
The administrative city of Mewar region located 168km from Udaipur. The city contains some of the exquisite Neolithic temples that adorn the Nagar style of architecture.
An ancient town located 275km from Udaipur inhabited by local tribesmen famous for its historical fortresses and kunds (holy wells).
About 140 km from Udaipur, Chittorgarh was the capital of Mewar from 734 AD to 1559. Chittorgarh Fort is a massive fort situated on a hilltop near Chittorgarh town in Rajasthan state in India.
A popular gateway to the Thar Desert located 269km from Udaipur with the massive Meherangarh Fort and access to Osiyan desert.
A 15th-century fortress, built by Rana Kumbha of Mewar, with 36km of walls. Over 360 temples are within the fort. It also has a wildlife sanctuary. Located in Rajsamand District, 64 km from Udaipur. The vista from the top of the palace typically extends tens of kilometers into the Aravalli hills.
Mount Abu –
A popular tourist hill station located 185km from Udaipur. highest peak on the mountain is Guru Shikhar, at 1722 meters above sea level. Mount Abu is home to a number of Jain temples especially the Dilwara Temples.
Shri Nathdwara (a pathway to Lord Shri Krishna) lies 48 km from Udaipur and literally means the gateway to the Lord. Devotees throng the shrine in large numbers during occasions of "Janmashtmi", the day of the Lord's birth, and other festivals like Holi. It is famous for its 'pichwai' paintings, with Shri Krishna in the center and is recognized for profuse use of gold color.
Ranakpur is widely known for its magnificent marble Jain temple devoted to Lord Adinath and is a "must see". Ranakpur is located between Jodhpur and Udaipur, in a valley on the western side of the Aravalli Range. Easily accessed by road, Ranakpur is around 100 km north of Udaipur. Its architecture is said to be better than even that of famous Taj Mahal.