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Udaipur
Udaipur
Location of Udaipur
in Rajasthan and India
Coordinates 24°35′N 73°41′E / 24.58°N 73.68°E / 24.58; 73.68
Country  India
State Rajasthan
District(s) Udaipur district
Nearest city Ahmdabad, Jaipur, Indore
Population
Density
559317 (2001)
15,117 /km2 (39,153 /sq mi)
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)
Area
Elevation
37 km2 (14 sq mi)
600 m (1,969 ft)
Website www.udaipur.nic.in

Udaipur About this sound pronunciation (उदयपुर), also known as the City of Lakes, is a city, a Municipal Council and the administrative headquarters of the Udaipur district in the state of Rajasthan in western India. It is the historic capital of the former kingdom of Mewar in Rajputana Agency. Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Jaisamand, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar in this city are considered some of the most beautiful lakes in the state.

Apart from its glorious history, culture and scenic location, it is also known for its Rajput-era palaces. The Lake Palace, for instance, covers an entire island in the Pichola Lake. Many of the palaces have been converted into luxury hotels. It is often called the "Venice of the East" and is also nicknamed the "Lake City".[1][2]

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Geography and Cimate

Udaipur is located at 24°35′N 73°41′E / 24.58°N 73.68°E / 24.58; 73.68.[3] It has an average elevation of 598.00 metres.

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Climate

The climate of Udaipur is tropical, with the mercury staying between a maximum of 42.3°C and a minimum of 28.8°C during summers. Winters cold with the maximum temperature rising to 28.8°C and the minimum dipping to 2.5°C.

History

Old flag

Udaipur was the capital of the Rajput kingdom of Mewar, ruled by the Sisodia clan. The founder of Udaipur was Rana Udai Singh, father of Maharana Pratap. The ancient capital of Mewar was Nagda, located on the Banas River northeast of Udaipur. Legend has it that Maharana Udai Singh came upon a hermit while hunting in the foothills of the Aravalli Range. The hermit blessed the king and asked him to build a palace on the spot and it would be well protected. Udai Singh established a residence there. In 1568 the Mughal emperor Akbar captured Chittor, and Udai Singh moved the capital to the site of his residence, which became the city of Udaipur.[4] As the Mughal empire weakened, the Sisodia ranas, and later maharanas, reasserted their independence and recaptured most of Mewar except the fort of Chittor. Udaipur remained the capital of the state, which became a princely state of British India in 1818. After India's Independence in 1947, the Maharaja of Udaipur acceded to the Government of India, and Mewar was integrated into India's Rajasthan state.

Sisodias, or the Guhilots (Suryavansh), have ruled the Mewar region since V.S 191, were against Mughal dominion, and tried to distance themselves from them.[citation needed] Being a mountainous region and unsuitable for heavily armoured Mughal horses, Udaipur remained unmolested from Mughal influence in spite of much pressure. Maharana Fateh Singh of Udaipur was the only royalty who did not attend the Delhi Durbar for King George V in 1911. This fierce sense of independence earned them the highest gun salute in Rajasthan, 19 against the 17 each of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bundi, Bikaner, Kota and Karauli. Rosita Forbes, who passed this land during the decline of the British Raj, described it as "like no other place on earth".[citation needed]

The land area of the state was 33,543 mi². Its population in 1901 was 14,73,759. It enjoyed an estimated revenue of £20,29,000.

Demographics

As of 2001 India census[5], Udaipur had a population of 550,000. Males constitute 53 percent of the population and females 47 percent. Udaipur has an average literacy rate of 77 percent, the national average is 79 percent: male literacy is 83 percent and female literacy is 72 percent.

Transport

A section of the National Highway 8
Section of the highway near Jaipur

Udaipur is well connected to the all major cities in India through land, rail and air.

Air

Dabok airport, also known as Maharana Pratap Airport, is 24 kilometres from the city centre. Daily Indian Airlines flights connect Udaipur with Jodhpur, Jaipur, Mumbai and Delhi. There are daily flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur on Jet Airways, Indian Airlines and Kingfisher Airlines. The airport is undergoing modernisation project and will soon have a new terminal building with an additional 4 stands.[citation needed] The airport is under consideration as an International airport by the Government of Rajasthan and will be upgraded to International airport by 2011.[citation needed]

Rail

Udaipur City Railway Station provides connectivity with Delhi, Mumbai Jaipur and Ahmedabad through trains run by Indian Railways. Udaipur is connected with Delhi, Kota and Mathura with the "Mewar Express" on broad gauge tracks. Udaipur is connected with Kolkatta, by the "Ananya Express". A train has also been introduced between Mumbai and Udaipur via Vadodara, Ratlam and Chittorgarh. There are daily 2 Intercity Express between Udaipur to Indore and Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, but Udaipur still lacks direct connectivity to Bhopal, Jabalpur and many major cities of South India, and one has to reach it either via Kota, Ahmedabad or Surat. A new train has been launched connecting Udaipur with Indore.

Road

The city lies on the Golden Quadrilateral, midway between Delhi and Mumbai National Highway (NH) 8; it is around 700 kilometres from either metro. The roads in this part of the country are paved and fit for private vehicles. One can either drive from Jaipur (around 8 hours) or Surat (9 hours), or take a Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) bus from Bikaner House, India Gate in Delhi.

The East West Corridor which starts from Porbandar and ends at Silchar passes and is intersecting the Golden Quadrilateral and shares the common space from Udaipur to Chittor.

Local transport

Unmetered taxis, auto rickshaws, tongas, city bus, and regular city bus services are available for Udaipur City main roads to Dabok Airport, Badi Lake, and Bedala.[6]

Places of interest

Sukhadia Circle at Night
The Udaipur Palace Complex at night
City Palace
Sajjangarh Palace flood-lit during late evening
Nehru Garden on an island in Fatehsagar Lake
Udaipur Bathing Ghat
City palace complex
Oberoi Hotel
Lake Palace
Jag Mandir
Fateh Sagar Lake
Heritage Complex
Heritage Buildings
Lake Palace

City Palace, Udaipur

Standing on the east bank of Lake Pichola is a massive series of palaces built at different times from 1559. The balconies of the palace provide panoramic views of the "Jag Niwas" (the Lake Palace Hotel). They also have great views of Jag Mandir on one side and the city of Udaipur on the other. Its main entrance is through the triple-arched gate - the Tripolia, built in 1725. The way now leads to a series of courtyards, overlapping parations, terraces, corridors and gardens. There is a Suraj Gokhda, where the maharanas of Mewar presented themselves in the times of trouble to the people to restore confidence. The Mor-chowk (Peacock courtyard), gets its name from the mosaics in glass decorating its walls. The chini chitrashala is noteworthy while a series of wall paintings of Krishna are on display in Bhim Vilas. There are numerous other palaces such as Dilkhush mahal, Sheesh mahal, Moti mahal and Krishna vilas - in memory of a princess of striking beauty who poisoned herself to avert a bloody battle for her hand by rival princes. Now the palace contains many antique articles, paintings, decorative furniture and utensils and attracts thousands of visitors every day.[citation needed] The former guesthouse of the city palace, Shiv Niwas Palace and the Fateh Prakash Palace have been converted into heritage hotels.

Lake Palace

The Lake Palace was built in 1743-1746. It is made of marble and is situated on Jag Niwas island in Lake Pichola. It was originally built as a royal summer palace, but is now a luxury 5 Star hotel, operating under the "Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces" banner.

Jag Mandir

Jag Mandir is another island in Lake Pichola which is known for its garden courtyard. Shah Jahan took refuge here while revolting against his father. There is a restaurant run by the HRH group of hotels.

Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal

A museum of folk arts. It also hosts puppet shows in its auditorium.

Maharana Pratap Memorial or Moti Magri

Atop the Moti Magri or Pearl Hill, overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake is the memorial of the Rajput hero Maharana Pratap with a bronze statue of the Maharana astride his favourite horse "Chetak". More details are available at Maharanapratap.net, a collection of facts and figures on Maharana Pratap and his life.

Monsoon Palace

Monsoon Palace also known as Sajjan Garh Palace The summer resort of the Maharajas is atop the hill overlooking all of the lakes. This palace had a way to collect rain water for consumption all year around.

Sukhadia Circle

Sukhadia Circle (Square) is a large roundabout in the city's northern suburb of Panchwati, on the road to Ranakpur and Mt. Abu. The centrepiece of the Circle is a large, three-tiered fountain just over 21 m. high, with scalloped dishes surmounted by a wheat-ear motif, representing prosperity. Illuminated at night, it is now a well-known landmark. Its foundation was laid in 1968 and was opened in 1970. The Circle is a popular recreational centre and meeting place. A circular pond surrounds the fountain; nearby are pleasant gardens. Families and friends come together, especially at night, when music plays, and dozens of food, cold drinks and tea stalls do a flourishing trade. Children particularly enjoy the experience: they float toy boats in the central pond, where odd duck-shaped pedallos (paddle boats) vie for space; there is even a mini train nearby. Sukhadia Circle commemorates the memory of Udaipur's Mohan Lal Sukhadia, one-time Chief Minister of Rajasthan and a native of Udaipur.

Jagdish Temple

The Jagdish Temple is a large Hindu temple in the middle of Udaipur. A big tourist attraction, the temple was originally called the temple of Jagannath Rai, but is now called Jagdish-ji. It is a major monument in Udaipur. The Jagdish Temple is raised on a tall terrace and was completed in 1651. It attaches a double storeyed Mandapa (hall) to a double - storied, saandhara (that having a covered ambulatory) sanctum. The mandapa has another storey tucked within its pyramidal samavarna (bell - roof) while the hollow clustered spire over the sanctum contains two more, non - functional stories. Lanes taking off from many of the sheharpanah (city wall) converge on the Jagdish Temple. It was built by Maharana Jagat Singh Ist in 1651 A.D. It is an example of Indo - Aryan architecture.

Bohara Ganesh JI

This temple is situated near old railway station (Thokar) and M L S University. This is old and famous Ganesh Temple with standing statue of Shree Ganesh Ji considered very fruitful (Chamatkarik).Thousands of Bhaktas come here every Wednesday.

Fateh Sagar Lake

Fateh Sagar Lake is situated in the north of Lake Picholas. It was originally built by Maharana Jai Singh in the year 1678 AD, but later on reconstructed and extended by Maharana Fateh Singh after much destruction was caused by heavy rains. In 1993-1994, the water vanished from the lake, but in 2005-2006, the lake regained its water.

Lake Pichola

Lake Pichola is a lake that has two islands, Jag Niwas and the Jag Mandir. This lake is 4 km long and 3 km wide, originally built by Maharana Udai Singh II. There are many ghats, like the bathing and washing ghats, which can be approached through boats from the City Palace of Udaipur (Bansi Ghat). In the heart of the lake the Lake Palace stands, which is now converted into a heritage palace hotel. The lake remains fairly shallow even during heavy rains, and gets dry easily in times of severe drought.

Saheliyon-ki-Bari

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. The gardens set below the embankment of the Fateh Sagar Lake have lotus pools, marble pavilions and elephant-shaped fountains. These fountains are fed by the water of the lake gushing through ducts made for the purpose.

Udaipur Solar Observatory

Asia's only solar observatory, the Udaipur Solar Observatory, is situated on an island in the middle of the Lake Fatehsagar, and the main office building is located at its NW shore near the Bari Road - Rani Road Junction. The site is run under the PRL (Physical Research Lab) in Ahemdabad. The sky conditions at Udaipur are quite favourable for solar observations.[citation needed] The large body of water surrounding the telescopes decreases the amount of heating of the surface layers, which decreases the turbulence in the air mass and thereby improves the image quality and seeing.

Gulab Bagh and Zoo

{{Main|Gulab Bagh and Zoo]]A rose garden laid out by Maharaja Sajjan Singh is situated near the palace on the east side of Lake Pichhola. A library in the garden has a collection of ancient handwritten manuscripts and books. Some of the part of the Satyarth Prakash have been written in this library. Styarth Prakash stup is situated in Gulab Bagh. Within the garden, there is a zoo with tigers, leopards, Chinkara gazelle, birds, and many wild animals. Children can enjoy mini train, track of which covers the main part of the garden and the zoo.

Doodh Talai

A rock and fountain garden and the sunset point from which one can enjoy the sunset view in Lake Pichhola and a panoramic view of the old city. Also one can enjoy the Aerial tramway (rope way) which connects one of the dudh talai gardens to Karni Mata temple.

Nehru Garden

This is a park situated in the middle of Fateh Sager Lake. This park covers about 41 acres (170,000 m2), 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.

Bagore-ki-Haveli

This is 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 glass and mirror in the interiors are Haveli work. It also preserves an example of Mewar painting on the walls of the Queen's Chamber. The two peacocks made from small pieces of colored glasses are examples of glasswork. After the death of Badwa the building became the property of Mewar State. It came to be occupied by Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore, who built the palace of the three arches in 1878, and it acquired its name of Bagore-ki-haveli, the house of Bagore. After independence the structure lay in neglect until 1986, when it housed the West Zone Cultural Centre. The haveli now stages Rajasthani traditional dance and music.

Ahar Museum

Located about 2 km east of Udaipur is a cluster of cenotaphs of the Maharanas of Mewar. There are about nineteen cenotaphs of Maharanas cremated there. One cenotaph is that Maharana Amar Singh, who reigned from 1597 to 1620. Nearby is also Ahar Museum, where on display is limited but very rare earthen pottery, as well as some sculptures and other archaeological finds. Some pieces date back to 1700 BC, and a tenth-century metal figure of Buddha is a special attraction.

Shilpgram

A crafts village located northwest of Udaipur, Shilpgram hosts an annual crafts fair which is one of the biggest in India; people from different states in the country have stalls showcasing their art and crafts work. [7]

Neemach Mata Temple

This temple is located on a green hill in the Dewali area of Udaipur. It has both stairs and an uphill slope way to climb, which is around 800 meters.

Our Lady of Fatima Cathedral

The Our Lady of Fatima Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Udaipur, in front of St. Paul's School.

Udaipur in Popular Culture

Places nearby

  • Nathdwara - 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 centre and is recognized for profuse use of gold colour.
  • Ranakpur - A village that is home to one of the most important Jain temples.[citation needed] 1400+ marble pillars support the temple. Opposite the Jain temple is the much older Sun Temple. Located in Rajsamand District, 110 km north of Udaipur.
  • Chittorgarh- 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.
  • Kumbhalgarh - A 15th-century fortress, built by Rana Kumbha of Mewar, with 36 kilometres 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.
  • Eklingji - Eklingji is a temple complexes situated nearly 22 km in the north of Udaipur. It was built in 734 A.D. and consists of 108 temples chiseled out of sandstone and marbles; it is devoted to the royal family of Mewar.
  • Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the most rugged of the Aravali in Pali, Rajsamand and Udaipur districts of Rajasthan. It takes its name after the historic fort of Kumbhalgarh, which comes into view over the Park. It is 578 km² in area and at an altitude of 500 to 1,300 metres. It is home to a very large variety of wildlife, some of which are highly endangered species. The wildlife includes wolf, leopards, sloth bear, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, smabhar, nilgai, chaisingh (the four horned antelope), chinkara, and hare.
  • Kankroli and Rajsamand Lake:Dwarakadish Temple, Nau Choukiya, JK Tyre factory
  • Rishabhdeo: also known as "Kesariya ji" or "Kala Baoji" Famous Jain pilgrimage center sacred to Jains and local tribals.
  • Jagat: known as "Khazuraho of Rajasthan", famous for Jagadambeshwari Durga temple.
  • Bambora: fort and Idana mata temple nearby.
  • Jaisamand Lake: second biggest man-made lake in the Asia.Very picturesque and beautiful lake has many habitate islands.
  • Udaisagar Lake
  • Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Baneshwar:120 km from Udaipur on Banswara road near Sabla, Jakham, Som and Mahi river are merged here, every year Kumbh for Aadiwasi's in January month organiged.
  • Galiakot (Mazar-e-Seyadi Fakhruddun Shaheed)
  • Dungarpur: Gap sagar, city palace
  • Banswara:Mahi dam and Tripura Sundari temple
  • Chawand -The Third Capital of Mewar and also the place where Great Maharana Pratap spent his last years.
  • Bandoli: near Chawand, Maharana Pratap's canopy is situated here
  • Mayaro ki Gufa; Rana Pratap used to keep his arms and ammunitions here.
  • Molela - A village near Haldi Ghati famous for its red pottery "terracota".
  • Kamal Nath- near Jhadol, it is said that Ravana the demon king of lanka worshiped here of Lord Shiva and offer his head instead of lotus flower to God. Rana pratap also stayed here for some time durinf Haldighati war.
  • Sanwariya ji temple: 70 km east from Udaipur famous krishna temple.
  • Avari Mata temple: 80 km in east from Udaipur
  • Jhakham Dam: in Sita mata century
  • Tidi Dam: 40 km in south of Udaipur near Jawarmines
  • Som Kagdar Dam: 65 km in South of Udaipur and near Kherwara
  • Som-Kamala -Amba Dam: near Aaspur
  • Salumber: fort, pond, temples, famous for Hadi Rani's sacrifice.
  • Charbhuja ji: at Gadbor village in Rajsamand district, one of the char-dham of Mewar, 90 km in north from Udaipur.
  • Sardar garh: fort and Kamal mandir [self-realization place of Mahatma Bhuri Bai]
  • Laksmanpura: famous for Ram Jharokha,village of notable saint Sri Guman Singh ji, 25 km east from Udaipur
  • Nauwa: near Khemli 20 km from udaipur, self -realization place for yogivirya Baoji Chatur Singh ji.
  • Matrikundia: holi place near Rashmi on Banas river bank.

Education

The city has four universities and many schools and colleges. The town has a university and a medical college and many schools.

  • Mohan Lal Sukhadia University
  • JNV University
  • Sri Padmapat Singhania University, Bhatewar
  • RNT Medical College
  • Darshan and Pacific Dental Colleges
  • Geetanjali Medical College
  • Vidhya Bhawan Education society
  • Meera Girls College
  • B.N.Girls College of Pharmacy (for 10 girls for M.Pharm.in Pharmaceutics, for 60 girls in B.Pharm. and D.Pharm.each)
  • Shramjivi College

Gallery

Udaipur Panorama from Jag Mandir Island
Lake Palace Hotel
Udaipur panorama with dried Lake Pichola

References

External links


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Udaipur [1], the capital of the former princly state of Mewar is a beautiful city in Rajasthan, India famous for its lakes and palaces which in centuries past served as the homes of royalty. A current tourist favorite, especially for up-market Westerners, it was a backdrop for numerous movies including the James Bond flick "Octopussy".

Udaipur is referred to as the "Venice of the East", 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. It has a rich history. Visitors swear by the romantic sunsets in the backdrop of its lakes.

There are three interconnected lakes within the town - the Fateh Sagar Lake, the Pichhola Lake and the smaller Swaroop Sagar Lake. Pichhola is home to one of the most romantic hotels of the world, the Lake Palace Hotel.

Get in

By plane

Jet Airways has daily flights to Udaipur from Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai. Indian Airlines operates daily flights between Udaipur and major cities like Jaipur and Mumbai. Air Deccan has three flights a week from Delhi and Jaipur. Kingfisher Red also flies direct daily from Mumbai.

Flight schedule in to Udaipur
Flight# Origin Dep Time Destination Arr Time Via Days
IC7471 Delhi (DEL) 1100 Udaipur (UDR) 1400 Jaipur (JAI), Jodhpur (JDH) Daily
IC7471 Jaipur (JAI) 1210 Udaipur (UDR) 1400 Jodhpur (JDH) Daily
IC7471 Jodhpur (JDH) 1320 Udaipur (UDR) 1400 - Daily
IC7472 Mumbai (BOM) 1500 Udaipur (UDR) 1640 Udaipur (UDR) Daily
IT3157 Mumbai (BOM) 1230 Udaipur (UDR) 1345 direct Daily

The city of Udaipur is about 12km from the airport. Taxis to the city cost almost 100 rupees and are the only means of transport to and from airport.

By bus

Udaipur is connected by an efficient bus service with most Rajasthani towns including Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Mount Abu. Buses also head south to Ahmedabad with connections to Mumbai but it is not a short journey. There are comfortable sleeper coaches available for longer trips.

By train

Train service has improved over the last few years after Udaipur was converted to broad gauge railway line. There are now daily trains from New Delhi and Udaipur. You can take Mewar Express(Train No.-2963) from H. Nizamuddin Station, which leaves at 7PM and reaches Udaipur at 7AM next day morning. If you coming from Mumbai then you can take udaipur-bandra tr Express(train no- 2995)from bandra-terminal If you coming from Ahmedabad from here an Express train leaves in the evening for Udaipur,which leaves next morning to udaipur via beautiful mountains,and large forest regions.

Get around

Most of the sights center around the Lake Pichhola and can be seen on foot. A rickshaw or taxi is needed for viewing more of the surrounding areas such as the nearby wilderness park and Monsoon Palace - which provides a nice view especially at sunset. Do bargain with the rickshaw drivers for the cab fare: Rs 150 is the usual price for the round-trip from City Palace including the wait time. The rickshaw drivers are sometimes overly courteous, especially to single female foreigners. Use your better judgment while traveling to distant locations alone.

Udaipur is part of the legendary Mewar kingdom and is famous for its courtesy to guests. People go out of their way to help guests. Do not hesitate to ask local folks for directions and tips. However, try to avoid seeking information from gifts/handicrafts shop owners.

By Car (Local)

You can easily visit Udaipur through Car. There are many Car Rental Companies available which Provide world Class Services.

  • Enterprises Car Rental
  • Savaari Car Rental,Savaari Car Rental Udaipur has a reputation for providing quality luxury car rentals Udaipur.For more information on online booking of Rental Car in Udaipur, Website: [2]
  • Hertz Car Rental

You don't need an international driver's license to rent vehicles. Prices depend on the kind of transport you rent and the length of time you rent it for. We rented a small scooter for Rs 150 for 3 hours. Fuel is priced separately, but is relatively cheap.

  • Nathdwara - Temple of Sri Nathji ( Sri Krishna), 50 km from Udaipur is a religious center. The viewing of the deity ("darshan") is considered very special. There is a replica of the Srinathji temple in Udaipur.
  • Sri Jagadishji Temple - at the center of the town. The temple bazaar is a nice and cost effective place to purchase Rajasthani handicrafts.
  • Fateh Sagar Lake
  • Pichola Lake
  • Sukhadia Circle
  • Saheliyon ki Badi
  • Sajjangarh Palace
  • Udaysagar
  • Duddhtalaii & Musical Garden
  • Nehru Garden (Fateh Sagar)
  • City Palace Museum
  • Shilp Gram
Udaipur (Rajasthan/India) panorama with dried Lake Pichola

Do

Horseback Riding: 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 landescape and unrivaled views. Various operators offer horse rides here, but the best choice is definitely Princess Trails. They have superb Marwari Horses, well-kept and looked-after and they really pamper you on their rides. They organize both shorter and day rides and also horseback safaris with overnight stays in a camp in the middle of the wilderness. This is something very special away from the usual touristic routes. Princess Trails

Good option is the Krishna Ranch. They offer similar kind of services as others, ranch is situated about 7 km from Udaipur. It is also possible to overnight there as they have cottages. Toilet and shower is in separate building, vegetarian meals provided. Same people run Hotel Kumbha Palace, 104 Bhattiyani Chohatta in Udaipur town, just next to City Palace.

Buy

In many stores, you'll come across photo albums that have been covered with beautiful sari silk. These range in price from as little as a 100Rs and make a beautiful gift or keepsake.

Rukmani Art Gallery, Main Road, Hotel Oberoi Udaivilas, 0091 98297 90949, [3]. This gallery offers a raqnge of art pieces including marble art, ethnic furniture and gifts and souvenirs.  edit

Eat

You are in Mewar! You must not miss the opportunity to have the really loaded Daal-Baati-Choorma. It is an experience you will remember forever. Look out for a helping of Gatte-ki-sabzi, as well. Udaipur is also famous for its spicy snacks - Mirchi bada, Kachori, etc.

Also, for those with insatiable appetites and no desire for self-service, there are a couple of worthwhile Thali restaurants where you can get unlimited servings of a selection of Rajasthani and Gujarati dishes (rotis, savoury bites, daals, vegetables, rice, sweets and more):

Hukam, The Family Restaurant. Multi Cuisine Restaurant, situated at Sahelion Ki Badi Road serves mouth watering Dishes.aircondition & Ambience Par Excellance

  • Ambrai is a restaurant situated at water level right on Lake Pichola across from the Lake Palace Hotel and the City Palace Museum. Beautiful place to relax after a long jaunt on the road and to take in the nightly fireworks show. Most rickshaw drivers know the place by name. Better reserve a table. Main dish around 120Rs, drinks starting at 40Rs.
  • Cafe Edelweiss A 'must go' spot for cakes, real coffee, fresh breads, salads. Nice for breakfast.
  • Natraj - a new and very popular restaurant near the train station serves Gujarati (sweet) and Rajasthani Thali for Rs.75 per person - bluish lights but very good food, clean and modern (a bit flashy)
  • Bawarchi - Thali at Rs.45 per person served upstairs at this popular restaurant in Delhi Gate - clean, bright and tasty.
  • Paratha Hut - Different tastes of Indian chapatis (paratha), Indian dishes, Chinese, South Indian, snacks and many more. On Lake Palace Road.
  • Berry's - A decent, clean indoor restaurant with good food at Chetak Circle. Mostly visited by locals< reasonable prices.
  • Hotel Sankalp - A nice south Indian Restaurent near Bustand - Rly Stn.
  • The Whistling Teal - Great secluded little spot located on the ground floor/garden of an old residence. Sit out front in one of the small marquees and enjoy a hookah, move inside when it gets dark though because the mosquitos get a little wild. Old school decor and pretty delicious food.
  • Swastik, bedla road,fatehpura.  edit
  • Sunset Terrasse. Excellent view in a very exclusive place. Price approx. Rs 1200 / Person but can easy be higher.  edit

Drink

Hukam, The Family Restaurant,Multi Cuisine Restaurant, situated at Sahelion Ki Badi Road serves mouth watering Dishes.aircondition & Ambience Par Excellance.'MEHFIL, PUB n BAR at this place is a Tourist Delight' Ambrai on Lake Pichola

  • Bagore ki Haveli
  • The Tiger
  • Jagat Niwas
  • Trident
  • Lake View Roof Top Restaurant, Jagdish Chowk
  • Restaurant El Parador, Ambamata Road .
  • Anand Bhawan Hotel, Fateh Sagar Road.
  • Hotel Padmini Palace, [4]. Hotel Padmini Palace in Udaipur is situated in the heart of the Udaipur city with all modern facilities to make your stay meomrable. Visit
  • Hotel Gangaur Palace at Gangaur Ghat is quite nice and reasonable at about 400 Rs for a double room, but a little bit noisy.
  • Pleasure Guest House is a quiet place to take pleasure, about 350Rs with a restaurant in the middle of a verdant garden, a balcony with a lovely view, and is surrounded by famous tourist attractions such as the city palace, Pichola lake, markets, museums...
  • Anjani Hotel a clean, quiet, safe and conveniently located budget hotel with swimming pool, rooftop restaurant and excellent lake views, run by a family, at Gangaur Ghat. Located within walking distance to the main tourist attractions and shopping, yet enough out of the way to be quiet for sleeping.
  • Hotel Kumbha Palace (www.hotelkumbhapalace.com), 104 Bhattiyani Chohatta, Udaipur 313001, tel 9828059505/6. Good hotel next to City Palace with rooftop terrace. Same people organise horsebackriding in their ranch near by.
  • Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel is located right on the lake, very nicely kept, has a fine restaurant and also some rooms with stunning lake views.
  • The Tiger.Deluxe Guesthouse cum Spa & Restaurant under Indo/European Management. Rates: INR 2500 to 2900 Breakfast: 175 INR Extra bed : 300 INR
  • Vishnupriya, Gulab Bagh. Three-star hotel. 51 rooms.
  • Mahendra Prakash (Tel: (91-294) 2419811) has clean rooms ranging from Rs 800 (no AC) to Rs 3500. The courtyard has a pool and the restaurant serves pretty good food. On Lake Palace road.
  • Mountain Ridge, (Tel: 91-294-3291478, E-Mail: reise@mewar.de), Your first impressions of Mountain Ridge will probably be the space, peace, quiet and the breathtaking panoramic views. Rooms ranging from Rs 1.700 (no AC) to Rs 4.000 (the suite) incl. breakfast. There is so much you can do - swimming in the pool, trekking, going on a village safari, bird watching, mountain walking, having a massage or just sitting & relaxing with your favorite book with a soothing sounds of nature in the garden. Located outside Udaipur in Sisarma.
  • Hotel Lake Shore, located right on the Lake Pichola, ashfak_h@yahoo.com Mobile number 0091 9828045083. It is an almost 400 years old building with a beautiful view on the lake. You can also enjoy dinner in their rooftop restaurant. Prices ranging from 400 to 1000 rupees.
  • Jaiwana Haveli an old haveli situated at Lake Pichola with a rooftop restaurant and cofortable rooms in rajasthani style. [5]

HOTEL BROADWAY, most Centrally Located on Sahelion Ki Bari Road,with Airconditioned Rooms for Budget travellers with In House Coffee Shop and Multicuisine Family Restaurant.All famous Tourist destination nearby.

  • The Lake Palace Hotel, Tel: (91-294) 2528800, [6]. Perhaps one of the most romantic hotels in the world, and is situated on an island in Lake Pichola.
  • The Oberoi Udaivilas, [7], Tel: 91 294 2433300. Five Star hotel.

Stay healthy

There are many clinics and hospitals in Udaipur which provide quality treatment at affordable prices, and health tourism is on the upswing.

Ropeway in Udaipur

Udaipur has got another good evening activity which gives you a chance to have Bird's eye view of the whole old and new city, lakes and palaces from an altitude. Recently started Karni Mata Ropeway has been getting popular amongst domestic and international tourists. Its a ride of about 500 meters from Dudh Talai garden (new Garden built on the hill) to Ropeway junction at another Hill where old and know Temple of "Karnimata Godess" is situated. Its the very first Ropeway of Rajasthan.

A multicuisine Restaurant adds up to the reson for staying longer on top of hill and keep staring the natural beauty around.

Where to reach : Ropeway Point, Din Dayal Garden, Dudh Talai, near Lake Pichola.

Timing : 10 AM to 10 PM (So you can dine till fairly late at the Ivy view Restaurant on top of Hill)

Cost : Rs. 60 per adult and Rs. 30 per Kid

Get out

Ranakpur, situated some 90 km north-east in the hills, consists of a few hotels and one of the most famous Jain temple - it is one really big temple, offers sculptures of same quality but different type than Dilwara but is beautiful from the outside, too. Around 2,5 hours by bus.

You may go by bus (6 hours) to Mount Abu, a relaxing, peaceful hill resort. A nice place to rest and hike.

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

UDAIPUR, OODEYPORE or MEwAR, a native state of India, in the Rajputana agency. Area, 12,691 sq. m. Pop. (1901), 1,030,212. Estimated revenue £200,000; tribute £17,000. The greater part of the country is level plain. A section of the Aravalli Mountains extends over the south-western and southern portions, .and is rich in minerals, but the mines have been long closed. The general inclination of the country is from south-west to north-east, the Banas and its numerous feeders flowing from the base of the Aravalli range. There are many lakes and tanks in the state, the finest of which is the Debar or Jaisamand, with an area of nearly 21 sq. m.; it is considered to be the largest artificial sheet of water in the world. A portion of the state is traversed by the Malwa line of the Rajputana railway. A branch from Chitor towards Udaipur was taken over by the state in 1898, and was extended nearer to the capital. Like the rest of Rajputana the state suffered severely from famine in 1900. The ancient coinage is of the Sasanian or Persian type, copper issues of this type being still in circulation. Modern coins bear on the reverse the words "Friend of London." The chief, whose title is maharana, is the head of the Sisodhyia clan of Rajputs, and claims to be the direct representative of Rama, the mythical king of Ajodhya. He is universally recognized as the highest in rank of all the Rajput princes. The dynasty offered a heroic resistance to the Mahommedans, and boast that they never gave a daughter to a Mogul emperor. They are said to have come from Gujarat and settled at Chitor in the 8th century. After the capture of Chitor by Akbar in 1568 the capital was removed to Udaipur by Maharana Udai Singh. During the 18th century the state suffered greatly from internal dissension and from the inroads of the Mahrattas. It came under British protection in 1817. The Maharana Fateh Singh, G.C. S. (b. 1848), succeeded by adoption in 1884.

The name of Mewar is derived from the Meos, or Minas, a tribe of mixed Raj put origin, who have likewise given their name to a different tract in northern Rajputana, called Mewat, where they are now all Mahommedans. About 1400 a sub-division of the Mewatis, called Khanzadas, made themselves the dominant power in this tract; and at the end of the 18th century, and again during the Mutiny, they were notorious for their ravages in the Upper Doab, around Agra and Delhi. In 1901 the total number of Mewatis in Rajputana was 168,596, forming 13% of the population in the state of Alwar. Down to 1906 the Mewar residency was the title of a political agency in Rajputana, comprising the four states of Udaipur, Banswara, Dungarpur and Partabgarh;; area, 16,970 sq. m.; pop. (1901), 1,336,283. But in that year the three last states were separated from Udaipur, and formed into the Southern Rajputana States agency. The Mewar Bhil Corps, raised as a local battalion in 1840, which was conspicuously loyal during the Mutiny, was in 1897 attached to the Indian army, with its headquarters at Kherwara.

The city of Udaipur is 2469 ft. above sea-level. Pop. (1901), 45,97 6. It is situated in a valley amid wooded hills, on the bank of a large lake (Pichola), with palaces built of granite and marble. The maharana's palace, which crowns the ridge on which the city stands, dates originally from about 1570, but has had additions made to it till it has become a conglomeration of various architectural styles. On Lake Pichola are two islands, on which are palaces dating respectively from the middle of the 17th and of the 18th centuries. In one of these the European residents were sheltered during the Indian Mutiny. In the neighbourhood are Eklingji (with a magnificent temple of the 15th century), and Nagda, the seat of the ancestors of the chiefs of Udaipur, with a number of temples, two of which are said to date from the 11th century.

There is another Udaipur State in the Central Provinces (till 1905 one of the Chota Nagpur states of Bengal). Area, 1052 sq. m.; pop. (1901), 45,39 1. Its capital is Dharmjaygarh.


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