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Udaipur GUIDE

incredible india The city of lakes Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sounds and experiences an inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers. It is known as the Venice of the east. It is also called the city of lakes. The Lake Palace on Jag Niwas Island in the middle of Pichola Lakes is the finest example of its architectural and cultural explosion. The grand City Palace on the banks of the lake compliments the palace along with the Monsoon Palace on the hill above. It is also the centre for performing arts, craft and its famed miniature paintings.
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  UDAIPUR TOURIST INFORMATION

You'd have to be a real cynic not to love the "City of Sunrise," often described as the most romantic city in India. Built around four lakes, the placid blue waters reflecting ethereal white palaces and temples beyond which the distant Aravalli Hills shimmer, Udaipur has a real sense of space and peace, and the city is mercifully free of the kind of intense capitalist hucksterism that so marks the Indian street experience. This may have something to do with its proud Hindu history, for the city is not only known for its gracious palaces, temperate climate, and beautiful views, but for maintaining a fierce independence from even the most powerful outside influences. Today, much of Udaipur, particularly the old part on the shores of Lake Pichhola, where the city's most striking landmarks -- the towering City Palace and floating Lake Palace -- are situated, still feels remarkably like a 16th-century Rajput stronghold, and the benevolent maharana is still treated like a reigning king by his devoted and loyal subjects. You can witness this firsthand by attending the temple at nearby Eklingji on a Monday evening, when the maharana -- the 76th ruler of one of the world's oldest surviving dynasties -- joins his subjects to pay his respects to Shiva. Try to spend at least 3 to 4 days in Udaipur, whether you spend them aimlessly wandering through its mazelike lanes, taking a slow cruise on Pichola Lake, exploring the giant medieval fortress and palaces that rise from its shores, or setting off to see the intricately carved Jain temples of Ranakpur and the ancient fort of Kumbhalgarh -- or whether you do nothing but loll around on a comfortable divan overlooking the lake. You'll find the City of Sunrise the most relaxing part of your sojourn in Rajasthan.
 
 

  UDAIPUR HISTORY

Maharana Udai Singh II founded Udaipur in 1568 after his citadel Chittorgarh was sacked by Mughal Emperor Akbar. The legends says that Udai Singh was guided by a holy man meditating on the hill near Pichola Lake to establish his capital on this very spot. Surrounded by Aravali Ranges, forests and lakes this place was less vulnerable than Chittorgarh. Udaipur is the jewel of Mewar a kingdom ruled by the Siodia dynasty for 1200 years. The foundation of the city has an interesting legend associated with it.Accordaing to it, Maharana UdaiSingh, the founder,was hunting one day when met a holy man meditating on a hill overlooking the Lake Pichhola. The hermit blessed the Maharana and advised him to build a palace at this favourably located spot with a fertile valley watered by the stream,a lake, an alttitude and an ampitheatre of low mountains. Maharana followed the advised of the hermit and founded the city in 1559 AD.
 
 

  UDAIPUR FACTS AND FIGURES

Udaipur Facts & Figures
State Rajasthan
Area 37  km² 
Population  
Altitude 577 metres
Languages Hindi, English, Mewari
Best to Visit September to March
 

  HOTELS IN UDAIPUR

 5 star deluxe hotels :-
Oberoi Udaivilas Trident Oberoi Taj Lake Palace Leela Palace Kempinski
 
   
 First class Hotels :-
Fateh Prakash Palace Devigarh Anjani Oriental Palace
Shikarbandi Jagat Niwas palace Jaiwana Haveli Karni Fort Bambara
Sarovar Shivniwas Palace Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace Karohi Haveli
India International Rockwood Palace Resort & Spa Royal Retreat Cambay Resort
Inder Residency Ravla Khempur    
       
 Budget Hotels :-
Paras Mahal Vishnupriya Lake Pichola Swaroop Vilas
Garden Hotel Rajputana Resort Rajdarshan Udaikothi
Hiltop Palace Lotus Resort Rang Niwas Palace Udaibagh
       
 
   

  UDAIPUR ATTRACTIONS

City Palace Museum Ahar Museum Jagmandir Island Bhartiya Lok Mandal
Fateh Sagar Saheliyon ki Bari Jagdish temple Moti Magir
Chittorgarh Ranakpur Eklingji & Nagda Kumbhalgarh Fort
Haldighati  
 
   

  UDAIPUR TRAVEL INFO

By Air - Debock Airport is 24 km from the city centre, Dairy Indian Airliness flights connect Udaipur with Jodhpur Jaipur aurangbad, Mumbai and Delhi.

By Rail - Udaipur is directly linked by rail with major cities some important train connection are : 9643 Express (Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Jaipur-Ajmer-Chittaurgarh-Udaipur).

By Road -A wide network of bus service link Udaipur with several destinations. Some of the important distance are Udaipur 630km, Ahmedabad 262 km Jaipur 406 km .Jodhpur 275km and Mount Abu 185km.
 
   

  UDAIPUR FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

Fairs and festivals are celebrated with traditional gaiety and fervor to invoke divine blessings as well as for the sheer joy of living. A celebration of life at its best.

The Mewar festival : March-April is the ceremonial welcome to spring and is dedicated to goddess parvati. A procession of colourfully attired women, carrying images of the goddess to the Gangaur Ghat of the Lake Pichhola is the major highlight songs dances and firework displayas mark the festivals.

Gangaur Festival : March-April is popular among women who pray to the goddess Parvati. A procession caparisoned horses and elephants accompanying the image of Lord Shiva is the major attraction. Teej in july-Agust is the festival celebrating th advent of monsoon.
 
   

  UDAIPUR SHOPPING

Udaipur has a number of attractive handicrafts. You're probably best off purchasing them directly from small factories whose touts will beg you to visit, but be beware that the commission system can add significantly to the price, so don't buy the first beautiful thing you see. The main shopping streets run from the City Palace along Jagdish Temple Street to the clock tower and beyond to Hathipol. Good areas are the Surajpol, Bapu Bazaar, Chetak, and Ashwini markets. Udaipur is considered a good place to purchase miniature paintings (it has its own unique style, but if you're looking for a bargain, you're better off purchasing in off-the-beaten-track towns, like Bundi) and pichwai paintings -- wall hangings painted on cloth or silk, often featuring scenes from Krishna's life, that originated in Nathdwara. Other goods worth keeping an eye out for are puppets and other wooden folk toys, enamel or Meenakari work, dhurrie rugs, tie-dye and block-printed fabrics, embroidered bags and clothing, and silver jewelry. As is always the case, consider carefully before you buy (cheaper is not always better and often means the object is a poor imitation), and always try to bargain.
 
   

  UDAIPUR CUISINE

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.