A travel guide to Udaipur.
Udaipur is a city with love in the air. It is aptly called the ‘Venice of the East’. The city is so whimsical that whoever visits the city will fall in love with it. The city of lakes is home to Rajputana forts, ornate palaces, resplendent temples, busy markets, stunning architecture, serene lakes, and most romantic sunsets.
The scenic beauty of the city has inspired many Bollywood and Hollywood directors for years. A very famous film, James Bond: Octopussy was shot here. Now the city has evolved a popular destination for marriages because of the amazing movies shot here.
Udaipur symbolizes the royalty of Rajasthan. It is a paradise for history enthusiasts. The city has many hidden stories of bravery, love, and devotion to the motherland.
Today we are going to share with you the brilliancy of the city of lakes with this full Travel Guide to Udaipur.
How to reach:
By Air: Maharana Pratap or Dabok Airport is located at a distance of 22 km from the city of Udaipur. Many domestic airlines connect the city to all the major cities of India including Jaipur, Mumbai, and Delhi.
By Train: There are frequent trains that run to and from Udaipur connecting Jaipur, Mumbai, and Delhi. For Luxury seekers, the train Palace on Wheels is a very good option.
By Road: If you want to drive to Udaipur, the roads are fairly good. There are many private and state buses connecting Udaipur to nearby cities and they are fairly regular.
Best time to visit:
Rajasthan is home to the inhospitable Thar Desert. The summers are really hot. If you plan to visit Rajasthan we will suggest doing so between October – March.
The winter season sees many regional festivals specially Mewar Festival which is surely not to be missed. This festival takes place sometime in March. The festival has a bliss of its own, it reveals the Mewari culture.
Things to See :
Experiencing Udaipur is all about reliving royalty and appreciating the city’s man-made beauty. Udaipur is populated around the azure lake and sits in the lap in of the lush hills of the Aravallis, a vision in white drenched romance and beauty. One of India’s most romantic cities, Udaipur is full of dreamy vistas and experiences.
To experience this romantic beauty here are few things to see:
- City Palace: Symbolising the awesome architecture, the city palace will be your first stop in Udaipur. The palace symbolizes the Rajput military architecture and Mughal-style embellishment built by 22 different Maharanas between the 16th and 20th centuries. Much of it is now a museum, which is spread out through several palaces and is entered through the imposing Tripoli Gate. It is worth buying one of the catalogs that detail each room.
Visiting hours : 9 am to 5:30 pm. Last tickets sold at 4:30 pm.
Ticket Prices: The entry tickets price for a foreign national is Rs.300 and for children from the age of 5-18 it is Rs.100. Audio tour guides are available in multiple languages at Rs 250.
If you plan to see light and sound show, you will have to buy separate ticket.
- Lake Pichola: The lake is the lifeline of Udaipur, you cannot miss visiting lake Pichola. Pichola Lake is one of the most beautiful and picturesque lakes of Rajasthan. Located in the heart of the city, Pichola Lake is the oldest and one of the largest lakes of Udaipur (3 miles in length and 2 miles in width with up to 30 feet deep at places). Pichola Lake is enveloped with lofty palaces, kothis, bathing ghats, temples and hills on all sides. It is best to visit the lake at sunset, and you will undoubtedly fall in love with this city. You will also see many locals taking a bath in the lake.
Visiting Hours : 9 am to 6 pm
Ticket Prices: Regular boat ride ranges between 200-300 Rs. If you plan to take a sunset cruise, it starts from 500 Rs. The prices here are negotiable and if your bargain well, you may get a better price.
- Jag Mandir
It is located majestically on an island in Lake Pichola, the only way to reach Jag Mandir is by a boat ride. This 17th Century architectural marvel is very famous for destination weddings and is a very popular spot for film shootings. The striking feature of this architectural marvel is the spacious courtyard with black and white marble tiles and gardens on the east side filled with flowers. As you enter Jag Mandir, you will see eight life-size white marble structures of Elephants placed near the boat ramp on the island.
- SaajjanGarhFort: Also known as Monsoon Palace, the first glimpse that you will get of this fort sitting like a crown on the top of Aravalli hills is from the City Palace. Sajjangarh is no different than Jag Mandir or Lake Pichola. The best time to visit this place is during sunset. It was built in 1884, Sajjangarh Palace is a hilltop palatial residence in Udaipur overlooking the Lake Pichola. It offers a panoramic view of the city’s lakes, palaces, and surrounding countryside. Since the fort is located on the outskirts of Udaipur, you will need a car or taxi/jeep to reach the hilltop. The Fort is also surrounded by the Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary.
Timings: 09.00 am to 06.00 pm
Entree Fee: – Individual – Rs 80 , Car- Rs 20/65, camera/video- free/Rs 20.
Fun Fact: This Palace also has a Hollywood connection it was used in the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy as the residence of Kamal Khan, an exiled Afghan prince.
- GanGaurGhat: Gangaurghat has different moods to it. If you visit this early morning, you will catch people doing the daily rituals, temples around resonating with chants, evenings adorned with the twinkling of lights whereas in the day it can become really chaotic and super busy. There is no entry fee for the ghats but yes it gets really crowded at times.
- Lake Fatehsagar: Located towards the north of Lake Pichola, Lake Fatehsagar is a manmade lake. It is surrounded by a number of hills on the three sides and the circuit house on the north. The best way to enjoy the lake is by boat ride. The lake is the heart of the city, it is the favorite place for the locals to be in the evening, the after sunset lighting around it gives a different mood to the whole place. A motorboat ride in Lake Fatehsagar cost around 300 Rs.
Lake Fatehsagar is open 24 hours but the shops around the lake shut down around 11 PM.
- Jagdish Temple: Built by Maharaja Jagat Singh in 1651, Jagdish temple is a true example of Indo- Aryan style architecture. Carved with the statues of Gods and Goddesses, Jagdish temple was built in Vastushastra style. The temple is situated in the town not far from Tripoli (Three arched) Gate of the Palace and there are no entry fees to visit the temple.
Udaipur is a paradise for architecture lovers and an incredible destination popular for its formidable monuments and colorful culture. The majestic grandeur of its palaces, the history of Havelis, the magical narrow by-lanes of the old city, and the natural beauty of the lakes, will surely cast a spell on you.
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