Udaipur City is one of the most beautiful cities and known as 'Jewel of Mewar', is the administrative head quarters of Udaipur District in the state of Rajasthan, India. The city on the banks of the calm Pichola lake , established in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh, is nick named as 'Kashmir of Rajasthan' or 'Venice of the East', owing to its natural beauty, enchanting location and picturesque surroundings. Udaipur city, one of the most romantic cities in India, is a favorite place of tourists from all over the world. It has credited with many beautiful attractions in and around. The royal palaces reflecting in the clear blue Pichola Lake with all its illuminations and glossiness, shines like a jewel and the view is an eye feasting and unforgettable experience for any traveler. The city provides ample shopping facilities for local craft works, textiles and paintings. The city is also home to one of the most romantic hotels of the world, the Lake Palace Hotel.
Lake Palace Udaipur
Location: Rajasthan, District Udaipur
Altitude: 600 Meters
Temperature: (summer 23 to 45°C) & (winter 3 to 32°C)
Languages spoken: Hindi, Rajasthani and English
Nearest Airports: Udaipur itself has an Airport.
Main Railway Station: Udaipur itself has a railway station.
Main Bus Station or Road: Public and Private Transport facilities are there to reach Udaipur.
Distance of a few Major Towns from Udaipur:
Durgapurna - 104km, Ranakpur - 88km, Nathdwara - 52km, Falna - 165km, Ambaji - 184km.
Places of Tourist interest:
Sajjangarh Palace (Monsoon Palace):
Sajjangarh, also known as Monsoon Palace located at a peak Bansdara Mountain as high as about 944 m above the sea level, is a gigantic palace overlooking the famous Pichola Lake. The palace is located at scenic spot, views of Aravalli Mountains and Pichola Lake from the Palace is really enchanting. This palace continues as a popular tourist's destination due to its historical importance and marvelous architecture.
The city palace is guarded by huge fort walls and comprises of mammoth pillars, huge domes and arches and terraces. The palace is a specimen of Mewar style of architecture and evolution of architecture in Mewar based on European and Chinese architectural methods. Interior of palace is awesome with delicate and feminine softy feeling for visitors. It has beautiful paintings, grand silver doors, frescos and mirror work, fountains and beautiful gardens.
City Palace Udaipur
The Mahal is considered as the Men's section of the City Palace, constructed in Rajput-Mughal architectural style, encloses beautiful garden, greenish landscaped lawns, vast courtyards, massive pillars and terraces, royal balconies, attractive fountains and royal apartments. The rooms are exquisitely decorated with all facilities for comforts, painted mirrors, ornate ceilings, attractive carvings on the walls and nice portraits.
Dil Kushal is very attractive, and the interior is well decorated with mirrored glasses and floored with majestic White Marbles. The Palace encloses all comforts and comprises of beautiful lawns, balconies and gardens. It is nice Palace to offer a visit.
Laxmi Chowk is a gateway to other main palaces of city palace; It gives access to Badal Mahal and rang Bhawan. This imposing courtyard displays a fine collection of beautiful paintings. Many tourists visit this Zanana Mahal courtyard and the evenings are extremely beautiful.
Jag Mandir Palace:
The Palace surroundings offer a blissful view of sunset. The striking feature of this architectural marvel is the spacious courtyard with black and white marble tiles. The azure water around this grand old Palace enhances its exquisite beauty. Eight Life sizes White Marble structures of Elephants is placed near the boat ramp in the Island, and the island is blesses with many beautiful gardens with variety of flowering plants.
Fateh Sagar Lake:
The Lake is in the greenish backdrop of wooded hills surrounding the three sides and dammed on the other side. A lovely garden, Nehru Park is placed on the midst of the Dam and a pleasant boat ride from the shore to the Nehru garden is enjoyable. This lake and surroundings stands as an evening picnic spot for the locals.
Nehru Garden (Fateh Sagar):
This enchanting Park can be reached by a pleasant boating from one side of the Fateh Sagar Lake. The park, established in a lawn of about 4.5 acres in spread, encloses many distinct water fountains resembling those in Brindavan Gardens of Mysore. The fountains are of channel type and Pyramid shaped. A floating restaurant, in a boat shape is an added attraction here, located in the north west of the garden.
Pichola Lake, the beautiful stretch of water surrounding the two marvelous structures the Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir, is the life line of Udaipur city. All the palaces in the city of palaces are constructed to have a magnificent reflection in this lake. The lake was surrounded by many exquisite palaces, temples, hilly terrains, bathing ghats and many gardens.
Lake Pichola Udaipur
Excellent Carvings showing musicians playing musical instruments, dancing and singing of beautiful lady folks adorn the large hall in the temple. The temple is highly appreciated for the carved images. Many tourists visit this temple to view the marvelous architecture and sculptures.
Jagdish Temple Udaipur
Getting around the destination:
The best way to get around the destination is by is Rickshaw, Private and Public Bus.
Shopping Areas & Entertainment:
Colourful clothes, tie-dye fabrics, folk toys, silver jewellery and wall hangings. One can also buy great silver jewellery, jootis (traditional footwear) and beautiful leather bound journals and photo albums made with handmade paper.
Best time to visit:
September to March is the best time to visit the destination.
Udaipur festival list include Mewar Festival held in March.