Udaipur Travel Guide
Udaipur Travel Guide: After the hurly burly of Rajasthan’s cities, Udaipur’s lake filled paradise seems like an idyllic repose. The spectacular structures on the mirror-calm lakes replete with gently undulating courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors and hanging gardens, mesmerize. The clouds seemingly whisper poems here with birds as messengers. Everything is unhurried and exquisite – incredible beauty arising sharply out of the mundane. Be dazzled by the MOR Mahal of the enrapturous peacock mosaic, shimmering mirror work of the Moti Mahal and the enchanting wall paintings within Bhim Vilas Palace. The garden of maidens with the greens, fountains, marble elephants and pools with lovely lotus is as enchanting at another level as the bazaar.
Place To Visit in Udaipur
Forts & Palaces :City Palace
The gigantic Palace overshadows the Pichola Lake, but sets up an inimitable contrast of aggression and placidity. Built through several generations, it displays unique synthesis of styles in the various accretions after Maharana Uday Singh initiated the construction. The diverse palaces and structures of the complex, however, retain an incredible integrity. While the entry is from the Hati Pol, the Elephant gate, the Bari Pol or the Big Gate leads you to the Tripolia, the Triple gate.
Fateh Prakash Palace
Revel in authentic royal luxury in this palace that has been turned into the grand heritage palace of the HRH group. A glimpse of royal hospitality elevates you as you walk down the corridors. The large paintings of the Mewar school that flourished in the seventeenth to the nineteenth century are on both sides and only accentuate the effect.
The Lake Palace
Sitting bang in the middle of the Pichola Lake, it encompasses the entire 1.5 hectare Jag Niwas Island. Originally meant as a royal summer palace, it is now a five star palace hotel. The mystical, magical palace casts its shimmering image in the middle of the lake. The fairy tale palace exhibits a mesmerizing range of intricate craftsmanship. The lake around forever murmurs its approval.
Havelies :Bagore-Ki Haveli
The eighteenth century building built by the Prime Minister of Mewar stands on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. It houses over hundred rooms filled with myriad resplendent costumes and modern art. The glass and mirror in the interiors sets the soul aglitter.
Monuments :Maharana Pratap Memorial
A spectacular bronze statue of Maharana Pratap with Chetak his loyal horse stares down from the top of Moti Magri (Pearl Mount) overlooking Fateh Sagar. Ruins of one of the first Udaipur’s forts and a charming Japanese rock garden are not far away.
Lakes :Lake Pichola
Built on the submerged Pichola Village, the picture perfect lake encloses the Jag Niwas Island and the Jag Mandir. The City Palace lies along its eastern banks.
Fateh Sagar Lake
The artificial lake was dug up in 1678 by Maharana Jai Singh and given its present shape by Maharana Fateh Singh. This delightful lake, bordered by hills and woodland contains the beautiful Nehru Island as well as an islet bearing a solar observatory.
Museums: City Palace Museum
The main part of the City Palace is now a museum showcasing a large array of objects. Walk down the steps for the armory museum displaying an enormous collection of protective gear, weapons including the lethal two-pronged sword.
Vintage Collection of Classic Car Museum
Vintage beauties like Cadillac, Chevrolet, and Morris occupy the grounds of the Garden Hotel. Classic cars mingle with the outlandish as some stately cars seem ready to race the sleek and fast.
Eating Out in Udaipur
Udaipur has flavors that suit all taste-buds. While gram flour is a major for making delicacies like Khata, Gatta ki sabzi and Pakodi, powdered lentils are used for Mangodi, Papad, and Bajra. Corn is the chief ingredient for preparing Rabdi, Kheechdi, and Rotis. Restaurants meeting all budget sizes can easily be discovered.
How to Reach Udaipur
Though the Debock Airport is 24 km away daily flights connect Udaipur with Jodhpur Jaipur, Aurangabad, Mumbai and Delhi. It is also directly linked by rail with major cities. A wide network of bus service links Udaipur with several destinations
Do’s and Don’t’s
- Don’t get fleeced by the locals while shopping or looking for an accommodation.
- Must get reservations before in hand as this city is packed from October-March.
- It is a safe city for travelers especially for women but just be aware.
- At least a minimum of two full days are recommended. Add extra days for side trips.