Udaipur seems to be the work of any divine painter. The
romantic city, known for its tranquil atmosphere and the air of romance, has
earned the epithets like 'Venice of East' and 'City of Lakes'. Other than
the captivating lakes, the city and neighborhood region also offer majestic
forts, impressive palaces and finely carved temples.
City Palace Complex
||Southern part of Rajasthan
||37 sq km
||Hot in summer; Cold in winter
|Best time to come
||October to March
City Palace Complex is a conglomeration of palaces. Major part of the
complex has been preserved as the City Palace Museum. The museum hosts large
enough collection of artefacts. The armoury section holds collection of old
weapons. Building of the palace was started by Maharana Udai Singh II.
Aquamarine expanses of Lake Pichhola present a fascinating sight. The
majestic palaces built in the midst of lakes are must-see. There reflection
in the water of the lake is very impressive.
Rajsamand Lake is located on the way to Kumbhalgarh. Built by Rana Raj
Singh, the lake is known for its picturesque surroundings. When the rays of
a reddish sky reflect to the tranquil lake, the sight looks very beautiful.
Several intriguing structures on the banks of the lake make it more
Saheliyon Ki Badi
Sahaliyon ki Badi a garden cum pond built by Rana Sangram Singh II. The
purpose was fun of the royal ladies. The badi is still well maintained. It
is equipped with kiosks and fountains and the delightful lotus filled pool,
ornamented by marble elephants, enhances its beauty.
Atop a hill overlooking Fateh Sagar lake is the memorial of the Rajput hero
Maharana Pratap who even defied Mughal emperor Akbar. The passage to to
statues passes visa beautiful gardens.
Kumbhalgarh Fort, Chittaurgarh, Haldighati, Jain temple of Ranakpur,
Temples of Eklingji and Nathdwara, Mount Abu
Udaipur immerses itself in festivities at the time of Mewar festival which
coincides with the festival of Gangaur. People attire themselves in their
best, take out processions, and perform songs, dances and other programmes.
Festivities end with impressive display of pyrotechnics.
How to Reach
Udaipur is well-connected to major Indian cities and tourist
destinations like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur and Jodhpur. Distance of
Airport from the city is 25 km.
Trains link Udaipur to several cities of India including
national capital New Delhi and state capital Jaipur.
Excellent bus services are available from Delhi, Jaipur and
Ahmedabad. Condition of roads is very good.
Intra Udaipur Travel
Buses, taxi and auto-rickshaws are means of transport for travelling within
the city. One can also rent a bicycle for moving around. Daily tours of main
travel destinations are provided by some tour agencies.