Looking for information about best places to visit in Udaipur? A beautiful city known for its shining palaces and buildings in white marble, Udaipur is located in the state of Rajasthan in western India. A royal city, which was the capital of Mewar rulers, was established by Maharana Udai Singh in 1557 AD, and hence the city was named after him. The city set amidst the Aravali range of mountains, has Mount Abu to its west and Chittorgarh to its North.
Udaipur is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Rajasthan. It is renowned for beautiful lakes, lush green gardens and palaces & buildings built in white marble. The city is as much known for its forts and palaces as its Lakes. The forts in and around Udaipur showcase the glorious past of the city. The massive forts were built for the royal families. The forts have also been witness to some great battles. These forts are known for the marvelous architecture and the intricate work. With strong foundations, these have withstood the changing weathers and natural calamities for centuries.
Famous for its spectacular Lakes, Udaipur is also called ‘The City of Lakes’. Pichola Lake, Udai Sagar Lake, Fateh Sagar Lake, Rajsamand Lake and Jaisamand Lake are the five biggest and most famous Lakes of Udaipur. Although smaller in size, Dudh Talai, Jiyan Sagar and Swaroop Sagar are also some of the famous lakes of Udaipur. Boat-rides in the evening leave tourists mesmerized by the beauty and a soothing impact.
One of the most prominent sector in promoting tourism in Udaipur is the service industry. Conversion of a lot of old palaces and forts into heritage hotels has seen tremendous increase in the number of tourists visiting Udaipur. It is a very popular wedding destination as well. The city attracts couples from all over the world to get married here and experience the richness of Indian culture and royalty.
For tourists looking for relaxation and rejuvenation, Udaipur offers a variety of Spa and Ayurvedic treatments. Spa and Ayurvedic centres have a vast range of treatments ranging from various kinds of massages using medicinal and herbal oils to packages for relaxation and rejuvenation including medicated baths, stress management, weight management, pain management, beauty treatments, anti-aging treatments, etc.
Udaipur is world famous for its handicrafts and handlooms. The city is famous for the beautiful “tie and dye” sarees, fabrics and other clothes with glass, thread and zari embroidery. Some other popular items of Udaipur are Miniature paintings, Stone carving & sculptures and Silver jewellery.
Due to its proximity to the desert, there is tropical climate in Udaipur. During peak summer between April to July, the temperature can reach 47°C during day time. The monsoon season is from mid July till September with light rainfall and dust-storms bringing relief from heat. During winters between October to March, the temperature is about 22°C, coming down to 5°C at night.
How to reach Udaipur
Udaipur is very well connected by Air, Rail and road. Situated at approx. 20 km from Udaipur, is the Dabok Airport also called Maharana Pratap Airport. There are regular flights arriving from and departing to all major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Jodhpur, etc.
Udaipur Railway station is located quite near to the city. Udaipur is connected to a lot of cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, etc. There are frequent and regular trains connecting Udaipur to these cities. Udaipur railway station also receives special train ‘Palace on wheels’ meant for tourists. This train connects various tourist destinations of Rajasthan and must be experienced.
Udaipur is also well connected by road to the neighbouring cities and states. There are regular buses from Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Mount Abu and many more cities. The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation and many private operators run regular, Deluxe, semi-deluxe and Volvo buses from various cities connecting Udaipur.
Best places to visit in Udaipur
One of the most beautiful palaces of Rajasthan is the City Palace of Udaipur, built at the bank of Pichola Lake. The palace was built by Maharana Uday Singh II. The design of the palace complex is a blend of many architectural designs like Rajasthani, Mughal, European and Chinese. The palace complex, built in granite and marble, has many famous palaces inside. The interiors of the palaces have intricate and delicate mirror, marble, silver and inlay work. One can have panoramic views of the palace, temples and the Udaipur city from the balconies. The most famous places inside the complex are Suraj Gokhda, Mor-chowk, Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal, etc.
The Lake Palace
Situated amidst the Pichola Lake, offering a heavenly view and considered among the most romantic places on earth, is the magnificent Lake Palace (earlier called Jag Niwas). The palace was constructed by Maharana Jai Singh II. Built with white marble, the palace stretches across an area of four acre. It was originally constructed as a summer resort for the royal family of Udaipur. The amazing architecture of the Lake Palace leaves people mesmerised. Huge courtyards with terraces, fountains and gardens take your breath away. The rooms have intricate glass and stone work.
Located in the city complex palace, one of the most famous temples of Udaipur is the Jagdish temple. It was built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu (also called Jagdish), the temple is build in the Indo-Aryan style of architecture. The three-storied temple has decorated ceilings, painted walls and carved pillars. At the entrance of the temple are two huge stone elephants. After climbing a few steps, is the brass image of Garuda. Carved out of a single piece of black stone, the idol of Lord Vishnu is captivating. Thousands of tourists and devotees visit the temple every year.
Other tourist attractions
Apart from the above, there are a lot of other places of interest. Maharana Pratap Smarak was built to pay tribute to the great Rajput hero Maharana Pratap. There is a statue of Maharana Pratap riding his famous horse ‘Chetak’. The statues are built in bronze. Monsoon Palace was built as a summer resort for the Maharaja of Udaipur. A system was developed to collect rain water for consumption in the later months. Saheliyon-ki-Bari, Gulab Bagh and Zoo (a rose garden with zoo), Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal (a museum of folk arts), Nehru Garden, Bohara Ganeshji are also very popular among tourists both from India and abroad.