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General Information about Udaipur

Udaipur, also known as the City of Lakes, is the crown jewel of the state of Rajasthan.Situated about 260 kms from Ahmedabad in a valley and surrounded by about 4 lakes, Udaipur has common offerings with a greatness duplicated by human effort, to make it a standout among the most charming and paramount traveler destinations. Aside from Lakes, this wonderful chronicled city decorates itself with fortifications, royal residences and slopes. It is surrounded by the beautiful Aravalli Hills in all directions, making this city as lovely as it is. It justifies all names ever offered to its charm from 'Jewel of Mewar' to 'Venice of the East' and has an abundance of natural beauty, mesmerising temples and breathtaking architecture which makes it a must-visit destination in India. The revered Nathdwara temple is about 60 km from Udaipur.

The lakes along with the palaces and forts together make a perfect combination of all travellers. With more than 10 lakes in the city, all connected to each other, Lake Pichola remains the number one attraction, closely followed by Udai Sagar Lake. In the proximity of Lake Pichola, lies the infamous Bagore Haveli which wows the tourists with its impeccable glass work. On the banks of the lake lies the architectural wonder, the City Palace of Udaipur.

One of the most romantic cities in the world. Beautiful forts, palaces and temples. Home to one of the best hotels and resorts in the world. Well connected by air, road and rail.

Perfect for couples who want to get away from the hustle bustle of cities and spend some quality time together. One of the best wedding destinations in the world. It's also good for hippies, backpackers and nature lovers.

Connectivity :

By Rail : Udaipur Railway Station is well-connected to important cities of Delhi, Rajasthan as well as India. Frequent trains link Udaipur to destinations like Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur. It is also a destination of the luxury train, Palace On Wheels.

By Air : Dabok Airport or Maharana Pratap Airport is the international airport of Udaipur, which is 22 km away from the city. Regular flights connect Udaipur to important destinations of India and the World. Udaipur airport is connected to prime Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Goa, Hyderabad, Cochin, Ahmedabad and Guwahati. Regular air services are available to Shanghai, Zurich, Bangkok, Beijing, London, Madrid, Singapore, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris and Singapore.

By Road : Well-built roads connect Udaipur to major cities of India. Frequent state-run as well as private buses offer good connectivity. Buses for Kota, Ajmer, Mt. Abu, Jaipur, Indore, Ahmedabad and Jaipur are available from and to Udaipur.


Udaipur is where much of Rajasthan's grandeur resides, traces of which can be seen in the rich cuisine available here. A visit to Udaipur will not be complete without you indulging in its grand cuisine. One simply cannot miss out on the authentic deliciousness of Dal Baat Churma and Gatte ki Sabji served at Hotel Natraj. They've mastered the art of making only the best of Rajasthani food. Shiv Shakti Chaat is quite famous for the different types of Kachori Chaat that they offer which, happens to be one of the specialities of this city. Try out the various types of Kachoris of Udaipur, they are absolutely delicious. Neelam Restaurant offers a Rajasthani Thali which is full of sweet, tangy and spicy, home-made flavours and is definitely a must-have! Udaipur also tends to your sweet-tooth with its traditional, orange Jalebis which are made in pure, desi ghee at Bhole Misthan.


An Ideal Itinerary :

Day 1: Reach Udaipur by morning, freshen up and you can start the tour with Pichola lake while covering Bagore Haveli and Palace of Udaipur together as they lie in the same vicinity. This can be followed by an interesting vintage lunch at Garden hotel. The evening can be spent shopping in the local markets where you get handicrafts and traditional wear.
Day 2: Visit Shilpgram which the hub of handicrafts and you can even buy some as souvenirs. Visit Udaivillas, if possible as it has hosted a lot of movie shoots for its grand and luxurious ambience. Go to Doodh Talai in the evening for its beautiful sunset, followed by dinner at the roof top restaurant Ivy View which makes a perfect end to the day.
Day 3: You can do a small excursion and visit Eklingji temple, which is around 22 km from the main city. Or you can visit Haldighati, which is around 40 km from the main city of Udaipur. Alternatively, you can spend your day in Udaipur itself and enjoy some relaxing time having good food and drinks in the city itself while enjoying the lake view from any of the cafes out there.

Few Places of Interest :

Lake Pichola
The heavenly Lake Pichola is an artificial lake located in the heart of Udaipur, Rajasthan. The oldest and one of the largest lakes of the city, the Lake Pichola observes lakhs of tourists because of its tranquillity and beauty. Flanked by lofty hills, heritage buildings and bathing ghats, it is a dream come true for peace and nature lovers. A visit to the Lake Pichola is incomplete without a boat ride, especially in the dawn. During evenings, it seems the entire place has been dipped in golden as you can see the heritage buildings and the pristine water turning golden with the sun's reflection. The enthralling views will take you to a different world of stillness and will also bring out your romantic side.

Pichola lake is 3 miles in length, 2 miles in width and has a depth of 30 feet. Maharana Udai Singh, enchanted by the charm of the lake enlarged it and also constructed a dam on the shores of this lake. The lush green hills in the backdrop with many royal palaces along its banks is a cherry on the cake. The beautiful City Palace of Udaipur broadens along the eastern banks while the Mohan Mandir is situated in the north-east corner. The renowned Lake Palace is perfectly perched in the middle, and there is the Jag Mandir on the Jag Island. You can also enjoy boating on Lake Pichola.


Doodh Talai Musical Garden
Doodh Talai Musical garden is a rock and fountain garden which is a great place to enjoy the sunset and one can see the wide expanse of the city. Also, there is an Areal tramway (cable car) connecting a garden of Doodh Talai and the Karni mata Temple.

Fateh Sagar Lake
Lying to the north-west of Udaipur, Fateh Sagar Lake is a sparkling lake which is one of the major tourist spots in the city. Surrounded by the Aravalli Hills, it is the second largest artificial lake in the city and is known for its scenic beauty. The atmosphere here is calm, and tourists are bound to find themselves enthralled by the blanket of tranquillity the place warms them up with. One can easily go around the circumference of the Fateh Sagar Lake by driving on the Moti Magri Road and get a fantastic view of the entire lake. Apart from enjoying a laid-back afternoon in the serene beauty of this destination, you can also try your hand at boating and a number of other water sports that are available here for the visitors.

The Fateh Sagar Lake is sprawled over an area of one square kilometre and is divided into three distinct islands. The largest of these is called the Nehru Park and houses a boat-shaped restaurant and a small zoo for kids. It also doubles as a famous picnic spot. The second island has a public park with water-jet fountains. The third island comprises of the best solar observing site in all of Asia, the Udaipur Solar Observatory. Being one of the four lakes in the city, people often flock here to enjoy boating on the surreal blue waters and look at the scenic beauty. Its surreal beauty and quaint charms have made it one of the most popular weekend destinations and is a must visit for anyone touring the city.

City Palace
Built on the banks of Lake Pichola, the City Palace in Udaipur is considered to be the largest royal complex in Rajasthan. The magnificent palace was built in the year 1559 by Maharana Uday Singh and served as the main seat of power, where the Maharanas lived and administered the kingdom from. Subsequently, the palace was made even more splendid by his successors, who added a number of structures to it. The Palace now has an assortment of Mahals, courtyards, pavilions, corridors, terraces, rooms and hanging gardens. There is a museum here as well that showcases some of the finest elements of Rajput arts and culture - from colourful paintings to the typical architecture found in Rajasthani palaces.

Nestled in the bosom of the Aravallis, the granite and marble edifice of the City Palace stands in contrast to its quaint natural surroundings. The intricate architecture of the regal palace is a subtle mix of medieval, European as well as Chinese influences and is embellished with numerous domes, arches and towers. The regal beauty of this attraction has quite a few fans in the film industry as well, and several movies such as 'Guide' and 'Octopussy' have been shot here. A gentle amalgam of architectural genius and rich heritage, the City Palace of Udaipur is a wonderful trip down the pages of history.

Sajjangarh Palace
Also known as Monsoon Palace, Sajjangarh Palace is located at a peak Bansdara Mountain as high as about 944 m above the sea level overlooking the famous Pichola Lake.

This palace is also known Monsoon Palace because it was used as summer retreat for Mewar Kings and also as a Monsoon Palace, to watch the progress of Monsoon clouds.

Jaisamand Lake
Spanning across an area of about 100 sq. Km, Jaisamand Lake is the second largest artificial lake in the country after Govind Ballabh Pant Sagar. It is surrounded by the Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to a variety of rare animals and migratory birds. The summer palaces of Queens of Udaipur also form a beautiful backdrop. On its marble dam, there are six cenotaphs and a temple dedicated to Shiva at the centre.

The lake was constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 17th century while building a dam across the Gomti river. It has three islands which are inhabited by the tribe of Bhil Minas. The two bigger islands are called Baba ka Magra and the small island is known as Piari. To its north, the lake has a palace with a courtyard and a pavilion of 12 pillars to its south. There is also a massive bund at the height of over 1200ft on the lake. The lake is clean, beautiful and a nature lover's real paradise.

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