Udaipur is an oasis, the pearl of arid Rajasthan, spread on the coast of 3 lakes that visually merge into one and resemble a river. Their water was enough to break the green parks in which Udaipur is famous in hot India. Tourists and guests of Udaipur called the city eastern Venice - and it is also called eastern Versailles, for the palace on Lake Pichola on the island of Jag Niwas. There is a tradition that Uday Singh met a sadhu who indicated to him at this lake a place with special mystical protection. Maharana built a palace on this site. Today, the palace building houses the best hotel in the city of Lake Palace and a restaurant.
Attractions in Udaipur: -
Udaipur City Palace: - A complex of small and large palaces, museums and gardens, covering a rich mixture of Rajasthani, Mahal, medieval, European and Chinese architecture. This is one of the most beautiful palace buildings in Rajasthan. Originally built by Maharana Uday Singh II, the palace rises 30 meters above Lake Pichola and extends 244 meters. The palace complex was built entirely of granite and marble. The interior consists of balconies, towers, and domes made of thin glass trimmed with marble, frescoes, wall paintings, silver, inlay, and colored glass mosaics. From the upper terraces, you can enjoy a magical view of the lake and the city. Opening hours - from 9.30 to 17.30
Amar Vilas: - The Supreme Court, located inside the complex, has a beautiful garden that leads to the Badi Mahal through the equally beautiful walking pavilion, made in the style of the Mahal. There is a huge marble pool. Amar Vilas is the highest point of the city palace with beautiful gardens, fountains, towers, and terraces.
Badi Mahal: - Also known as the Garden Palace, it is an exotic central garden palace that rises 27 meters (89 feet) on the rocks above the rest of the palace. The rooms on the ground floor seem to be on the fourth floor due to the elevation to the buildings surrounding it.
Fateh Palace Prakash: - Now it is positioning itself as a luxury hotel not for public viewing, although it has a well-known crystal gallery where there are crystal chairs, dressing tables, sofas, tables, chairs and beds, dishes, fountains that have never been used for their intended purpose. There is also a unique studded carpet made of precious stones.
Square More Chowk and Peacock: - Halls with luxurious columns and glass mosaic decorations are an integral part of the courtyards of the palace. The complex construction of this part consists of three peacocks (representing three seasons - summer, winter and the time of the monsoons) and is created in relief from colored glass mosaics. These peacocks are built into wall niches in sequential order. They were built during the reign of Maharana Sajjan Singh, 200 years after the palace itself was erected. Peacocks are made from 5,000 pieces of glass that glow in green, gold and blue. In the neighboring part of the palace, which is called Kaanch-ki-Burj, the walls are decorated with glass mosaics. Badi Charur Chowk is used as a courtroom for private individuals. Its panoramic wall is painted with inlaid compositions depicting European men and Indian women.
Harem Mahal: - Situated a bit further from the More Chowk, the Harem Mahal (now the museum is located there) is famous for its exquisite gazebos, balconies, colorful windows, luxuriously tiled walls and floors.
Lakes: - Fateh Sagar Lake. The artificial lake that Maharana created in the northwest of Udaipur, north of Lake Pichola in 1678. Within Fateh Sagar Lake there are three small Parks. The largest of these is Nehru Park. The second island is also a public park with impressive operating fountains, and the third is the Udaipur Solar Observatory.
Pichola Lake. An artificial freshwater lake, created in 1362 AD, named after the nearby village of Picholi. The coastline of the lake and several islands within it are simply strewn with palaces with a long history.
Badi Lake. A beautiful lake, which is located about 12 - 14 kilometers from Udaipur. You can rent a bicycle or motorbike so you can go to this breathtaking view in the morning.
Foods in Udaipur: -
The cuisine in Udaipur is mostly Indian, which includes many delicacies, piquant tastes, and unusual seasonings. Two religions influence Hindu cuisine at once - Hinduism and Islam.
It is worth trying rice pilaf - biryani, and bread rolls stuffed with almonds, dried fruits, and sweet cream. In addition, the local tandoori bread is considered especially delicious, and curry, the most famous of Indian dishes, is simply cooked here perfectly.
Of the restaurants, Hukam, featuring a special variety of national cuisines and pleasant live music, and Aroma, where you can try exotic Indian dishes in a romantic setting, are especially popular.
Shopping in Udaipur: -
Udaipur is especially famous for its miniature paintings inspired by the style of the Rajputs and Mahalas. You are unlikely to find them anywhere other than India. Moreover, they are very cheap, about 100 rupees per picture, but at the same time, they will be a great gift for loved ones or just a wonderful memory for yourself.
Things such as crafts, ceramics, jewelry, wooden toys, antiques, and paintings are easy to find in the tourist area. Other popular tourist purchases include toys, dolls, tapestries, fabrics, handicrafts, painted caskets, greeting cards, pottery, pots, plates, vessels, as well as copper products and terracotta sculptures.
Udaipur is also famous for its traditional bazaars such as Hisi Paul, Bad Bazaar, Chetak and Palace Road
Festivals in Udaipur: -
Mewar Festival: - This is a greeting of spring (celebrated in March-April). The festival is mainly intended for women, and this is the best time when they dress in their best clothes and join the celebration. For the ceremony, women gather in the clothes of the god Shiva and the goddess Parvati.
Shilgram Craft Fair: - Held annually in the western part of Udaipur in November-December. The fair is organized to promote the arts and crafts of Rajasthan. This fair is an ideal place where you can see woven clothes, embroideries, mirror products, and other handmade products. Hand-made woven clothes and camel leather goods capture the attention of visitors. It also features beautiful dance costumes.
Best Time to Visit Udaipur: -
The best time to travel is from September to March. It is better to book a hotel during this period two months before the trip.
How to Reach Udaipur: -
By Air: - Maharana Pratap Airport, is located 25 kilometers northeast of the city center. There are daily flights from Delhi and Mumbai
By Train: - There is a direct train from Udaipur to many major cities in India
By Road: - Udaipur is connected to most of the largest cities in Rajasthan with a reliable bus network, thanks to which it will sometimes be even faster to get to a city than by train. Udaipur is easily accessible via the main roads leading from every major settlement in India