Udaipur Travel Tourism


Udaipur is one of the most romantic cities in all of Rajasthan, Udaipur is better known as the city of lakes. The Lake Palace, Udaipurmarble palaces, the beautiful gardens and the placid blue lakes enhance the beauty of this city. It was founded in 1568 by Maharana Udai Singh II. The Lake Palace is certainly the best late example of this unique cultural explosion, but Udaipur is full of palaces, temples and havelis ranging from the modest to the extravagant. It's also proud of its heritage as a centre for the performing arts, painting and crafts.

Udaipur is located in the North Western corner of India and part of Rajasthan. The city is a part of Aravalli Hills that gives it a sense of vegetation and a welcome respite from the arid land that Rajasthan is. Udaipur is well connected through air, rail, and road to other important cities of India like Jaipur, Delhi, and Mumbai.

Climate

This city has a tropical climate, but more pleasing than other places in Rajasthan. In the summers, mercury rises up to a maximum of 38.3°C. Not much respite is there in the summers, as the minimum temperature does not fall below 28ºC. Winters are a little cold with the maximum temperature rising to 28.8°C and the minimum dipping to 11.6°C. The annual total rainfall is 61 cm. Winters (September-March) are the best period for visiting Udaipur.

Major Attractions - Udaipur Travel Tourism

Hawa Mahal
Jagdish Temple, Udaipur
Jagdish Temple

This temple was built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh, the temple is located at about 150 metres north of the entrance to the City Palace. Jagdish Temple, built in Indo-Aryan style, is the largest temple of Udaipur. Here you Jag Mandir, Udaipurcan have a look at a black stone image of Lord Vishnu, who has been enshrined here as Jagannath, lord of the universe. A brass image of Garuda lies in front of the temple.

Jag Mandir

Commenced by Maharana Karan Singh, the island palace takes its name from Maharana Jagat Singh who had made a number of additions to it. The island has an impressive chhatri (cenotaph) carved from grey blue stone and is flanked by a row of enormous stone elephants. It is believed that Prince Khurram (later Shah Jahan) was given refuge here when he was leading a revolt against his father Jehangir. From the balconies, you get a superb view of the lake and the city.

City Palace & Museum

City Palace has many courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. One can get a magnificent view of the lake and the city from the upper terraces of the palace The main part of the palace has now been preserved as a museum. You get to see the beautiful mosaics of peacocks at the Mor Chowk, the glass and mirror work in the Manak Mahal and Moti Mahal, and a beautiful collection of miniatures in Krishna Vilas.

City Palace
City Palace, Udaipur
Saheliyon-Ki-Bari

To the north of the city lies Saheliyon-Ki-Bari, a garden of the maids of honour. This small ornamental garden has many fountains, delightful lotus pools, chiselled kiosks and marble elephants.

Fateh Sagar

Fateh Sagar is a beautiful lake which was constructed in 1678, lies to the north of Lake Pichola. This lake was built by Maharana Fateh Singh, is overlooked by a number of hills on three sides and the Pratap Memorial on the north. The east bank of the lake has a pleasant drive along it. In the middle of the lake is Nehru Park—a lovely garden island that has a boat-shaped restaurant in it. The island can be accessed only by boat.

Money

You can change money at a number of places including the Vijaya Bank and Thomas Cook, both in the City Palace complex. At Chetak Circle, the State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur changes money. There is also the Bank of Baroda, the Bank of Rajasthan and the Punjab National Bank, all in Bapu Bazaar.

Post & Communications

The main post office is directly north of the old city, at Chetak Circle, but poste restante is at the post office at Shastri Circle. There is also a small post office in the quadrant outside the City Palace museum. The DHL Worldwide Express office is at 380 Ashok Nagar, Shree Niketan Building.