The city has seven lakes and is popularly known as the City of Lakes. Out of these Lake Pichola. Fateh Sagar, Swarup Sagar, Doodh Talai, and Rangsagar are getting restored by the Government of India. Other well-known places in the region are museums, palaces, galleries, forts, and architectural temples. There are educational institutions comprising of 5 Universities, 14 colleges, and more than 150 schools. The development in the region post-independence has been phenomenal and the city has emerged as one of the most sought after tourist center for the tourists.
The total population in the city, as per 2011 census in 4, 74,531. Hindi and Mewari are the major languages spoken in the region. The climate is hot and arid. It experiences the main seasons like summer, monsoon, and winter. As it is close to the desert, the climate is generally hot. The summer months are mid-March to June with high temperatures and the mercury goes as high as 44 degree Celsius. As there are greenery and lakes around, the city attracts monsoon early and prevails till October. The winters are cool and the temperature dips to 5 degree Celsius.
Nathdwara Temple is about 60 km from Udaipur which is much frequented by the tourists. Because of the mesmerizing beauty of the area and the presence of Lakes, the region is also called the Venice of East.
The presence of temples, lakes, forts, and museums boasts of rich cultural heritage in the city. The locals are engaged in the celebration of various festivals like Gangaur, Teej, Holi, Diwali, Shilpgram Utsav, Jagannath Rath Yatra, Jal-Jhulni Ekadashi, etc. The area beams with folk dances like Ghoomar, Kalbelia, and Kachchii Ghodi. The locals are able to strike a perfect balance between traditions and urban lifestyle. The fairs and festivals held in the city attract the attention of the tourists as well. The music popular in the city is Morchang, Tanpura, Sarangi, Naad, and several other instruments.
Miniature Paintings in the area are very popular. Palaces also have such paintings in the walls. Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal is an important cultural center in the city. The museums have an impressive collection of tribal jewelry, dolls, masks, folk dresses, musical instruments, puppets, etc. the city is popular for national and international events. Languages spoken in the city are Hindi, English, and Rajasthani.
Maharaja Udai Singh II is the founder of the city and it came forth in the year 1559. It was established as the capital of Mewar Kingdom. Udaipur was attracting the prying eyes of the Mughal emperors and to protect it from external attacks, the Maharaja decided to construct a 6 km long city wall. Seven gates are also built. The premise within the wall and the gate is still considered as the Old City area. Sisodia rulers also captured the area, except Chittor.
Udaipur became the Princely State in 1818 under British rule. As the region was mostly mountainous, it was difficult for the horses to trudge on the path. Hence it remained safe from the clutches of Mughal invasion until British rule. Currently, Maharana Mahendra Singh Mewar is the 76th custodian of the Mewar Dynasty.
Udaipur is undoubtedly a beautiful city and the scenic beauty of the place invites the attention of the tourists. The places of interest in the city are Lake Pichola, City Palace, Sajjangarh Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Eklingi Temple, Vintage Care Museum, Maharana Pratap Memorial, Jag Mandir Palace and much more.
Foreigners also love to visit the city and several places provide bicycles on rent. It is a lovely way to ride around the city. Lavish hotels, resorts, and home-stays offer a good stay for the tourists. The architecture of some hotels reminds one of staying within royal grandeur. Jagdish Mandir and Doodh Talai Musical Garden are some of the other places of indulgence in the city. Gulab Bagh and Zoo is also a nice place to visit.
The locals of the area are friendly and warm. They love to welcome the tourists and Old City area provides a good place for learning about the architecture of the palaces in the city. Hathi Pol Bazaar is a great place for the shopaholics.
Rich Rajasthani cuisine is easily available in the area. It is difficult to miss the authentic taste of Dal Bati Churma in the city. Hotel Natraj is popular for the same and Gatte ki Subzi. Kachori Chaat is another delicacy of the city. Rajasthani Thali is easily available in several eating joints in the city and the sweet, tangy, and spicy flavors are mouth-watering.
Jalebi and Ghewar made in Desi Ghee is difficult o resist in the city. The tourists are also seen indulging in street food which mainly consists of Kachoris and chaats of different types.
October to March is the best time of the year to visit the place. The weather is pleasant and the tourists are surely going to have a wonderful time. A large number of festivals take place in the city during winters like Udaipur World Music festival, Kumbhalgarh Festival, World Living Heritage Festival, etc. and these can an absolute must watch events in the city. Camel ride, trekking, boating in the lakes are some of the other indulgences offered in the city.
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