Udaipur is a beautiful city in the state of Rajasthan and the city was founded by Maharaja Udai Singh in 1559. Needless to say, the city got its name after the name of its founder. The place is known for the royal residences, hotels, and resorts and the artificial lakes which surround it. The most popular landmark here is the City Palace which overlooks Lake Pichola and has 11 palaces in its premise.
It was the historic capital of the Kingdom of Mewar in the earlier times. It is located in the southernmost part of the state close to Gujarat border. The Aravalli Range separates the city from the Thar Desert. The city is 660 km from Delhi and 800 km from Mumbai. The railroad network is excellent which also facilitates trade and commerce in the city.
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. Educational institutions are 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 centers 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 can 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 centre in the city. The museums have an impressive collection of tribal jewellery, 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.
Palacaes in Udaipur
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, 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.
If you are a history lover then looking for some real history scripts of Udaipur then you must visit the old government museum inside the city palace complex. This is the most underrated place and you will get to see fewer visitors here so the whole place is yours. here, you will see a widespread collection of ancient statues and old scripts. They have a huge and antique collection of ancient things which surely amaze you and even wants you to speak about them again and again.
If you are visiting Udaipur in the month of November then do not forget to visit Sajjan Garh palace and see the beautiful sunset and sunrise view from the top of the palace. The amazing view will rock your mind also gives a soothing feeling altogether. You can enjoy the amazing view with your loved ones and also can alone and make beautiful memories.
Other few classic gems of Udaipur are vintage and classic car collection museum, Ahar cenotaphs, and government museum in Ahar. These are the few real gems of the Udaipur where you can see the amazing Rolls Royce phantom and the Cadillac that was used by Queen Elizabeth on her first visit to India in the Vintage and classic car collection museum and some ancient man-made chhatris (cenotaphs) of the rulers in Ahar.
What is more amazing than visiting Udaipur as a local? Nothing! Right? Visit the locals of the Udaipur as a local then after you will get to see some amazing rituals and eat local food like Natraj thali and after eating the tasty local food do not forget to drink the amazing buttermilk and meet with locals which you will never get anywhere except the areas of Udaipur. 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. HathiPole Bazaar is a great place for the shopaholics.
Forts & Palaces of Udaipur
City Palace Udaipur
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. Must visit the local streets for the real flavor of Udaipur. Boiled Egg Bhurji, Mini Mirchi Bada, Kachoris, Bread Pakora, Daal Baati Choorma, Dabeli, Paani Puri, Pav Bhaji, Sandwiches and Maggi, Kulhad Coffee & Hari Mirch Chai Shot these are most common yet tasty foods of the Udaipur.
If you are an Italian food lover then this restaurant of Udaipur will serve you with the best Italian food you have ever eaten names as ZUCCHINI. This restaurant is famous for its amazing Italian décor and Zen theme.
Not only for Italian lovers, but Udaipur also has something for the healthy and traditional food lovers, this restaurant called Millet of Mewar which serves you with healthy vegan, gluten-free and healthy food. The chefs of the restaurants use raw and gluten-free ingredients to make food for the visitors. This place is located outside of the chand pol.
Jalebi and Ghewar made in Desi Ghee are difficult to 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 absolute must-watch events in the city. Camel ride, trekking, boating in the lakes are some of the other indulgences offered in the city. In the city of lakes do not forget to ride over a rope-way to see the beauty of the state from the above.
There is a very famous wildlife sanctuary in Udaipur called Sajjan Garh wildlife sanctuary, used by the famous rulers for hunting purpose. One of the most eye-catchy places is tiger lake also named as Jiyan Sagar and bari lake.
If you are a shopping addict then this portion of the blog will rock your mind. Udaipur is the treasure of Indian culture if you are searching for a place where you will get antique yet traditional jewellery and clothes then Udaipur is the place. From clothes to customized sandals you will find everything here.
Now, the coming few lines or paragraphs are for people who have a huge love for artificial, gold, and diamonds Rajasthani ethnic jewellery. Let’s go!
If you are looking for an artificial, gold and diamond jewellery market in the Udaipur then must visit few stores such as Rani Sahiba in Nada khada, Udaipur haat in Sajjan Garh main road, Gems arts emporium in Saheli Marg for the best jewelleries like Pish Posh Pendants, Peacock Beads, Lady Bug Jewellery, Rakhdi, Nathni, Aad, Raani Haar, Suriya, kaanbali, jhaale. If you have enough patience to search then visit hathipole market of Udaipur from you can buy earrings, bangles, jhumkas, danglers and many other pieces of jewellery made from pearl, gemstones and lacquer.
Heading towards the clothes, now, the coming portion of the blog will guide you all about the must buy clothes from the Udaipur.
You have seen many Rajasthani women wearing bandhani sarees and dupattas because bandhani is the traditional cloth of the Rajasthan. If you are visiting Udaipur then don’t forget to buy the most famous cloth of the Rajasthan. You can also buy some other traditional yet easy clothes such as organic bamboo cotton and basic original cotton from the cloth market of the Udaipur. You can also buy Rajasthani embroidered lehenga choli and dupatta with the matching choora and Nath. Choora collection in hathipole market is huge, brides can also buy an amazing range of customized choora from here.
Are you a shoe lover? Do you have craze to collect best collection of shoes in your cupboard?
Coming to a few lines will sort the things for you if you are one of those shoe lovers. From the range of INR 300 to INR1500, you can buy any kind of best of the best shoe such as western and Indians depend on the material you buy from the hathipole market of Udaipur.
Not only clothes, shoes and jewellery but you can also buy some handmade showpiece like mosaic lamps which ultimately enhance the beauty of the house and attracts more people. You can tie them on the ceiling of the living room or if you want to give it a more traditional and beautiful look you can use them in your bedroom.
Here is another tip for your shopping part of the journey that if you are feeling your luggage is way much heavy to bring back home after shopping then you can ask for the shop owners to deliver it your city as they have a regular work of import or export.
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