Udaipur, the capital of the former princely state of Mewar, is a beautiful city in Rajasthan, India, famous for its lakes and palaces. A current tourist favorite, especially for up-market Westerners, it was a backdrop for numerous movies, including the James Bond flick "Octopussy".
Udaipur is referred to as the "Venice of the East," the "Most Romantic City of India" and the "Kashmir of Rajasthan" (a reference to Dal Lake) and not without reason. Tourists flock to this enchanting city in the heart of the Aravalli Hills, which has three interconnected lakes: Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichhola and the smaller Swaroop Sagar Lake. With its forts, palaces, temples, gardens, mountains and narrow lanes lined with stalls in the medieval historic center, Udaipur is a living memory of a heroic past with valor and chivalry.
Udaipur was the capital of the Rajput kingdom of Mewar, ruled by the Sisodia clan with jhala's loyalty. The founder of Udaipur was Rana Udai Singh, father of Maharana Pratap. The ancient capital of Mewar was Nagda, located on the Banas River northeast of Udaipur. Legend has it that Maharana Udai Singh came upon a hermit while hunting in the foothills of the Aravalli Range.
In 1568, the Mughal emperor Akbar captured Chittorgarh, and Udai Singh moved the capital to the site of his residence, which became the city of Udaipur. As the Mughal empire weakened, the Sisodia ranas, and later maharanas, reasserted their independence and recaptured most of Mewar district. Udaipur remained the capital of the state, which became a princely state of British India in 1818.
After India's Independence in 1947, the Maharaja of Udaipur acceded to the Government of India, and Mewar was integrated into India's Rajasthan state.
Udaipur receives travelers from all over the world every year. The city is still inhabited by people of the Bhil tribe. Udaipur dwellers are really friendly and good to be with. Here, people usually prefer wearing bright colored clothes. Colorful festivals and fairs depict the cultural prosperity of Udaipur.
The climate of Udaipur is tropical, with the mercury staying between a maximum of 42.3°C and a minimum of 28.8°C during summers. Winters are mild with the maximum temperature rising to 28.8°C and the minimum dipping to 2.5°C. The best time to visit is during the winters, preferably September to March.
Dabok Airport, also known as Maharana Pratap Airport, is 24km from the city centre. There are daily flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur on Jet Airways, Indian Airlines and Spicejet Airlines. Taxis to the city cost INR 500 and are the only means of transport to and from the airport. You pre-pay for the taxi inside the airport. Come prepared with cash, since they don't take credit cards and there is no ATM at the airport.
Train service has improved over the last few years after Udaipur was converted to broad gauge railway line. There are now daily trains from New Delhi and Jaipur. You can take the Mewar Express (Train No. 12963DN) from H. Nizamuddin Station, which leaves at 7:00pm and reaches Udaipur at 7:00am the next day. You can also travel by broad gauge trains up to Ajmer, then take a bus or train from Ajmer to Udaipur.
12963 Mewar Express, daily from NZM at 7:05pm, arrival UDZ 07:20am
12981 Chetak Express, daily from DEE at 07:40pm, arrival in UDZ 07:50am
Trains Jaipur - Udaipur:
12965 Gwalior-Udaipur Express, daily from JP at 10:30pm, arrival UDZ 6:10am
Trains Ajmer - Udaipur
12965 Gwalior-Udaipur Express, daily from AII at 00:50am, arrival UDZ 6:10am
12992 Ajmer-Udaipur Express, daily from AII at 4:15am, arrival UDZ at 9:30pm
Trains Mumbai - Udaipur
12995 Bandra-Udaipur SF Express, 3,5,7, from BDTS at 3:45pm, arrival UDZ 8:55am
If you are coming from Western or Southern India, take a train to Mumbai, then an overnight train to Udaipur. Alternatively, you can take a train to Ahmedabad, then travel by any express train that leaves in the evening for Udaipur for an overnight journey.
The city lies on the Golden Quadrilateral, midway between Delhi and Mumbai National Highway (NH) 8. It is around 700km from either metro. The roads in this part of the country are paved and fit for private vehicles.
State Transport Authorities and private tour agents operate daily buses between Udaipur-Jaipur, Udaipur-Delhi, Udaipur-Ahmedabad and Udaipur-Jodhpur. Some of these buses also have sleeper coaches for a comfortable journey.
The most popular tourist sites in Udaipur are centered around Lake Pichhola and can be seen on foot. However, hiring a local cab or three-wheeler is the best option if you are visiting places elsewhere in the city.
You can easily visit Udaipur by hiring a car. There are many car rental companies available. You'll be required to submit a photocopy of your international driver's license to rent vehicles. Prices depend on the kind of transport you rent and the length of time you rent it for.
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A taxi is needed for visiting surrounding areas such as the nearby wilderness park and the Monsoon Palace (Sajjan Garh). The Monsoon Palace provides a nice view of the city, especially at sunset. In Udaipur, you will not find black and yellow taxis, which are regularly visible in the metropolitan cities. If you are touring the city, you can hire a taxi ranging from luxurious to simple per your preference for comfort and luxury or budget.
(Mural in Lal Ghat) - Take a tuk tuk to get around the old city center
The best option to travel around Udaipur's old city center is autorickshaws (tuk tuks) or three-wheelers, which are easily available throughout the city.
Bargain with the drivers for the autorickshaw fare. Rates are split into day and evening prices. During the day, you can get to most tourist places for INR30-50. In the evening, it will be almost always be 100 as a flat rate.
Drivers are sometimes overly courteous, especially to single female foreigners. If you are staying in Udaipur for a significant amount of time, collect the numbers of a few drivers and call them when you are close to their area. It's best to give them some advance notice.
Use your better judgment while traveling to distant locations alone.
To make your trip interesting, you can also enjoy a bicycle ride. Udaipur is a city of nearly half a million and very congested with vehicles, carts, animals and pedestrians trying to use the narrow lanes, so if you are cycling around the city, be very careful. You can hire bicycles that are available all over the city.
Art of Bicycle Trips, Gadiya Devra, near gangaur ghat. You can hire 21 speed bikes from Art of Bicycle Trips  which organizes day bicycle tours around Udaipur.
Heera Cycle Store, Near Hotel Udai Niwas, ☎ 252 3525. Heera Cycle Store (7:30 am - 9:00 pm), hires out bicycles/mopeds/motorcycles for Rs 25 / 150 / 300 per day.
Take a hotel near Udaipol Circle (Shrinath Market). Walk 1 km to reach Gulab Bagh and the vintage car collection gallery. Then walk 1-1.5 km to reach City Palace, Doodh Talai, Pichola Lake, Jagdish Temple, Bagore-Ki-Haveli. Take a sharing auto to reach Chetak Circle and walk 0.5 Km to reach Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandol. Take another sharing auto to reach Fateh Sagar and Pratap Smarak.
Udaipur offers numerous attractions to gratify the thirst of travelers. The beautiful palaces of the city depict the lavish lifestyle of the ancient rulers. The temples of Udaipur are known for their striking architecture. The gardens of Udaipur would definitely help you to lighten up with their refreshing appeal. Apart from these, the city has one of the best solar observatories worth visiting.
The splendid City Palace, posing over the fascinating Lake Pichola, is one of the most beautiful palatial structures in Rajasthan. The elegant palace, originally built by Maharana Uday Singh II, rises 30 meters above Lake Pichola and extends up to 244 meters.
Udaipur City Palace1 is not just one structure but a complex of small and big palaces, museums and gardens. The unique aspect of this conglomeration is that the architectural design (a rich blend of Rajasthani, Mughal, Medieval, European and Chinese architecture) is distinctly homogeneous and eye catching.
The palace complex has been built entirely in granite and marble. The interior with its balconies, towers and cupolas exhibits delicate mirror work, marble work, murals, wall paintings, silver work, inlay work and colored glass mosaics. The complex provides a fine view of the lake and the city from its upper terraces.
There is an entry fee of 115rs pp (March 2014) and more if you want to be able to take photos.
Amar Vilas - The uppermost court inside the complex is a raised garden providing entry to the Badi Mahal, a pleasure pavilion built in the Mughal style. Its cusped arcades enclose a square marble pool. Amar Vilas is the highest point of the City palace and has wonderful hanging gardens with fountains, towers and terraces.
Badi Mahal - Also known as Garden Palace is the exotic central garden palace situated on a 27m (89 ft) high natural rock formation vis-a-vis the rest of the palace. The rooms on the ground floor appear to be at the level of the fourth floor in view of the height difference to its surrounding buildings.
Durbar Hall - Built in 1909 within the Fatepraksh Palace (now a heritage hotel), the hall was used by the royal ladies to observe the court proceedings. This hall has luxuriant interior with some unusually large chandeliers. Weapons of the maharanas and also some of their unique portraits are also displayed here.
Fatehprakash Palace - Now run as luxury hotel and inaccessible to public viewing has a crystal gallery that consists of crystal chairs, dressing tables, sofas, tables, chairs and beds, crockery, table fountains which were never used. There is also a unique jewel-studded carpet here.
Krishna Vilas - Another chamber in Fatehprakash Palance with a rich collection of miniature paintings that portray royal processions, festivals and games of the Maharanas. However, there is a tragic story linked to this wing of the City Palace. In the nineteenth century, a royal princess was unable to choose from two suitors seeking her hand in marriage, one from the royal family of Jaipur and another from Jodhpur. In a state of dilemma, she poisoned herself to death.
Manak Mahal - Approach from the Manak Chowk, the palace has a raised alcove inlaid completely in mirrored glass. One of the prominent emblems of the sun is depicted on the façade of the Manak Chowk, which can also be seen from the outermost court.
Mor Chowk or Peacock Square - A pillared hall with glass and mirror mosaic decorations is integral to the inner courts of the palace. The elaborate design of this chamber consists of three peacocks (representing the three seasons of summer, winter and monsoon) modeled in high relief and faced with coloured glass mosaic, built into successive niches in the wall area or jharoka. These were built during Maharana Sajjan Singh’s reign, 200 years after the palace was established. The peacocks have been crafted with 5,000 pieces of glass which shine in green, gold and blue. In an adjoining chamber, called the Kanch-ki-Burj, a mosaic of mirrors adorns the walls. The Badi Charur Chowk within this chowk is a smaller court for private use. Its screen wall has painted and inlaid compositions depicting European men and Indian women.
Zenana Mahal or Women's Palace - Proceeding further from Mor Chowk, in the Zenana Mahal or women’s quarters (now converted into a museum) are exquisitely designed alcoves, balconies, coloured windows, tiled walls and floors.
Rang Bhawan - The palace that used to contain royal treasure. There are temples of Lord Krishna, Meerabai and Shiva located here.
Sheesh Mahal - The palace of mirrors and glasses was built in 1716. A shrine of Dhuni Mata is also located in the complex. This location is considered as the oldest part of the Palace, where a sage spent his entire life meditating.
Udaipur is a lovely blend of water and lush green hills. It is also known as Lake City and called Venice of the East. The city has five beautiful lakes and several public gardens that add to its charm.
Fateh Sagar Lake - An artificial lake constructed by Maharana north of Lake Pichola in 1678 and to the northwest of Udaipur. Within the confines of Fateh Sagar Lake, there are three small islands. The largest of these is Nehru Park. The second island houses a public park with an impressive water-jet fountain, and the third is the address for the Udaipur Solar Observatory. Every year the Hariyali Amavasya Mela (Green New Moon Fair) is organized at the lake precincts in the month of August/September.
Udaipur (Rajasthan/India) panorama with dried Lake Pichola
Pichola Lake - An artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD, named after the nearby Picholi village. The lake’s surroundings and several islands within the lake have been developed over the centuries with palaces, marble temples, family mansions, and bathing ghats. The famous Lake Palace (now converted into a heritage hotel) is located in the middle of the lake. Two islands, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir, are located within Pichola Lake. Local buses, tongas, auto rickshaws and taxis provide the needed transport.
There are three malls in Udaipur offering a range of options to shop, dine and get entertained. All three malls are conveniently located and offer the best of shopping, food and entertainment.
Celebration Mall, Bhuwana, NH8 (5km away from the famous Lake Palace Hotel and the old city), . Adidas, Nike, Woodland, Metro, Levis, Wrangler, Flying Machine, United Colors of Benetton, Arrow, Van Husen, Allen Solly, Raymond's, Blackberry, Offbeat, Peter England, W, Mom&me, Gini & Jony, Crossword, Archie's. Others: McDonald's, Subway, Cafe Coffee Day, Jashn-Food Court,PVR Cinemas, 5D Cinema, Hungama Game Planet
LakeCity Mall (Lakecity Mall, Udaipur), Plot No.1 (Ashok Nagar Main Road), (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Carry retail mix of national and local retailers: Woodland, United Colors of Benetton, Metro, Nike, Levis. Puma, Wrangler, Just I, Mufti, Lotto, Lee & Cat. Others: KFC, Pizza Hut, Moti Mahal Restaurant and its food court, INOX Cinemas, Viking Game Zone & 7D Masti.
R Kay Mall, . Zari, Westside, Fab India, United Colors of Benetton, Dollar Store, Lilliput, OMG-Food Court, OMG Game Zone.
Jagdish Temple - Located 150 meters north of City Palace, the Indo-Aryan architectural style temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is visible from nearly anywhere in the old city center and is Udaipur's most iconic landmark. The temple walls and the shikara or tower are decorated with carvings of Vishnu, scenes from Lord Krishna’s life and figurines of nymphs or apsaras. The street square, at the base of the temple steps, is also known as Jagdish Chowk from where several roads radiate in different directions.
Saheliyon ki Bari - Built by Maharana Bhopal Singh. Saheliyon ki Bari means Garden of the Maids. This garden area lies in the northern part of the city and has fountains and kiosks, a lotus pool and marble elephants. Each water channel has a distinct sound, and the mingling of these sounds complement the ambience of the place. There is also a small museum here. Sahelion Ki Bari was created for a group of 48 young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of her dowry.
Sukhadia Circle - A large roundabout in the city's northern suburb of Panchwati, on the road to Ranakpur and Mt. Abu. The centrepiece of the Circle is a large, three-tiered fountain just over 21 m. high, with scalloped dishes surmounted by a wheat-ear motif, representing prosperity. Illuminated at night, it is now a well-known landmark.
Udaipur Solar Observatory - Located on an island in Fateh Sagar Lake, the observatory is claimed to be one of Asia's largest. The observatory was built in the year 1976 by Dr. Arvind Bhatanagar following the model of the Solar Observatory at Big Bear Lake in Southern California.
Gulab Bagh and Zoo - A rose garden laid out by Maharaja Sajjan Singh near the palace on the east side of Lake Pichhola. A library in the garden has a collection of ancient handwritten manuscripts and books. Within the garden there is a zoo with tigers, leopards, chinkara gazelles, birds, and many wild animals. Children can enjoy the mini train whose track covers the main part of the garden and the zoo.
Dudh Talai - A rock and fountain garden and the sunset point from which you can enjoy the sunset view in Lake Pichhola and a panoramic view of the old city. Take the aerial tramway (ropeway) which connects the Doodh Talai gardens to the Karni Mata temple.
Udaipur Vegetable Market
Vegetable Market - A traditional market where mostly women vendors sell fresh produce. A fantastically colourful spot for endless eyecatching photographs and people watching. From Jagdish Chowk, go north on City Palace Road. It's a bit of a hike to walk, but any tuk tuk driver will know where it is. Near Bada Bazaar and the clock tower. The spice market is also nearby.
Nehru Garden - A park in the middle of Fateh Sagar Lake. This park covers about 41 acres (170,000 m2), with flower gardens and a lily pond. It was inaugurated on the birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. The garden overlooks the ancient Moti Mahal of Maharana Pratap and has a view of the Aravalli Hills on three sides.
Bagore-ki-Haveli - A mansion built in the 18th century on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat by Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar, now a museum. It has over a hundred rooms, with displays of costumes and modern art. The building has a large and exquisite collection of Mewar paintings and glassworks. There is a nightly one-hour long dance performance at 7pm.
Royal cenotaphs in Ahar, near Udaipur.
Ahar Museum - The Ahar Cenotaphs are a group of royal cenotaphs located in Ahar, about 2km east of Udaipur. The site contains more than 250 cenotaphs of the maharajas of Mewar that were built over approximately 350 years. There are 19 chhatris that commemorate the 19 maharajas who were cremated here.
Aapni Dhani - A very good place to spend your evening. This place has a small zoo, magic show, puppet show, nat ka tamasha, dance shows and to top it all an unlimited Rajasthani dinner. Admission is about INR250 per person, and the shows start in the evening around 5-6pm.
Badi Lake - A beautiful lake nearly 12-14km from Udaipur. You can hire a bicycle or motorbike to have an exciting morning ride with a peaceful destination.
Although there are many diversions for daytime, there is not much in the way of nightlife. There are cinemas and a few cultural shows for evening entertainment, but there are no bars (other than in upscale hotels) and no discos or nightclubs. Streets become deserted and it's almost impossible to find a taxi or tuk tuk after 10 pm.
Cycling, Art of Bicycle Trips  organizes day and long bicycle tours in and around Udaipur. The tours combine cycling with Indian art, culture and heritage.
Ubreshwar, Take the road from Chetak Circle to Fateh Sagar. From the Fateh Sagar starting point, take a left (don't go straight into Fateh Sagar). Take the road to Sajjangarh, then leave the road to Sajjangarh and go straight. After 4-5km you will be on the back side of Sajjangarh where the road is green and lush. A nice, green and wonderful place to visit. Bring some food along, as very few options are available.
What camel riding is in Jaisalmer, horseback riding is in Udaipur, a must! Situated in the middle of the Aravalli Hills, Udaipur offers a fantastic landscape and unrivaled views. Various operators offer horse rides here:
Princess Trails, run by an Indo-German couple. They have around 15 very well kept Marwari horses and always some foals and young ones on their farm, approximately 8km outside Udaipur. They organize trail rides for individual riders and small groups of 2 hours, 4 hours and full day through the tribal villages of the Aravalli foothills and also arrange overnight accommodation in comfortable Swiss tents (with attached bathroom, AC and private terrace) on their farm. Horseback lessons and nature hikes are also arranged and non-riding companions can spend a relaxing morning/afternoon in the garden of their farm with a beautiful Hollywood swing.
They offer free pick up from the hotels in town and have a collection of imported riding helmets and half-chaps which they lend out to their riders. A large emphasis is put on the safety of riders and horses!
Riders and guests fed up by the noise and pollution of Indian cities can stay overnight in comfortable Swiss tents on the farm and enjoy the quiet and peaceful rural life.
Longer horseback safaris with overnight stays in a Safari Camp are also arranged.
Dinesh Jain's Krishna Ranch.Dinesh organizes professionally guided horse rides, starting from his ranch 7km from Udaipur in the beautiful Aravalli Hills. All rides include a visit to the beautiful and unspoiled Tiger Lake and pass through small traditional villages. Possibilities: 2.5 hours, half day, full day and multi-day safaris with camping. The guides are all fluent in English and very knowledgeable about the area's culture and nature. Very good, imported riding helmets, well trained horses and clear instructions during the ride make these safaris very safe, even for beginners. Horses are very well looked after. The ranch has nice, spacious stables and a beautiful enclosed space where horses can walk freely. Treks by walk also can be organized. Stay at the ranch in comfortable, nicely decorated rural cottages is also possible. The ranch is very peaceful surrounded by trees, mountains and agricultural land. A great place to get away from the hectic Indian cities.
Princess Trails  also offers Jeep Safaris through the Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary or to nearby villages. A good chance to explore rural Rajasthan or spot wildlife. Minimum participants are 4 with a maximum of 8 participants joining in.
Travelers usually enjoy camel rides in the deserts of Rajasthan. The camel safari adventure will require one whole day. In this expedition, you will start from a definite point in the city and get into the interiors of the desert. If you want to meet the tribals, you can encounter them on your journey. During your trip, you need not to worry about your food, as tour operators would arrange your breakfast and lunch.
You could go to Chetak and Swapnalok theatre near Chetak Circle. Other options could be Ashoka theatre and Picture Palace in Surajpol. There is also a new PVR cinema located in the Celebration Mall. Try the first class seating for a cinema experience that you can't get in the West!
Udaipur has a constant stream of cultural shows and activities. The problem is how to find out about them in advance. Shilpgram is one of the venues that frequently hosts plays and dance performances, but unfortunately they don't have an events calendar on their website or a phone number. Ask your hotel staff about local performances or check the events calendar at the local online newspaper udaipurtimes.com.
Ongoing cultural performances:
Dance - There is an hourlong dance and puppet show at the Bagore-ki-Haveli, near Gangaur Ghat in the heart of the old city. It starts nightly at 7pm. Charge is INR60 for admission and INR10 for camera. The show, called Dharohar, is a musical concert with seven traditional folk dances and demonstrates many dying tribal rituals of Rajasthan. One of the dances displays the grace and skill of the ladies who perform it with up to nine water pots balanced on their heads.
Puppet Show - Puppet shows make the best part of Udaipur recreation. Being an inseparable aspect of Rajasthani culture, puppet shows of Udaipur are really captivating. These shows can be arranged by the hotels to entertain their guests during their stay. Otherwise, you can always go to Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum to enjoy their puppet show in the evenings. The puppets attract people with their innocent faces, bright colored dresses, and dazzling jewelry. Special show time: 12-1pm and 6-7pm at Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal.
View from the top of the hill at Karni Mata Ropeway
Spend the evening overlooking the city lights from a high altitude. Udaipur's ropeway service gives you a bird's-eye view of the entire city. The recently started Karni Mata Ropeway has been getting popular amongst domestic and international tourists. It's a ride of about 500m from Doodh Talai Garden to Ropeway Junction (to the adjacent hill). A multi-cuisine restaurant is a temptation for a longer stay at the top of the hill to enjoy the natural beauty all around.
Where to reach: Ropeway Point, Din Dayal Garden, Doodh Talai, near Lake Pichola.
Timing: 9am-9pm (so you can dine till fairly late at the Ivy View Restaurant on top of the hill)
Cost: INR75 per adult and INR30 per child (Indians), INR300 per adult and INR175 per child (foreigners)
Udaipur's street animals have one of the finest care centers and sanctuaries in India at Animal Aid, just 7 km from the Old City of Udaipur in Badi Village. 350 ownerless animals from Udaipur, with new admissions each day, are given loving treatment and nursed back to health by caregivers and volunteers. Animal Aid was founded and is run by an American family who will welcome you any time between 9 and 5. Animal Aid will be the highlight of the trip for any traveler who loves animals and needs some quiet time with Udaipur's street animal angels. A beautiful setting nestled in the Aravali Hills provides an oasis for the heart.
Did you ever scratch a donkey under his chin? Have you ever bottle fed a baby goat? Ever helped a dog who lost her leg learn to walk again? Here's your chance. Visits and tours are free. Call with any questions you have, or if you see an injured or ill animal in Udaipur: 09950531639 or 09829596637.
While passing through the streets of Udaipur, you can find many articles that can enhance your wardrobe and lifestyle, too. Udaipur's markets present an assortment of items covering handicrafts, pottery, jewelry, wooden toys, antique items and paintings. Udaipur is particularly famous for its miniature paintings inspired by style of Rajputs and Mughals. These range in price from as little as INR 100 and make a beautiful gift or keepsake.
There are toys, bewitching puppets, wall hangings, pen stands, cloth lanterns, handmade papers, painted wooden boxes and greeting cards. Udaipur has an assortment of pottery in both metal and adobe. There are all kinds of pots, plates, vessels and different kinds of containers. Apart from this, brassware and terracotta sculptures are also popular.
Coming to the shopping places, Hathi Pol, Bada Bazaar, Chetak Circle, Bada Bazaar and Palace Road are some of the popular shopping arcades of Udaipur. While shopping in these markets, don't forget to bargain with the shopkeepers to get the value of your money. If you are running short of time to explore the markets, the Government of Rajasthan has made adequate arrangements for you.
Rukmani Art Gallery (Rukmani Arts & Exports), NH-8, Bhuwana, Before Sukher Bypass, ☎ 0091 98297 90949, . This gallery offers a range of art pieces including marble art, ethnic furniture and gifts and souvenirs.
Rajasthali Emporium, Chetak Circle, Udaipur. The government fixed-price emporium is worth dropping into to gauge handicraft prices.
Mangalam, Sukhadia Circle, Udaipur, Raj., ☎ 0294/256-0259. The shop is best for textiles, handicrafts, dhurries, and a variety of products.
Sadhna, C/O Seva Mandir (Take a rickshaw to Seva Mandir's NGO Campus, and walk through the large gate with the grate over the threshold), ☎ +91-294-245-4655, . 10:00-19:00. Browse for hand-stitched garments, homewares, and linens. A purchase here means contributing to the income over 1000 rural and tribal women who are involved in this enterprise. The aesthetic is very western so that it is possible to take these items back home and feel comfortable in them as well.
There is an old address here - it may be a satelite store:Kee Baudi, Kasaron Ki, Gangaur Ghat, Udaipur
City Palace Museum Shop, City Palace, Udaipur. A good place to purchase miniature paintings (it has its unique style, but if you're looking for a bargain, you're better off purchasing in off-the-beaten-track towns, like Bundi) and pichhwai paintings -- wall hangings painted on cloth or silk
Soma Shop, Lake Palace Road, Near Hotel Mahendra Prakash, ☎ 0091 0294-2420475, . An exclusive boutique for block print clothes and homeware.
Bombino Arts (Bombino Arts), 9, Alok School Road, Sector 11, (oposite Agrawal Dharamshala). It's famous for Handmade Granite etching portraits and artwork. Can see artist working live.
Silver Emporium, Bapu Bazaar (Main Market, Udaipur.), ☎ 0294-5103366. Offers traditional and antique jewelry with a gem testing lab for the convenience of customers. Gemologist available at all times.
Indune Lifestyle (by Sanskriti Expressions), 178 Moti Magri, Udaipur (Near UIT Circle), ☎ +91 294 2412022, . 10 am to 8 pm. A retail store at Udaipur to experience a wide range of handcrafted gifts, accessories, home décor , artifacts & furniture.Fair Trade.
You are in Mewar! You must not miss the opportunity to have the really loaded Daal-Baati-Choorma. It is an experience you will remember forever. Look out for a helping of Gatte-ki-sabzi, as well. Udaipur is also famous for its spicy snacks such as mirchi bada and kachori. For those with insatiable appetites and no desire for self-service, there are a couple of worthwhile Thali restaurants where you can get unlimited servings of a selection of Rajasthani and Gujarati dishes (rotis, savoury bites, daals, vegetables, rice, sweets and more):
Ambrai Hotel, Outside Chandpole (Nearby Lake Pichola), ☎ 0294-2431085. At the water level right on Lake Pichola across from the Lake Palace Hotel and the City Palace Museum. A beautiful place to relax after a long jaunt on the road and to take in the nightly fireworks show. Most rickshaw drivers know the place by name. Reservations are mandatory. It is the place to have a romantic dinner. Slightly on the expensive side.INR 200.00 and above.
Bawarchi Restaurant, 6 Delhi Gate, E of Gangaur Ghat, Udaipur. A jumping local thali joint where you can eat well and be merry for not a lot of money. Serves thali at INR80 per person upstairs at this popular restaurant in Delhi Gate. Tasty and delicious food.INR110 for thali.
Berry's, Chetak Circle, Udaipur. Indoor restaurant with good food and reasonable prices at Chetak Circle. Popular with the locals.
Cool Restaurant (Cafe), ☎ +917665044332. 8:00. A nice place to sit and people watch. You can watch a movie or TV. Fun! The food is great! Be prepared to be patient, because everything is prepared fresh, but it is well worth it!! The aloo masala is great. Cold beers and waterpipes available to chill out with.INR 20-350.
Gateway Restaurant, shop no.2 Jagat Siromani Temple outside City Palace, Udaipur (Outside City Palace Main Gate), ☎ 0294-2410903. 8:30. Attractive upstairs terrace garden seating. Close to the City Palace and perfect for a late lunch after checking out the City Palace the whole morning. Offers a huge range of vegetarian dishes. Many different pastas pizzas and real Italian food. They also serve some typical Indian dishes like spinach and corn kernels and Adrkai malai mushrooms. Open air seating with a view of the palace and Jagdish temple.INR 45-350.
Hukam, the Family Restaurant, Hotel Broadway Burman Chamber UIT Bridge Saheli Marg, ☎ 0294-256-0400, . A multi-cuisine restaurant serving traditional Indian, Mughlai and Rajasthani dishes. Also serves Chinese, Continental, and Sizzlers.
Mewar Haveli Rooftop Restaurant, 34-35 Lal Ghat, Udaipur, ☎ 91-294-2521140, 2422108, . Near Lake Pichola and behind the Jagdish Temple. Covered dining room and rooftop restaurant with beautiful and romantic lake views.
Natraj, 22-24 City Station Road, Udaipur (near Bapu Bazaar), ☎ +91-294-2487488, +91-94147-57893, . A new and very popular restaurant near the train station serving Gujarati (sweet) and Rajasthani thali for INR200 per person. Very good food in a clean and modern setting.INR 140.00.
Pyaz Kachori (Udaipur sweets). Take a right from Chetak Circle while coming from City Palace. hardly 150m from Chetak Circle.
Raaj Bagh, 5-B Alkapuri nr Fateh Sagar Lake, Ambamata, ☎ 91 99 83 331808. A garden style restaurant at the edge of Lake Fateh Sagar. Indoor AC seating also available. The best lal maas ever! Excellent service, exceptional food.
Savage Garden, 22, Inside Chandpole, ☎ 0294/242-5440. Set over several floors of a pleasant building with cascading bougainvilleas and a towering banana tree in its blue-walled courtyard. Besides some standard Indian fare, you can order toned-down, simplified versions of traditional cuisine, such as "spinach mutton" served with boiled potatoes, grilled fish with mash, and even an unusual vegetarian "Kela curry" or "Banana curry".INR 70 - 100.
Shiv Niwas Palace Restaurant, City Palace, Udaipur, ☎ 0294-252-8016. Inside and outdoor restaurants in this beautiful old palace. Traditionally dressed waiters serve superb food from a varied menu. A great place for that special occasion.
Trident Hotel Restaurant, Haridasji Ki Magri, Udaipur, ☎ 0294-243-2200. Superb in every way. You can choose between a-la-carte or the marvelous buffet which is one of the best in Udaipur. A visual delight and a gourmet's paradise. The restaurant is attractive, luxurious, relaxed and has a traditional touch. On the expensive side.
The Whistling Teal, 103 Bhatiyani Chohatta, Udaipur (inside Jhadhol Haveli), ☎ 0294/242-2067, 094-1416-3727. One of the most romantic dining spots in Udaipur with a nice view of oasis in the city. Seating is on the lawn or under canopies with exquisite traditional Rajasthani thalis.
Cafe Coffee Day, Gulab bagh, Udaipur, ☎ 0294-3251162. 10.00 A.M. - 11.00 P.M.. Cafe Coffee Day is famous coffee shop in Udaipur. The chain serves a wide varieties of coffees with Pizza & Sandwiches. All major credit cards are accepted.
Fatehprakash Palace Hotel, City Palace (On the Lake Pichola), ☎ 0294 528008. 7:30 A.M. - 10:30 P.M.. The open air Sunset Terrace at the Fateh Prakash Palace hotel becomes the heart of the City Palace Complex. People flock there to have a drink, and watch Lake Pichola.
Ghamdi Lassi. A must in Udaipur. Cross Chetak Circle towards Sukhadia Circle, barely 500m from Chetak Circle.
Garden Hotel Udaipur, Gulab Bagh Road, Udaipur. Guests choosing to stay at the Garden Hotel Udaipur will be able to dine at the onsite restaurant. They will also be able to have a drink at the garden bar.DOOD
Govinda's Cafeteria, 169 city palace road (jagdish chowk). 9AM-9PM. Serves real Lavazza espresso. They have a nice real espresso machine and serve a huge variety of excellent Italian coffee. Shakes and frappes also available. Espresso Rs 50, caffe latte Rs 65, cappuccino Rs 60. Spoil yourself with an amazingly yummy brownie shake (made with a whole piece of brownie, chocolate ice-cream and milk, tastes to die for) for Rs 120. With A/C.
Hotel Kurabar Kothi (Restaurant & Bar), II Ambavgarh Near, Ayurvedic College Udaipur, 313001, Rajasthan (+91-9784470239), ☎ +91 294 2430094, . Kurabar Kothi is a traditional haveli mansion enhanced with modern style & luxury. Located at the Center of udaipur city which is very peaceful & posh area of Udaipur.
Millets of Mewar, Lake Pichola near foot bridge at Hanuman Ghat, outside Chandpole Udaipur (Hanuman Ghat, Outside Chandpole), ☎ +8769348440. Excellent spinach, red beet and coconut milk shake with dates and bananas. A great place for organic/non-gluten fusion food. Enjoy!
RTDC Hotel Kajri, Shastri Circle, Udaipur, ☎ +91-141-5040211. 10.00 A.M. - 11.00 P.M.. Let your spirits soar high at the well stocked bar of Hotel Kajri in Udaipur. The bar features an eclectic selection of both Indian and Rajasthani liquor and wine.
Soul Meet Cafe, next to Dyaji Bridge (walking bridge) (big green building—you can't miss it), ☎ +91 982 804 8586. This place now is closed.
Tehkhana (Restaurant & Bar), Hitawala complex,Saheli marg (Saheliyo ki bari), ☎ 2421317, . 12:00. The Tehkhana Restaurant is a pleasant and elegant contemporary restaurant ideally located near the Sukhadia Circle .With hazelnut coloured walls and vivid paintings this is an ideal place to hang out Choices of Indian, Chinese, Continental, South Indian & Italian cuisines is available to satisfy the taste buds.
There are many hotels in Udaipur which suit the requirements of all categories of traveler. Many hotels near the old city center offer a view of the placid waters of Lake Pichola. For those who want to have a luxurious as well as completely fulfilling time in Udaipur, the luxury hotels in Udaipur are the best choice. The luxury and heritage hotels of Udaipur include some of the best known hotels in northern India.
For tourists traveling on a budget, there are numerous low cost places to stay in Udaipur. These hotels are clustered around the City Station road which is a bustling area. Many low budget hotels are across Lake Pichola in the Naga Nagri sector. There are also many hotels between the Bandstand to the City palace. Their scattered location and low tariffs make them attractive to many tourists.
Anjani Hotel, 77, Gangour Ghat Marg, Udaipur (north side of near Dechra Mata), ☎ 0294-2421770, . A royal palace converted to a hotel is a perfect blend of traditional Indian hospitality and modern day conveniences. All rooms are with attached bath, balcony and jharokha facing towards lakes, fort, hills and swimming pool. The rooftop restaurant serves various kinds of Indian, Continental, and Chinese cuisine.
Hotel Gangaur Palace, 339, Ashoka haveli, Gangaur Ghat Marg, Udaipur, ☎ +91 294 2422303. This is classic cheapie, has faded haveli charm and is set around a courtyard. Pay the extra rupees for a window seat and bathroom. The rooftop restaurant has an island calm.INR 400.00 for double bed.
Krishna Ranch, Near Badi village, Udaipur, ☎ 9828059505, . For everyone who wants to discover rural India, this is the place to be! The ranch is located at a very peaceful spot in the beautiful Aravalli Hills, just 7km out of Udaipur. There are spacious, very clean cottages available, nicely decorated with regional handicrafts. Very tasty traditional meals are provided from vegetables grown at their ecological farm. The ranch is an excellent starting point for walks and bicycle rides to the nearby villages. Professionally guided treks by horse or walk can be organized. Rates: 2500 for double occupancy. This includes breakfast and pick up/drop from/to Udaipur.
Hotel Kumbha Palace, 104, Bhattiyani Chohatta, Udaipur, ☎ 9828059505, 9828059506, . Run by Dutch-Indian couple. The hotel is a charming and peaceful budget hotel situated in the heart of Udaipur’s old city with spacious, clean and bright rooms. There is a beautiful, lush, big garden backed by the City Palace wall. All rooms have attached toilet/shower. The hotel has an excellent rooftop restaurant with great views of the City Palace and the old city. Free Wi-Fi for hotel guests. Room-prices:INR 450 - 550.
Mewargarh Palace, House 733, Imlighat, Udaipur (Near Chandpole Gate and Purohitji Ki Havell), ☎ +91-988-794-7988 (email@example.com), . checkin: any time; checkout: 10:00 A.M. Mewargarh Palace is a small, exceptionally clean guest house with wi-fi, rooftop dining overlooking the city, hot showers in single or shared bathrooms, and rooms with twin and larger beds accommodating from 1-4 persons. The innkeeper, Rizwan, is extremely helpful finding cheap travel options elsewhere, cooking for guests, and assisting with errands. Easy walking access to the rest of Udaipur. Currently there are only 6 rooms, so recommend booking in advance. Upon request, Rizwan will also ensure guests are picked up from the train station free of charge (likely in a rickshaw).Cost is currently INR 500-675, but will likely increase in 2011.
Hotel Padmini Palace, 27, Garden Road, Udaipur (0.5km from bus stand), ☎ 0294-241-4191, . checkin: 9.00 A.M.; checkout: 9.00 A.M.. Hotel Padmini Palace is situated in the heart of the Udaipur with all modern facilities to make your stay memorable.INR 1300 - 5500.
Hotel Poonam Haveli, 39, Lal Ghat,Udaipur, ☎ 0294-2410303, . Excellent place to stay for a budget. Comfortable homey experience with good view of the lake. Central location to most major attractions serves as an advantage. Prices range from INR 1000 for Standard room to 3000 for AC Suite. Rooftop restaurant is a must vist during winters.
Hotel Rajkamal International, Bhuwana, 123, Bye pass Road, Udaipur, ☎ 2942440770 2942440850, . A budget hotel that promises a memorable stay at very economical price. The restaurant's food tastes just like your home cooking!
Pleasure Guest House, 11/159 Surya Marg. Kotra House, jagdish road, Udaipur (in front of jagdish temple), ☎ 9828626621 (firstname.lastname@example.org). A quiet place to take pleasure with a garden restaurant and lovely view of most tourist places, lakes, markets, and city roads. Run by a friendly family, you will stay like home.rp 250-350.
Boheda Palace, ☎ 0294-2424414, . A recently opened Haveli-style hotel tucked away at a quiet yet central lane of the Old City. Large, well-furnished rooms decorated in the traditional Rajasthani style with painted ceilings make it a comfortable option with a great restaurant overlooking the City Palace and the Old City. The management is friendly and always willing to help. Many services and facilities such as laundry service, horse riding, free wi-fi in all the rooms and common areas and travel services. INR 1000 - 1500.
Hotel Broadway, Burman Chambers, UIT Bridge, Saheli Marg, Udaipur (next to UIT circle), ☎ +91-294-256-0400, 401, . The hotel offers 20 spacious air-conditioned double-bed rooms and six family rooms, all with attached bathrooms and all modern amenities. Most of the rooms have breathtaking views of the natural surroundings. INR 1650 - 2650.
Chandra Niwas Homestay, 43/44 Shanti Niketan Colony, Udaipur, ☎ 919929578903, . Chandra Niwas is a homestay and guest house run by the founder of the DAAN foundation (an organization that works to improve education for village children in Rajasthan). It is just outside the city centre, but it is very quiet, and the owner will arrange cheap and friendly rickshaw drivers for you, or will often show you around the city himself. The rooms are clean and comfortable (good size for couples and small families) and a home cooked Indian breakfast is included. There are usually other guests or volunteers hanging around, as well as the family who owns the house, to have a chat and a chai at any time of day. INR 900 - 1800.
Devra, Sisarma - Bujra Road, Kalarohi Udaipur - 313001, Rajasthan, India., ☎ +912942431049, . checkin: 12.30pm; checkout: 11.30am. A 15 minute drive from the city centre, this popular rural retreat offers spacious and comfortable rooms. It also has nice panoramic views of Udaipur's surroundings. A good choice if you'd like to kick back and relax after the busy streets of the city. There's also a restaurant.INR 5500.
Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel, 24 - 25 Lal Ghat, Udaipur, ☎ 0294-2422860, . A 17th century building with its charm and aesthetics with its rooms restored back to their old charm and glory are surrounded by the ancient havelis and temples. They are situated around a central courtyard which is approached through a narrow archway from the Jagdish Temple and the old city.INR 1700 - 6500.
Jaiwana Haveli, 14, Lalghat, Udaipur (eastern bank of Lake Pichola), ☎ 0091-294-241-1103, . The private residence of the Thakur of Jaiwana converted to luxury hotel accommodates guests in its 24-rooms and possesses unparalleled views across the sparkling waters and island palaces, to the Aravalli Hills beyond. The rooftop restaurant with its panoramic views has become a popular venue for visitors. An excellent choice of Indian, Mewari and continental cuisine is available. Be careful that all the booking website shows the corner rooms that are beautiful, but none of them allow you to book those rooms. This is one of the few hotels that requires you to pay, even if you cancel the booking in advance. Book it wisely!INR 1500 - 2650.
Hotel Lake Shore, Outside Chand pole, Hanuman Ghat, Udaipur, ☎ 0091-982-804-5083. A 200-year old heritge haveli directly on the shores of Lake Pichola. All five bedrooms have views of the Lake Palace, Lake Pichola and Bagore Ki Haveli. All rooms are decorated in traditional Rajasthani style and have attached bath, hot water and a private window seat overlooking Lake Pichola and the washing ghats.
Mahendra Prakash, Gulab Bagh Rd, Udaipur (5 minute driveway from Udaipur railway station), ☎ +91-294-2419811, 2411214, . checkout: 12:00 P.M.. A family-run haveli-style hotel with 26 rooms, situated on Lake Palace Road overlooking the Sajan Niwas Gardens. All rooms are well furnished and can accommodate a family of four as well as business executives. Also offers ayurvedic massage and horse riding facilities. Visa and Mastercard accepted. INR 1200 - 3000.
Mewar Haveli, 34-35 Lal Ghat, Udaipur, ☎ 0294-2521140, . Mewar Haveli is a delightful hotel in the style of a traditional Rajasthani haveli. The newly-built hotel stands proudly on the banks of the lovely Lake Pichola. It offers amazing views of Lake Pichola, the Old City, Lake Palace, Jagmandir Island Palace and the rugged Aravalli range. The hotel is elegantly appointed and tastefully designed to offer a comfortable and cosy stay.INR 1000 - 1500.
Mountain Ridge, Mountain Ridge, Sisarma, Udaipur, ☎ +91-294-329-1478, +91-960-219-2902, . Outside the ancient village of Sisarma, the hotel offers a peaceful environment. There is so much you can do: swimming in the pool, trekking, going on a village safari, bird watching, mountain walking, having a massage or just sitting and relaxing with your favorite book with the soothing sounds of nature in the garden.INR 1700 - 4000.
Raj Niwas (Aashiya Haveli), Lal Ghat, ☎ 0294-2415015. Dazzling lake view rooms in a heritage hotel opposite the Lal Ghat boating area and nearly touching the lake for a good stay.mid range.
Vishnupriya Hotel, 9 Garden Road Near Gulab Bagh, Udaipur, ☎ 0294-2421313, . A heritage hotel offering the hospitality of high end hotels along with affordability. Hotel Vishnupriya has 51 well appointed rooms, mouth-watering cuisine and a host of facilities make it the hotel of your choice.
Sheraton Udaipur Palace Resort & Spa, near Fateh Sagar Lake, Ambamata, ☎ 91 294 305 0000 (toll free: 1-800-325-3535, email@example.com), . Opened 1 Aug 2010. From Rs 11,000/night.
Trident Hotel, ☎ 91 294 243 2200, . On the western side of Lake Pichola set in 43 acres of lush landscaping.13,500-26,000 Rs.
Udai Kothi Hotel, ☎ 0091-294-243-2413 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . On the western side of the old city. Bar, restaurant, rooftop swimming pool.3000-8000 Rs.
Shiv Niwas Palace Udaipur, ☎ 0091-294-252-8016 (toll free: 1800-180-2933, email@example.com, fax: +91-294-2528006), . located on the banks of lake pichola in udaipur, rajasthan once reserved for the Royal guests today combines the elegance of the last century with modern 21st century amenities and is one of the luxurious heritage palace hotels of world
There are many clinics and hospitals in Udaipur which provide quality treatment at affordable prices, and health tourism is on the upswing. Udaipur has a profusion of ayurvedic healing centers and therapeutic massage salons with services at a fraction of the cost you would pay in the west. There are also yoga classes available.
The city of Udaipur celebrates all the fairs and festivals with equal fervor. The important fairs and festivals that are closely associated with Udaipur are Mewar Festival and the Shilpgram Fair. If you want to catch the vigor of these desert people, catch them during their famous fairs and festivals.
Mewar Festival - Mewar festival is observed to welcome the arrival of spring season (March/April). The festival is especially meant for women and offers the best time when they dress in their finest clothes and join the celebrations of the fest. To conduct the ceremony, women assemble to dress the images of Isar (Lord Shiva) and Gangaur (Goddess Parvati). After dressing the idols, they carry them in a traditional procession passing through different parts of the city. In the last, the procession makes its move towards the Gangaur Ghat at Pichola Lake. At this point, the images are transported into special boats and immersed in the deep waters of the lake. When this religious part gets over, people engage into various dances, songs and other cultural events revealing the culture of Rajasthan. Mewar festival is concluded with a glittering show of fireworks.
Shilpgram Crafts Fair - Shilpgram Mela is held annually in the west of the city of Udaipur in the month of November/ December. The fair is organized to promote the arts and crafts of Rajasthan. This fair is a perfect destination to try out the hand woven clothes, embroideries, mirror works and handicrafts. The hand woven clothes and camel leather items grab the major attention of visitors in this fair. There are also exciting dance performances with beautiful costumes.
There are some interesting sites within a day's journey of the city. Hire a cab or take a bus to some of the most visited places near Udaipur.
Ajmer - An ancient town 288km from Udaipur is famous among the spiritual and religious sects for the shrine of Khwaja Ajmer Sheriff and the only Brahma temples by the banks of Lake Pushkar.
Bhilwara - The administrative city of Mewar region 168km from Udaipur. The city contains some of the exquisite neolithic temples that adorn the Nagar style of architecture.
Bundi - An ancient town 275km from Udaipur inhabited by local tribesmen famous for its historical fortresses and kunds (holy wells).
Chittorgarh - About 140km from Udaipur, Chittorgarh was the capital of Mewar from 734 AD to 1559. Chittorgarh Fort is a massive fort situated on a hilltop near Chittorgarh town in Rajasthan, India.
Delwara - About 30km north of Udaipur is this small town that boasts a rich history. It provides a look at traditional village culture, beautiful Jain temples, and a chance to experience village India on it's own terms.
Eklingji Temple - 22km north of Udaipur in Eklingi Village is one of the most famous temple complexes of Rajasthan. The magnificent architecture of Eklingnath Temple is simply remarkable. However, no photography is permitted inside.
Haldighati - An important historical site in the context of Rajasthan at a comfortable distance of 40km from the city of Udaipur. The term Haldighati has been derived from the yellow colored soil of the place that gives a sense of turmeric (in Hindi).
Jagat Temple - Jagat Village, 58km southeast of Udaipur. Built in 961 A.D, the Jagat Temple is renowned for its intricate carvings in the exteriors.
Jodhpur - A popular gateway to the Thar Desert 269km from Udaipur with the massive Mehrangarh Fort and access to Osiyan desert.
Kumbhalgarh - A 15th-century fortress, built by Rana Kumbha of Mewar, with 36km of walls. Over 360 temples are within the fort. It also has a wildlife sanctuary. Rajsamand District, 64km from Udaipur. The vista from the top of the palace typically extends tens of kilometers into the Aravalli Hills.
Kankroli - A small town 65km from Udaipur mainly known for its temple on the banks of Rajsamand Lake.
Saas Bahu Temple at Nagda
Mount Abu - A popular tourist hill station 185km from Udaipur. The highest peak on the mountain is Guru Shikhar, at 1722 meters above sea level. Mount Abu is home to a number of Jain temples, especially the Dilwara Temples.
Nagda - At the edge of Bagela Lake 23km northwest of Udaipur on the way to Nathdwara. Nagda has many small and large temples, but the main attraction is the Saas Bahu temple.
Nathdwara - Shri Nathdwara (a pathway to Lord Shri Krishna) lies 48km from Udaipur and literally means the gateway to the Lord. Devotees throng the shrine in large numbers during occasions of "Janmashtmi", the day of the Lord's birth, and other festivals like Holi. It is famous for its pichwai paintings, with Shri Krishna in the centre and is recognized for profuse use of gold colour.
Ranakpur - Ranakpur is widely known for its magnificent marble Jain temple devoted to Lord Adinath and is a must see. Ranakpur is between Jodhpur and Udaipur, in a valley on the western side of the Aravalli Range. Easily accessed by road, Ranakpur is around 90km north of Udaipur. White marble has been used for the construction of this grand temple. The temple, with its distinctive domes, rises majestically from the slope of a hill. Over 1444 marble pillars, carved in exquisite detail, support the temple, and no two columns are the same. There is one beautiful carving made out of a single marble rock where there are 1008 heads of snakes and numerous tails over the head of Lord ParsvaNatha. One cannot find the end of the tails. The image faces all four cardinal directions. The temple is designed as chaumukha with four faces. The construction of the temple and quadrupled image symbolize the Jain Tirthankara's conquest of the four cardinal directions and hence the cosmos.
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