Udaipur is the capital of the district of Mewar in Rajasthan, India.
Udaipur is famous for its lakes, palaces, forts, temples, gardens, and romantic backdrops. It was the setting of many movies, including the 13th James Bond film, Octopussy.
In 1568, the Mughal emperor Akbar captured Chittorgarh, and Udai Singh was forced to flee and establish the city of Udaipur. Udaipur remained the capital of the state of Mewar, which became a princely state of British India in 1818. After India's independence in 1947, Mewar was integrated into the state of Rajasthan.
People in Udaipur 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 September to March.
Udaipur is easily accessible via major roads from every major destination in India including Chittorgarh (117km), Ahmedabad (257km), Jodhpur (260km), Ajmer (307km), Sawai Madhopur/Ranthambore (638km), Jaipur (421km), Bikaner (488km), Agra (638km), Delhi (676km), Mumbai (725km), and Khajuraho (776km).
Dabok Airport, also known as Maharana Pratap Airport after the son of Udai Singh, is 25km northeast of the city center. There are daily flights from Delhi and Mumbai on Air India, IndiGo and SpiceJet.
Taxis between the airport and the city cost ₹500-750 from the prepaid taxi booth in the airport. Many hotels offer a prearranged pickup for ₹600-800. There are no public buses between the airport and the city. Uber or the Indian ride-sharing mobile app "Ola" will go between the airport and city center for ₹300-350. Depending on your location within the narrow and crowded streets of the city center, the taxi driver may insist on passing you off to a Tuk Tuk once in the city center. Depending on haggling abilities the tuk tuk may cost another ₹50-100.
Udaipur has direct train connections to many major cities in India including Chittorgarh (6-7 per day, 2 hours. ₹140), Ahmedabad (daily, 10 hours, ₹200), Ajmer (4 per day, 5 hours. ₹135-680), Sawai Madhopur (daily, 7 hours, ₹270-1,625), Jaipur (3 per day, 7 hours, ₹170-855), Agra (daily, 13 hours, ₹360-2,355), Delhi (2 per day, 12 hours. ₹390-1,440), Mumbai (every other day, 17 hours, ₹475-1,785), and Khajuraho (daily, 21 hours, ₹485-3,245).
Udaipur is connected by an efficient bus service to most cities in Rajasthan, which can sometimes be much faster than the train. Buses operate between Udaipur and Mount Abu (5 hours, ₹165), Agra (6 hours, ₹120), Ahmedabad (6 hours, ₹200), Jodhpur (8 hours, ₹125), Ajmer (8 hours, ₹150), Jaipur (9 hours, ₹200), Bikaner, Delhi (14 hours, ₹420), and Mumbai (16 hours, sleeper ₹600 or seat ₹400).
While most of the city can be covered on foot and the narrow alleyways in the old city make any other form of transportation a hassle, a taxi or autorickshaw/tuk-tuk is necessary to reach the Monsoon Palace or the wilderness park. A tuk-tuk will usually cost around ₹50, and should never cost more than ₹100 within the city. If you have a SIM card, Uber or Ola is the way to go. Uber is consistently cheaper than a tuk-tuk and will almost always be a much more pleasant ride.
(Mural in Lal Ghat) - Take a tuk tuk to get around the old city center
A panoramic view of Udaipur City Palace in night.
- Udaipur City Palace, . 9:30-17:30. A complex of small and big palaces, museums and gardens encompassing a rich blend of Rajasthani, Mughal, Medieval, European and Chinese architecture. One of the most beautiful palatial structures in Rajasthan. Originally built by Maharana Uday Singh II, it rises 30 meters above Lake Pichola and extends up to 244 meters. 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. You have to buy a 30 INR ticket now to even get into the Palace. At night, you a 30 INR ticket is required to go inside and take pictures. Entrance: ₹300 includes phone/camera fee. Audio Guide ₹200 requires leaving passport/driving license or a ₹2000 deposit. edit
- 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 (Rajasthan/India) panorama with dried Lake Pichola
- 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.
- 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, auto rickshaws and taxis provide the needed transport.
- 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. Badi Lake is completely undeveloped. There are no toilets, walking paths, shops, or even villages.
- Doodh Talai - The road that takes visitors to Pichola Lake has another popular destination – the Doodh Talai Lake. The lake lies between several hillocks. The Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park and the Manikya Lal Verma Garden are part of the Doodh Talai Lake Garden.ref
- 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.
- Gulab Bagh and Bird Park - 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. Children can enjoy the mini train whose track covers the main part of the garden. The zoo was moved from Gulab Bagh in 2015 to the Sajjangarh Biological Park. The former zoo space is being converted into a bird park.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Entrance ₹100 - ₹50 camera fee. There is a nightly one-hour long dance performance at 7pm.
Royal cenotaphs in Ahar, near Udaipur.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Enjoy! (Enjoy! Cooking Class & Hand Reading), House No. 3, Ashirwad Bhawan, Near Monika Complex Gate, Amba Mata Temple Road, Udaipur 313001, Rajasthan, ☎ +91 982 951 3900 ([email protected]), . Run by a simple couple in their house right next to the Tribute Restaurant. Place to go for some warm homely feeling if you feel homesick. You could easily spend entire day here or visit a few times. Great place to experience many aspects of Indian culture - authentic home food, i.e. cooking class, ancient Indian science of hand reading to find your life purpose, meditation room, spiritual talk, diverse types of tea, books reading, paintings art, etc. which are all interests of the host couple which they share with the guests. Food has been reported very delicious and healthy especially for European stomach at very reasonable prices. Cooking class takes around 4 hours during which guests themselves cook multiple courses meal involving chopping, kneading, spice preparation, chicken tikka grilling, baking naan bread, presentation and other aspects in the home kitchen of Mrs. Sethi & later devouring self-cooked Indian delicacies. The hand reading is also genuine as Mr. Sethi has 30 years experience in hand and fingerprint analysis, has authored a book and plenty of literature on hand analysis. It could be quite intriguing to experience how much this expert can tell about us by just analyzing our hand & finger prints. With a large Buddha on the wall, ethnic decoration, soothing dim light lamps, Buddhist music, pleasant fragrance, etc. the place has a very peaceful, calm and relaxed ambiance surprisingly in a house on busy touristic street. WiFi is fast & free along with the books offered for reading, unlimited green & mint tea and meditation room also can be accessed free. Tip: given that you may walk pass by this place a few times during your street strolls, it may come handy to use their two toilets which are probably the cleanest in this area of Udaipur! US$13.5 (₹900) for cooking class and US$25 (₹ 1600) for hand reading. (24.584907,73.680240) edit
- Shashi's Cooking Class, 18 Gangaur Ghat Rd, ☎ 99293-03511 ([email protected]), . 1100 for lunch and 1730 for dinner. Among the first cooking classes in Udaipur, Shashi's class is a great small group experience. The classes are run out of her kitchen and often involve her whole family, which gives a very intimate feel. The food is delicious (and safe for non-Indians), but make sure you do not go full as portions are very generous. Update Dec 2017: Class now comes 1000 Rupias - Admission: ₹900. edit
- Dharohar Dance Show @ Bagore-ki-Haveli, near Gangaur Ghat, ☎ 94141-55904 ([email protected]), . A 60-minute Rajastani dance and marionette puppet show. Includes live music with local instruments, local folk dancing, and a lady balancing up to 9 stacked pots on her head. A must-see! Admission: ₹150; Camera fee: ₹150. edit
- Puppet Show @ Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal, Saheli Marg, Madhuban (In the north of the city, 300m north of Chetak Circle). Daily 60-minute puppet show at 6PM. Great for children. ₹50. edit
- Shilpgram, . Frequently hosts plays and dance performances. No schedule is posted - inquire while you are in town. edit
Outdoor activities and sports
- Art of Bicycle Trips, . Organized bicycle tours in and around Udaipur. The tours combine cycling with Indian art, culture and heritage. edit
View from the top of the hill at Karni Mata Ropeway
- Udaipur Ropeway, Deen Dayal Park (On the top of hill near Lake Pichola, near Karni Mata Temple), ([email protected]), . 9am-9pm. Spend the evening overlooking the city lights from a high altitude. There is a restaurant on top of the hill with a nice view. Adult: ₹78; Child: ₹39. edit
- Sajjangarh Biological Park and Udaipur Zoo, Sajjangarh (On the top of hill near Sajjangarh, also known as Monsoon Palace). Admission = Adult: ₹300 for biological park; ₹30 for zoo,and for students of M.M.V.M and M.M.P.S with I.D card(s)the ticket cost Rupees15 only. edit
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. Also offers jeep safaris. edit
- Krishna Ranch, . Dinesh Jain 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. edit
- A Broader View Volunteers Corp, Jaipur and Udaipur (Udaipur"), ☎ +1 866-423-3258, . We offer many social and conservation programs from 1 week up to 8. We are an US non profit organization, based in Philadelphia area. You can contact at [email protected] for more information or chat online. Volunteer Udaipur India edit
- Animal Aid Unlimited, Near Badi TB Hospital, Badi Village, Liyo Ka Gurha (7km from the old town), ☎ +91 99505 31639. 350 ownerless animals are given love and nursed back to health by volunteers. run by an American family who will welcome you any time between 9 and 5. 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. Free. edit
Udaipur is particularly famous for its miniature paintings inspired by style of Rajputs and Mughals. You are unlikely to find these items elsewhere in India. These cost as little as ₹100 and make a beautiful gift or keepsake. Items such as handicrafts, pottery, jewelry, wooden toys, antique items and paintings are easily available in the tourist area. Other popular purchases include toys, bewitching puppets, wall hangings, pen stands, cloth lanterns, handmade papers, painted wooden boxes and greeting cards, pottery in both metal and adobe, pots, plates, vessels and containers, brassware, and terracotta sculptures.
Udaipur also has typical bazaars including Hathi Pol, Bada Bazaar, Chetak Circle, Bada Bazaar and Palace Road.
- Vegetable Market, (Take a tuk-tuk). A traditional market where mostly women vendors sell fresh produce. A fantastically colourful spot for endless eyecatching photographs and people watching. The spice market is also nearby. edit
- Linen Club, RK Plaza, Shastri Circle, (Near Kothari Bhawan), ☎ 0294-2419590. 11am - 9pm. They have a large selection of 100% European Linen Fabrics. Get your own tailored shirt, trousers, kurta-pajama, jackets, suits here. edit
- Bombino Arts, 9 Alok School Road, Sector 11, (Opposite Agrawal Dharamshala), ☎ (0)294 2419590. Famous for handmade granite etching portraits and artwork. You can see the artist working in the store. edit
- Boutique Namaste India, 67 Ghadiya Devra (Near Hotel Gangaur Palace), ☎ (0) 294 2421940, . High quality custom-made suits and clothing. edit
- Handycraft Stores (indian handicrafts, home decor), sevashram (Airport Road), ☎ (0) 9001757085 ('''[email protected]'''), . indian handicrafts, home decor, gift items by Handycraftstores.com edit
- City Palace Museum Shop, City Palace. A good place to purchase miniature paintings but prices are higher than other shops. edit
- Gothwal Art, 20 Gangour Gatt (in the center of the tourist area), ☎ (0) 9680280701. This simple little art store is run by a lovely artist couple and is your best option for Udaipur-style miniature artwork. The owners are honest people and there is no hassle/pressure, unlike in most other stores. They will also custom frame paintings at a minimal cost, making for classy gifts and souvenirs. ₹100+. edit
- Indune Lifestyle, 178 Moti Magri (Near UIT Circle), ☎ +91 294 2412022, . 10am-8pm. Sells a wide range of handcrafted gifts, accessories, home décor, artifacts and furniture. Fair Trade. edit
- Lord & Tailor. Has a large selection of pashima wool and cashmere wood scarfs and shawls. Prices are higher than you will find elsewhere, but the quality is really good. You can bargain for a better price that what is quoted. Pashmina scarfs: ₹4,000. edit
- Mangalam: The Women Shopee, Sukhadia Circle (Opposite Panchratna complex), ☎ (0) 2942560259. The shop is best for textiles, sarees, handicrafts, dhurries, and similar products. edit
- Moda King Tailor, Opposite Hotel Udai Kothi, Hanuman Ghat (across the footbridge from the old city), ☎ +91 9828 048586 ([email protected]). 7am to 10pm. Excellent option for getting high-quality suits, shirts and other clothing. Made-to-measure, and usually within 24 hours. There's a small selection of fabric in-store, but King can also take you to another bigger store to select the fabric you want.. ₹800 +. edit
- Pushpa Furniture, NH-8 Bhuwana (Before Sukher Bypass), ☎ +91 93525 21265, . A store that offers a wide variety of products like wooden furniture, antique reproduction, marble handicrafts, silver furniture, meenakari enameled handicraft furniture, inlay product & furniture, marble & stone inlay products, Rajasthan furniture, white metal furniture, glass inlay work and semi precious stone work. edit
- Rajasthali Emporium, Chetak Circle (1km north of the old clock tower), ☎ (0) 294-2429068 ([email protected]), . The government-operated fixed-price emporium is a good place to gauge handicraft prices. edit
- Rukmani Arts, NH-8 Bhuwana (Before Sukher Bypass), ☎ +91 98297 90949, . Offers a range of art pieces including marble art, ethnic furniture and gifts and souvenirs. edit
- Sadhna: A Women's Handicraft Enterprise, 2 locations in Udaipur (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 ([email protected]), . Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm. Browse for hand-stitched garments, homewares, and linens. A purchase here means contributing to the income over 1,000 rural and tribal women who are involved in this enterprise. The aesthetic is very western, so you can feel comfortable wearing the items at home. edit
- Silver Emporium, Bapu Bazaar (Main Market), ☎ 0294-5103366. Offers traditional and antique jewelry with a gem testing lab for the convenience of customers. Gemologist available at all times. edit
- Smile Merchants, Bhattiyani Chohatta (near Jagdish Temple), ☎ +91 294-2418509. Leather Items such as belts, wallets, handbags, laptop bags and accessories, jackets, and luggage edit
- Soma Shop, Lake Palace Road (Near Hotel Mahendra Prakash), ☎ +91 0294-2420475, . An exclusive boutique for block print clothes and other crafts. edit
There are 3 conveniently-located malls offering a range of shopping, dining and entertainment.
- Celebration Mall, Bhuwana NH8 (5km from of the old city), . Stores include Adidas, Nike, Woodland, Metro, Levis, Wrangler, Flying Machine, Max , 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, and Hungama Game Planet. edit
- LakeCity Mall, (North of the old city), ☎ +91 96674 66660, . 10AM-10PM. 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, INOX Cinemas, Viking Game Zone, and 7D Masti. edit
- R Kay Mall, . Stores include Zari, Westside, Fab India, United Colors of Benetton, Dollar Store, Lilliput, OMG-Food Court, OMG Game Zone. edit
Udaipur is famous for its spicy snacks such as mirchi bada and kachori. Other common local cuisines include Dal Baati Churma (Lentils and rice), Pyaz Kachori (onion/flour balls), and Gatte Ki Sabzi (gram flour dumplings with curry). These are common on the menu of just about every restaurant and should definitely be eaten!
Cooking classes are also commonly offered in Udaipur.
There are a couple 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). There are also American fast food restaurants such as McDonald's and Subway in the Celebration Mall (see listing above). Outside of the old town, you can find street stalls selling cheap chaat (Indian fast food).
There are many rooftop restaurants with romantic views of Lake Pichola. However, in all cases, you will usually have to walk up several flights of stairs to get to them.
- 1559 AD, SH 50, Ambamata, ☎ +91 294 243 3559, . Popular with tour groups, this restaurant has a rooftop area with very romantic views of the lake. Elevator. edit
- Ambrai @ Amet Haveli Hotel, Outside Chandpole, ☎ +91 294 2431085 ([email protected]), . At lake-side level of Lake Pichola, with a view of the City Palace and the nightly fireworks show. Very romantic. Reservations are mandatory. Indian, Chinese, and Continental cuisines. mains: ₹250-400. edit
- Aravalli @ Trident Hotel, Haridasjiki Magri, Mullah Talai (Near Lake Pichola), ☎ +91 294 243 2200, . 6AM-11PM. 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. ₹500+. edit
- Bawarchi Restaurant, 6 Delhi Gate (East of Gangaur Ghat). Good food and fast service but it is popular with locals and thus can be very crowded. Thali: ₹190. edit
- Cafe Edelweiss, 71 Gangaur Ghat (Near the lake; follow the signs), ☎ (0) 294-2425440. A German bakery that has amazing pies, cinnamon rolls, coffees, and sandwiches. Cinnamon roll/pie slice: ₹40-80; Sandwiches: ₹140. edit
- Charcoal @ Pratap Bhawan Hotel, 12 Lal Ghat, . This outdoor rooftop restaurant has a tandoor and a barbecue. Serves Kingfisher Strong beer. Great barbequed dishes. edit
- Cool Cafe Restaurant, 28 Panduwadi, 1st floor, Gadiya Devra, Jagdish Temple Road (Opposite Hotel Gangaur Palace, Gangaur Ghat), ☎ +91 7665 044332. Really great prices on both food and alcohol. There is a large TV for watching movies and water pipes are also available for use. Unlimited thali: ₹150. edit
- Gateway Restaurant, Shop No. 2, Jagat Shiromani Temple, Outside City Palace, ☎ +91 294 241 0903, . Rooftop restaurant near the city palace and Jagdish Mandir. Serves Indian food and Italian food. ₹50-350. edit
- Hukam: the Family Restaurant, UIT Bridge, Saheli Marg, ☎ +91 294 256 0400, . Serves traditional Indian, Mughlai, Rajasthani, Chinese, Continental, and Sizzlers. edit
- Jaiwana Haveli Roof Top Restaurant, 14 Lal Ghat (Just west of the Jagdish Mandir), ☎ +91 294 2411103 ([email protected]), . Another outdoor rooftop restaurant with a great view. Excellent dal baht. It is a bit of a climb to the roof. edit
- Mewar Haveli Hotel Rooftop Restaurant, 34-35 Lal Ghat (Near Lake Pichola and behind the Jagdish Temple), ☎ +91 294 252 1140, . Covered dining room and rooftop restaurant with beautiful and romantic lake views. edit
- Natraj Hotel Restaurant, New Bapu Bazar Road (Behind Ashoka Cinema, across from Town Hall), ☎ +91 94148 51082, . Very good food in a clean and modern setting. Indian vegetarian food is served by roving waiters and includes naan/paratha, rice, dal curry, paneer, other curries, and yogurt. Unlimited thali: ₹200. edit
- Paantya Restaurant @ Shiv Niwas Palace, The City Palace Complex, ☎ +91 294 252 8016, . 7AM-10:30 PM. Traditionally-dressed waiters serve superb food from a varied menu. A great place for that special occasion. edit
- Raaj Bagh Restaurant @ Hotel Rampratap Palace, 5-B, Alkapuri, Ambamata Road (Near Fateh Sagar Lake), ☎ +91 99833 31808, . 11AM-11PM. 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. edit
- Rainbow Restaurant, Lal Ghat Road, ☎ 9828267234. Great view. Try the fried shrimp if it is available! edit
- Savage Garden, 22 Inside Chandpole, ☎ +91 294 2425440. 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. ₹100. edit
- Whistling Teal, 103 Bhattiyani Chohtta (inside Jhadhol Haveli, just east of the City Palace), ☎ +91 99296-17161 ([email protected]), . 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 candle-lit canopies with exquisite traditional Rajasthani thalis. Beautiful garden. edit
There are no bars and no discos or nightclubs; however, many hotels and restaurants have great views and serve alcohol. Streets become deserted and it's almost impossible to find a taxi or tuk tuk after 10 pm.
- Cafe Coffee Day, Gulab bagh, Udaipur, ☎ 0294-3251162. 10.00 A.M. - 11.00 P.M.. Cafe Coffee Day is a famous coffee shop in Udaipur. The chain serves a wide varieties of coffees with pizza & sandwiches. All major credit cards are accepted. edit
- 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.As per the guards, sunset terrace serves only those who stay in the hotel edit
- Ghamdi Lassi. A must in Udaipur. Cross Chetak Circle towards Sukhadia Circle, barely 500m from Chetak Circle. edit
- 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 edit
- 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 are 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. edit
- 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 a very peaceful & posh area of Udaipur. edit
- 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! edit
- 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. edit
- 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. edit
- 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 are available to satisfy the taste buds. edit
- 1o9 Cafe, Shop No 64, Ganagaur Ghat, Jagdish Chowk (Slightly up the hill, across the street from Ashoka Arts), ☎ +919928392919, . A little on the expensive side (100-150Rs.) but good quality specialty coffee edit
Udaipur has a wide range of accommodation options.
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, ([email protected]), . A former palace. Rooms have balconies with lake views. Rooftop restaurant. ₹1,530-2,210. edit
- Backpacker Panda Udaipur - Fateh Sagar, #6, Lala Bapu Ki Wadi 2, Near Fateh Sagar Lake, Dewali, Panchwati, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001 (Close proximity to the beautiful Fatehsagar lake (2mins walk), the city palace is 4km away and the beautiful Neemach Temple is a 3 minute walk.), ([email protected]), . checkin: 02:00 PM; checkout: at 12 Noon. Bikes available for rent at the hostel. Choose from shared dormitories or private rooms.. edit
- Backpacker Panda Udaipur - Lake Pichola (Situated next to the captivating marvel of its namesake. Air-conditioned rooms, free Wi-Fi and city maps.), 17, Chhoti bhatwadi O/S Chandpole- Jethiyo ka Akhada, Near Pichola lake, Udaipur - 313001 (City Palace of Udaipur is barely 800m away and the bus stand at Chitrakot nagar is at a distance of 4.4km.), ☎ +91-723139946 ([email protected]), . checkin: 02:00 PM; checkout: at 12 Noon. Shared dormitories or a double private rooms.. edit
- Gangaur Palace / Ashoka Haveli, 339 Gangaur Ghat Marg, ☎ +91-0294-2422303/2419427 ([email protected]), . A charming haveli centered around a courtyard. Rooftop restaurant. ₹800-1,800 depending on the room, breakfast: ₹170. edit
- Krishna Ranch, Near Badi village (7km northwest of the city center). A large ranch with horses in a rural setting. Cottages are spacious and are decorated with regional handicrafts. Great if you want to go bird watching, horse riding, hiking, biking, or exploring the local villages. Transport from Udaipur can be arranged. Some food served is grown on-site. Single: ₹2,000, Double: ₹2,500, breakfast included. edit
- Kumbha Palace, (In the center of the old city), . Run by a Dutch-Indian couple, Dinesh and Francine Jain. Beautiful garden adjacent to a wall of the city palace. Rooftop restaurant with great views. Single: ₹550, Double: ₹650. edit
- Madhurasa Hotel, 65 Pannadhay Marg near Nayi Puliya Bridge, Jaat Wari (facing Swaroop Sagar Lake a short walk from Chandpole Gate), ☎ +91-294-2410200 ([email protected]), . A 4-storey boutique guesthouse facing the lake with 24-hour staff. Rooms are small but nicely decorated, modern and clean. Includes WIFI, cableTV, air-conditioning and hot water. Breakfast available at rooftop restaurant. ₹1200-1500, depending on the room and season. (,""") edit
- Marigold Guest House, Hanuman Ghat, Outside Chandpol (Directly across the lake from the City Palace, 2 minutes walk from the footbridge), ☎ +91 77260 25325 (toll free: ""email="[email protected]"). Tranquil family-run guesthouse set back off the road in a courtyard. Only 1 year-old and rooms very clean. Free, reliable, wi-fi and 24-hour hot water. Breakfast available. Right near Hanoman Ghat. ₹500-1,500, depending on the room. (,""") edit
- Mewar Inn, 42 Residency Road (Opposite G.B.H. American Hospital, 3km northeast of the City Palace), ☎ +91 294 2411590 ([email protected]), . 20 rooms. Friendly and clean, Away from the noisy tourist/old town area, but still not very quiet, trucks and buses even at night run on the main road next to the hotel. Add a mosque 100 yds away and then earplugs are absolutely necessary. The Hotel is easily accessible via tuk-tuk (₹100 one way to centre). Rooftop restaurant, food is ok but a bit pricey. Double: ₹300, Triple: ₹350 - Price update in Dec. 2017: double single occupancy ₹450 with fan, ₹800 AC rooms.. edit
- Mewargarh Palace, 733, Near Bade Purohit Ji Ki Haveli, Imlighat (Near Chandpole Gate, just north of the Jagdish Temple), ☎ +91 98879 47988. checkout: 10AM. 5-room homestay accommodation. Rooftop restaurant. Free rickshaw pickup from train station. Hidden in an alley next to a mosque. ₹650. edit
- Nayee Haveli, Gangour Ghat, ☎ +91 9829511573 ([email protected]), . A 100+ year haveli with 6 rooms, lake views, and a rooftop restaurant. edit
- Padmini Palace, 27 Gulab Bagh Road (Directly east of the City Palace), ☎ +91 294 2414191 ([email protected], fax: +91 294 2419663), . 20-room budget hotel across the street from a garden. From ₹1,200. edit
- Panorama Guest House, Hanuman Ghat (Directly across the lake from the City Palace), ☎ +91 294 243 1027 ([email protected]), . Great panoramic views. ₹500-1,400, depending on the room. edit
- Pleasure Guest House, 12, Surya Marg, Kotda House, Jagdish Road (In front of Jagdish Temple), ☎ (0) 98286 26621 ([email protected]). A very friendly homestay run by Jitu (aka G2), who makes you feel at home. Rooms have balconies. Great views of the palace. Kitchen is available for use. ₹350. ("24°34'47.6"N","73°41'06.6"E") edit
- Poonam Haveli, 39 Lal Ghat Road (On the lake), ☎ +91 294 241 0303, . Rooftop restaurant. Great views. ₹2,000. edit
- Rajkamal International, 123 Bye Pass Road (9km northeast of the City Palace, close to Celebration Mall), ☎ +91 294 244 0770 ([email protected]), . 24 rooms. ₹800-1,800, depending on the room. edit
- Zostel Udaipur, 25-26 Nav Ghat (Near City Palace), ☎ +91 77288 97595, . A great place to meet young travelers. Rooftop café. Free walking tours. Some rooms have a lake view. On a narrow road. Dorm bed: ₹449, Double: ₹1,999. edit
- Boheda Palace, Kalaji Goraji, near Lake Palace Road (Directly east of the City Palace), ☎ +91 294 2424414 ([email protected]), . Large rooms with Rajastani decorations and painted ceilings. Good service. ₹2,200. edit
- 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. ₹1650 - 2650. edit
- 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. ₹900 - 1800. edit
- 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. ₹5500. edit
- 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. edit
- 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! ₹1500 - 2650. edit
- 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. edit
- 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. ₹1200 - 3000. edit
- 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. ₹1850 - 2550. edit
- 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. ₹1700 - 4000. edit
- 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. edit
- 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. Hotel also provides in-house Taxi Rental and Udaipur Sightseeing Services as VNV Tours and Travels, which makes the hotel stand different from others. edit
- Hotel Fateh Garh, Sisarma, Udaipur, ☎ 8696945109, . Hotel Fateh Garh is the finest Heritage hotel in Udaipur, unique for its Vedic architecture which makes it an iconic hotel in Udaipur. Fateh Garh is peaceful hotel perched on a hill within the very heart of Lake city, Udaipur with airy, over-sized, comfortable rooms with great views of the surroundings hills. edit
- Sheraton Udaipur Palace Resort & Spa, near Fateh Sagar Lake, Ambamata, ☎ 91 294 305 0000 (toll free: 1-800-325-3535, [email protected]), . Opened 1 Aug 2010. From Rs 11,000/night. edit
- 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. edit
- Udai Kothi Hotel, ☎ 0091-294-243-2413 ([email protected]), . On the western side of the old city. Bar, restaurant, rooftop swimming pool. 3000-8000 Rs. edit
- Shiv Niwas Palace Udaipur, ☎ 0091-294-252-8016 (toll free: 1800-180-2933, [email protected], fax: +91-294-2528006), . Located on the banks of Lake Pichola; once reserved for 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 edit
- V Resorts Aravali Silence Lakend, Udaipur, ☎ 91 (120) 400 4800 ([email protected]), . several kilometres from the main city – makes it an ideal place to relax in. Watch the sunset, sipping your favorite brew in the pool, cycle around the hills and green patches with the lake by the side. edit
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.
- Maharana Bhopal general hospital (Tel: 2-528811-19)
- Women's hospital (Tel: 2-523989)
- T B hospital (tel: 2-560310)
- Ayurvedic hospital, Moti chohtta (Tel: 2-421968)
- Natural hospital, Bhatyani chohtta (Tel: 2-422700)
- Goyal hospital, 328-A, Vasant Vihar, Sector-5, Hiran Magri, Udaipur (Tel: 0294-2465764)
- J.K. Hospital & Research Centre, Bhupalpura, Udaipur (Tel: 2418544)
- Jagrati Orthopedic Hospital, Hospital Road, Udaipur (Tel: 2529234)
- Sanjeevani Nursing Home, Sevashram Chowraha, Udaipur (Tel: 2412770)
- Shreyas Children & Maternity Hospital, Fatehpura, Udaipur (Tel: 2560861)
- Aravali Hospital, 332 Ambamaata Scheme, Mullatalai, Udaipur (Tel: 2430222, 2431222)
- kalpana nursing home pvt.ltd.214-c sardarpura udaipur (tel-2527244)
- Mewar Hospital, Priyadarshni Nagar, Bedla, Udaipur-313001 0294-2442006/7
- M.B. Govt. Hospital Blood Bank, Udaipur (Ph. No. 0294-2528811)
- Udaipur Americal Internation Hospital, 101, Kothi Bagh, Bhatt Ji Ki Bari, Udaipur (Ph. No. 0294-2426000)
- Udaipur M/s Saral Blood Bank, 30, Bhikharinath ka math, Bhupalpura, Udaipur. (Ph. No. 0294-2416285)
Fairs and festivals
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.
Saas Bahu Temple at Nagda
- Ubeshwar, 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.
- Responsible Rural Tour, 43/44 Shanti Niketan colony Bedla- Badgaon Link Road, Udaipur 313001, ☎ 99 29 578903, . M-F 3 to 7pm. run by a local home stay and travel organization. This tour focuses on bringing travelers outside the city and exploring the surrounding area. It includes a visit to an ancient temple with a local guide and a trip to a Village Education Center that provides additional support for young students in the government school. 4 hours with an entertaining guide and a commitment to experiencing while not disturbing the communities around Udaipur. $50. edit
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 115km 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, 103km 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.
- 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.
While Udaipur is generally safe for tourists, it is important to be aware of common scams which can be prevalent in the Old City. Be cautious of touts who begin friendly conversations and soon inform you of the upcoming Royal Wedding at the City Palace. Be assured - there is no such event, nor will it be attended by various celebrities from your home country. Their aim is to bring you to a tailor's shop sell you an overpriced outfit for the evening. Touts can be persistent, and may follow you around, particularly around the Jagdish Temple and Gangaur Ghat. Hotel proprietors insist they are not dangerous, and there is no harm in engaging with them in friendly conversation, but also recommend you not reveal too many personal details or information about your plans/hotel, and to simply get into a tuk tuk at any point if you feel uncomfortable.
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