Udaipur is easily accessible from every major destinations of India. The city is well connected with Agra 630km, Delhi 670km, Mumbai (formerly Bombay) 739km, Ahmedabad 260km, Ajmer 265km, Chittorgarh 115km, Jaipur 405km and Jodhpur by 275km.
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, Air Deccan, and Kingfisher Airlines. Taxis to the city cost almost Rs.600 and are the only means of transport to and from 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 Mewar Express (Train n° 2963DN) from H. Nizamuddin Station, which leaves at 07:00pm and reaches Udaipur at 07:00am next day. One can also travel by trains up to Ajmer and then take bus from Ajmer to Udaipur.
If you coming from Western or Southern India, take a train to Mumbai and then an overnight train to Udaipur. Alternatively, you can take a train to Ahmedabad and then, travel by any express train that leaves in the evening for Udaipur for an overnight journey.
Udaipur is connected by an efficient bus service with most Rajasthani towns including Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Mount Abu. Buses also head south to Ahmedabad with connections to Mumbai but it is not a short journey. There are comfortable sleeper coaches available for longer trips.
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 operates daily buses between Udaipur-Jaipur, Udaipur-Delhi, Udaipur-Ahmedbad, Udaipur-Jodhpur. Some of these buses also have sleeper coaches for a comfortable journey.
Most of the sightseeing places in Udaipur centered around the Lake Pichola and can be seen on foot. However, hiring a local cab or three-wheeler is the best option is you could good to bargain.
By car rental
You can easily visit Udaipur by hiring a car to drive. There are many car rental companies available which provides cars on rent. You would require to submit the 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.
A taxi is needed for viewing more of the surrounding areas such as the nearby wilderness park and Monsoon Palace - which provides a nice view 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 taxi/cab that is available in variety, ranging from luxurious cabs to average ones. You can choose taxi as per your preference, comfort and luxury. The luxurious you opt, higher the rent you have to pay.
The best option to travel around Udaipur is to opt for auto-rickshaws or three-wheelers, which are easily available throughout the city. Do bargain with the drivers for the cab fare: Rs 150-200 is the usual price for the round-trip from City Palace including the wait time (approximately 1 hour).
The drivers are sometimes overly courteous, especially to single female foreigners. Use your better judgment while traveling to distant locations alone.
Horse-carts or tongas (as they are known locally) is the cheapest mode and available mostly within the tourist areas. Tongas being the cheapest mode to travel, is used by local people to a great extent.
To make your trip interesting, you can also enjoy bicycle ride. Udaipur is a small city and not crowded with vehicles, so one can get around the city on a bicycle. You can hire bicycles that are available all over the city.
Udaipur offers numerous tourist attractions to gratify the thirst of tourists. Places of interest could be different for different persons. The beautiful palaces of the city depict the lavish lifestyle of the ancient rulers. The temples of Udaipur are known for their striking architecture and impressive structures. 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 observatory worth visiting.
Udaipur City Palace
The splendid City Palace, posing over the fascinating Lake Pichola, is one of the most beautiful palatial structures. The elegant palace originally built by Mahrana Uday Singh II rises 30 meters above Lake Pichola and extends up to 244 meters.
The City Palace of Udaipur has number of small and big palaces, museums and the gardens. There are many popular palaces inside the City Palace Complex. 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 interiors of the palace complex with its balconies, towers and cupolas exhibit delicate mirror-work, marble-work, murals, wall paintings, silver-work, inlay-work and leftover of colored glass. The complex provides a fine view of the lake and the Udaipur city from its upper terraces.
* 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.
* Jagdish Temple - Located 150m north of the palace in Indo-Aryan architectural style, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. 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, where the temple is located, is also known as Jagdish Chowk from where several roads radiate in different directions.
Udaipur is a lovely blend of water, lush green hills that set fire and passion in poet and considered as Venice of East. The city has 5 beautiful lakes that adds to its kaleidoscope.
* Fateh Sagar Lake - An artificial lake constructed by Maharana in north of Lake Pichola in 1678 and to the north-west of Udaipur. Within the confines of the Fateh Sagar Lake, there are three small islands.; the largest of these is called the Nehru Park, the second island houses a public park with an impressive water-jet fountain and the third island is the address for the Udaipur Solar Observatory. Every year a festival called 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 the 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.
Though, the city is otherwise small and most of the tourist places will take approximately 20-25 minutes for viewing but visit as each one has its own unique architecture that worth viewing.
* Saheliyon ki Badi - Built by Maharana Bhopal Singh. Saheliyon ki Bari means Garden of the Maids. This garden area lies in northern part of the city and has fountains and kiosks, a lotus pool and marble elephants. Each water channel has its 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 laid for a group of forty-eight 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. centerpiece 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 the Fateh Sagar Lake, the observatory is claimed to be one of the 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 is situated near the palace on the east side of Lake Pichola. 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 gazelle, birds, and many wild animals. Children can enjoy mini train, track of which covers the main part of the garden and the zoo.
* Doodh Talai - A rock and fountain garden and the sunset point from which one can enjoy the sunset view in Lake Pichola and a panoramic view of the old city. Also one can enjoy the Aerial tramway (rope way) which connects one of the dudh talai gardens to Karni Mata temple.
* Nehru Garden - This is a park situated in the middle of Fateh Sager 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 gives a view of the Aravalli hills on three sides.
* Bagore-ki-Haveli - An old building built right on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar, built it in the eighteenth century. The palace has over a hundred rooms, with displays of costumes and modern art. The building has a large and exquisite collection of Mewar painting and glassworks.
* 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.
Udaipur offers great excursions to its outskirts. Hire a cab or explore by yourself to the some of the great escapades on the city outskirts.
* Eklingji Temple - 22km north of Udaipur is one of the most famous temples of Rajasthan. The magnificent architecture of Eklingnath Temple is simply remarkable.
* Haldighati - An important historical site in the context of Rajasthan at a comfortable distance of 40 kms 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 - Being located at the village called Jagat, at a distance of 58kms in the south-east of Udaipur. Built in 961 A.D, the Jagat Temple is renowned for its intricate carvings in the exteriors.
* Kankroli - A small town, located at a distance of 65 kms from the city of Udaipur mainly known for its temple, which is sited on the banks of renowned Rajsamand Lake.
* Nagda - Located besides Bagela Lake at a distance of 23 kms in the north-west of Udaipur on the way to Nathdwara. Nagda comprises many small and big temples, but the main attraction is gained by its "Sas-Bahu" temple.
Since the city has been the home of the Royalty, the methods of leisure are distinctly imperial. Entertainment in Udaipur doesn't match the tune of Discos and parties of the metropolitan cities.
Camel Safari is another feature of entertainment in Udaipur and would be really a memorable experience for you. Tourists usually enjoy this unusual ride mounting on the back of camels roaming in the deserts of Rajasthan. The adventurous Camel Safari will acquire your 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 our tour operators would arrange for your breakfast and lunch. Enjoy the beauty of lofty lakes, architectural temples, majestic forts and palaces of Udaipur.
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 are arranged by the Hotels to entertain their guests during their stay. Otherwise, you can always go to Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum to enjoy the exclusive puppet show in the evenings. The puppets attract people with their innocent faces, bright colored dresses, and dazzling jewelry.
You can make a move to Chetak and Swapnalok theater that are located near Chetak Circle. Other options could be Ashoka theater and Picture Palace in Surajpol.
Approved guides for local sightseeing can be hired through the Tourist Officer, Tourist Reception Centre, Fateh Memorial, Outside Surajpole. Daily tours, conducted by Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation, start from RTDC hotel Kajri, Shashtri Circle.
Ropeway in Udaipur
Spend the evening overlooking the city lights from the high altitude. Udaipur's ropeway services gives a chance to have bird's view of the entire city. Recently started Karni Mata Ropeway has been getting popular amongst domestic and international tourists. Its a ride of about 500m from Doodh Talai Garden to Ropeway junction (to the adjacent hill). A multi-cuisine Restaurant adds up to the reason for staying longer on top of hill and keep staring the natural beauty around.
* Where to reach : Ropeway Point, Din Dayal Garden, Dudh Talai, near Lake Pichola.
* Timing : 10:00am - 10:00pm (So you can dine till fairly late at the Ivy view Restaurant on top of Hill)
* Cost: Rs.60/- per adult and Rs.30/- per kid
While passing through the markets of Udaipur, you would trace many articles that can make part of your wardrobe and lifestyle too. These 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 & Mughals. These range in price from as little as a Rs.100/- and make a beautiful gift or keepsake.
They may range from toys, bewitching puppets, wall hangings, pen stands, cloth lanterns, handmade papers, painted wooden box to Greeting cards. Udaipur has an assortment pottery too that can be availed in both metal and mud. Pottery covers all kings of pots, plates, vessels and different kinds of containers. Apart from this, brass ware 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, Main Road, Hotel Oberoi Udaivilas, ☎ . This gallery offers a range of art pieces including marble art, ethnic furniture and gifts and souvenirs. edit
* Rajasthali Emporium, Chetak Circle : The government fixed-price emporium is worth dropping into to gauge handicraft prices.
* Mangalam, Sukhadia Circle - ☎. The shop is best for textiles, handicrafts, dhurries, and a variety of products.
* Sadhna, Kee Baudi, Kasaron Ki, Gangaur Ghat - ☎+91 294 245 4655 - 10:00am - 07:00pm. Browse for hand-stitched garments, homewares, and linens. A purchase here means contributing to the income of 500 rural and tribal women who are involved in this enterprise.
* 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
* Smile Merchants, Bhattiyani Chohatta (near Jagdish Temple), ☎. An exclusive collection of leather Items including belts, wallets, ladies handbags, laptop bags and accessories, jackets mens and womens, leather luggage.
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 - Mirchi bada, Kachori, etc. Also, 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)
* Mewar Haveli Rooftop Restaurant, 34-35 Lal Ghat - ☎+91 294 252 1140, 2422108. Situated at view of Lake Pichola and behind Jagdish Temple. Covered dinning and rooftop restaurant with beautiful and romantic Lake View.
* The Whistling Teal, 103 Bhatiyani Chohatta, Udaipur (inside Jhadhol Haveli), ☎+91 294 242 2067. One of the most romantic dining spot in Udaipur with relatively nice view of oasis in the city. Sitting arrangements are done either at lawn or under canopies with exquisite traditional Rajasthani thalis.
* Savage Garden, 22, Inside Chandpole, ☎+91 294 242 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 (boiled, not fried!), or grilled fish with mash, and even an unusual vegetarian "Kela curry" or "Banana curry". Rs.70 - Rs.100.
* Hukam, the Family Restaurant, Hotel Broadway Burman Chamber UIT Bridge Saheli Marg, ☎+91 294 256 0400. A multi-cuisine restaurant serving traditional Indian, Mughlai and Rajasthani dishes. Also serves Chinese, Continental, and Sizzlers.
* Ambrai Hotel, Outside Chandpole (Nearby Lake Pichola) - ☎+91 294 243 1085. situated at water level right on Lake Pichola across from the Lake Palace Hotel and the City Palace Museum. 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. Reservation mandatory. Rs.120 and above.
* Cafe Edelweiss, 71, Gangaur Ghat - ☎+91 294 242 5440. Serves & delicious expresso, cakes, salads, sandwiches.
* Hotel Natraj, 22-24 City Station Road, Udaipur (near Bapu Bazaar), ☎+91 294 248 7488. A new and very popular restaurant near the train station serves Gujarati (sweet) and Rajasthani Thali for Rs.75 per person - bluish lights but very good food, clean and modern. Rs.75.00.
* 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 Rs.45 per person served upstairs at this popular restaurant in Delhi Gate.
* Paratha Hut, Lake Palace Road. Hut is famous for its lip-smacking parathas (breads).
* Berry's, Chetak Circle, Udaipur. A decent, clean indoor restaurant with good food at Chetak Circle. Mostly visited by locals< reasonable prices.
* Shiv Niwas Palace Restaurant, City Palace - ☎+91 294 252 8016. Inside & 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 - ☎+91 294 243 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 & a gourmet's paradise at a very reasonable price. The restaurant is attractive, luxurious, relaxed & has a traditional touch.
* Silver Emporium, Bapu Bazaar (Main Market , Udaipur.), ☎+91 294 510 3366. The best place to find Traditional and Antique Jewelery , it also offers a Gem Testing Lab for the convenience of the Customers with a gemologist available at all times.
* Cafe Coffee Day, Gulab bagh - ☎+91 294 325 1162 - 10:00am - 11:00pm 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.
* Govinda's Cafeteria, 169 city palace road (jagdish chowk) - 09:00am - 09:00pm. 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.
* RTDC Hotel Kajri, Shastri Circle - ☎+91 141 504 0211. 10:00am - 11:00pm. 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.
* Fatehprakash Palace Hotel, City Palace (On the Lake Pichola), ☎+91 294 528 008 - 07:30am - 10:30pm. 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.
* 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.
* Soul Meet Cafe, next to Dyaji Bridge (walking bridge) (big green building-you can't miss it), ☎+91 982 804 8586. This place has been opened very recently and King the owner is slowly building the place up from scratch. A perfect place to take in outstanding scenery of the Old Town and the Lake, whilst relaxing with a "special" lasi and a keesha.
There are many clinics and hospitals in Udaipur which provide quality treatment at affordable prices, and health tourism is on the upswing.
Government Hospitals :
* Maharana Bhopal general hospital - ☎+91 294 252 8811/19
* Women's hospital ☎+91 294 252 3989
* T B hospital ☎+91 294 256 0310
* Ayurvedic hospital, Moti chohtta ☎+91 294 242 1968
* Natural hospital, Bhatyani chohtta ☎+91 294 242 2700.
Private hospitals :
* Goyal hospital, 328-A, Vasant Vihar, Sector-5, Hiran Magri - ☎+91 294 46 5764
* J.K. Hospital & Research Centre, Bhupalpura - ☎+91 294 241 8544
* Jagrati Orthopedic Hospital, Hospital Road ☎+91 294 252 9234
* Sanjeevani Nursing Home, Sevashram Chowraha - ☎+91 294 241 2770
* Shreyas Children & Maternity Hospital, Fatehpura - ☎+91 294 256 0861
* Aravali Hospital, 332 Ambamaata Scheme, Mullatalai - ☎+91 294 243 0222 - ☎+91 294 243 1222.
Fairs and festival
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 art and craft 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.
* Ajmer - An ancient town located 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 located 168km from Udaipur. The city contains some of the exquisite neolithic temples that adorn the Nagar style of architecture.
* Bundi - An ancient town located 275km from Udaipur inhabitated by local tribesmen famous for its historical fortresses and kunds (holy wells).
* Chittorgarh- About 140 km 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 state in India.
* Jodhpur - A popular gateway to the Thar Desert located 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. Located in Rajsamand District, 64 km from Udaipur. The vista from the top of the palace typically extends tens of kilometers into the Aravalli hills.
* Mount Abu - A popular tourist hill station located 185km from Udaipur. 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.
* Nathdwara - Shri Nathdwara (a pathway to Lord Shri Krishna) lies 48 km 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 color.
* Ranakpur - A village that is home to one of the most important Jain temples.1400+ marble pillars support the temple. Opposite the Jain temple is the much older Sun Temple. Located in Rajsamand District, 110 km north of Udaipur.
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