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Udaipur is the capital of the district of Mewar in Rajasthan, India.


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1 Understand 1.1 History 1.2 Culture 1.3 Climate 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. History 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. Culture People in Udaipur usually prefer wearing bright colored clothes. Colorful festivals and fairs depict the cultural prosperity of Udaipur. Climate @media all and (max-width:720px){body.skin-minerva .mw-parser-output .climate-table{float:none!important;clear:none!important;margin-right:0!important}body.skin-minerva .mw-parser-output .climate-table .infobox .infobox{}} Udaipur offers moderate climate all through the year, but the best season to visit the place is from September to March. Winters (December to February) offers pleasant climate with a temperature not going beyond 32°C. The pleasing weather is perfect for enjoying holidays and indulging in various tourist activities. Summers (mid-March to June) has hot weather with a temperature maximum of 45°C, especially April to June. The hot climate is not preferable for Udaipur tourism. tourist activities. Monsoons (July to September) offer very little rainfall. The scanty amount of rains in Udaipur makes the place very humid. However, during monsoon, the lush green environs of the place become very attractive. Even the lakes are filled with rain water. Winter months are comparatively cooler than summer months which make it perfect for holidaying and all types of tourist activities of all ages. Plan your travel or book packages for Udaipur during these months. March offers comfortably hot weather and is ideal for sightseeing and adventures. Summer months are very hot and it’s better to avoid visiting during these months. September to November has pleasing climate making it really a good time for sighting and other tourist activities.


Planning a Trip

1 Get in 1.1 By car 1.2 By air 1.3 By train 1.4 By bus By car 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). By air 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 Jet Airways, Air India, SpiceJet. and indiGo Taxis between the airport and the city cost ₹650 from the prepaid taxi booth in the airport. Many hotels will offer a prearranged pickup for ₹600-800. There are no public buses between the airport and the city. By train 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). By bus Udaipur is connected by an efficient bus service to most cities in Rajasthan, which sometimes be much faster than the train. Buses operate between Udaipur and Mount Abu (₹5 hours, ₹100), Agra (6 hours, ₹120), Ahmedabad (6 hours, ₹200), Jodhpur (8 hours, ₹125), Ranakpur (3 hours, ₹85), Ajmer (8 hours, ₹150), Jaipur (9 hours, ₹200), Bikaner, Delhi (14 hours, ₹420), and Mumbai (16 hours, sleeper ₹600 or seat ₹400). RSRTC runs Volvo & other Multiple axle bus services which can be booked through its RSRTC Bus Ticket Booking mobile app.


Top Attractions

1 See 1.1 Lakes 1.2 Gardens 1.3 Museums 1.4 Other Attractions View of Udaipur City Palace at night 24.57670173.6834941 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. If you don't want to go into the museum and are content to wander the grounds, try the south entrance gate and pay the greatly reduced grounds fee. This is also the gate to go to for boat rides leaving from the palace. Museum: ₹300; Grounds: ₹30.  Amar Vilas. The uppermost court inside the complex, which is a raised garden. It provides entry to the Badi Mahal. It is a pleasure pavilion built in Mughal style. It has cusped arcades enclosing a square marble tub. 'Amar Vilas' is the highest point of the City palace and has wonderful hanging gardens with fountains, towers and terraces.  Badi Mahal (Garden Palace). Badi Mahal is the exotic central garden palace that is situated on a 27 metres (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 interion with some unusually large chandeliers. Weapons of the maharanas and also some of their unique portraits are also depicted 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.  Jagadish 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.  Krishna Vilas. Another chamber in Fatehprakash Palance with rich collection of miniature paintings that portray royal processions, festivals and games of the Maharanas. However, there is 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, and hence 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 mirror glass. One of the prominent emblems of Sun is depicted on the façade of the Manak Chowk, which can also be seen from the outermost court.  Mor Chowk (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 5000 pieces of glass, which shine in green, gold and blue colours. In an adjoining chamber, called the Kanch-ki-Burj, mosaic of mirrors adorn 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.  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.  Zenana Mahal (Women's Palace). Proceeding further from the Mor Chowk, in the Zenana Mahal or women’s quarters (now converted into museum) is exquisitely designed alcoves, balconies, coloured windows, tiled walls and floors are seen.  Lakes 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.  Gardens Doodh Talai. A rock and fountain garden and the sunset point from which one can enjoy the sunset view in Lake Pichhola 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.  Gulab Bagh and Zoo. A rose garden laid out by Maharaja Sajjan Singh is situated 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 gazelle, birds, and many wild animals. Children can enjoy mini train, track of which covers the main part of the garden and the zoo. All major wild animals are shifted to Sajjangarh Biological Park.  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.  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.  Museums 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 and it is now a museum. 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.  Other Attractions 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 a nice Rajasthani dinner - unlimited of course. The ticket is about ₹250 per person. The shows start in the evening around 5-6PM.  Sukhadia Circle. A large roundabout in the city's northern suburb of Panchwati, on the road to Ranakpur and Mt. Abu. 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 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. Please note it is not open to general public. You have to take permission to enter the observatory. 


Things to do

1 Do 1.1 Cultural shows 1.2 Outdoor activities and sports 1.3 Horseback riding 1.4 Volunteering 24.589273.688661 Backstreet Academy (BA), Aakash Deep, Chetak Circle (Near PNB), ☎ +91-7727044876, e-mail: info@backstreetacademy.com. 9AM-5PM. An alternative tour experiences platform, they enable locals to offer authentic and unique activities to tourists such as cooking classes in a local's home, stone carving workshops, miniature painting, making your own paper jewellery, even a puppet class where you learn to create your own Rajasthani puppets from a master craftsman in Udaipur. A social enterprise, they work with many underprivileged people who either serve as hosts or facilitators. The facilitators will pick you up from your hotel and translate for you. These facilitators are usually young students looking for work to pay for their education or orphans looking to transition into society. Transport is provided for most activities. ₹10. (updated Mar 2015) Cultural shows Dharohar Dance Show @ Bagore-ki-Haveli, near Gangaur Ghat, ☎ +91 94141-55904, e-mail: deepakdixit.dharohar@gmail.com. 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: ₹100; Camera fee: ₹100.  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.  Shilpgram. Frequently hosts plays and dance performances. No schedule is posted - inquire while you are in town.  Outdoor activities and sports [formerly dead link] Art of Bicycle Trips. Organized bicycle tours in and around Udaipur. The tours combine cycling with Indian art, culture and heritage.  [dead link] Udaipur Ropeway, Deen Dayal Park (On the top of hill near Lake Pichola, near Karni Mata Temple), e-mail: info@udaipurropeway.com. 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.  Horseback riding Situated in the middle of the Aravalli Hills, Udaipur offers a fantastic landscape and unrivaled views. Various operators offer horse rides here: 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. Entrance:.  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.  Volunteering 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, Donations encouraged but not mandatory.