Set around the vast Pichola Lake and dominated by dramatic palaces, Udaipur is surely Rajasthan’s most picturesque city. High whitewashed houses and narrow, winding alleys lend it an almost medieval charm.

The huge City Palace, still the residence of the Maharana, is carved out of yellow sandstone and stands on the banks of the Lake Pichola, from where you have fabulous views over the lake and the famous Lake Palace Hotel.

What to see

Ahar Museum : The cenotaphs of the Maharanas of Mewar, in the shape of Chhatris are grouped here elegantly. A small Government Museum houses a rare collection of antiquities including earthen pots, iron objects etc.

Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum : This Indian folk arts museum displays a rich collection of folk dresses, puppets, masks, etc.(Timing: 0900 hrs to 1800 hrs, Puppet Show: 1800 hrs to 1900 hrs)

City Palace & Museum: Started by Udai Singh, the royal palace was added to by later rulers. (Timing: 0930 hrs to 1630 hrs).

Fateh Sagar Lake: Built by Maharana Fateh Singh, this elegant lake is surrounded on three sides by hills and the Pratap memorial on the north.

Gulab Bagh : A spectacular rose garden.

Jagdish Temple: Rising to an imposing height of 80 feet, this impressive temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is a fine example of Indo-Aryan architecture..

Pichola Lake: The legendary lake that entranced Maharana Udai Singh. Set splendidly in the lake are two Island palaces namely Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas (Lake Palace) which has been converted into a heritage hotel run by the Taj Group of Hotels. Boating in Lake Pichola is also a delightful experience. While boating one can see the City Palace, Gangaur Ghat, island palace of Jagmandir, Lake Palace etc.

Pratap Mernorial: Erected in memory of Maharana Pratap at Pearl Hillock overlooking Fateh Sagar Lake. (Timing: 0900 hrs to 1800 hrs)

Sajjan Garh: It affords a spectacular view of the city, its lakes, palaces and the surrounding country side.

Saheliyon-ki-Barl: Beautifully landscaped with extensive lawns, shady walks and flower lined parks, these gardens stand on the shore of the Fateh Sagar Lake. (Timing: 0800 hrs to 1930 hrs).

Shilpgram: 3 km from Udaipur - this rural art and crafts village set amidst natural surroundings consists of 26 huts built by craft persons drawn from all parts of the Western Region. Though there is year round activity, the Directorate of Tourism and SIDBI organise a shopping extravaganza from December 15, every year. (Timing: 0900 hrs-2000 hrs, Programmes: 0900 hrs-1200 hrs & 1600 hrs-2000 hrs).

Getting There

Air: Udaipur is connected by air with Ahmedabad, Delhi, jaipur, Jodhpur and Mumbai.

Rail. Udaipur on the meter gauge section of the Western Railway is well connected by rail with cities and towns in and around Raiasthan.

Road: Motorable roads connect Udaipur with Agra 630 Km, Ahmedabad 262 Km, Ajmer 264 Km, Chittaurgarh 115 Km, Delhi 670 Km, Jaipur 407 Km, Mount Abu 185 Km and Mumbai 739 Km.

General information

Area: 36.27 Sq. Km.
Altitude: 577 Metres. Temperature: Summer - Max: 33.3 Deg.C Min: 23.3 Deg. C Winter - Max: 28.3 Deg.C Min: 11.6 Deg. C Season: October to March.
STD Code :0294

Excursions

  1. Eklingli (22 Km): Famous for its 108 temple complex protected by a high fortified wall. The village is also known as Kailashpuri - the abode of Shiva.

  2. Nagda (23 Km): Famous for the 11 th century Sas-Bahu temp1es and splendid Jain temples of Adbudji.

  3. Haldighati (40 Km): The memorable battle between Maharana Pratap and Mughal Emperor Akbar was fought here. Besides other monuments there is a Chhatri dedicated to Chetak, the faithful horse of Maharana Pratap.

  4. Nathdwara (48 Km): One of the most celebrated of the Vaishnavke shrines of Shrinathji or Lord Krishna. Thousands of pilgrims from all parts of India visit this shrine during Diwali, Holi and Janmashtmi.

  5. Jaisamand Lake (66 Km): The second largest artificial lake in Asia. Boating in the lake is an added attraction. At the Jaisamand wildlife sanctuary, animals can be observed in their natural habitat at close range.

  6. Jagat (58 Km): Famous for the 10th century Ambika Mata Temple.

  7. Kankroli (65 Km): Dedicated to Lord Krishna, an important Vaishnavite temple.

  8. Raisamand Lake (66 Km): A beautiful lake built by Maharana Rai Singh in 1 660 AD.

  9. Rishabhdeoli (68 Km): Dedicated to Rishabhdeoji, the Jain Tirthankar, it is popularly known as Kesariyaji because a large offering of saffron is made here daily.

  10. Kumbhalgarb Fort (84 Km): After the fort of Chittaurgarh, this is the second most important citadel of Mewar. It was built by Maharana Kumbha in the 15th cent. It is accessible by jeep from Kelwara through its seven great gates. Badal Mahal or Cloud Palace the topmost palace in the fort, offers a scenic view of the surrounding countryside,

  11. Kurnbhaigarb Wildlife Sanctuary (90 Km):This sanctuary adjoins the Kumbhalgarh Fort. The sanctuary has archaeological value too, with various monuments spread throughout the jungle. The famous Jain temple of Ranakpur is also situated in the sanctuary. Best time to visit the sanctuary is from October to June. The nearest railhead to the sanctuary is Falna (25 Km)

  12. Ranakpur (96 Km): Beautifully sculptured Jain temples mark the glory of this place. The main temple, popularly known as the Chaumukha Temple is dedicated to Adinathji and was built in the 15th century. There are 1444 pillars in the temple, no two being alike. The Surya temple and other Jain temples are worth visiting.

  13. Chittaurgarh (116 km): Chittaurgarh or Chittaur was the ancient capital of Mewar State, ruled by the Sisodia Rajputs. The Chittaurgarh fort lies on a 180 metre high hill and is spread over 700 acres. The Tower of Victory, Kirti Stambh, Princess poet Mira’s temple, Kalika Mata temple and palaces of Rana Kumbha and Padmini are worth visiting. The nearest airport is Udaipur and Chittaurgarh itself is a railway station connected with Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Indore and Jaipur.