Udaipur

History

Udaipur is the pride of the age old Mewar rulers of Sisodia dynasty. The city was founded in the middle of the 16th century by Maharana Udai Singh. The legend goes that once when the ruler was on a leisurely hunting trip in the Aravali hills, he encountered a holy man. The sage advised the king to establish a flourishing kingdom in the fertile valley under the safeguard of the Aravali Hills.  And so was the kingdom founded. Interesting? Indeed it is! Many fort cities of India have such fascinating stories. After independence the Maharaja of Udaipur granted the place to the Government of India and merged into the state of Rajasthan.

Popular Tourist Attractions

  • Ranakpur – famous for its Jain temples made in marble.
  • City Palace – The grandeur stands on a hill on the banks of Lake Pichola, protected by crenulated walls.
  • Sajjangarh – The Monsoon Palace stands on top of a hill overlooking Lake Pichola and gives a spectacular view.
  • Sahelion ki Bari – ‘Garden of the Maidens’ shows the royal Ladies of the Court.
  • The Crystal Gallery in Fateh Prakash has a collection of Osler’s crystal ordered from England by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1877.
  • Jagdish Temple has a grand 79 ft high pagoda covered with sculptures of living figures. This temple of Lord Vishnu was built in 1651 AD by Maharana Jagat Singh I.
  • Eklingji – is a temple complex devoted to the royal family of Mewar. Situated in the North of Udaipur and built in 734 A.D. a total of 108 temples are made out of sandstone and marbles.
  • Rishabhdeo – “Kesariya ji” or “Kala Baoji” or Dhuley are other names for this famous pilgrimage for Jains.
  • Jaisamand Lake – It is the second biggest man-made lake in the Asia.
  • Udaipur Solar Observatory is considered as the best solar observing site in Asia.

Nearby Places

  • Nathdwara – Shri Nathdwara (a pathway to Lord Shri Krishna) lies 48 km from Udaipur and literally means the gateway to the Lord.
  • Chittorgarh- Chittorgarh, which is about 112 km from Udaipur, was the capital of Mewar from 734 AD to 1559.
  • Kumbhalgarh – It is a 15th-century fortress, built by Rana Kumbha of Mewar, with 36 kilometers of walls.  It has over 360 temples within the fort. It also has a wildlife sanctuary, located in Rajsamand District, 64 km from Udaipur.
  • Mount Abu – A popular tourist hill station.

Popular Food Joints

Find the authentic daal, baati and choorma (lentils and hard wheat rolls) at Apni Dhaani on Pratap Nagar bye pass. Berry’s, Bawarchi Fast Food & Restaurant, Wimpy Restaurant, Wood Land Restaurant, boharwadi falafills are some of the famous food joints.

Transport

Through railway the city is very well connected with major Indian cities like Bandra (Mumbai), Ajmer, New Delhi, Indore, Khajuraho, Shalimar, Sealdah and many more.

Maharana Pratap Airport Udaipur is located at Dabok, 22 km away from Udaipur city.

Best Things to Do

  • Shilpgram Crafts Village, Sadhana Emporium Shopping, Chetak Circle, Lake Palace Road.
  • Jagdish Temple Street and Bapu Bazaar are some of the chic places to shop at.