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Udaipur & Around

Udaipur "The Vanice of the East" is one of the most picturesque places in the world, and a magnet for tourists. Udaipur attractions include its picturesque beauty. The city is renowned for its Lakes, Palaces and Gardens in the lap of the Aravalis.


Udaipur has an ancient history. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Mewar, ruled by the Sisodias. One of the major Udaipur attractions includes the City Palace, on the banks of Lake Pichola. The Palace offers panoramic views of the lake and Jag Niwas (now The Lake Palace hotel), which is right in the middle of the lake. Other Udaipur tourist places include the Fateh Sagar Lake, which was built by Maharaja Jai Singh and Monsoon Palace or Sajjangarh, the summer resort of the Maharanas, located on top of a hill as a "Crown of Udaipur" overlooking the lake.

 

Other places that figure prominently on the itinerary of Udaipur sightseeing tour are the Jag Mandir – another palace on an island on Lake Pichola, the ancient Jagdish Temple – right in the middle of the city and Saheliyon Ki Bari – a garden with lotus pools, marble pavilions and elephant – shaped fountains. There are other places of interest around Udaipur, like the pilgrimage site of Nathdwara, the Jain religious centre of Ranakpur, picturesque Fort of Kumbhalgarh, Chittorgarh - the ancient capital of Mewar with a massive fort on a hilltop & Haldighati – renowned for the famous battle between Maharana Pratap of Mewar and the Mughal emperor Akbar. Udaipur sightseeing tour can be quite an unforgettable experience.

 

Zion Homestay connects all places of tourist interest in Udaipur

Museums & Memorials :

  • The City Palace & The Crystal gallery
    The majestic White City Palace located in the heart of Udaipur is a heritage building, which showcases the finest elements of Rajput culture and the arts. The Crystal Gallery is a museum which overlooks the Durbar Hall of Fateh Prakash Palace within the City Palace complex. Originally, it was a gallery from where the ladies in the court used to watch special functions. It now houses Mewar's famous crystal collection of furniture and other objects of art.

  • Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal (Folk Art Museum & venue for daily Puppet shows & Cultural performances in evening)
    Visit the Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal Museum. An excellent museum of all folk collection from Udaipur and elsewhere in Rajasthan. This facility offers insight into the rich folk traditions of the area. The collection includes masks, Typical Dress, Puppets and Musical instruments. There are regular opportunities to attend a traditional Puppet show - a delightful experience for children.

  • Bagore ki Haveli (Venue for Cultural performances)
    This is a very congenial old building built right on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangaur Ghat. Amir Chand Badwa, the Prime Minister of Mewar built it in the eighteenth century. The palace has over hundred rooms and some very interesting display of costumes and modern art. The glass and mirror in the interiors of the Haveli delicate work and well preserved too. It also preserves a fine example of Mewar Painting on the walls of Queen's Chamber. The two peacocks made from small pieces of colored glasses are fine examples of glasswork.

  • Vintage collection of Classic Cars
    Classic Car Collection is a landmark in the city of Udaipur ever since it was inaugurated in February 2000. The grand limousines and cars showcased in the Collection belong to the House of Mewar and are still in perfect running condition. Visitors are privy to the display of the magnificent Rolls-Royce, 1939 Cadillac open convertibles, rare Mercedes models, 1936 Vauxhall and 1937 Opel models. The Collection has been curated for the benefit of vintage car-lovers from India and all over the world.

  • Shilpgram (Craftsmen Village & Museum)
    Shilpgram - the Rural Arts and Crafts Complex is situated 3 kms west of Udaipur near the Hawala village. Spread over an undulating terrain of 130 bighas (70 Acres) of land and surrounded by the Aravalies, the Rural Arts and Crafts Complex is conceived as a living ethnographic museum to depict the lifestyles of the folk and tribal people of the Western Zone of India. Within this complex, huts of the member states are constructed incorporating traditional architectural features of different geographical and ethnic groups residing within the Western Zone of India comprising of five Federal States.

  • Monsoon Palace (Sajjan Garh)
    The Monsoon Palace, also known as the Sajjan Garh Palace, is a hilltop Palatial residence in the Udaipur city. It is named as Sajjangarh after Maharana Sajjan Singh (1874–1884) of the Mewar Dynasty, who built Sajjangarh Fort in 1884. It offers a panoramic view of the city's lakes, palaces and surrounding countryside. It was built basically to watch the monsoon clouds; hence, appropriately, it is popularly known as Monsoon Palace. The Monsoon Palace provides a beautiful view of the sunset and also the city of Udaipur, High in the Aravalli Hills, just outside Udaipur, the Palace is illuminated in the evenings, giving a glow of golden orange.

  • Ahar Museum (Remains of 4000 years old culture) & Royal Cenotaphs.
    The archeological museum at Ahar (about 2 kms east of Udaipur ) with rare collection of antique and artifacts have a lot of historical significance. The exhibits in Ahar museum includes sculptures, coins, pottery, earthen pots, iron objects etc. and many of the objects displayed here dates back to 1700 B.C. Ahar Cenotaphs still boast the courage and valor of the rulers of Mewar. People visit this place to pay homage to the great rulers. Ahar has not less than 19 cenotaphs of the kings, who were cremated here.

  • Maharana Pratap Smarak or Moti Magri (Memorial of the King Maharana Pratap on his loyal horse named – Chetak)
    Maharana Pratap Memorial is a historic site that is dedicated to the gallant Maharana Pratap. Situated at the top of Moti Margi or Pearl Hill, the memorial overlooks the Fateh Sagar Lake. In Hindi, memorial is known as "smarak" which is made in the memory of loved ones. Maharana Pratap Memorial was constructed with the initiative taken by Maharana Bhagwat Singh Mewar with the help of a public trust.The memorial comprises a life-sized bronze statue of Maharana Pratap balanced on his loyal and favorite horse, Chetak. It is believed that Chetak was a faithful horse who was extremely protective towards Maharana Pratap and stood by his master till his last breath.

 

Gardens :

  • Sahelion ki Bari (Garden of Maidens or Princess Garden)
    Maharana Sangram Singh built this Garden in the mid-18th century. The 'Garden of the Maidens' brings to mind the lifestyle of the ladies of the court. These delightful gardens reflect their discreet and impeccable tastes. There are four pools with dainty kiosks. All around are flowerbeds, lawns, pools and fountains protected by a series of walls and trees offering plenty of shade. The fountains of the Sahelion ki Bari function solely by water pressure and no pumps are used. The garden has a lotus pool and a sitting room decorated with paintings and glass mosaic. The whole ambience is flavored by reminiscence of those beautiful belles enjoying themselves in lavish environs.

  • Sukhadia Circle (Biggest fountain pond surrounded by garden with paddle boating facility)
    Sukhadia Circle, also known as Sukhadia square, is a majestic turn around in Panchwati, the Udaipur city's northern suburb. It is a popular landmark in Udaipur and provides a beautiful view with the illumination of lights. This square, opened in 1970, has a magnificent three tiered fountain in the center and a structure representing the prosperity. This place is used as a evening relaxation place with beautiful gardens and a nice pond. This square attracts many, especially children. Children make funs in the lawns and float toy boats in the pond. There are some duck shaped paddle boats for children's amusement.

  • Gulab Baug Garden & Zoo
    Laid by Maharana Sajjan Singhji in the 18th century, Gulab Bagh also known as Sajjan Niwas Garden creates soothing vistas with exotic rose beds, fruit trees, orchids and attractive looking plants. The Saraswati Bhawan Library at Gulab Bagh is a storehouse of volumes that deal with topics such as history, archaeology, Indology and quite a few very old manuscripts that can trace their origin to the early medieval period. There are several handwritten manuscripts from the ancient past on display at the Gulab Bagh Museum. Exotic Gulab Bagh houses a tiny zoo that offers a habitat to wild animals like the chinkara, leopards and tigers apart from a number of feathered species.

  • Aravali Vatika
    Its a nice lovely Garden which has several levels like Aravalli Mountains.There's no ticket for entry,garden is lush green with lovely flower beds and brick and rock stairs leading to it. Aravalli Vatika is a small landscaped orchard on the bank of the Fateh Sagar Lake in Udaipur. This garden is about 12 m high with paved steps leading to the top. The rocks found in the vatika are part of the Aravalli Hills.

  • Manikya Lal Verma Park & Deen Dayal Musical Fountain Park (Doodh Talai gardens)
    Dudh Talai is a dainty lake in Udaipur studded with enhancements of human pleasures. The lake beautifies the south-east part of Lake Pichola and has an affable view from the twinkling places like City Palace, Jag Mandir etc. The small inlet of this lake, contributes its water to the larger lake Pichola. This place is unique with the presence of conspicuous view of Shiv Niwas Palace on its southern side and is adorned by two parks which adds grace to its shore. Manikya Lal Verma Garden and Pandit Deen Dayal Musical Fountain Park are showcase of modern architecture and allows one to stroll along its beauty.

  • Nehru Park (Island Garden)
    Named after Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, Nehru Island Park alias Nehru garden is an oval shaped i-sland, located at the middle of Fateh Sagar Lake. Inaugurated on 14th November 1967, Nehru park, covering the area of 41 acres (170,000m2) of land is a perfect place to spend the leisure time. Nehru park contains a small zoo especially designed for kids, beautiful garden with a lily pond and few small restaurant, mainly a boat shaped floating restaurant. Besides these, the garden is enclose a pyramid shaped water fountain which resembles the Brindavan garden of Mysore.

  • Rajiv Gandhi Park Garden
    Rajiv Gandhi Park is a beautiful park located at Rani Road on Lake Fatehsagar. A popular local attraction, the view from the park of the lake and the Monsoon Palace is spectacular and gives immense pleasure and peace. Children also enjoy coming here as it has spacious gardens for children to play around. It also has some fun slides for kids. The design of garden is such that most part can be seen from distant place. It was constructed in the remembrance of the late Prime Minister of India Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, whose statue is also located within the park.

 

Lakes :

  • Lake Fateh Sagar (Chargeable Boat ride available)
    Fateh Sagar Lake said to be the pride of the City of Lakes of Udaipur, it is an artificial lake constructed by Maharana in north of Lake Pichola in 1678 and to the north-west of Udaipur. A beautiful lake, overlooked by a number of hills on the three sides and the Pratap Memorial on the north was built by Maharana Fateh Singh. In the middle of the lake is Nehru Park - a lovely garden island with a boat shaped cafe accessible by an enjoyable boat ride. Blue waters of the lake and the backdrop of green has given the soubriquet of 'the second Kashmir' to Udaipur town.

  • Lake Pichola (Chargeable Boat ride available)
    Pichola Lake is one of the most beautiful and picturesque lakes of Rajasthan, India. Located in the heart of the city, Pichola Lake is the oldest and one of the largest lakes of Udaipur. In 1362, the beautiful lake was built by Pichhu Banjara during the ruling period of Maharana Lakha. Talking about the dimensions of Pichhola Lake, it is extended to 3 miles in length, 2 miles in width and has depth of 30 feet.

  • Lake Swaroop Sagar
    The lake was created by Maharana Swaroop Singh, to provide water to the people of Udaipur. It acts as a connecting module for Lakes Pichola and Fateh Sagar , both of which are located nearby but are at different levels . It helps to maintain the balance of water in the two major lakes viz.. Lake Pichola and Lake Fateh Sagar.

 

Church & Temple :

  • The Shepherd Memorial Church
    One of the oldest Church in Rajasthan. Consecrated in 1891 & built by Pioneer Rev. Dr. James Shepherd from Aberdeen, Scotland. This Protestant Church is run under the flag of The Church of North India. This Church was constructed by Mr. Campbell Thompson, an Architect & Engineer, who also built The Victoria Memorial Hall or currently Saraswati Library situated in Gulab baug, The Mission Hospital, Lansdown & Railway to Chittor.
    Worship timings in this church are as follows:

    • Sunday Morning Worship (In Hindi)
      March to October : 8.30 A.M
      NOV to FEB 9.00 A.M
      Morning Worship timing may little bit change as per Weather / Season.
         
      Sunday Evening Worship (In English) Except Special / Festival Worship
      JAN to DEC 6.30 P.M
      - -
      Special Worship Timings
      New Year Worship 10.00 A.M
      Passion Week (Evening Worships) 6.30 PM
      Maundy Thursday (With Holy Communion) 6.00 P.M
      Good Friday (Morning Worship) 8.30 A.M
      Good Friday (Noon Special Worship) 12.00 Noon to 3.00 P.M
      Easter Sunday (Sunrise Worship) 5.00 A.M
      Easter Sunday (Main Worship) 9.00 A.M
      Christmas Worship 10.00 A.M
     

  • Jagdish Temple
    Jagdish Temple is a large Hindu temple in the middle of Udaipur. Jagdish Temple is one of the major tourist attraction and monument in Udaipur, built by Maharana Jagat Singh Ist in 1651. The Jagdish Temple is raised on a tall terrace. The temple was originally called the temple of Jagannath Rai but is now called Jagdish ji. This temple is a great example of architecture and art. The area is the main tourist place in the Udaipur city.

 

Sightseeing around Udaipur :

  • Ekling Ji (Temple of Elking ji) : 22 Kms. (Approx.)
    Eklingji Temple is one of the most famous temples of Rajasthan. Located in the town of Eklingji (Kailashpuri), the place got its popular name from the temple. Eklingji Temple is positioned at a distance of 22 km in the north of Udaipur, on the national highway no. 8. Eklingnath Temple is dedicated to the Lord Shiva of the Hindu religion. Initially, the temple was built in 734 A.D. by Bappa Rawal. Since that time, Eklingji has been the ruling deity of Mewar rulers.

  • Nathdwara (Temple of Shreenath Ji) : 50 Kms. (Approx.)
    Shrinathji of Nathdwara is 48 km from Udaipur. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna with the diety's image carved out of a single block of black marble. The temple is set amidst idyllic hills, it is known to be the second richest temple in the world. The structure of this temple is simple, but the aesthetic appeal of this temple is ceaseless. The image of Shrinathji is worth seeing and feeling the celestial beauty of the God. Lord Shrinathji symbolizes a form of Lord Krishna, when he lifted the 'Govardhana' (a hill). In the image, the lord is revealed with his left hand raised and the right is bunged in a fist.
  • Haldi Ghati (Battle field where battle was fought between Maharana Pratap & Mughal Emperor Akbar) : 40 Kms. (Approx.)
    Haldighati which is located towards the south west of Nathdwara, is historical site which witnessed the great legendry battle fought between Maharana Pratap and the Mughal Emperor -Akbar in 1576 AD. The vast terrain that was supposedly covered with blood (the sand turned Red in colour) evokes a chill in the spine till date and envelopes a feel of nostalgia, this was the place where the heroic Chetak the gallant charger with his dedicated loyalty towards his chivalrous master (the Maharana Pratap) proved his worth by co-operating till his last breath.
  • Ranakpur (Famous for Jain Temple) : 95 Kms. (Approx.)
    The Jain temple at Ranakpur is a slice of heaven relocated on earth. This architectural marvel is as delicate as finely embroidered lace yet as imposing and complex in design as it is profoundly logical. As you stand before a single pillar, you realise that it is very different from the other 419 that supported this divine creation. While no two pillars in this lavishly carved temple are the same, this particular one was unique in a very special way - it was distinctly crooked. No, it was not the light playing tricks. It was intentionally built that way.
  • Kumbhalgarh Fort (Fort with perimeter walls of approx. 36 kms., the second largest fort wall in Asia) : 75 Kms. (Approx.)
    Kumbhalgarh Fort, located 64 kms north of Udaipur in the wilderness, is the second most important citadel after Chittorgarh in the Mewar region. Cradled in the Aravali Ranges the fort was built in the 15th century by Rana Kumbha. Because of its inaccessibility and hostile topography the fort had remained un-conquered. It also served the rulers of Mewar as a refuge in times of strife. The fort also served as refuge to the baby king Udai Singh of Mewar. It is also of sentimental significance as it is the birthplace of Mewar's legendary King Maharana Partap. The fort is self-contained and has within its amalgam almost everything to withstand a long siege.
  • Jaisamand Lake (Asis's second largest artificial lake) : 55 Kms. (Approx.)
    Jaisamand Lake is renowned for being the second largest artificial lake in Asia. Located at a distance of 55 kms from the city of Udaipur, Jaisamand Lake is also known as Dhebar. In 1685, Maharana Jai Singh built this lake while making a dam on the Gomti River. This lake covers an area of 36 sq. km, stretches to the length of 14 km and width of 9 km. The lake is deep to the maximum of 102 feet and has a circumference of 30 miles. Jaisamand Lake was the largest artificial lake in Asia, till the time when Aswan Dam of Egypt was not constructed. The dam on this lake is worth mentioning due to its massive size. It is 1202 feet in length, 116 feet in height and width of 70 feet at the bottom.
  • Chawand (Land of Cerement Canopy of Maharana Pratap) : 70 Kms. (Approx.)
    This place can be a amazing one for those person who are interested in history. Because this spot was the third capital of Mewar (first was Udaipur and second was Gogunda). This place is completly surrounded by nice hills and very thick forest.That was one of the major reason so Maharana Pratap made it as capital of Mewar empire.

  • Chittorgarh (Land of Strength & Devotion) : 125 Kms. (Approx.)
    Chittorgarh Fort has received the credit of being the largest fort of India. The massive fort is located on a high hill near the Gambhiri River. Chittorgarh Fort lies at a distance of 112 kms from the city of Udaipur. This fort was built by various Maurya rulers in the 7th century. This huge fort covers an area of 700 acres, extending to 3 kms in length and 13 kms in peripheral length. Standing on an elevated hill of 180m, the impregnable fort has witnessed three battles.
    Chittorgarh Fort is truly an embodiment of chivalry and pride of the Rajputs. The fort has a long story of romance, courage, determination and sacrifice. A glimpse of the fort still makes one to think the glory of the Rajputs who once lived here. The imposing Fort boasts of well-designed palaces, magnificent cenotaphs and huge towers. The Fort of Chittorgarh has a colossal structure that is secured by its several strong gateways.

 

Suggested Itinerary :


Fairs & Festivals of Rajasthan (Approx. date) :


S. No Fairs & Festivals Place 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
1 Camel Festival Bikaner 4-5 Jan. 22-24 Jan 10-12 Jan 31 Dec-2 Jan 19-21 Jan 8-10 Jan
2 Kite Festival Jaipur 13-14 Jan. 13-14 Jan. 13-14 Jan. 13-14 Jan. 13-14 Jan. 13-14 Jan.
3 Nagaur Fair  Nagaur 25-28 Jan 13-16 Feb 1-4 Feb 22-25 Feb 10-13 Feb 30 Jan- 2 Feb
(Ramdeoji Cattle Fair)
4 Kumbalgarh Kumbhalgarh 28-30 Jan.




5 Beneshwar Festival Beneshwar (Dungarpur) 30 Jan.-3 Feb. 8-22 Feb. 7-10 Feb 31-Jan 19-Feb 9 Feb.
6 Desert Festival Jaisalmer 1-3 Feb. 20-22 Feb 8-10 Feb 29-31 Jan 17-19 Feb 7-9 Feb
7 Braj Festival Bharatpur 2-4 Feb.




8 Shekhawati Festival Nawalgarh 12-14 Feb.




9 Elephant Festival Jaipur 5 Mar.




10 Dhulandi Festival Jaipur 6-Mar 24-Mar 13-Mar 2-Mar 21-Mar 10-Mar
11 Kaila Devi Festival Karauli 17-Mar.




12 Godwar Festival Pali 21-22 March 8-9 April 29-30 March 18-19 March 6-7 April 27-28 March
13 Gangaur Fair Jaipur 22-23 March 9-10 April 29-30 Mar 18-19 Mar 6-7 April 27-28 Mar
14 Mewar Festival Udaipur 22-24 March 9-11 April 29-31 Mar 18-20 Mar 6-8 April 27-29 Mar
15 Mahaveerji Fair Sawai Madhopur 28 Mar.-04 Apr. 17-Apr 9-Apr 28-Mar 18-Apr 6-Apr
16 Summer Festival Mt. Abu 2-4 May 20-21 May 9-10 May 29-30 Apri 17-18 May 6-7 May
17 Teej Festival Jaipur 17-18 Aug. 5-6 Aug 26-27 July 13-14 Aug 3-4 Aug 23-24 July
18 Kajli Teej Bundi 31 Aug.-1 Sept. 19-20 Aug 9-10 Aug 28-29 Aug 17-18 Aug 5-6 Aug
19 Abhaneri Festival Dausa 13-15 Oct. 1-3 Oct. 21-23 Sep. 10-13 Sept. 29-30 Sep. 17-19 Sep.
20 Dusshera Fair Kota 21-22 Oct.




21 Marwar Festival Jodhpur 26-27 Oct. 15-16 Oct. 04-05 Oct. 23-24 Oct. 12-13 Oct. 30-31 Oct.
22 Ranakpur Festival Pali 28-29 Oct. 17-18 Oct. 06-07 Oct. 25-26 Oct. 14-15 Oct.  01-02 Nov.
23 Pushkar Fair Pushkar (Ajmer) 19-25 Nov. 8-14 Nov 28 Oct.-4 Nov 15-23 Nov 4-12 Nov 22-30 Nov
24 Kolayat Fair Bikaner 23-25 Nov. 12-14 Nov. 2-4 Nov. 21-23 Nov. 10-12 Nov. 28-30 Nov.
25 Matasya Festival Alwar 25-26 Nov. 25-26 Nov. 25-26 Nov 25-26 Nov. 25-26 Nov. 25-26 Nov.
26 Chandrabhaga Fair Jhalawar 24-26 Nov. 13-15 Nov 3-5 Nov. 22-24 Nov. 11-13 Nov. 29 Nov to 1 Oct.
27 Bundi Festival Bundi 28-30 Nov. 17-19 Nov 6-8 Nov. 26-28 Nov. 15-17 Nov. 3-5 Nov.
28 Shilpgram Fair Udaipur 21-30 Dec.




29 Winter Festival Mount Abu 29-30 Dec. 29-30 Dec. 29-30 Dec. 29-30 Dec. 29-30 Dec. 29-30 Dec.