UDAIPUR-THE WEEKEND GATEWAY

A panoramic view of Udaipur

Its a irony that Udaipur, city of Lakes situated in the Desert state, Rajasthan. Also, famous for its beautiful landscapes and architecture because of which many hollywood and bollywood movies and TV shows were filmed here. One remarkable movie filmed here was James Bond film Octopussy. Also, Udaipur have a decent climate, best suited time is from oct-dec and jan-april. 
Well, this article will prove that udaipur is best weekend gateway that one should not miss.

Easily Accessible
One can easily reach Udaipur from Mumbai or Delhi by direct flight or train which costs around 6.5k and 4k for a round trip respectively from any of the city. Except this, Udaipur is well connected with buses from any part of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and from any other major city. 

Maha Rana Pratap Airport, Udaipur

A Touch of Royalty and Best Hospitality of Luxury Hotels.
A Rajasthani Turban,

Polite gestures,

Scenic beauty of heritage hotels,

That’s how you will be welcomed in udaipur.

Udaipur’s heritage luxury hotels ranks on the topmost hotels in world. Taj Lake Palace was ranked best hotel in 2015 by Travel and Leisure magzine. Situated on the island in lake Pichhola, one can see water turns golden when sunlight falls on it. Hotel Udaivilas and Leela palace are not far behind in there hospitality. Other average bugdeg hotels like Hotel The amagadh udaipur and Hotel Laken are also best suited.

Taj Lake palace

Hotel Oberoi Udaivilas

Hotel Leela Palace

Lakes
Well! Udaipur is called city of Lakes for a reason. Udai Sagar lake was build in 1565 by Maharana Udai Singh and so named as Udaisagar. 

Udai Sagar Lake in Monsoon

            The other well know lake is Fateh Sagar lake which is known as best leisure place, Moti magri and Neemuch Mata temple are situated on Lake’s strand provide best view of city and The Fateh Sagar Lake during morning and evening time. 

A unique sunset at Fatehsagar Lake

  

Moti Magri at bank of Fateh Sagar Lake

  

 A evening view from Neemuch Mata Temple 

      Lake Pichola named after Picholi village is the heart of udaipur, the oldest and the best. On the both sides of lake “Ghats” are present (steps) where traditional festival of Gangaur is celebrated. Also, one can enjoy Jagannath Rath Yatra on auspicious day of Ashadha Shukla Paksha Dwitiya (second day in bright fortnight of Ashadha month) here.  The evening voice of water splashing against your boat is a remarkable pleasure.

Lake Pichola during day and night

Badi Lake- this lake is situated in outskirts of udaipur near monsoon Palace. This place is best suited if you are searching for a place with less public and noise and more peace.

A view of Badi Lake from hill top

Sprlirituality and Architecture.
Jagdish temple– located in old udaipur near Pichola lake is a 350 years old. This is three-storied temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu is a wonder of architecture that comprises beautifully carved pillars, decorated ceilings, painted walls and lush halls. In those times, 1.5 million rupees were spent to raise this structure. The spire of the main temple is around 79 feet high that undoubtedly dominates the skyline of Udaipur.

Jagdish Temple and it’s aechitecture

Kesariya Ji Temple– it is located at 66 km away and the closest railway station is kesariya ji railway station, 11 km away from temple.The temple is very artistic. Its pinnacles, arches, doors, walls are very artistic, beautiful and fascinating. The fifty two pinnacles of the temple are seen from a long distance. A must visit for people who look for ldestinations of Spirituality and architecture.

Kesriya Ji Temple entrance

Palaces
Not just Lakes, but Udaipur is also a city of Palaces.  Architecture, Mapping and the decoration of Udaipur Palaces ia something you will never find anywhere apart from here. 

City Palace– It was nearly build around 400 years ago located at the east bank of Lake Pichola. A fusion of Rajasthan and Mughal architectural style providing a panoramic view of city.

 A view of Udaipur from City Palace

Monsoon Palace– It is popularly known as Sajjan Garh Palace is build with white marble situated on Bansdara peak of Aravali mountain range. It is located at a distance of 6 km from rani road side of Fateh Sagar( right side road).

Monsoon arriving at Monsoon Palace

Rajasthani Food.
Udaipur have a number of restaurants mostly situated in banks of lakes, pleasing the eyes and tongue at the same time. Some of the best restaurants for Rajasthani food are 1556 AD, Upre, Hari garh and Tribute Restaurant.

1556 AD Restaurant near Lake Pichola

Dal-Baati is the main rajasthani food. Other then this Churma, Besan gatta, Ker sangri vegetable, Keri paani (Raw Mango Juice), Kadi, Chaach and Besan Ladoo are generally served.

A well served Rajasthan Thaal

Shopping!

Handicrafts
– In places like Haathi Pol, Bada Bazaar, Chetak Cirle of Udaipur, you can buy beautifully carved wooden toys, finely made clothes lantern, hand-made papers and recycled greetings cards, handmade furniture, wall-hangings and the distinguished hanging puppets of traditional dressed men and women that became synonymous with Rajasthan. 

Paintings– If someone is passionate about interior decoration and consider that a beautiful painting can change the whole vibe of a room, then Udaipur is the place to be. Traditional paintings of Rajasthan like the Pichwai paintings, the Phad paintings, and Rajasthan miniature paintings are sold at negotiable prices; especially in Haathi Pol Bazaar in Udaipur.

Handicraft and painting shop near Hathi Pole

Road Trip To Offbeat Places.
Small road trips around udaipur under the bright sun with cold breeze on highways like polished skin are most wanted. 

Jaisamand– It is the largest artificial lake in Asia build in 1685 by Maharana Jai Singh. It is 45 KM away from udaipur and one can easily reach here through Udaipur-Baswara highway.

Jaisamand lake and Roothi Rani Palace on top

Ranakpur Jain Temple– Ranakpur Jain temple is situated at 91 km far denoted to Lord Rishabdev. Its known for its spectacular architecture.

Experience endless spirituality at Ranakpur Jain temple 

Kumbhalgarh Fort – The highly precious fort which was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2013 including other 5 forts of Rajasthan. It has a wall stretched 38 km, second longest wall after great wall of china.

Kumbhalgarh Fort touching the sky

Haldigathi Museum–  Haldigathi is a mountain pass located 40km from udaipur is a major historic site where the battle between Maha Rana Pratap and Mugal emperor, Akbar. It is named Haldi Gathi due to the yellow coloured soil found there. Museum contains belongings of Maharana pratap, weapon of war, a short film on this battle is also shown. If you are interested in Historic battles and heroic deeds, it’s a must visit place.

 A statue of Maha Rana Pratap on his horse, Chetak fighting with mughal emperor, Akbar 

One can travel Kumbhal garh, Ranakpur and Haldigathi in one day by following this plan-

Udaipur to Haldigathi– through NH27(45kM total, 20 km inside).

haldigathi to kumbhalgarh– through NH51(51 KM total).

Kumbhalgarh to Ranakpur-  19KM on south west of kumbhal Garh fort road on kumbhalgarh road and then turn right RJ SH 32

Ranakpur to udaipur – 44 km(RJ ST32), 38KM (NH27)

Experience the relaxation, royalty, taste and art of Udaipur. Don’t miss it, start planing now. 🙂

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