UDIAPUR
ABOUT THE PLACE

Guarded by hills, the city of Udaipur in Rajasthan shot to fame as the venue of a Bond-movie. Three large artificial lakes built centuries ago and the palaces are the major attractions of this place. However the palaces have been converted to hotels with a fancy price tag and the architectural classicism of domes, cupolas, archways remain hidden from the sight of ordinary traveler.
Udaypur was the capital city of Shishodia dynasty, who ruled for over 1,200 years before conceding to the Ranas. It was a prosperous settlement. A stroll around the city reveals its olden marvels.
So climb up to the uppermost balconies of the City Palace to get a splendid view of the Pichola Lake and its town palaces – Jagniwas and Jagmandir. The City Palace itself is a beautiful complex with marbled courtyards, carved and inlaid balconies, mirrored walls and ivory doors, rooms with painted miniatures, etc. The small museum contains royal portraits, dresses, textiles, weapons etc. On the bank of the Fateh Sagar Lake lie a landscaped garden and a memorial statue to the sixteenth century Rajput patriot Rana Pratap. Do not miss the folk art and puppet museum, known as the Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal. 3 km from Fateh Sagar, the Shilpagram Crafts Village is a permanent exhibition centre for folk arts and crafts. Entry by ticket, open 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., daily.


HOW TO REACH

Air: The airport is 25 km from the city.

Rail: Udaipur is well connected with Delhi, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Chittaurgarh and other important towns in Rajasthan.

Road: Major distances:
Ahmedabad–262 km
Jodhpur–275 km
Chitorgarh–112 km
Mount Abu–185 km
Jaipur–406 km


BEST TIME TO VISIT

Winter is the best time for sightseeing.

ACCOMMODATION

Government Accommodation

Hotel Kajri
Rajasthan Tourism
Tel: (0294) 2410501
Rent: Double-bedroom costs Rs. 500–1,200/-; single bed costs Rs. 400–990/-.


Private Accommodation

Yatri
Tel: (0294) 2417251
Rent: Double-bedroom costs Rs. 300–500/-

Utsab
Tel: (0294) 2488565
Rent: Rs. 300–650/-

Rajdeep
Tel: (0294) 2421978
Rent: Rs. 500–2,000/-

Surabhi Palace
Tel: (0294) 2417435
Rent: Rs.400–750/-

Garaband
Tel: (0294) 2488881
Rent: Rs. 400–700/-

Meghdoot
Tel: (0294) 2520049
Rent: Rs. 700/-


GETTING AROUND

City Palace

The grandiosity of the City Palace is evident from the very first sight of it. Towering over the Pichola Lake – a beautiful expanse of water – a part of the Palace has been turned into a luxurious heritage hotel. The remaining part is open for visitors. The palace is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. everyday. Entry fee is Rs. 50/- per head. Camera charge is Rs. 200/-


At the main gate to the palace is the Jagadish Temple, built by Maharana Jagat Singh. The other distinctive features of the palace are Tripolia Gate, Suraj Gokhara hanging Balcony, Sish Mahal, Mourya Chawk and Chini Gallery.

In the middle of the Pichola Lake is the plush Lake Palace Hotel with two wings – the Jagmandir and the Jagniwas – on two separate islands. The Palace Museum displays exhibits of folk culture of different parts of India. The Rajasthani puppet show entertains the visitors from 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.


Pratap Memorial

Situated at the top of the Moti Magri Hill is the Pratap Memorial. On its way one comes across Fateh Sagar, a huge artificial lake constructed by Maharana Jai Singh, with an adjacent park called Nehru Park.


Shilpagram – The Crafts Village

3 km west of Udaipur near the Havala Village is Shilpagram – the Rural Arts and Crafts Complex. The idea behind such a complex is to enhance awareness and knowledge about life, culture and crafts of rural India through model villages and workshops, music, theatre and so on.


In the vicinity

• Eklingaji (22 km)
• Nathdwar (48 km)
• Adinath Temple at Raunakpur
• Raphusamad Lake (66 km)
• Jaisand Lake (68 km)
• Kumbhalgarh Fort (84 km)
• Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary


TRAVEL TIPS • To roam around within the city un-metered auto rickshaws are most convenient but be sure to bargain the price.
• Don’t miss the cultural programme on folk music and dance at Bagor Ki Hawelli, near the City Palace everyday afternoon. To know more about the colourful occasion contact: Tourist Office at Surajpole, Udaipur. Tel: (0294) 2411535

CONDUCTED TOUR INFORMATION

Hotels often offer the facilities of conducted bus tour in and around the city.


SHOP TILL YOU DROP

Traditional costume jewellery, puppets, and miniature paintings of Udaipur are worth keeping in collection.