Udaipur

Udaipur is the capital of the district of Mewar in Rajasthan, India.

Understand

Udaipur is famous for its lakes, palaces, forts, temples, gardens, and romantic backdrops. It was the setting of many movies, including the 13th James Bond film, Octopussy.

History

In 1568, the Mughal emperor Akbar captured Chittorgarh, and Udai Singh was forced to flee and establish the city of Udaipur. Udaipur remained the capital of the state of Mewar, which became a princely state of British India in 1818. After India's independence in 1947, Mewar was integrated into the state of Rajasthan.

Culture

People in Udaipur usually prefer wearing bright colored clothes. Colorful festivals and fairs depict the cultural prosperity of Udaipur.

Climate

Udaipur offers moderate climate all through the year, but the best season to visit the place is from September to March.

Winters (December to February) offers pleasant climate with a temperature not going beyond 32°C. The pleasing weather is perfect for enjoying holidays and indulging in various tourist activities.

Summers (mid-March to June) has hot weather with a temperature maximum of 45°C, especially April to June. The hot climate is not preferable for Udaipur tourism. tourist activities.

Monsoons (July to September) offer very little rainfall. The scanty amount of rains in Udaipur makes the place very humid. However, during monsoon, the lush green environs of the place become very attractive. Even the lakes are filled with rain water.

Winter months are comparatively cooler than summer months which make it perfect for holidaying and all types of tourist activities of all ages. Plan your travel or book packages for Udaipur during these months. March offers comfortably hot weather and is ideal for sightseeing and adventures. Summer months are very hot and it’s better to avoid visiting during these months. September to November has pleasing climate making it really a good time for sighting and other tourist activities.

Get in

By car

Udaipur is easily accessible via major roads from every major destination in India including Chittorgarh (117km), Ahmedabad (257km), Jodhpur (260km), Ajmer (307km), Sawai Madhopur/Ranthambore (638km), Jaipur (421km), Bikaner (488km), Agra (638km), Delhi (676km), Mumbai (725km), and Khajuraho (776km).

By air

Dabok Airport, also known as Maharana Pratap Airport after the son of Udai Singh, is 25km northeast of the city center. There are daily flights from Delhi and Mumbai on Jet Airways, Air India, and SpiceJet.

Taxis between the airport and the city cost ₹650 from the prepaid taxi booth in the airport. Many hotels will offer a prearranged pickup for ₹600-800. There are no public buses between the airport and the city.

By train

Udaipur has direct train connections to many major cities in India including Chittorgarh (6-7 per day, 2 hours. ₹140), Ahmedabad (daily, 10 hours, ₹200), Ajmer (4 per day, 5 hours. ₹135-680), Sawai Madhopur (daily, 7 hours, ₹270-1,625), Jaipur (3 per day, 7 hours, ₹170-855), Agra (daily, 13 hours, ₹360-2,355), Delhi (2 per day, 12 hours. ₹390-1,440), Mumbai (every other day, 17 hours, ₹475-1,785), and Khajuraho (daily, 21 hours, ₹485-3,245).

By bus

Udaipur is connected by an efficient bus service to most cities in Rajasthan, which sometimes be much faster than the train. Buses operate between Udaipur and Mount Abu (₹5 hours, ₹100), Agra (6 hours, ₹120), Ahmedabad (6 hours, ₹200), Jodhpur (8 hours, ₹125), Ranakpur (3 hours, ₹85), Ajmer (8 hours, ₹150), Jaipur (9 hours, ₹200), Bikaner, Delhi (14 hours, ₹420), and Mumbai (16 hours, sleeper ₹600 or seat ₹400).

Get around

While most of the city can be covered on foot and the narrow alleyways in the old city make any other form of transportation a hassle, a taxi or autorickshaw/tuk-tuk is necessary to reach the Monsoon Palace or the wilderness park. A tuk-tuk will usually cost around ₹50, and should never cost more than ₹100 within the city.

See

View of Udaipur City Palace at night

Lakes

Gardens

Museums

Other Attractions

Royal cenotaphs in Ahar, near Udaipur

Do

Cultural shows

Outdoor activities and sports

Horseback riding

Situated in the middle of the Aravalli Hills, Udaipur offers a fantastic landscape and unrivaled views. Various operators offer horse rides here:

Volunteering

Buy


Udaipur is particularly famous for its miniature paintings inspired by style of Rajputs and Mughals. You are unlikely to find these items elsewhere in India. These cost as little as ₹100 and make a beautiful gift or keepsake. Items such as handicrafts, pottery, jewelry, wooden toys, antique items and paintings are easily available in the tourist area. Other popular purchases include toys, bewitching puppets, wall hangings, pen stands, cloth lanterns, handmade papers, painted wooden boxes and greeting cards, pottery in both metal and adobe, pots, plates, vessels and containers, brassware, and terracotta sculptures.

Udaipur also has typical bazaars including Hathi Pol, Bada Bazaar, Chetak Circle, Bada Bazaar and Palace Road.

Markets

Stores

Shopping Malls

There are 3 conveniently-located malls offering a range of shopping, dining and entertainment.

Eat

Udaipur is famous for its spicy snacks such as mirchi bada and kachori. Other common local cuisines include Dal Baati Churma (Lentils and rice), Pyaz Kachori (onion/flour balls), and Gatte Ki Sabzi (gram flour dumplings with curry). These are common on the menu of just about every restaurant and should definitely be eaten!

Cooking classes are also commonly offered in Udaipur.

There are a couple Thali restaurants where you can get unlimited servings of a selection of Rajasthani and Gujarati dishes (rotis, savoury bites, daals, vegetables, rice, sweets and more). There are also American fast food restaurants such as McDonald's and Subway in the Celebration Mall (see listing above). Outside of the old town, you can find street stalls selling cheap chaat (Indian fast food).

There are many rooftop restaurants with romantic views of Lake Pichola. However, in all cases, you will usually have to walk up several flights of stairs to get to them.

Drink

Sleep

Udaipur has a wide range of accommodation options.

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Stay Safe

Udaipur is safe place and local people are very helpful. However, visitors are advised to take care of their personal belongings, particularly if they have very large cash, credit cards or carrying passport. To avoid pick pocketing, concealed money belts are helpful tools.

Don't leave cash or any valuables in the hotel room. Cross check all hotel, restaurant and lounges bills for errors. Never pay anyone for anything upfront, including taxi drivers. If you are traveling alone then it is advisable to take hotel in Udaipur itself and not in remote areas.

Stay healthy

There are many clinics and hospitals in Udaipur which provide quality treatment at affordable prices, and health tourism is on the upswing. The blood bank services are in quick time and it not only serve blood within Udaipur but most of the small towns around the city.

Government Hospitals

Private hospitals

Blood Bank

Fairs and festival

The city of Udaipur celebrates all the fairs and festivals with equal fervor. The important fairs and festivals that are closely associated with Udaipur are Mewar Festival and the Shilpgram Fair. If you want to catch the vigor of these desert people, catch them during their famous fairs and festivals.

Go next

Day trips

Udaipur offers great excursions to its outskirts. Hire a cab or explore by yourself to the some of the great escapades on the city outskirts.

Further destinations

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