The Top 8 Must See Places in Udaipur
Also known as "City of Lakes", Udaipur is a major city in Rajasthan. It is an important center for performing arts and crafts. It is located in a picturesque valley and is surrounded by four beautiful lakes.
How to Reach Udaipur?
Udaipur has a domestic airport, the Maharana Pratap Airport. It is well-connected by rail and road. Udaipur City railway station is the main railway station.
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Hotels in Udaipur
Taj Lake Palace
The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace
Amantra Comfort Hotel
Hotel Padmini Palace
Hotel Udai Palace
The Oberoi Udaivilas
Radisson Blu Udaipur Palace Resort & Spa
Hotel Hilltop Palace
Hotel Kotra Haveli
Ramada Udaipur Resort and Spa
Lake Pichola Hotel
Hotel The Tiger
Lake View Guest House
Popular Tourist Destinations in Udaipur.
Udaipur has many tourist places. It offers you palaces, lakes, temples, havelis, traditions and more.
Named after Picholi village this artificial fresh-water lake was created in 1362 CE by Pichhu Banjara, a gypsy who transported grain, during the reign of Maharana Lakha. It is the oldest lake in the city.
Famous for its picturesque background, Lake Pichola covers an area of around 6.96 square kilometers. Maximum depth is around 8.5 meters. Boating is a popular activity here. You can reach the lake by bus, tonga, auto rickshaw or cab.
Lake Pichola Boat Ride
Located around 22 kilometers from Udaipur, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The deity, a four-faced idol, is made of black stone. Eklingji Temple is an architectural wonder. The sanctum sanctorum has four doors. Each door is studded with gems.
Eklingji Temple History
The original temple at Eklingji was built by king Bappa Rawal in the eighth century. It was destroyed by the Delhi Sultanate rulers. The earliest extent idol was installed by Hammir Singh in the 14th century.
Hammir Singh, who was also known as Rana Hammira carried out extensive renovations to the main temple. Rana Kumbha (Kumbhakarna) rebuilt the temple in the 15th century. A 1460 inscription describes him as "the personal servant of Eklinga".
In late 15th century, Ghiyath Shah of Malwa Sultanate attacked Mewar and destroyed the temple. Kumbhakarna's son Rana Raimal defeated and captured Ghiyath Shah, and obtained a ransom for his release. With this ransom, he patronized the last major rebuilding of the Eklingji temple complex and installed the present idol at the main temple.
This beautiful palace complex was built over a period of around four centuries by rulers of the Mewar dynasty. This architectural marvel, which is built in marble and granite, is located on the banks of Lake Pichola. It is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan and the most visited tourist attraction in Udaipur.
The main part of this alluring palace is now preserved as a museum, which displays many artefacts. The City Palace museum is entered through the Ganesh Deori, which means the door of Lord Ganesh.
City Palace Udaipur Timings
Bagore-ki-Haveli was built by Amir Chand Badwa, a Mewar prime minister. This 18th-century haveli (mansion), which has more than 100 rooms, is on the waterfront of Lake Pichola. This gracious ancient structure has been converted into a museum, where traditional costumes, modern art, a huge collection of Mewar paintings and glassworks are displayed. The Bagore Ki Haveli Dance Show is popular among tourists.
Bagore Ki Haveli Tickets Price
- ₹60 per person for Indian adult
- ₹30 per person for Indian child (aged between 5 and 12 years)
- ₹100 per person for foreign adult
- ₹50 per person for foreign child
- ₹50 for Camera / Video.
Fateh Sagar Lake
This artificial lake is named after Maharana Fateh Singh of Udaipur and Mewar. The lake contains three islands. The largest among these islands has a garden, a zoo and a boat-shaped restaurant. The other island has many beautiful fountains. The third island houses Udaipur Solar Observatory.
Fateh Sagar Lake Timings
8.00 am to 6.00 pm on all days of the week.
Also known as Lake Garden Palace, Jag Mandir is a palace located on an island in the Lake Pichola. It was constructed by Maharana Karan Singh II in 1620, added to by his successor Maharana Jagat Singh, and then changed very little until the last few years when it was partly converted into another (smaller) hotel.
SRCM Heartfulness Meditation Center
Located in Prabhat Nagar, near S S Coaching Center, Hiran Magri, this simple and wonderful meditation center is famous for its profound atmosphere. It offers food for your soul. The serenity here is powerful. It is an excellent place to learn meditation.
Jagdish Temple is located on the RJ SH 50, in the City Palace complex. People have been worshipping in this large Hindu temple since 1651. It was built by Maharana Jagat Singh.
This 3-storied, 79-ft-tall architectural marvel is an excellent example of Indo-Aryan style of architecture. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the universe. A huge 4-armed image of Lord Vishnu is housed in the main shrine. The idol was carved out of a black rock.
Two huge stone elephants welcome you at the doorway. 32 marble steps lead you to the main shrine. You will find beautifully carved pillars, painted walls, decorated ceilings, luscious halls and more here. The temple is open between 4.15 am to 1 pm and 5.15 pm to 8 pm.
How to be Safe in Udaipur?
Udaipur is a safe city. Violent crimes are rare. In fact, few years ago, a survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of 99acres.com, a global market research firm, revealed that Udaipur is the fourth safest city in India.
Stay only in hotels with good reputation. Use the services of a guide recommended by your hotel. Avoid deserted localities, especially after sunset. Avoid conversations with strangers, especially on sensitive topics like religion and language.
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